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Moonah Links Resort (Open) (Fingal, Victoria)

Moonah Links Resort (Open) logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

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

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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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