Geelong Golf Club has been featured in the August edition of the Australian Golf Digest.
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Spirits are high at Geelong Golf Club two years after re-opening, with membership numbers growing and a new beer garden open for post-round beverages.
The original Geelong Golf Club was founded in 1892 – a year after Royal Melbourne – but when the latter was moved from Caulfield to its Sandringham location, Geelong officially became the oldest golf club in Australia on an original site.
However, the then 112-year-old club and its 18-hole course closed in 2004 in acrimonious circumstances. It re-opened in 2014 as a boutique, nine-hole layout designed by Graham Papworth.
Quite simply, Geelong is one of the best nine-hole layouts this writer has seen. Perfectly conditioned santa ana couch fairways, boldly-contoured green complexes, pure bent grass putting surfaces, deep, cavernous bunkers and strategic tee shots – all in a tranquil forest setting.
“The new course features a stunning nine-hole format that suits all level of golfers, all just three kilometres from the waterfront,” says general manager Paul Christie.
The course is open seven days a week for social and competitive golf, as well as corporate groups. Practice facilities are superb at Geelong, with a 1,400sqm tee and 700sqm putting green replicating the more subtle greens on the course proper.
“The recent appointment of Darrell Brown as Director of Coaching strengthens strengthens our experience even further,” says Christie. Bookings can be made online at geelonggolf.com.au.