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 earlier this decade appeared more established than their comparative youth indicated. Replete with historic touches throughout, including an old kiln by the second hole, The Dunes looks and feels ahead of its time.

– Steve Keipert

The Dunes Golf Club

THE DETAILS

The Dunes Golf Links

Ranking in 2018: 19th

Prior rankings: 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
Web: thedunes.com.au