Recently Mirror and I were guests of Moonah Links on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. It’s a golf spot I hadn’t been to before but with its legendary status in Australian Golf I was sure it would deliver.
We did four shows down there, two on Moonah Links-one for their Open Course and the other for their Legends Course. Heading to one of Australia’s most southern points in the middle of winter was always going to be a gamble as this in the end turned out to be.
We got the shows but we also got wind- lots of it and it was cold – coming in straight off the Southern Ocean. So which course did I prefer- the Open or The Legends course? Find out.
The Peter Thompson designed Open course was specially designed to host championship golf. As a result it’s really long, 6,783 metres with spectator viewing platforms all around the course. And it is tough- Peter reckons the average golfer will need another 8 shots. With the wind I needed those and a few more.
Apart from those unique characteristics and the fact that this was probably the closest I’ll ever get to ‘championship golf’ I found the course uninspiring. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great course in wonderful condition but not enough contrast for me.
Where as The Legends Course I loved. It’s tighter with a more varied layout and as they say on the Moonah Links website “a more friendly golfing experience for players of all ages and experience”. And as silly as it sounds- I loved the fact that each hole was named after a Legend of golf. I have never struck that at a golf course before and it provides inspiring thoughts and visuals as you play the course.
So Moonah Links. Open or The Legends.
Which one do you prefer and why?
Shaun “Fade” Fay www.golfgetaway.com.au