To “keep the rabbits out” has become an iconic phrase after Telstra coined the popular expression in a 2006 Bigpond television commercial. Australians instantly warmed to the hilarious faux explanation for why the Great Wall of China was constructed.

But keeping the rabbits out is among a host of changes Curlewis Golf Club has implemented since being taken over by new owners David and Lyndsay Sharp.

This classic Vern Morcom design – set in the heart of Victoria’s beautiful Bellarine Peninsula – has engaged the Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead design firm to “make the course more enjoyable; not harder or easier”.

On a layout bearing resemblance to courses on the Melbourne sandbelt, it was agreed trees at Curlewis had outgrown Morcom’s 1970 design. Four holes now feature new and/or altered trees, and plantation removal has occurred on 10 holes.

The installation of a rabbit-proof fence surrounding the course has made  improvements to the Santa Ana couch turf base easier, and irrigation updates on five holes will enhance the conditioning.

Golfers will be pleased to know the 12th fairway is now wider, and superfluous bunkers have been eliminated on two holes.

Bespoke course furniture now complements a new-look Curlewis in the form of new tee markers, seats, ball washers, bubblers, divot sand storage bins and sand bucket storages.

Away from the links, the new Spikes Bar opened in November, and lunch and snacks are available for hungry golfers seven days a week. Top Bistro dining from Thursday to Saturday nights has also been a big hit.

After your round, it’s worth trying the other passion project of  the Sharps – wine. 

An afternoon visit to either of their Jack Rabbit and Leura Park cellar doors –  both minutes from the golf club – makes for a special day on the Bellarine.


Curlewis Golf Club
1345 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis VIC 3222
Phone: (03) 5251 2534