Set on the stunning Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Thirteenth Beach is a 36 hole golf and residential complex.
The first of the two courses, The Beach Course was opened in December 2001 and designed by Tony Cashmore. The challenging and natural links style course has received many high accolades, including recently voted 28th best course in Australia by Australian Golf Digest magazine 2016 and 9th best public accessible course in Australia (Golf Course Guide, 2017)
The Creek Course designed by Cashmore in conjunction with 6 time major championship
winner Sir Nick Faldo, is a wonderful complement to The Beach Course. Rated in 2016 as the 74th best course in Australia by Australian Golf Digest and 21st best public accessible course by the Golf Course Guide 2017. The Creek Course is regularly compared to some of Melbourne's best Sandbelt courses.
The Beach Course set tongues wagging when it opened for play in December of 2001. Players lucky enough to experience the golf course in its infancy, were treated to a raw and immature beast. Long rough, firm and fast greens, and the formidable presence of mother nature.....
....all contributing to make the scoring of par a difficult task. In just two months the course was already rated amongst Australia's best coming in at number 22 in Golf Australia's top 100 golf courses. Since then the golf course has only improved. The rough and the greens have been tamed making the golf course more playable for everybody, yet still a tremendous challenge for even the best of players. Good play is being rewarded with good scoring, as The Beach Course continues its rise up the Australian golf rankings.
" Thirteenth Beach is unique in its two courses - The already famous Beach Course in the dunes has a strong and wonderful links character, whilst the second course has a feel of the very best of Melbourne's sand belt through its gently rolling terrain and broadly separated fairways. There is a big choice to make here - which course will I play?"
Tony Cashmore - Leading Australian Course Designer, and designer of the critically acclaimed The Dunes Golf Links.
The Beach Course is unique in its design. Like many modern golf courses, The Beach Course features a large residential precinct. The first four holes play away from the clubhouse winding through the majority of houses. The fifth tee is the beginning of what Thirteenth Beach has become famous for, wonderful links land, rolling through a series of dramatic and natural golf holes that look and feel like they were there long before a golf development was planned.
But perhaps the key feature of The Beach Course is its wonderful set of par 3's. Starting at the brutal 180m 3rd hole to the dainty yet sinister 113m 16th, the par threes of The Beach Course offer golfers of all levels a true test of their iron play, yet are mouth watering to the eye.
The Beach Course is a wonderful test of any golfer's ability. Offering everything that makes golf such a superb game. A golf course that is playable to golfers of all levels with beautifully manicured fairways, greens and bunkers and a strategic design that offers the ultimate in risk reward golf for even the most elite of players. The Beach Course truly is 18 holes of golfing splendour.
The Creek Course is characterised by gently undulating couch fairways, huge, deep bunkers filled with yellow sand, and by firm true greens surrounded by interesting bumps, swales and hollows, all closely mown, as well as plenty of greenside bunkering that cuts into and helps mould the slopes of the putting surfaces in the best traditions of Melbourne's Sand Belt much admired by Faldo, who has spoken previously of his love affair with Mackenzie's work at Royal Melbourne.
The native couch fairways have been oversewn with fescues, and this should provide both an excellent, green playing surface year round, and a quick transition back to couch dominance in spring. Beyond the fairways there is generally a wide zone of maintained short rough prior to either long pasture grasses or the residential areas under development.
There are some quirky elements too, like the 'square cut' tees, the creek itself, and the creative use of a few remaining pines in hole strategy.