Inside Golf : Inside Golf August 2016
clubs 40 August 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au CLUB OF THE MONTH > Settlers Run Golf & Country Club L ying adjacent to the Royal Botanic gardens Cranbourne and located just 40 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, Settlers Run golf & Country Club is a spectacular and enjoyable golf club that truly lives up to its “Country Club” moniker. This master planned residential community maintains the area’s natural ambience, with the majority of land dedicated to green, open spaces. The centrepiece of the development is the greg norman – designed championship golf course and $10million golf & Country Club. greg norman design has taken the best elements of Melbourne’s renowned sandbelt courses and incorporated them into a dramatic, natural golf setting. The design takes advantage of the undulating landscape and natural wetlands to create a layout that fits seamlessly with the surrounding environment. The bunkering is a key feature of the design, with norman taking inspiration from Alister MacKenzie’s work at famed Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath. The fairways have been designed to provide generous landing areas to accommodate golfers of all levels. Couch grasses have been used on the tees and fairways, with the greens using a hybrid bent grass to provide a putting surface that are among the finest in Australia. From tee to green, Settlers is a true championship course, with exactly the right amount of challenge, risk/reward and aesthetics to make it a world-class venue. During our visits there, the tees are always immaculate, the fairways superb, and the challenging greens a treat. While many golf courses around Australia have “Country Club” in their name, Settlers Run is one of the few that fits the bill perfectly. From the journey up the grand, tree-lined entry drive, through to the full complement of country club facilities, including an indoor pool, tennis court, sauna, gymnasium, and exquisite dining facilities serving some of the best food around, Settlers Run has been designed from top to bottom in pure style. The course, as a whole, caters for golfers of all levels, and is a true golfers’ indulgence with respect to design, construction and maintenance in every aspect. The greens are quick and challenging, yet pure and true. The course demands thoughtful planning and precise shot making; with plenty of water hazards, bunkers and thick rough grabbing wayward shots. yet the generous landing areas and ample bail-out areas allow for a safe navigation for those less inclined to take on the risk-reward options. Like most of greg norman’s designs, every hole is unique, and all have merit. The opening three holes set the stage perfectly: A strong par-5, a tricky par-3 and a difficult par-4; daunting even if you’ve spent a half hour on the practice tee. The 5th, 6th and 7th are all very interesting par-fours and the 11th is a wonderful par-3 requiring careful consideration on the tee. One of the highlights is the 17th. it is a short par-4 by modern standards at just 303m from the back. The fairway boomerangs from left to right with a hazard down the right side that the drive must clear. The green is tucked slightly left, sitting in a small gully with trouble all around it. The big hitters can go for the green but everyone must choose how aggressively to play. it demands good decisions on every shot and, being so short, the green has some serious teeth. it is an exquisite golf hole, which completes this layout and sums up the character of the course. norman places great emphasis on being long and straight, and Settlers Run fits the bill. Don’t immediately reach for your driver on every hole; instead, use your head, swallow your pride and take three-wood or a long iron from some of the tees to avoid trouble and give yourself a chance of reaching the green in regulation. Settlers Run is also very easy on the eye. More than once you may find yourself standing on the tee and admiring the hole and its surroundings. numerous vantage points around the course provide spectacular views back to the Melbourne skyline as well as the distant Dandenong Ranges, providing a totally “natural” golfing experience so close to the city. Memberships Settlers Run is a members golf course offering a limited number of external golfers the opportunity to join residents as members of this exclusive golf club. Being a member means much more than just playing the championship golf course in weekly competitions and honourboard events. Members will also enjoy a range of additional benefits such as discounts in the golf shop, Settlers Bar and Bistro, unrestricted access to the health club and more. External golf Memberships are currently available which include individual 7-day, individual 5-day, family and corporate membership. They have also launched a variety of junior/young adult memberships that act as a pathway to full membership: Cadet Membership (ages 10-17), Junior membership (ages 18-25), younger Membership (Ages 25-29) and intermediate Membership (Ages 30-34).
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