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Moonah Links

Moonah Links is considered one of Australia’s most unique leisure resorts combining two 18 hole championship golf courses, a la carte restaurant, onsite dayspa and luxury accommodation. With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.

Conveniently located between one of Victoria’s most popular award winning attractions, the Peninsula Hot Springs and neighbouring Cups Estate Winery & St Andrews Beach Brewery, one does not need to venture far from the resort to experience the very best that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.


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Moonah Links (Open Course)

The Open Course is fittingly designed by five-time Open Champion, Peter Thompson in 2001. Thompson proclaimed the setting as "Some of the finest golfing land to be found in Australia." Contrasting the Legends Course, the Open Course is designed to test the games very best players. The layout would be put to the test at a championship, hosting an Australian Open in 2003 and again in 2005. Thompson described the course from the championship markers as a "Laviathan," measuring total of 6,783 meters. 

Much like The Legends course, the layout has been routed along the rolling sand dunes that have been naturally created over hundreds of years. As its name suggestest, the Open Course is exposed to the elements which creates a significant challenge on windy days that are typical of the Mornington Peninsula area. 

The Open Course is a mighty and ferocious test of golfing ability, the likes of which even the top pros only occasionally experience. For the club golfer, a score equal to their handicap should be considered a good day, particulalry in challenging conditions. Alternative tee postions make the course more accessible for higher handicap players. 

Course


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Hole 1

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 339 m
  • Index: 13

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 326 m
  • Index: 13

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 301 m
  • Index: 13

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 272 m
  • Index: 15

A relatively short par four which asks for a good teeshot and a not-so-easy approach to the green perched amongst the Moonah Trees. Then there is the first acquaintance of the depth of bunkers and speed of putting. The pros should find this hole an easy pipe-opener, but lesser mortals may stumble.

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Hole 2

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 517 m
  • Index: 16

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 510 m
  • Index: 16

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 446 m
  • Index: 16

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 435 m
  • Index: 9

Now starts the course proper and it is evident what one is in for. In this case a long par five along a flat corridor, past six fairway bunkers, plus a deep one the the green gate. The green is on a natural ridge, with an easy run-up but severe fall-away at rear.

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Hole 3

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 378 m
  • Index: 10

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 361 m
  • Index: 10

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 352 m
  • Index: 10

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 326 m
  • Index: 7

This can be a beast of a hole depending on the wind and your strength. It needs a long high drive to make it to the plateau, from where the green is in view, otherwise it is a dangerous blind second uphill.

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Hole 4

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 598 m
  • Index: 14

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 572 m
  • Index: 14

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 557 m
  • Index: 14

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 450 m
  • Index: 5

Here is sheer beauty to gaze at but a devil to play. Par fives on the Leviathan are all huge, but this one is often downwind and therefore easily reached in three strong shots. But a gauntlet of deep bunkers bar the way. Sheer joy.

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Hole 5

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 174 m
  • Index: 7

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 165 m
  • Index: 7

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 158 m
  • Index: 7

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 130 m
  • Index: 17

This is the first of the four par threes, completely natural. It was ‘sitting there’ in nature, waiting to be discovered so that it just had to be smothered. Three hugely deep bunkers are the principle features. An inspiring long shot across a delightful valley.

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Hole 6

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 403 m
  • Index: 3

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 385 m
  • Index: 3

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 351 m
  • Index: 3

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 327 m
  • Index: 3

Few players can reach this par four in two shots, but it is designed to sort out the best from the worst. The green is bunkerless, but a severe slope on the front makes up for that.

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Hole 7

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 167 m
  • Index: 15

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 161 m
  • Index: 15

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 149 m
  • Index: 15

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 141 m
  • Index: 13

Here is a classic par three of medium length on the highest point of the course which means more wind, usually across. A green to test one’s skill.

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Hole 8

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 428 m
  • Index: 2

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 383 m
  • Index: 2

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 370 m
  • Index: 2

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 318 m
  • Index: 11

A par four of maximum length with punishing bunkers along the way. Few will reach this hole in two with its raised green. The best will do it though and the rest will have to watch.

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Hole 9

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 411 m
  • Index: 5

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 369 m
  • Index: 5

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 357 m
  • Index: 5

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 330 m
  • Index: 1

Unique. Only found in places like Ballybunion and Lahinch. A drive over a large rough height into a low basin, from which the forward approach is upward to a small green. A respite though before a deluge to come.

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Hole 10

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 386 m
  • Index: 11

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 385 m
  • Index: 11

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 335 m
  • Index: 11

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 309 m
  • Index: 12

Here is an almost-par five and on many windy days barely reachable by the power hitters in two. And it’s a good old fashioned blind drive over a transverse ridge. That is not all. The green is still a distance yet with two deep bunkers standing like stone lions to guard the gate. The hole is a test of power mostly.

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Hole 11

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 202 m
  • Index: 8

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 191 m
  • Index: 8

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 165 m
  • Index: 8

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 136 m
  • Index: 10

I like to call this one a ‘bit of Irish’, as it reminds one of holes so natural one wonders if it was brought from the Emerald Isle. Par fours will be well earned. Small green and some undulation.

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Hole 12

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 374 m
  • Index: 12

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 341 m
  • Index: 12

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 321 m
  • Index: 12

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 315 m
  • Index: 6

This can be awesome, as it turns to the Southwest and climbs to a high green. The tee shot is not for a faint heart nor the second shot a less than well struck solid hit. The green has two levels across. Unusual.

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Hole 13

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 491 m
  • Index: 17

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 460 m
  • Index: 17

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 397 m
  • Index: 17

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 370 m
  • Index: 16

It calls for a full blooded wallop at 200 metres, but there is bunkering only short right and high back left, leaving a wide entry route short and left. The green is a piece of fun too. Two putts not so automatic.

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Hole 14

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 355 m
  • Index: 18

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 335 m
  • Index: 18

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 306 m
  • Index: 18

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 274 m
  • Index: 18

Looking more formidable than it really is, the drive is into a wide basin so that everything ends in the fairway and the green ahead is a shelf without any bunkers. But don’t be deceived. This hole can bite you.

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Hole 15

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 424 m
  • Index: 1

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 408 m
  • Index: 1

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 382 m
  • Index: 1

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 347 m
  • Index: 2

A monumental par five that can be seen from the tee all the way to the green, as it twists and turns through bunkers into a vast hollow that was once a vineyard, before it ascends to a green half up the massive ridge. Great viewing grounds all the way along. Three big shots into the wind and a green of two levels.

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Hole 16

Black

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 411 m
  • Index: 4

Blue

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 370 m
  • Index: 4

White

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 361 m
  • Index: 4

Red

  • Par: 4
  • Distance: 310 m
  • Index: 8

Turning south here is a long driving par four with a huge green of one holing-out level from front to back but another equal area of lower slopes. The task is to get the second shot onto the upper deck a la St Andrews. And just like the Old Course, this green is not always receptive. Yet there is only adventure here for the stout hearted.

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Hole 17

Black

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 185 m
  • Index: 6

Blue

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 173 m
  • Index: 6

White

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 155 m
  • Index: 6

Red

  • Par: 3
  • Distance: 124 m
  • Index: 14

This ranks with the world’s greatest par threes. For one thing it has a tantilising length across a valley and the green slopes sharply so that any shot too strong will be in serious trouble. Being short is equally punishing as the apron slopes even steeper. There are so many possibilities of a high score here. It should be totally fascinating to watch shaky leaders confront this penultimate hurdle. I leave it a puzzle.

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Hole 18

Black

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 582 m
  • Index: 9

Blue

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 519 m
  • Index: 9

White

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 503 m
  • Index: 9

Red

  • Par: 5
  • Distance: 461 m
  • Index: 4

Longest, as it should be, perhaps exhausting, a minfield of danger from the first shot to the last. There are eleven bunkers waiting along its length to catch the unwary or careless. This is designed to be a spectacular finish. It should make a grand arena of wide viewing and entertainment.