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St Andrews Beach Golf - First hole

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The Architect

Tom Doak

St Andrews Beach Golf Course created the opportunity for world renowned golf course architect Tom Doak to ply his skills for the first time on Australian soil. With a passion for the true ‘links’ style courses of Scotland and Ireland, Doak spent 12 months studying almost 200 courses in Britain and describes golf course architecture as an artistic pursuit and believes it is crucial to give each course a character of its own whilst fiercely retaining the natural ambience of the site.

Doak places a strong emphasis on golfing strategy and short game interest. First and foremost, he believes that real golf is about interesting and exciting holes. At St Andrews Beach he has achieved and delivered holes that offer a combination of strategic interest and shots the avid golfer will relish hitting. The combination of Doak’s design philosophies and the nature of the land itself, provide a golfing experience that is comparable to the best in Australia whilst his promise is that each hole will present a challenge, variety and fun - not just the first time you play it, but time after time.

About the Clubhouse

St Andrews Beach Golf Mornington - Clubhouse and Facilities

The rustic clubhouse has had a recent facelift with landscaping of the surrounds, sealing of the top car park and bag drop area and the opening of a new practice putting green. The pro shop offers all your golfing accessories and hire equipment including 45 motorised golf carts.

The clubhouse is fully licensed and a food and beverage cart  is used on the course of  a weekend and midweek where playing numbers allow.

A new dedicated BBQ area has been built which adds to the appeal of the St Andrews Golf Course, especially for larger groups who might wish to have a meal following their round. Those wanting to make use of the facility are just asked to bring their own food and to cook it up themselves. We do not charge a fee, but it is important that you book the BBQ when making your golf booking. Usage will be on a first in basis.

About the Golf Course

Located in ‘The Cups’ region of the Mornington Peninsula and metres from the thundering surf of Gunnamatta Beach, St Andrews Beach Golf Course originally opened as an exclusive members course and debuted as the 9th best course in Australia in 2006. It is built on a stunning piece of land that lends itself perfectly to the tradition of the famous links courses of Britain and Ireland and can be compared favourably with the courses in Melbourne’s famous sandbelt region. Internationally renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak is the designer of this classic 18 hole links style course and his aim was to create one of the best golf courses in the world.  Since opening for public access play in 2009, St Andrews Beach has maintained its position as one of Australia's premier courses with Golf Australia Magazine placing it number 4 in Australia in 2015 Public Access Top 100.

As was the case with his other Australian masterpiece – Barnbougle Dunes, Doak’s design philosophies and the nature of the land itself provide a unique golfing experience with generous fairways and truly spectacular greens. Whilst most links style courses conjure up thoughts of strong winds, the natural valleys and trees that make up the landscape of St Andrews Beach offer protection from the elements on many holes, and combined with the soil type of the area you have a great course that can be enjoyed by all players alike 12 months of the year.

St Andrews Beach now hosts regular competition play every Saturday, Sunday and other days during peak periods subject to field sizes. Visitors are welcome to enter for a small competition entry fee with significant prize vouchers issued to winners and other minor place getters subject to field size.

The golf course has been featured prominently amongst a host of different Top 100 Course Rankings and is currently featured as the 5th best public access course in the country.

St Andrews Beach also hosts the Tom Doak Blue Tee Challenge throughout the year giving handicap players the opportunity to play the course in its entirety from the blue tees.  Daily prizes are awarded to the best scores on the day, whilst non competition and social players are also most welcome to play from the white markers on these days.

The Tom Doak Back Tee Challenge is held on the second Saturday of the month (February - November). Further information is available by contacting the Pro Shop on (03) 5988 6000.


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