The Links at Barwon Heads regularly rates in Australia's top golf courses. The nearby Bass Strait and sand dunes along with the weather conditions provide a course reminiscent of famed Scottish links.The undulating terrain, in harmony with the natural features of the land will ensure that you will remember time spent at Barwon Heads.
While not especially long, the Links will test golfers of all standards with cleverly positioned hazards, subtle slopes and greens, along with challenging tee positions. The wind ensures that the course rarely plays the same way twice in the one week.
The turf is maintained to the highest standard and in the summer a local species of couch grass dominates the fairways. In the cooler months the species of Poa Annua provides an excellent fairway cover. The greens are predominantly of Poa Annua and it is our practice that the greens are prepared for guests every morning, so a true and fast surface is virtually assured.
The historic Clubhouse, with its old world charm, has magnificent views of the course and the coastline towards Port Phillip Heads. The Consultants who, over the years, contributed to the development of the links included such eminent names as Rymill, Spicer, Kirkwood, Russell and Alister McKenzie. The advantages of the site included the "natural bunkers, the setting and beautiful undulations."
The native grasses were considered unsuitable and couch was brought in from Sandringham, on the other side of Port Phillip Bay, and planted by hand. A fine links needed a fine Clubhouse and in 1924 the present clubhouse was opened, and has provided a gracious and comfortable centre for club life and for the entertainment and enjoyment of visitors. Although undergoing changes and improvements over the last seventy years, it retains its traditional charm. It provides nineteen bedrooms with ensuites, lounges, bars, a billiards room and dining rooms.