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Barwon Heads Golf Club

Stay and Play Specials

Description Established in 1907, The Barwon Heads Golf Club is considered by many to be Australia’s first true links course. And right next to the renowned links, the Clubhouse has a unique atmosphere that brings more than a hint of old Scotland to Victoria. Nestled amongst the coastal dunes just metres from the spectacular Surf Coast, this exceptional course offers 18 holes of genuine links golf. Undulating fairways, strategic bunkers, slick greens and testing winds all combine to present both a challenge and a visual delight. Strict dress code. Golfing visitors welcome. Bookings essential.
Golf Links Road 
Barwon Heads VIC 3227
Club Phone (03) 5255 6255
Fax (03) 5255 6266
Director of Golf Ashley Andrews, Lead Professional - Ian Donnelly
Hire Buggies and carts
Practice Practice driving range, short game facility, Par 3 course and tuition available. Practice facilities are for members and house guests only, or for use prior to golf on the main course.
Club House Magnificent Heritage Victoria & National Trust listed building. Stylish accommodation, extensive facilities available for house guests including tennis courts, billiards room, bar and highly regarded dining. Within a stroll to the village, river and beaches of Barwon Heads.
Green Fees Weekends & peak $225, $130 house guest, $110 member's guest, Midweek $175, $110 house guest, $80 member's guest.

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Course Details

Holes 18
Length 5886
The GOLF Course Guide Rank 5
The GOLF Course Guide Design Rank 7
The GOLF Course Guide Conditions Rank 4
The GOLF Course Guide Aesthetics Rank 8
Designer Victor East
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Stay and Play Specials


Twin share /full board, includes room, cooked breakfast, golf, light lunch three-course a la carte dinner
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Golf Links Road, Barwon Heads VIC 3227

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Above - 4th hole overlooking ocean

For many golfers, the grand prize on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula is a game at Barwon Heads Golf Club. Barwon Heads, is a club that oozes class, where a certain decorum - not unlike Muirfield - must be maintained. The club is vigilant in regards to its dress code.

links golf or links like?Barwon Heads is famous in Australian golfing circles and, erroneously, is often referred to as a links. Starved of true links, we tend to lazily assign the tag to anything that remotely looks like one. Any course by the beach, of undulating sandy loam gets praised as such. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th are authentically ‘links-like'. As a part of the course development plan much of the tea tree has been removed over the past few years. Architecturally, the non-links section is highly appealing but totally unconnected to the holes mentioned. Interestingly, the links flavour returns strongly with the long 12th hole and for one of Australia's finest par threes, the glorious 13th hole. Afterwards, the course winds back through wooded terrain.

However, the constant undulation, which really is nature's gift to golf, is present throughout the entire layout". (Noted golf writer and "links aficionado" Paul Daley)

bhgc - clubhouse as the backdrop

The present course was established in 1920, but the opening sea-side holes were not constructed until 1929.

The first, a 305m par four usually plays shorter with the prevailing westerly wind at your back. There’s out of bounds left that is a real worry on the opening drive for any hooker or left handed slicer. Anything on the fairway that misses the pot bunker on the right presents a simple enough pitch shot to the elevated landing area. The third is a wonderful, long par four at 380m, hopefully down wind! A vast area of sandy hollow lies in wait for anything sliced or struck short in an attempt to cut too much off the dogleg. Again, the green is elevated, and the challenge is provided by natural slopes and undulations all around rather than artificial bunkering. There are ocean glimpses to be had from the beautiful two tier green on the par three fourth.

Perhaps the thirteenth is the signature hole, but words can never describe just how inspiring this "simple" short little downhill par three of 133m really is. No bunkers – just wind and wicked undulation all around the target. The vista of tree-less rolling links-land from the tee says it all.

bhgc dining roomThe heritage-listed clubhouse at Barwon Heads has 19 rooms; a few that share a balcony and some with ocean or course views.  For those truly serious about their game it is "the" place to stay, with many groups returning annually. Whilst even the tastefully decorated rooms are somewhat "Spartan" in their accoutrements – the grand dining room downstairs along with the billiards facilities provide the ultimate in après-golf indulgences. Check the website for special stay and play packages including free golf with B&B stays during winter. 

above- The Balcony room opens out onto a deck overlooking the course and a standard twin room with view (left)

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