The Sweet Spotlight: Woodlands Golf Club

Woodlands Golf Club, on both locality and prestige, sits amongst some of the finest golf courses in Australia. Woodlands sits within a unique group of courses, the Sandbelt, which places it in some pretty special company. Names such as Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath are generally the first names whispered when people start talking Australian golf destinations, but Woodlands sets itself apart as one of the most dynamic and finest courses in the Australian golf course landscape.

Located in the tranquil surrounds of Mordialloc, Victoria, Woodlands golf club was founded in 1913, and it truly does maintain a distinct charm, extending from its clubhouse through to the majestic course feel. While offering a tough and challenging setup for all golfers, it maintains a calm and modest feel, a reflection of its members and friendly community.

Woodlands GC is not short of a bunker or two. Photo: Gary Lisbon

Furthermore, recent clubhouse renovations are on full display, which totalled $8million, and visualise Woodlands in all its glory. And it shows. You can’t help but feel a rich sense of history walking through the clubhouse, even on your first visit.

Continuously ranked in the Australian top 20 golf courses, it is easy to see why. Woodlands presents up a challenging layout for all levels of golfer. The small greens put even the most precise of golfers play to test, where you will pay a heavy price if you go astray, with many deep and regular bunkers awaiting collection of your ball. In addition, Woodlands is an expertly designed course, which rewards golfers with fine precision and smart ball placement, making it hard for those long bombers so often seen in today’s game.

A small target. Get used to this. Photo: Gary Lisbon

Of recent times Woodlands has invested heavily in upgrading the quality of its greens, with Mackenzie bentgrass being sported amongst many of the holes. This reflects the pride and care Woodlands shows in the layout of its historic course.

If you are looking into playing the top courses in Australia for your next trip, and are looking for a round that presents prestige, tough short game play and a general great community feel, then keep Woodlands at the top of your list.

The Sweet Spotlight Course Profile:

LOCATION: 109 White St, Mordialloc VIC 3195.

CONTACT: (03) 9580 3455.

WEBSITE: www.woodlandsgolf.com.au

SLOPE RATINGS: Men: 133/130/128/119; women: 130

PLAYING SURFACES: Bentgrass (greens), Santa ana couch (fairways).

DIRECTOR: Richard Tullberg

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