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Top 100 Spotlight: The Dunes Golf Links - Australian Golf Digest Top 100 Spotlight: The Dunes Golf Links - Australian Golf Digest

If ever a golf course could look like a timeless classic on the day it opened, The Dunes is it. This slice of golf heaven on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is an important contribution to the Australian golf scene in numerous ways. Firstly, its revival in 1997 by course architect Tony Cashmore turned a formerly mediocre course into something great. Perhaps more importantly, The Dunes also brought high-calibre, public-access golf to the region, which spurred further developments in the years afterwards. The peninsula is now dotted with dozens of excellent offerings in what many view as the nation’s premier golf destination.

And The Dunes looked like a craggy and cantankerous old battleground from the start. Cashmore’s blowout bunkers and old-world shapes gave the course a weathered look that amplified its natural charm. Even two new holes added last decade appear more established than their comparative youth indicates. Replete with historic touches throughout, including an old kiln by the second hole, The Dunes looks and feels ahead of its time.

Adding to its appeal is the new Links Lodge accommodation offering that positions the property as the ideal base for any Mornington Peninsula getaway. Generous two-bedroom suites inclusive of separate living area and kitchenette, and king-size bedrooms with ensuite (king bed and twin bed configurations available) are perfect to host any family or group booking. The 5G Wi-Fi is super-fast, as is the short stroll to The Dunes clubhouse or drive to the nearby world-famous Peninsula Hot Springs. To make a booking, phone (03) 5985 1334 or e-mail

The Dunes Golf Links
Ranking for 2024-2025: 26th
Prior rankings: 24th (2022), 23rd (2020), 19th (2018), 18th (2016), 16th (2014), 16th (2012), 14th (2010), 25th (2008), 29th (2006), 23rd (2004), 24th (2002), 24th (2000), 44th (1998), 82nd (1996)
Where: Browns Rd, Rye VIC 3941
Phone: (03) 5985 1334  

Photo by Gary Lisbon