Great Ocean Road
The Sands Torquay
18 Holes
PAR 72
6435 M


A private golf club located on the Surf coast and boasts an 18 hole championship course complimented by five star facilities.

Australian Open champion Stuart Appleby has designed what he believes will be one of the most challenging golf courses in Victoria.

A history making step in his career and heart of the exciting The Sands, Torquay development, the course retains the unique natural vegetation and appeal that the Victorian surf coast has to offer. Built in between undulating land and surrounded by dunes and beach, this superb links course reflects the commitment and passion that has made Stuart one of Australia’s best golfers in recent history.

Whilst the Course will be of a premium standard The Sands, Torquay offers the Member and Guest so much more: golf shop, practice facilities, members lounge, lounge/bistro and function areas, change and locker rooms, spike bar and verandah dining areas and recreational facilities comprising of gymnasium, lap pool and tennis courts.

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13 Reviews
Played the course for first time. Conditions of the fairways + greens were pristine. Bunkers, and there are plenty of them were unfortunately lacking sand. Great course layout with mix of long/short par 3's. Par 5's were very short. Loved the back 9, I thought 13-14 were the highlights for me, skinny fairways + penalties if you go right! Shot selection really important given the bunkering.
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Great course layout, quite windy but overall a great course.
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I need to confess up front, I'm a member of The Sands Torquay and I really enjoy the course, but it wasn't always that way. My first experience of playing The Sands left me unimpressed. It was a summer day and the wind blew at about 25 knots. I cruised around the front 9 but was blown away by the back 9. What annoyed me the most were the fairway bunkers. I thought they were unfair and some of the risk reward drives didn't offer enough reward. I stayed away from the course for two years before trying it again. I'm a reasonable golfer playing off 3, but I thought the course to be too difficult, and I was used to playing in the wind. So what changed my mind? I played the course in a more manageable wind and found it wasn't as tough as I thought. They had also filled in a couple of the bunkers I thought were unfair, they were placed about 50 or 60 metres in front of greens, most noticeable hole 10. What I discovered is the course is more about strategy and less about trying to over power it. Given that I consider myself more of a strategist when playing I was a bit of a slow learner when it came to The Sands. After playing the course three times I had begun to think about joining, by the time I had played it five times, I was hooked. The 2nd, 8th, 11th, 14th, 15th holes really stood out as the best. The 11th is my favourite closely followed by the 8th. The course is in great condition all year round, but it does look better in summer because the santa ana couch fairways are greener. The fairways are generous on most holes, the 14th and 15th being the rare exceptions. The Surfcoast knockout held in Feb 2011 proved the course was not too difficult, 3 or 4 pros scored 64, but when the wind picked up on Friday I did hear plenty of complaints about how tough it was. Even one very famous and successful pro with the initials CP said they should've called it off on Friday because of the wind. For the record the wind was just nudging 23 knots. Great course, great facilities, including the practice green and fairway. Get down and have a game before the secret of the Bellerine Peninsula gets out.
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If you can't play in the wind don't play The Sands or make sure it's a calm day when you visit!! Immacculately conditioned course with fairly generous fairways required for something this exposed. Missing fairways will make for plenty of lost balls. The two nines are very different in design with the front nine changing directions on almost every hole which means you rarely have the wind coming from the same direction. The back nine has 10-14 playing north with 15-18 straight back. A fairly tough collection of par 3's are probably the most memorable holes on the course and, if you want a real challenge, have a crack at 16 off the back tees. A lazy 200 mertre water carry. Terrific staff and cold beer. On site accommodation in the houses overlooking the course is first class and affordable.
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Have played The Sands twice in the last 2 months, one time with 50km winds, the next on a perfect day, scored better in the wind. It looks like there is some attempt to fill in some of the hundreds of bunkers, a move I would agree with.

I enjoyed both visits, the course has two distinct nines, the front you wend through strangely designed houses whilst on the back you play 5 holes out and four back with little housing. Some really good holes on the back, 10, 11 and 14 are excellent.

Summing up, really good course, worth a trip, staff couldn't have been nicer to us

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Stayed at The Sands Pepper Resort and played this course the next morning (on a Thursday). The pro shop staff were extremely friendly as were the hotel staff. Staying mid week is defintely the way to go if you can. I felt like I was the only person in the hotel. Stayed in a golf view room, so was able to sit on my balcony the afternoon before and watch groups hit off the tenth tee. As to the course itself, well teeing off at 7.15am resulted in me being the first person out on the course. I absloultely loved this course. I love a course that makes you stop and think about your tee shot instead of just blasting away. I’m not a long hitter but pro standards, (average 210m) but that still brings most fairway bunkers into play on your tee shot, so I found myself dropping to 3 wood on several holes (except when the wind was in my face). You cross the road in sevearl places as the front 9 winds its way through the residential blocks. Some reviews have criticized the build up, but to be honest I barely noticed it as the course itself is so beautifully laid out and i amazing it should be. The back 9 was definitelt my favourite, including the Par 5 12th…and the amazing Par 3 13th which is an almost vertical shot to the higlhy elevated green. Speaking of greens, I loved the pace of these..yes putts can be tricky if you don’t land it in the right spot, but once you have picked your line the ball runs true. Also loved the sand quality in the bunkers. More grainy than most but the the ball came out felt you could hit blast with confidence without bouncing the club of the concrete some courses call sand. Worth the money, worth the stay

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Golf Course Details
2 Sands Boulevarde, , Torquay
Great Ocean Road, VIC 3228, Australia
Proshop: 0352648802
General: 0352648801