Peppers Moonah Links Golf Resort
Australia, Victoria, Mornington Peninsula, Fingal
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Peppers' twin golf resorts, The Sands and Moonah Links, are both situated in prime golf locations on the Bass Strait coast south of Melbourne - Victoria’s state capital at the head of Port Phillip Bay. While Peppers The Sands Resort lies on the Surf Coast, on the Bellarine Peninsula - Southwest of the bay, while Peppers Moonah Links Resort sits on the Mornington Peninsula - Southeast of the bay. These two opposite peninsulas close Port Phillip Bay into a narrow sound that opens onto the Bass Strait and the Indian Ocean.
With a spate of new world class courses, the Mornington Peninsula has come to be Australia's home of golf. Among these, Peppers Moonah Links Resort stands out for its two championship courses and Golf Academy, and for hosting the Australian Golf Union Headquarters and Australian Golf Museum. Moonah Links Resorts two championship courses, The Open - venue of the Australian Open twice, and The Legends are both ranked amongst the country’s top 25 resort courses.
Moonah Links Resort has been designed to harmonize with the land, moulded from ancient rolling sand dunes. All guestrooms feature a private balcony with views of the fairways and are furnished in contemporary style with soft leather seats and loungers. The Clubhouse hosts the Pebbles Restaurant offering modern Australian overlooking The Open Course, while The Spike Bar offers equally superb views on the fairways. Leisure facilities at the Clubhouse include a signature spa, indoor pool and tennis courts.
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Moonah Links Resort
Named after the native moonah trees that abound on the peninsula, Peppers Moonah Links Resort has been designed to harmonize with the land, moulded from ancient rolling sand dunes. Featuring natural materials, clean design lines and earthy Australian tones, this sleek resort optimizes its stunning course side location. All guestrooms feature a private balcony with views of the fairways and are furnished in contemporary style with soft leather seats and loungers, and modern appliances.
The Clubhouse's Pebbles Restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine with a focus on fresh market produce. Guests can dine overlooking The Open Course, either alfresco on the terrace or indoor by the log fire on cooler days. The Spike Bar offers equally superb views on the fairways. Leisure facilities at the Clubhouse include a signature spa, indoor pool and tennis courts.
92 Rooms & Suites
• Moonah Room (2 pax)
• One bedroom Suite (3 Pax)
Ensuite bathroom, kitchenette & sofabed
All with air conditioning/heating and balcony/patio overlooking The Legends Course • STD/ISD phone, internet access, Cable TV, CD player, radio, minibar and fridge
3 Lodges of 12 Rooms each
All with air conditioning/heating and large terrace overlooking The Open Course • STD/ISD phone, internet access, Cable Plasma Screen TV, DVD player, minibar and fridge • Ensuite spa bathrooms
Room service • Laundry/Valet service • 24 hour reception • Tour desk • Golf booking service
Moonah Links Clubhouse
Pebbles Restaurant (Modern Australian cuisine and terrace overlooking The Open Course) • Spike Bar (overlooking The Open)
Endota Spa (Signature spa treatments) • Gymnasium • Tennis • Volleyball, Badminton & Croquet • Bikes (single & tandem bikes for hire)
4 Function Rooms (up to 130 pax) • 3 Meeting Rooms (up to 100 pax) • Natural daylight • Business & secretarial services
Moonah Links Resort
Peppers Moonah Links Resorts boasts two championship courses, The Open and The Legends.
• The Open Course
Peter Thomson (2001) 18 holes - 7,417 yds - Par 72 (Australia's Top 25 Resort Courses)
Venue of the Australian Open twice (2003-05), The Open is the first ever course in Australia built specifically for a national championship. This Leviathan of a course is also one of the longest in the country and a mighty test of golfing ability. Yet it offers great flexibility and can be played from many different tees, giving visitors a whiff of what championship golf is really like. In addition to its condusive natural contours, the site is blessed with ever-present wind of some direction and strength, and this enhances its attributes.
• The Legends Course
Ross Perrett (2003) 18 holes - 6,906 yds - Par 72 (Australia's Top 25 Resort Courses)
In contrast to The Open course, The Legends is a more friendly experience for the average player. The course is a loop of 18 holes that generally follow the valleys through a variety of landscapes ranging from ancient moonah groves to open links land. The fairways are generous and the putting surface gentle, but the bunkering style is bold and wild in appearance.
• Moonah Links Golf Academy
Home to the Australian Institute of Sport Golf Academy. "Train like a Tour Player" workshops
• Australian Golf Union HQ
• Australian Golf Museum
Mornington Peninsula Golf
The Mornington Peninsula is a boot shaped peninsula located 85 minutes southeast of Melbourne. Tremendous variety of top courses on some of the world's best golf terrain, with rolling sand-hills and fast draining soil. The Mornington Peninsula is Australia's new home of golf with a spate of famous courses such as The National, Cape Schanck, The Dunes and Portsea, all in Australia's Top 50.
• Portsea Golf Club
Jock Young (1923), Reg Jupp (1928), Alex Russell (1929), Sloan Morpeth (1963) & Michal Clayton (1997)
Carved out of the coastal forest of small, knarled, wind-blown trees that cover this end of the Mornington Peninsula, Portsea is a true links that extends in spelndid natural surrounding on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, next to Point Nepean National Park. Designed by top architect of the 1920’s Alex Russell, th ecourse has been modified twice since then but has managed to retain its orignal flavour. The more open holes offer lovelly views over Port Phillip Bay, but these are also the more exposed to the wind.
• Sorrento Golf Club
J.D. Scott (1929) Seaside, Openland
In the quaint and historic seaside resort of Sorrento, lies this delightful gem of a course. More parkland than links and played over undulating terrain, the layout snakes its way out to the ninth hole and then twists its way to the clubhouse. Quite garden-like in character, the course is enhanced by a wonderful variety of flora and with a few natural lakes dotted around, although these rarely come into play.
• The Dunes Golf Links
Anthony Cashmore (1997) Links
Dunes by name and by nature ! Nature provided this open, expansive, rolling terrain to lay down a wonderful links course and the job left to the architect was to snake the fairways through the undulating landscape in a manner that golfers could cope with, taking into account the windy conditions of the place. A few blind drives , coupled with several fairways that shrink down to a few yards width, and large, fast and tricky greens offer a challenging test of golf. Although the sea is not visible from the course, the landscape and general condition of the course will have you think you are playing a traditional Scottish links.
• The National Golf Club
- Old Course | Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1988) Seaside
The three courses have been designed by 3 of the world's leading golf architects - Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Peter Thomson. Although located next to one another, the three courses offer a distinctive range of golfing experiences. The Old Course is a generally hilly course combining amazing coastal views, challenging ball carries and slick, undulating putting surfaces.
- Moonah Course | Greg Norman (2001) Seaside
Ranked #8 in the country, the Moonah Course is set amongst rolling paddocks formerly part of a pastoral property. The greens are very true and quick but the bunkering is what really defines the course - generally unkempt with long, wispy grass framing the edges and well suited its natural surroundings.
- Ocean Course | Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge & Ross Perrett (2001) Seaside
Whilst located next to the Moonah Course, the Ocean is in complete contrast to its neighbour. A classic Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett design, the layout include links style pot bunkers placed strategically in the middle of fairways and around the greens. Altogether, the course is a gentler test than the Moonah.
• Cape Schank Golf Resort
Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1986) Seaside
Run by the RACV, Cape Schanck Resort offers stunning views of Bass Strait, Port Phillip Bay and beyond. Designed by Robert Trent-Jones Jr, the Resort course features huge greens, large open bunkers, tree lined fairways and spectacular ocean views on several holes. With excellent drainage and superbly manicured greens and fairways, the course provides year-round high standard playing conditions.
Just north of the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne boasts a fabulous group of golf courses that epitomise the golden age of golf architecture. These highly ranked layouts are built on land in the southeast suburbs ideal for golf and conveniently located within a short distance of each other. A rich vein of sandy loam subsoil in the region provides the rare opportunity to construct incredible green complexes defended by bunkers with quite heavy lips, while the fairways are covered with a base grass of couch noted for its firmness and year-round vibrancy. Also, the temperate climate around Melbourne is perfect for producing bent grass putting surfaces. Most famous golf venues in the Sandbelt area are Royal Melbourne, Victoria, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan and Peninsula, all ranked amongst Australia Top 100.
Less than hour from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has long been a favourite destination for simple seaside holidays but has also become one of Australia's newest and most exciting wine growing regions.
The peninsula’s coastal scenery varies enormously. Down the western shores are the Port Phillip Bay beaches and a bubbling holiday atmosphere, on the southern shores there are dunes and the steep cliffs of the Cape Schanck National Park, while in Western Port Bay is a relatively unspoiled foreshore and quiet villages.
There are more than 50 wineries in the Mornington Peninsula wine region, which over recent years has established an enviable reputation for its pinot noir and chardonnay varieties and accompanying the fine wine is fine food. There are a plethora of restaurants and cafes to choose from throughout the region as well as an abundance of fresh just-picked local produce.
The Mornington Peninsula boasts Victoria’s greatest concentration of golf courses, with over 18, most of which feature a sand base making them playable all year round. Four of the courses are rated in Australia’s top 100.
With over 25,000 hectares of National Park in the Peninsula, there are various walking tracks beckoning exploration. The most famous natural attraction in the region is Point Nepean, which up until recently was closed to the public for more than 100 years. This walking track will lead you to the extensive wartime military installations right at the tip of Point Nepean.
Australia's second-largest city and capital of the federal state of Victoria, Melvounre was founded in 1835 and is the most European city of Australia, with trams, Victorian buildings, parks and outdoor cafes. The city centre is laid out in a simple grid pattern, the long, wide north-south streets gently sloping down to the Yarra River, crossed by a mix of narrow lanes and the main shopping streets.
The metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River, at the northern-most point of the bay. The metropolitan area then extends south from the city centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland. The Greater Melbourne's population of over four million and the metropolis is also home to the world's largest tram network.
There is a fierce rivalry between Australia’s two major cities, but Melbourne beats Sydney hands-down on the cultural and sporting front. Often referred to as the “cultural capital of Australia”, the city also plays host to world-renowned sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup, Australian Tennis Open and Australian F1 and MotoGP Grand Prix. Melbourne was ranked as the world's most liveable city in the World's Most Livable Cities ratings by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit in 2011.
Mornington Peninsula (Beaches, Wineries and Arthur's Seat lookout) • Mornington Peninsula National Park • French Island National Park • Melbourne (Victoria state capital and Australia's cultural & sport capital)
Address & Contact
Peppers Moonah Links Resort
Peter Thomson Drive
Fingal, Victoria 3939
Mornington Peninsula, one hour drive SE of Melbourne
Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Moderate oceanic climate. Warm summers (Nov-Apr) and cool winters (Jun-Sep). Some rain can be expected throughout the year