Welcome to Clifton Springs Golf Club
Situated near Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula, Clifton Springs Golf Club features a picturesque layout bordering Corio Bay. A mere one hour’s drive from Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge, the course opened in the late 1800’s. The first competition was held on the 20th November 1909.
With spectacular views across Corio Bay to the You Yangs, the course, a par 71 of 5,783 metres for men and a par 72 of 5,213 metres for women, has Legend Couch fairways and subtly sloping greens. It provides a real challenge to players of all abilities, whether or not they have an official handicap.
Clifton Springs in the late 19th century was developing as a popular resort with steamships bringing people from Melbourne for the mineral springs. New piers and new facilities, including a hotel, tennis courts and a golf course were developed to cater for demand. It is believed that one of the 9 holes on the new golf course had the tee on the top of the cliff with the green on the foreshore. In 1877, SS Jaffa and SS Athletic begin regular services to Clifton Springs from Melbourne.
Clifton Springs Hotel built ‑ contract price £4000.
The schooner ‘Georgina Smith’ was the first vessel to use the new Clifton Springs jetty.
The Tourist’s guide to Geelong and southern watering places on the bay and coast and popular holiday resorts including Torquay (late Spring Creek), Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, North Shore, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Portarlington, Drysdale and Clifton Springs etc. It also includes a chapter on the geology of the district / by T.S.H. ; first settlers and early days / by Rev. Dr. Campbell and a trip down the lakes from Geelong to Barwon Heads / by J.L.C.
New owner of hotel ‑ Timothy B. Nunan. He was an enthusiastic promoter of the golf course. He may have commissioned its construction. The Dick Banks designed 9‑hole links course with its Niagra and Spion Kopf holes was in play. According to the Leubbers Report (1988), golfers drove off from the top of the cliff to a sand green on a flat area on the beach, not far from the long pier, and from there back over the cliff.
The Argus (December 7th) reported that Clifton Springs Golf House Ltd applied for a hotel licence with Teresa Mary Dunkley as nominee and (December 17th) that the Clifton Springs hotel, now called the Clifton Springs Golf House, had been rebuilt with tennis courts, croquet lawns, bowling green and golf links and also a landing place for aeroplanes.
Following the amalgamations of municipal councils in Victoria, the City of Greater Geelong became the owner of the course and from January 1st 1993, the golf club took over the operation and maintenance of the course under a lease agreement with the council and after since then, all costs associated with the maintenance and operation of the course have been the responsibility of the golf club. That year the club held its first pro am.
Due to the donation of money and equipment by Life Member John McInerney, the area under the Members’ Lounge was excavated and concrete laid to create a buggy room. The construction, with the assistance of the Grey Army members, commenced early in the year and the concrete laid in August. Further fit-out was required with the installation of exhaust fans and electrical connections and these were completed by the end of the year.
In October, work commenced on the construction of a dam in the area between the 5th, 6th and 7th holes. The work was completed in April 2011.
You are here. Let’s play a round of golf.
TAKE YOUR GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Experienced golfers. New golfers. Pro golfers. Future golfers. This is a course for everyone. It’s challenging without being intimidating. Competitive, yet it brings out a sense of camaraderie. It’s where you can develop your game with lessons.
PROSHOP- WITH CLUB FITTING
Full range of golf supplies where you can “pay less for the big brands”. Our expert guidance will assure you get the best service and advice every time and at an unbeatable price!
A full club fitting service is available and clubs can be specifically tuned to suit your game through the use the Foresignt GC2 Launch Monitor.
GREEN FEE PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
Visitors with an official handicap may enter Club competitions,which are held for
– Men on Tuesdays and Saturdays
– Women on Wednesdays and Saturdays
– Medley events for both on Thursdays