Glennie Ave, South Oakleigh,
Melbourne, Victoria 3167
18 holes. Tree-lined sandbelt course. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and residential.
Several contributors have evolved the course design, including Club Professional Sam Bennett (1921), Charles Lane (Club Capt 1923-33), Sloan Morpeth (Club Secretary 1930-62) and Kevin Hartley (1992).
20 km SE of Melbourne CBD
From the centre of Melbourne travel south-east on the M1 (Monash Freeway). After approx 12 km take the Warrigal Road exit (Hwy 15) and head south. After 5 km turn left into Glennie Ave. After o.2 km golf entrance is in front of you.
Commonwealth Golf Club: This very attractive layout, one of several on Melbourne's golf-laden "sandbelt", has almost garden-like qualities, such is the variety of trees and bushes, large and small. But Commonwealth is much more than a delightful walk in the park. From a golfing standpoint, it also has everything one needs for an enjoyable challenge.
Commonwealth's park-like credentials are enhanced by a small and very natural lake coming into play on the 3rd and 16th holes. Meanwhile, helpful plaques provide the names of many of the tree types around the course ("eucalyptus citriodora", the lemon scented gum tree being one of our favourites).
With many other towering tree species to marvel at, and abundant exotic birds residing therein, it may be difficult to concentrate fully on the golf. However, a very good layout, excellent greens and bunkering, and good-width flattish fairways should keep your game moving along nicely. Most of the layout's trouble and hazards are clear enough to see from the tee.
Commonwealth is a private club, which welcomes overseas and interstate visitors.
Must book in advance and have a letter of introduction from home club.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times.
Commonwealth's origins can be traced back to 1915, when a group of 11 golf enthusiasts formed the Murrumbeena Golf Club. The name was changed to Waverley Golf Club before a new constitution established the club as the Commonwealth Golf Club in 1920 and a new location was selected, just south of the Metropolitan Golf Club. Since those early days, Commonwealth has hosted a number of top national and regional tournaments, including the Australian Open championship in 1967.
World: formerly ranked world's 97th best course (GOLF magazine, 1995; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
Australia: 30th best course in Australia (Australian Golf Digest, 2020).
1130 Nepean Highway, Highett, Melbourne, Victoria 3190
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+61 (0)3 9592 8233Visit website
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