Enjoyed good golfing at Huntingdale today on the first day of Spring, I’ve been lucky enough to play the course three times this year. In fact Huntingdale was my introduction to Sandbelt golf and the course goes up in my estimation the more time I play it. I’m sure this will be equally similar with the truly elite courses. NSW and The Old Course at the National have breathtaking views to complement their layouts. The elite Sandbelt courses use the golf friendly land to establish intricate yet fair layouts. Golfers are penalised harshly for wayward shots and accuracy is of paramount importance. The bunkering is the toughest I’ve faced with narrow green targets to stop the ball from the grenade bunkers, mind its better to be in the bunker than outside!
Golf was established at the club first under the Surrey Hills Golf Course before moving to a different site at Doncaster Road and being renamed to Eastern Golf Course. In 1938, land in East Oakleigh became available and the club moved again with this site now Huntingdale Golf Club. Eastern still exists and runs separately now. Huntingdale opened for play in 1941 and sits alongside several world class golf sites know as the sandbelt. Huntingdale is known as the home of the Australian Masters and began hosting the event in 1979. New and very impressive clubhouse was opened in 2014 and boasts panoramic views over the golf course. Food\wine is good and a perfect way to reflect on the prior golfing unless you scored 28 points like me.