Cheltenham, Victoria 3192
18 holes. Tree-lined & open sandbelt course. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and residential.
Original design by Dan Soutar (1923). Bunkering improvements by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1926).
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 6.7 km turn left into Kingston Road. After o.9 km golf entrance is on your right.
Kingston Heath Golf Club: The long opening par-4, up and over a slight incline, doesn't immediately suggest that you are stepping out onto the second best golf course in Australia ( ... as Kingston Heath is often rated). But get further into this "heathland" layout and you will be struck by the superb layout, great variety of holes, fabulous conditioning and naturalness of the environment.
An unforgettable feature of Kingston Heath is its bunkering. A profusion of stylish bunkers, sometimes sharp-edged, sometimes rustically-cut and bearded, continually peek up at you from the fairways and from around the greens. There is a scattering of tall mature eucalyptus trees, complementing smaller trees and bushes that also give excellent definition to the holes. The fairway-lining rough is well worth staying out of, if at all possible. Although relatively compact and not an overly expansive or roaming course, there is certainly enough space between the holes to enjoy your round in an environment of blissful heathland openness.
The closing quartet of holes comprises the sublimely bunkered par-3 15th, followed by three gently doglegging good length par-4s. This final stretch is about as tough as they come, presenting a seriously challenging and unforgettable way to return you to the stylish single-storey clubhouse. Here, with a glass of cool chardonnay in hand, you can muse on what was, or what might have been out on the heath!
To tour Kingston Heath click on the video below.
Private club, with restricted outside visitor play. Overseas & interstate visitors should contact the Golf Shop regarding playing possibilities; generally available on a limited basis on Mon, Thurs and Fri.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times.
Kingston Heath started life as the Elsterwick Golf Club in 1909, and moved to its current location in 1925. The club has hosted many of Australia's biggest tournaments including the Australian Open on several occasions (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Kingston Heath).
World: 22nd best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
Australia: 3rd best course in Australia (Australian Golf Digest, 2020).
1130 Nepean Highway, Highett, Melbourne, Victoria 3190
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