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Victoria Golf Club

Situated in the beachside suburb of Cheltenham, Victoria offers a golfing
experience on par with the world’s best. The beautifully landscaped course is
designed to challenge both the amateur and professional golfer. It is one of
the regions tougher courses, with lightning-fast greens and some of the best
bunkering in Australia.






About the Club The Victoria Golf Club was founded in 1903 by Mr Bill Meader and was
initially located at Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne. The Club moved to
its current location in 1927 and the new course was designed by Oscar
Damman and Bill Meader with the assistance from the doyen of course
architects, Dr Alister MacKenzie.

The Club has an incredible history in world golf and in 1954, perhaps one
of the most remarkable feats in world golf occurred. VGC Club Members, Doug
Bachli and Peter Thomson set the Club on the world stage when Bachli won
the British Amateur Championship and Thomson won the first of his five
British Open Championships. Both trophies sat side-by-side on the
mantelpiece in the Members Bar. In recognition of this feat, and the
contribution of these two great members to the game of golf, the Club named
a room in their honour – the Bachli Thomson Room. Club member Geoff Ogilvy
has also had recent international success, winning the 2006 US Open.

The Clubhouse is regarded as one of the best in Australia and includes 15
twin-share accommodation rooms. The contribution of these houseguests to
the ‘fabric’ of the Club is significant. The hospitality experiences
offered by the Club are exceptional and the awe of first-time guests
ensures that they become regular visitors to the Club.

As Peter Thomson said, ‘some clubs have a special character that sets them
apart. It is not necessarily the quality of the course, or the
accommodations of the buildings that distinguishes them. It is more
essentially the membership, past, and present, and the file of achievements
over such a period of decades that creates such a tradition. Victoria Golf
Club is such a Club’.
Design Features The course has changed considerably in the last 15 years, under the
guidance of Michael Clayton. It is still unmistakably a course featuring
all of the design characteristics of a traditional Sandbelt course. These
courses typically feature wonderful green complexes with strategic
bunkering and the effects of the weather determine the most appropriate
line of play.

Typically in tournament play, holes 11 to 16 play a significant role in
determining which player will hold the trophy aloft on the final day. Holes
11, 12 and 13 are all par 4s requiring accuracy and placement off the tee
followed by an approach shot to the ‘right spot’ on the green to hopefully
allow the player to make a putt. Fourteen is a tricky uphill par 3
requiring the most accurate of tee shot – missing the green will make par
unlikely. The 15th is perhaps the most interesting – anything from a driver
to a six-iron – again reaching the green in regulation is essential for par.
Sixteen typically plays as one of the hardest holes of all during
tournaments and a long iron with careful placement is required to make
three. Two par 5s finish the nine – with 18 often the scene of an heroic
birdie or even eagle to snatch a victory.
Course Highlight 15TH, PAR 4, 461 METRES
Melbourne is full of really interesting short par fours and Victoria’s 15th
hole is one of the best. It is perhaps the most confusing of all the sub 300
metre holes because every time a player steps up to the tee there is a
decision to make. The green is drivable for the longest hitters and many can
get close to the green. Member Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S Open champion,
however cautions that ’15 is never a driver’.

The primary hazard of the 15th holes is a string of penal bunkers that line
the left side of the fairway and leave players with a horrible length bunker
shot that no one is particularly good at.

Steven Leaney won a Victorian Open here in 1996 hitting six irons from the
tee, and for any golfer, every club from a middle iron to a driver is a
legitimate choice.

Photography by David Scaletti.



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