Founded in 1925, Peninsula was the dream of Scottish course designer Gordon
Bernard Oliver and land speculator William Towler who envisaged an American-
style golf resort set on broad acres at Frankston.
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Oliver, a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, designed
27 holes 18 for the men and nine for the ladies the first 11 of which
opened for play in December 1923.
A small group then took the initial steps to acquire the property for the
purpose of establishing a private country golf club. Eventually the club
was to be known as The Peninsula Country Golf Club.
In the early 1960s a decision was made to build a new clubhouse at the
present location, and to create two 18-hole courses. New Zealand designer
Sloan Morpeth incorporated six of Olivers holes from the original course
into his designs for the new North and South courses, set amongst 450 acres
of beautiful native bushland.
A true Country Club since its inception, Peninsula offers 41 twin-share
accommodation rooms and a range of non-golf facilities. It is also known
for the quality of the food service and the extensive Wine List. Regular
visitors have been staying at Peninsula for over 40 years enjoying the Club
as their home away from home.
While the South has long been known as one of Australias tough and testing
championship courses, the North has recently come into its own after
remodelling. One of Australias top golf writers and authors called it the
best course renovation ever completed in Australia (Australias Best Golf
Courses, D Oliver, 2003).
Both courses have hosted important amateur and professional events and are
known for their excellent couch fairways, bent grass greens and traditional
The renovated North Course is designed to advantage those who plan their
way around the course rather than simply blaze away. It is not a long
course, it is one that resists scoring by strategy rather than length.
Several holes offer the player options that are affected by handicap, form,
weather or the even state of the match. Choosing the correct option is the
first key to unravelling this course.
The South Course at Peninsula has traditionally been known as our
Championship course. While renovations to the North Course have elevated it
to Championship level also, the South remains the difficult challenge it
has always been. Beginning in 2004, this course went through a major
renovation by Michael Clayton Golf Design however the changes retained the
existing feel. The South remains a big course, it is long with wide
fairways, large bunkers and big greens. When playing Peninsula South, be
prepared to have every part of your game tested.
12TH NORTH, PAR 4, 370 METRES
The North Course at Peninsula was rebuilt ten years ago and the one hole
improved the most was the par four 12th.
Previously the tee was forward and left, making for a dreadful tee shot
around trees to a semi-blind fairway. The tee came back, adding length and
forcing players to drive accurately along the hogsbacked fairway. Anything
turning left kicks down into a sandy waste and a shot going the other way
hits the opposite side of the slope and kicks right. The skyline green at the
top of the dune is exposed to the winds and only a well-struck and properly
flighted shot finds the difficult target.
Photography by David Scaletti
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