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The Dunes golf Links is a 27-hole golf complex set near the coast on the Mornington Peninsula. It has a 9-hole Cups Course, and an 18-hole Dunes Course. The Dunes has been ranked amongst Australia’s Top 20 Golf Courses for the last 20 years, and the entire complex regularly maintains its reputation as Australia’s premier public-access golf facility. Designed by Tony Cashmore, the Dunes Course offers a modern links layout on very sandy soil that drains well and is open year-round. The Dunes consistently ranks as Victoria’s best public access course and in the Top 3 public access courses Australia wide.
The Dunes Golf Course features in our Mornington Peninsula golf package. Other courses included in the package are the Moonah Links Legends Course, St Andrews Beach, and The National Golf Club. The Peninsula has a lot to offer for golfers and non-golfers, whether it’s wineries, horse riding, surfing or enjoying distinct culinary experiences, The Dunes lie within the centre of it all. With brand new accommodation onsite, The Links Lodge makes a perfect spot to base your Mornington Peninsula Golf Experience so you can play more golf courses while staying locally.
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Golf Course Information
The Dunes Links enjoys a lot of success and popularity. Although laid out on prime links-land, the work of Tony Cashmore is remarkably innovative in that the course achieves the objective of being a challenge to the low handicapper without being too difficult for the average handicapper. There is a true risk-reward factor with the elevation changes, placement of the bunkers and layout of the course. The routing of each hole makes the course alter its direction in seemingly sporadic ways and the wind the often blows straight across the Great Australian Bight seriously affects golfers’ scorecards at The Dunes Links.
The Cups Course measures 2,533 yards, 2,316 metres and has a par of 33. It is a 9-hole course that is a lot more forgiving than its bigger sibling, The Dunes. The 6th hole which plays only 74 metres from the back tee has been voted ‘Best Short Par 3’ in Australia. It is the perfect warm-up or warm-down round for the Dunes Links. When playing golf at The Dunes golf links, make sure you make time for the full 27-hole experience, as the challenge of the Dunes is often offset by the great amount of fun offered by the Cups Course.
Practice facilities at The Dunes Golf Links consists of two hitting nets, an enormous adventure putting green, a chipping, pitching and practice bunker area, and a 300-metre driving range that comes with turfed hitting areas and artificial grassed tees.
Clinics, Fittings & Repairs
The Dunes offers a range of services including fully customised golf tuition. Clinic services consist of lessons with 1-8 people that are ideal for those wanting to improve, or learn the game, and for those who want a lower handicap. They also offer club fittings by their PGA qualified golf professional Gavin Coyle, as well as club repairs, anything from a broken shaft to a re-grip, nothing is too big or small.
The Dunes is open for breakfast and lunch from 08:00 to 15:00, for all your food and beverage needs every day of the week. The menu offered in the clubhouse restaurant consists of toasties and bacon rolls for breakfast, with eggs or toast. Whilst lunch offers everything from chicken parmigiana, lamb, lasagne, soup and burgers. There is something for everyone in the restaurant, and that includes a large selection of local beer and wines, as well as locally roasted coffee from nearby Red Hill. The Clubhouse also houses the pro shop where you can check-in for your round and purchase accessories, golf wear or golf equipment from the well-stocked shop.
Recently completed accommodation at The Dunes consists of the ‘Links Lodge’ which was designed specifically with travelling golfers in mind. The Links Lodge opened in November 2021 with a selection of modern, two-bedroom suites featuring private views of the Mornington Peninsula’s rolling hills and the resident 27-hole golf complex. There are six two-bedroom suites that all feature ensuites for each room, a large living area and kitchenette, floor to ceiling windows, private balcony, 5G Wi-Fi, Smart TV and luxury finishings. the king-sized beds are perfect for reclining, whilst the fully-equipped kitchens provide ample space to cook your own feast from the comfort of your luxury suite. If cooking is not your forte, the centrally located Dunes Golf Resort is within close distance of some fantastic local eateries including the St Andrews Beach Brewery, Veraison Restaurant, Steam Restaurant, Ten Minutes by Tractor and a swathe of wineries directly to the east.