South Oakleigh, Victoria 3167
18 holes. Tree-lined sandbelt course. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and residential.
World: formerly ranked world's 79th best course (GOLF magazine, 1989; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
Australia: 50th best course in Australia (Australian Golf Digest, 2020).
20 km SE of Melbourne CBD
From the centre of Melbourne travel south-east on the M1 (Monash Fwy). After approx 12 km take the Warrigal Rd exit (Hwy 15) and head south. After 3 km turn left onto North Rd. After 1.2 km turn right into Windsor Ave. After o.4 km golf entrance is in front of you.
Huntingdale Golf Club is home to a course that sits with the elite of Melbourne's wonderful collection of "sandbelt" layouts. Underpinning Huntingdale's status as a confirmed favourite with many visiting golfers, are the quality of Hugh Alison's course design and excellence of the (recently rebuilt) clubhouse.
The modestly undulating and mostly tree and bush-lined fairways are stylishly bunkered, while around the greens the bunkering is often prolific. At the par-3 12th the green is literally encircled by sand. Needless to say, Huntingdale demands your bunker play is on song.
The layout's gentle slopes give rise to some nicely elevated tee-boxes and greens, as you'll discover at the excellent back-to-back par-5 6th and 7th holes. The back-nine is perhaps a tad more open than the front, with water in play on a few holes.
The clubhouse facilities include a double-terrace that seems to overhang the 18th green; from your sedentary position on the terrace, you'll enjoy a marvellous view down the entire par-4 18th hole, and onto a couple of other holes besides. A great 19th hole at which to slake one's thirst and perhaps "slate" the golfing artistry (or deficiencies) of others!
Apart from a (not too noisy) perimeter road on one side of the course, Huntingdale presents a wonderful golf oasis. Here the grind of modern day life melts away, to be replaced by the milder challenges of impressive bunkering, tighter than average fairways and cunningly sloping greens.
Private club, with restricted outside visitor play. Overseas and interstate visitors should contact the Head Professional regarding playing possibilities.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times.
The name Huntingdale Golf Club only came into being in 1941 when the club moved to its current location. Prior to that the club's history and membership are closely tied to those of Surrey Hills Golf Club (disbanded in 1914), Box Hill Golf Club and Eastern Golf Club.
Huntingdale has had a long association with the Australian Masters tournament, attracting the best Australian and many top overseas professional golfers (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Huntingdale).
2020 Australian Golf Digest rating: 50th best course in Australia.
150, The Esplanade, Brighton, Victoria 3186
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Occupying a wonderful bay-frontage position in the very pleasant Melbourne residential area of Brighton, the Brighton Savoy's sea-facing rooms offer great views onto Port Phillip Bay. Relax in the hotel's Spa and Sauna, dine in its 5-star restaurant or cross the road onto one of Melbourne's best beaches. Perfectly located for access to the fabulous array of Melbourne sandbelt golf courses.
Royal Melbourne (East & West courses); Victoria; Yarra Yarra; Commonwealth; Metropolitan; Huntingdale.
Kingston Heath; Spring Valley; Woodlands;
The Esplanade, St Kilda, Melbourne
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Huntingdale; Metropolitan; Royal Melbourne (East & West courses); Victoria; Woodlands; Kingston Heath; Spring Valley; Yarra Yarra; Commonwealth.
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