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at Portsea you can hold your own at any
course in Australia,” he adds proudly.
If the rough at Portsea was allowed to
grow, it could quite easily be a links course
on the coast of Scotland.
Originally a nine-hole layout built by
members, it was increased to 18 in the mid-
1970s. It was largely designed on the ‘gut feel’
of the course superintendent yet has stood
the test of time.
Only now have designers Ogilvy Clayton
Cocking Mead been commissioned to cast
their professional eye over the course. It
will be a tweak over five years rather than
Designer Tony Cashmore’s company
carried out a minor renovation when the
club sold off some land for housing and built
a new, re-positioned clubhouse with 24-
room accommodation a few years ago.
The 151m, par-3 13th is generally
regarded as the one of the best holes at
Portsea. The slightly elevated tee shot is to
a green heavily guarded by bunkers. The
backdrop to the picturesque hole is stately
Delgany, now privately owned but formerly
residential care for deaf children.
The 10th is a classic risk-and-reward, short
par 4. The big boys might try to drive the
green but mere mortals have to make sure
their opening strike stays on the top, right-
hand side of the severely sloping fairway.
The beauty of Portsea is that you can play
it three times in the one week and it will be
vastly different on each occasion depending
on the wind direction.
The club also prides itself on hard, fast
greens, always maintaining their speed at
between 10.5 and 11 on the Stimpmeter.
Playing Devilbend’s advocate
If you want a flora and fauna experience as
well as a picturesque game of golf on a fine
course, Devilbend at Moorooduc, 10 minutes
from Mornington, is a must.
There are huge dams, abundant wildlife,
trees and birds – even Cape Barren geese
– s c attered across the undulating par-71
layout, which has a real country feel to it.
Course builders Eric Horne, Horrie Brown
and Len Boorer are hardly household names in
the world of golf course design. Even so, by 1975
– two years after a meeting in the local shire
hall attended by 80 people resolved to build
the course – they had carved out a wonderfully
undulating track. The layout is challenging
enough for those with handicaps in the mid-
range but far from excruciatingly difficult.
The course is in excellent condition with
manicured, treelined, couch fairways. There
is no rough to speak of and greens are of
medium size. Most of the putting surfaces
are relatively flat although there are contours
in a few of them. The 135-metre, par-3 third is
a pretty hole and the course has a number of
water carries off the tee if you are game.
Graeme McIntosh, the administration
and marketing manager, says Devilbend
is unique in that it is run as a not-for-profit
“ The local community benefits out of
it, basically,” he says. “ We were formed in
1975 on a flora and fauna reserve leased
from the Mornington Peninsula Shire. All
revenue is ploughed back into improving
the golf course.”
Devilbend welcomes new members and
the public. With apologies to the Cape
Barren geese, social golf clubs are flocking
here on Sundays.
The beauty of Portsea is that you can play it three times
in the one week and it will be vastly different on each
occasion depending on the wind direction
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If the rough at Portsea was allowed to
grow, it could quite easily be a links
course on the coast of Scotland.
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