Inside Golf : Inside Golf Mar 2016
34 March 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Richard Fellner firstname.lastname@example.org clubs Moonah Links Resort CLUB OF THE MONTH > Featuring two world-class golf courses and practice facilities, high-quality accommodation, delicious food and beverage options and extensive resort- style facilities, Moonah Links resort on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula is the perfect location for a weekly round of golf, a quick golf getaway for two, an annual “Boys golf weekend” or an extended golf holiday. Just one hour from Melbourne’s CBD, the facility is one of inside golf ’s favourite locations, and we have played numerous rounds on these two amazing courses. this month, we take an in-depth look at this marvellous resort. THE PAST the land on which Moonah Links golf Course was constructed was once owned by Melbourne Corporate lawyer Bill Leslie and his wife Virginia. the original property was named MOOnaH after the centuries- old trees that dot the landscape. On the 467 acres were 120 cattle and 25 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot grapes. (Some of the original stockyards are still visible on the Open course.) the property had become redundant to family requirements as the sandy soil was not ideal for the growth of vineyards. in addition, it was determined that the local coastal couch would be more suitable for a golf course. at the time, the australian golf union (now golf australia) was searching for a site to set up as the official Home of australian golf ; a facility to host the australian Open, house the australian golf Museum and establish a world-class golf academy. the agu thought the lay of the land at MOOnaH was perfect for this purpose and they asked five-times British Open winner Peter thomson—of golf course architect firm thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett—to design the course. the rest, as they say, is history. THE PRESENT the par-72 Open Course, designed by Peter thomson, was the first 18-hole golf course built and prepared for a national championship. at 6783m it is one of the longest courses in australia. thomson designed this course wanting the golfer to plot their way around, thus a good teeshot is critical to avoid difficult approach shots or an almost certain three putt. Most greens are well-guarded but you’re assured to enjoy a consistent putting surface every time when you’ve found them. the australian Open was held twice at Moonah Links Open Course. in 2003 it was won by Peter Lonard and in 2005 by robert allenby. the course was also host to the Moonah Classic. it has won numerous awards, including number 1 Best Conditioned golf Course in australia (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011). the par-72 Legends Course was designed by ross Perrett in conjunction with the australian golf union and opened in november 2003. in contrast to the challenging Open Course, the 6315m (5708m for women) Legends course offers a more “friendly” golfing experience to players of all capabilities. the Legends course has won the hearts of many golfers in recent years, and it is an absolute beauty. Perrett has stated that he put his heart and soul into this design (and we reckon he also had plenty of fun doing it). that enjoyment certainly rubs off on golfers who can’t resist booking it again. the holes take you on a journey through a beautiful parcel of land with large greens and plenty of bunkers positioned to catch drives and wayward approach shots. But overall, it provides a relaxing and enjoyable round of golf for anyone who plays it. Like the Open Course, the Legends has also won numerous awards, including number 2 Best Conditioned golf Course in australia (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011). Open to social play 7 days a week, Moonah Links is a pay-to-play facility that also boasts a growing membership base. there are currently 5-day (Bronze) and 7-Day (Silver) membership categories, while junior and intermediate memberships are also available. accommodation and hospitality at the resort is well suited to groups of most sizes, with 96 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, restaurant, spike bar, extensive banquet and conference facilities, day spa and other recreational facilities such as a swimming pool and tennis courts. the facility is also home to the Moonah Links Golf Academy. internationally regarded as one of the foremost elite training venues in world golf, the facility has played host to golf australia and the australian institute of Sport elite player development programs. the Moonah Links golf academy features a full complement of teaching equipment and facilities, including an indoor hitting bay and video coaching room, full driving range with three separate tee areas, short game area complete with three bunkers, large undulating putting green, pitching tee of up to 80 meters, fairway bunker and driving tee. in addition, there is a fully-equipped gymnasium designed and developed to provide golf-specific programs, Lecture theatre, Physiotherapy treatment rooms, a varied and comprehensive range of food/ beverage/catering options and packages and dormitory style accommodation facilities for up to 38 guests. Perfect for the annual mates weekend or group golf getaway. THE FUTURE Moonah Links resort is currently starting a new chapter in its already storied history.
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