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Moonah Links Resort (Open) (Fingal, Victoria)

Moonah Links Resort (Open) logo Golf Course Review by: John Fenstermaker

The Takeaway:  Host of the 2003 and 2005 Australian Opens, the Open course was specifically designed to host championship golf. While the length and challenge are worthy of hosting such events, the design lacks the architectural interest to make it an elite level track Down Under.  Grade B-

Quick Facts

Designer:  Ross Perrett and Peter Thomson in 2001

Cost:  $55 AUD - $100 AUD (Motorized cart is $50 AUD) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  61 3 5988 2047

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Moonah Links Resort (Open)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal, Victoria  3939 – AUSTRALIA

Photos:  See additional photos of Moonah Links Resort (Open)

Accolades:  Ranked 17th in Australia by Golf Course Gurus.

What to Expect:  The second of the two courses at Moonah Links to be built, the Open course is all about tournament golf. The hole designs are done in a way to create more challenge than creativity from an architectural standpoint which is great for a tournament but not as fun for casual golf. Known as one of the longest and most difficult courses Down Under, the Open course is an excellent test from start to finish. Interestingly the routing was a bit clunky where at one intersection of the cart paths I took a picture that showed four different signs pointing playing in various directions to different holes. A lot of resorts have courses with very similar feels and something that is great at Moonah is that each course is a very different experience; both very good in their own right. The Legends course is more sporty and engaging while the Open course is more testing and exacting. Players can walk or take a cart when visiting Moonah Links, so do whatever you like and enjoy one of the best public 36 holes facilities in Australia.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7468 77.4 144
Blue 72 6891 74.6 135
White 72 6432 72.0 133
Red (Women) 72 5849 74.9 135

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  8th Hole – 468 Yard Par 4 – With punishing bunkers lining both sides of a long fairway, the 8th hole is a prime example of a challenging hole on a tournament course. Stretching out to 468 yards from the tips with an elevated green, even the most accomplished golfers will find it difficult to get a green-in-regulation, especially with a wayward shot off the tee. Playing from an elevated tee, be aware of the bunkers that come into play and make sure you take an extra club into the raised green. The trees lining the left side of the hole serve as a warning to not pull your shots left.

8th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (468 Yard Par 4)
8th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (468 Yard Par 4)

8th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (468 Yard Par 4)
8th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (468 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 3:  17th Hole – 202 Yards – This long par 3 will certainly excite your senses as you hope to have a solid shot off the tee. Watching your ball fly over a vast valley of green is rewarding, but you’ll hope that you’ve hit it to the right target so that your ball doesn’t roll away with the green sloping from left to right and back to front. Don’t leave it short either, as the steep apron is an unwelcoming landing spot. With this being the most difficult par 3 on the course, just try to get your par and move on.

17th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (202 Yard Par 3)
17th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (202 Yard Par 3)

17th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (202 Yard Par 3)
17th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (202 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  3rd Hole – 413 Yards – My favorite hole on the course is this great dogleg right, par 4. With the prevailing wind being into your face, it can also be a challenge. If your tee shot is long enough, you can reach the plateau that gives you a nice view and a nice approach into the green, otherwise you’re looking at a difficult uphill approach. The approach plays through a saddle to the green with plenty of surrounding rough to catch the ball.

3rd Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (413 Yard Par 4)
3rd Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (413 Yard Par 4)

3rd Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (413 Yard Par 4)
3rd Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (413 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  15th Hole – 537 Yards – The 15th is one of the easier holes on the course, and perhaps the easiest par 5, but it is also the most enjoyable of the three-shotters. The green is reachable in two after playing up a steep hill, leaving an excellent shot for a rare eagle. Don’t hesitate to hit your second shot a little long, as the golfer who leaves that shot short will find the ball rolling back down the fairway. Even those players who can’t reach the green in two will enjoy three fun shots as the fairway twists and turns around the bunkers towards the green.

15th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (537 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (537 Yard Par 5)

15th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (537 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (537 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  1st Hole – 371 Yard Par 4 – Birdies on this tournament course are few and far between, so take advantage of this opener. A solid shot off the tee will have a shot at carrying a gully, but your approach will need to be accurate given that all sides of the green slope away from the hole. But enjoy the approach; this will be your first view of the beautiful Moonah trees that are just beyond the first green.

1st Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (371 Yard Par 4)
1st Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (371 Yard Par 4)

1st Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (371 Yard Par 4)
1st Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (371 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  10th Hole – 464 Yard Par 4 – The lengthy 10th hole is longer than some par 5’s and may be difficult to reach in two shots, especially on a windy day. This is definitely the most difficult hole on an already challenging course. The green is guarded by a handful of bunkers, including two deep bunkers that are assigned to protect the front of the green. Getting onto the green doesn’t guarantee an easy finish due to the slopes and undulations on the putting surface that must be taken into account.

10th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (464 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (464 Yard Par 4)

10th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (464 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Moonah Links Resort (Open) (464 Yard Par 4)

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