Time to tee off

The Mornington Peninsula has become a mecca for golfers who have been venturing here from interstate and overseas for several years now, with world class professionals referring to the coastal haven as being internationally renowned and recognised amongst the best in the world. Once again, the Mornington Peninsula will be on show to men and women golfers from across the country and overseas as the highly-anticipated Ninth Annual Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic tees off from Monday October 29 to Thursday November 1.

After last year’s Golf Classic, which attracted over 200 participants, the 2018 event is expected to attract even more golfing greats. The courses in the 72-hole graded individual stableford tournament continue to challenge and delight all golfers, with the Portsea Golf Club, The Dunes Golf Links, Moonah Links (Legends) and The Flinders Club expected to be in pristine condition to excite the morning and afternoon fields. With a reputation as a one of the most enjoyable and well-organised events on the annual amateur golfing calendar, the golfing extravaganza takes place over four fabulous days, drawing the attention of the world to the sights and delights of the Mornington Peninsula.

Fast becoming known as one of the best places in the world for golf, with courses that sit between Frankston and the Bass Strait breakers, it is the sandy soil, coastal hinterland, and changeable weather that make it the perfect place for keen golfers to swing a club.

With a plethora of courses designed by greats, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Tom Doak, there isn’t another area in the world that has such a plethora of world class courses.

The late Peter Thomson, golfing legend and internationally renowned course architect, referred to the peninsula as one of the best locations for golf.

“For sheer variety, golf on the Mornington Peninsula is unmatched and for the traditional golfer’s welcome, it is hard to find better,” he said.

The courses on offer for this year’s event include Portsea Golf Club. Set amongst rolling sand dunes and coastal vegetation with spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay, the recently redesigned 18-hole layout has fast draining fairways and is kept in fantastic playing condition all year round. Then there is The Dunes Golf Links which has consistently been rated one of Australia’s best public access courses since its inception in 1995. Tony Cashmore produced what some say is his finest design in this course. This championship course achieves the very difficult objective of being a challenge to the low marker without being an impossibility to the high handicapper. Moonah Links (Legends) Course offers a friendly golfing experience for players of all ages and abilities. The course is a loop of 18 holes that generally follow the valleys through a variety of landscapes ranging from ancient woodlands to open links land. And finally, the lovely and picturesque Flinders Golf Club, an 18-hole seaside beauty built along an amazing stretch of land overlooking Bass Strait. The great Golf Architect Dr Alister Mackenzie was so impressed with the course during a visit in 1926 that he was quoted as saying that Flinders was “equalled by only one other natural course, which is in California.” Flinders is arguably one of the more underrated courses on the peninsula, and a favourite of the Inside Golf team.

The entry fee of $775 includes golf, carts on three days (Flinders can be easily walked as it is reasonably flat,) and a tournament branded polo shirt.

To register, go to golfmorningtonpeninsula.com.au or for more information, phone the Tournament Director, Steve McPherson on 0422 691 754 or send an email to  info@golfmorningtonpeninsula.com.au

First published in Peninsula Essence – October 2018