Ballarat Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 70
5479 M
Ballarat is one of Australia's most historic places and the city's premier golf club has its own fascinating story to tell.
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The Ballarat Golf Club has a long and proud history spanning back to 1895 as Australia's oldest continually played course. The championship course has been redesigned by Thomson Perrett and provides an outstanding experience for golfers of all levels. The course has ranked amongst the top 100 public access courses in Australia by Golf Australia magazine in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and achieved rankings in Aus Golf's Top 100 Best Conditions and Course lists the last three years.

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12 Reviews
Very surprised to see the average rating - it is the best course in the region. Well maintained,and a layout that requires good course management to score well.  A challenging course for every golfer.  The golf club is old, the course is new - relocated in 2008, so any review prior to then should be ignored.
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Played here in October for the first time and really impressed with the course. It's a great alternative to playing the Mornington Peninsula courses and much cheaper too. Fairways + greens were really well kept and ran true. Very tight fairways which mean you will need to be accurate off the tee or fairway. Greens were small and well protected by bunkers or elevated. Rough was very unforgiving. Surprisingly could lose balls in the first cut of the rough. Great value for money course. Will definitely look to play again.
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Played the course in Feb. Faultless. Fairways were A1. Greens were lightning fast and well kept. Beware the blind hazards on the 10th for a first timer. Will be back to replay the 10th.
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Time for an update on the course from the championship tees Established in 1895 as a 9-hole course and expanded in 1909 to 18-holes, the newly Thomson-Perrett designed course opened in 2008 and was built on land adjacent to the original layout of the mid-to-late 1890s. The new Ballarat layout now measures 6283m Par 72 (and off the championship plates it is the longest layout in the western half of Victoria) with four par 3s ranging from 141-197m, ten par 4s ranging from 301-420m and four par 5s ranging from 471-536m. All measurement and indexes are off the CHAMPIONSHIP tees Course has lush, undulating Santa Ana couch grass fairways and teebeds with rye/fescue grass rough, steep sided bunkers and contoured greens. The medium-to-large sized G7 bent grass greens (with some poa grass in them) are mostly 20-30m long and play smooth and well-paced. There are pockets of pine trees lining some fairways with open rough and water hazards along some fairways. In terms of hazards, there is only 1 unbunkered hole (at 11) with a total of 48 bunkers on the course. There are numerous ponds and burns on the course which come into general play at 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 & 13. FRONT NINE holes worthy of mention include: the 358m straight 4th (index 7) with a fairway bunker 80-90m short right of the green which is unbunkered but there is a red-staked pond along the leftside rough; the 417m slight bend right 5th (index 1) with a narrowing fairway on the right with a fairway bunker left off the tee with another red-staked pond along the leftside rough with 2 more fairway bunkers 70m & 100m short to another bunkerless 20m long x 20m wide green; the 197m 6th (index 5) with a slightly elevated green above the tee which is guarded short left by a pond and 2 deep bunkers right; and the 387m straight 9th (index 3) with the red-staked wetlands far left along the leftside rough with a fairway bunker 270-280m off the tee on the right to a green guarded by a bunker short left. BACK NINE holes worthy of mention include: the 471m straight 10th (index 6) with OOB along the far left and 2 burns crossing the fairway: at 245m off the tee and another around 80m short of the green, to a shallow green of around 30m wide x 15m long with a bunker short right- a great strategic hole from tee to green; the 164m 11th (index 12) with a teeshot over a small pond to a large 2-tiered front-sloping bunkerless green; and the 536m slightly uphill and straight 13th (index 8) with a red-staked rough and pond far left and 2 fairway bunkers right off the tee to a green a bunker short. The par 3s (at 6, 8, 11 & 17) are all bunkered, aside from the 11th, and consist of the course's easier holes with the pick of the Par 3s being the 6th & 11th. The par 5s (at 2, 7, 10 & 13) are varied in length and are well-bunkered but mostly play straight with the greens visible from the tee. The back nine Par 5s are slightly more challenging than the front nine Par 5s. Ballarat is the longest layout in the Goldfields/ Central Highlands regions and is one of FIVE layouts in Greater Ballarat (others being Buninyong, Forest Resort Creswick, Midlands & Mount Xavier) which has around 100000 people. Great clubhouse and facilities including a putting green, chipping green and a 200m long grass driving range near the 9th green. Played here 22/10/2012 with $30 weekday green fees and $40 weekend green fees or as a members guest it is $25 weekdays and $35 weekends. Course access is from Golf Club Drive, off Sturt Street (C805) in the western suburb of Alfredton. Check out their website Ballarat along with Horsham are the benchmark for golf in the western half of Victoria. I'd highly recommend a round here at the best conditioned and one of the most challenging layouts in the western half of Victoria.
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Played here last year in August and, froze my ass off. Play in the Saturday comp, event was run well, speed of play was good. The wind was howling all day, so you had to be able to hit a low solid punch. Loved the new layout, every hole is unique and well separated, at different times I actually had no idea which way we were heading, it changes direction so often you feel lost. Fairways were great, greens ok, but the surrounds were like lightening, faster than the greens I think (too fast).
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Played this course the day after playing Creswick. What a difference. Worlds apart in quality, design and condition. Thomson and Perrett have built a fun yet challenging course. Agree that it's not super long, but makes up for that in strategy.Some tricky, guarded fairways and greens that get you thinking. Quite a bit of water throughout the course to get you thinking, but nothing silly. For a young course it was in great condition. It will only get better. I could see how the wild would make life tough on this course. Shot a 77 off the stick, so happy with that. Will definitely be back!
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Golf Course Details
1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat West
Goldfields, VIC 3350, Australia
Proshop: 0353383010
General: 0353383000