The Eastern Golf Club has a proud history as a private suburban golf club in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. In 2013 the Club embarked on a huge transformation, selling the valuable sloping plot of land in Doncaster to be redeveloped into housing and moving to a new facility in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley. The club appointed Greg Norman Golf Course Design to design a 27 hole layout with an additional 9 hole par 3 course, complete with Country Club style clubhouse and facilities. Only a short drive from Melbourne, surrounded by wineries, local produce and scenic views, the course joins Yering Meadows, The Heritage, Gardiners Run and Healesville Country Club as one of Australia’s new golf destinations.
The Norman design incorporates holes that have been carefully routed to work with the existing topography, capitalise on the dramatic views and to ensure that the holes have a mix of orientations to prevailing winds for an exciting golf course.
As at early 2016, there is a composite 18 hole layout of completed holes. (1,2,5,6,7,8,9,10,27 – 19,25,26,13,14,15,16,17,18)
7th Hole (Composite 5th) Par 4 364 metres
The 7th hole looks fairly tame from the tee with a wide welcoming fairway, however the landing area tapers further down the fairway, with the green protected by contours and angled in line with the approach shot offering a narrow landing zone.
26th Hole (Composite12th) Par 4 386 metres
Viewed from the tee, there is a lot of water in play. The lake immediately right will place fear into those who slice their drive. Water also runs along the left side of the fairway and will catch a pulled drive. Again the angled and slightly raised green is protected by 3 bunkers and needs an accurate approach.
14th Hole (Composite 14th) Par 5 537 metres
At 537 metres from the Blue tees, this is a brute of a par 5. Bunkers on the right draw the line for the drive to the right however water on the left needs to be avoided. The longest of hitters could cut the corner and attack the green which is well protected by mounds and bunkers. Mere mortals will need to layup avoiding water hazards, then play an accurate approach to the green. A tough hole!
18th Hole (Composite 18th) Par 4 414 metres
The final hole is a fantastic finishing hole, standing on the tee with the clubhouse behind the green, and the Yarra Ranges in the distance. The 414 metre par 4 requires a solid drive to find the fairway and setup the approach. The green sits on a ridge and anything short or left will face a tough up and down. A par on the last is well earned.
The Eastern Golf Club is a challenging but rewarding layout. Having played the composite course of completed holes, there were sneak peaks at the yet to be completed holes, the final layout will be more than impressive. Given that the holes have only been open for play for less than a year, the course is already in excellent condition, and will only get better. The Clubhouse facilities are five star with large open bar and dining facilities providing a welcoming country club feel, and service to make you feel like you are a tour professional. This is a private club, with possible opportunity for Managers introductions for interstate and international club members. Or there is the option to access the course as a guest staying at the boutique Yering Gorge Cottages
Eastern Golf Club
– 27 Holes, and Par 3 Nine hole course
– Address: 215 Victoria Road, Yering, Victoria, Australia, 3770
– Web: http://www.easterngolfclub.com.au/