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About Werribee Park Golf Club


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About Werribee Park Golf Club


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Werribee Park Golf Club is located on K Road in the beautiful Werribee South precinct along with some of Werribee’s best tourist attractions; Mansion Hotel & Spa, Victoria State Rose Gardens, Werribee Open Range Zoo, the National Equestrian Centre and Shadowfax Winery.

With breathtaking views of the Werribee River and the Red Cliffs, this 18 hole championship golf course, founded in 1976, proudly offers fully watered fairways and excellent greens.

The open design of the course is counter pointed with strategic plantings of trees while it’s well placed bunkers and lateral water hazards are a test even for the expert player. Werribee park golf club is blessed with free draining alluvial soils which allow golf to be played throughout the year, even in the wettest winter when most surrounding courses are closed.

After a day on the greens, you can enjoy a lovely meal or drink at the clubhouse which features views of the You Yangs, Werribee River and the Bellarine Peninsula.

WERRIBEE AND GOLF - A long history

May 19th, 1928 a golf club at Werribee was started at the property of Mr F Dubout, located 1km North of the Werribee Post Office, with a membership that exceeded 80 in the first week and was limited after that, requiring a Referee. The membership was made up of more than 40% woman, according to the local newspaper the Werribee Banner. In 1946 the Werribee Golf Club relocated to the Werribee Race Course and found a permanent home for a 9 Hole course.  

In December 1976 the Werribee Golf Course was relocated and renamed the Werribee Park Golf Course on the purchase of the land where the course stands today, more than 40 years on. Werribee Park Golf Club was originally operated from the Werribee Park Mansion until the course and clubhouse were completed. It is the permanent home of the club, above the K Road cliffs overlooking the Werribee River and on the alluvial flood plains. 

 

KEVIN HARTLEY - course architect

Kevin Hartley  is one of Australia's finest amateur golfers. Described as "arguably Australia's best ever amateur golfer" for winning both the Victorian and Australian amateur championships, representing his country in four Eisenhower Cups and winning the Ivo Whitton Trophy for scoring averages an unprecedented 13 times. Known as ‘The Dart’ for his accuracy on the course, he came to prominence in 1950 when he won Victorian Boys Championship at Medway (Victoria), his home course. He played with the greats of his era including Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. He played at the highest level while raising and family and earning a living as an engineer, his involvement in golf course design and some notable run-ins with organizations and individuals, are legondary. (Golf Society Newsletter Jan 2008)

A recollection by Course Architect Kevin Hartley

Developing the Course Layout

"As is always the case, the clubhouse location must be chosen first. Here it was clear that anywhere along the ridge line would be fine, but in its present location, it would be perfect. The advantages of river overview and proximity to the road sealed the siting.

In regard to the effect of the arrangement of the holes, the clubhouse location meant that it would not be possible to get both nines starting and finishing on the same level as the clubhouse.

This led to hole 1 on the top, holes 9 and 10 on the flat but close to the clubhouse, hole 17 progressing up a modest slope with hole 18 on the top returning to the clubhouse.

While various hole arrangements were considered, the best in my view was the one that exists today. The only arguable shortcoming is that hole 18 is short, purists favouring a tough finishing hole. It is easy to argue that its location on the edge of the cliff face adds more than adequate interest to the hole.

All the green surfaces at Werribee Park were influenced by the Royal Melbourne models. Greens were sized around 550 square meters with relatively large but shallow sand traps. Many years later it greatly pained me to see several sand traps greatly deepened. Why? - Because there is only one type of shot that can be played from them. Shallow traps present options – potentially confusing to the golfer."

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