Sanctuary Lakes’ life began from a low base. The site of a former salt works on the edge of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay was flat, exposed and almost featureless from an architectural point of view – to say nothing of the delicate environment. Which is a large part of the reason why co-designer Bob Harrison regards this course as one of his finest designs during his partnership with Greg Norman. The pair squeezed plenty from nothing, devising a layout that worked in harmony with the landscape and met all environmental requirements. The intelligent bunkering and incorporation of wetlands and larger water hazards is a highlight.

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Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club
Ranking in 2020: 90th
Prior rankings: 82nd (2018), 77th (2016), 69th (2014), 74th (2012), 66th (2010), 69th (2008), 87th (2006)
Where: Greg Norman Drive, Sanctuary Lakes VIC 3030
Phone: (03) 9395 2888

Photography by Gary Lisbon