The Dunes Golf Links – December 2017 Dave and I chose The Dunes Golf Links to play on the Mornington Peninsula as we had been recommended it as the best value for money on a stunning course.
We arrived early as Dave likes to warm up before teeing off so we got a bucket of balls and hit the range.
As we headed to the 1st tee we met up with a bunch of ladies who asked if it was just two of us and let us tee off first. We hit off and hurried through the hole and as we headed off to the 2nd tee we realised we had teed off on the wrong course and had played the first hole on The Cups 9 hole Course.
A quick dash across a fairway and we swung around to the 1st hole on The Dunes Course, 6 minutes late for our tee time.
There were 4 gentlemen warming up on the 1st and looked at us questioningly. We explained we played the wrong hole and were now late for our tee time but were happy to wait until they had played. They looked at our cart and as a couple of them were walking, they wished us well on the tricky course and sent us off first.
The Dunes is a stunning links course and I was loving playing links golf in Australia. It was a little different being in one layer of clothing as usually I am playing links golf in Scotland and Ireland and have 3 or so layers on.
The greens were difficult to read and multiple times I was completely offline which is not my usual putting. They were very quick with double breaks and sometimes the ball just didn’t want to go in the hole.
Dave lipped out quite a few times which was frustrating for him but delightful for me as I won a hole or two that way.
Once again our competition was fierce and I was stoked to out drive him twice – I might have had a 50 yard head start.
The course design fits in perfectly with the natural surrounds. Large undulating greens that are heavily protected by not very friendly bunkers – some you may need a stepladder to get out. I struggled in the sand and every round I have played since I left Scotland, I regret leaving my sand wedge.
I didn’t have to go out backwards but in some I swung more than once – here I think Dave may have been secretly happy clocking up another hole in the match play.
I would be interested to know how much earth was shifted in the construction of the course and if any was brought in or if it was just rearranged.
Links golf is my favourite kind of golf. There was only a light wind to contend with and the run on the fairways always makes me smile when I see how far my ball has gone.
Dave had a hot run on the back nine with 5 pars in a row and our competition came down to the very last hole. Dave was not happy that I had a shot although when I duffed my drive I am sure I saw him smile before telling me to hit another ball.
I refused as we headed down the fairway for my tricky second shot on the side of a hill. I smoked my 3w and smiled at Dave as he lined up his second. He miss hit and I might have heckled him a little about me winning.
I did manage the win as I sunk a nice final putt.
The course has wide fairways and looks forgiving with nice landing areas off the tees however if your risk/reward factor is off you can be severely punished between the waste bunkers and the fescue.
We both loved the course and look forward to returning and challenging each other once again.
This course is a must play and anyone travelling to Victoria for a spot of golf should ensure this makes their list.
Post round we sat in the gorgeous clubhouse overlooking the 9th green judging everyone coming though and enjoyed the specials of the day while chatting to a couple who were having a “work meeting”.
Great service, delicious food and awesome golf – I can’t wait to return.