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A great course that provides very soft, lush fairways. Mainly a
par 4 course, but has challenging par 3's that have no room for
error. Superbly maintained and the greens are always in pristine
condition. Very cheap as well.
Short course with a few drivable par-4s. The biggest question
around this course is not whether you make a low score but how
low can you go by not making silly mental errors through
incorrect shot/club selection.
Oh my lord, played this course on friday and it took me about a
week to clean all the mud off my clubs, shoes and bag. Apart from
the fact that you need to pack gumboots, the course itself is
very good located in a nice part of melbourne and worth a look if
your after something different.
Mud mud & more mud, plus mega trackie pants galore. Try
finding a level T box, we played this course for a change, my 2
partners/mates didn't finish the round, bailed out, won't ever go
back. Free Way Golf and Yarra Bend absolutely shit on this
A bit soggy (and sometimes slippery) underfoot, this may have
been exacerbated by recent rain.
Well grassed fairways, forgiving layout, Tees areas had taken a
bit of a battering.
A good course for beginners who don’t have a booming drive,
once the bucks party group in front let us play through, went
round this course quite briskly (sat afternoon).
The web site should read “Melb best goat track” cause
this joint should close its doors in the winter. Very wet in the
winter months, super short and unkept greens & fairways. Was
told in the bar is alot better in the warmer months, so I will
I know why the website still proclaims this as
‘Melbourne’s Best Public Course’ – but
seriously, they should at least TRY and live up to this claim.
This course is clearly, not a patch on the best public courses in
Melbourne. It is one of the worst courses I’ve played in
Metropolitan Melbourne. Yarra Bend, Freeway, Kingston Links,
Albert Park are all well above this standard…easily.
Ivanhoe need to face up, and either do something about being the
best, or drop the expectation. Seriously.
“Melbournes best 18 hole public course” NOT!! that
was written on there web site and an advert in a golf mag. with
that hype a mate and myself travelled 45 mins to play
“Melbournes best 18 hole public course”. after a 20
minute wait to tee off then 5 minute wait on every shot we had
enough after 9 holes. the course wasn’t very challanging,
short in length, slow greens, fairways were patchy etc. the
positives… good weather, friendly pro shop staff, but it
didnt live up to tag as “Melbournes best 18 hole public
course”. it’s just an ordinary public track good for
begineers and social golfers. just on par with the freeway course
5 mins away which has better greens. would rate it 3 stars but if
they dont change that slogan “Melbournes best 18 hole
public course” it gets 2 for now!
Deciding to give the whore a half-hearted second chance after
playing there in winter, which i must add, was an experience
comparable to coming across public toliets in South east Asia, i
was pleasantly suprised! The course was still as easy as i
remember, and even Sergio would find it hard to choke due to the
lack of greenside hazzards (little to no bunkers!) and driveable
par 4’s. However the little things that add up to make an
enjoyable golf experience such as courteous staff at the pro
shop, friendly fellow golfers, warm toasty muffins and chilled
self serve water breached my expectations of mere mediocracy.
Probably won’t be boasting that it’s
‘Melbourne’s best 18 hole public course’ but
it’s definitely better than Brighton! and that’s good
enough for lady daiwa
Ivanhoe: otherwise affectionately known as “the hoe”.
I’d heard the claims of “Melbournes best 18 hole
public course” and was keen to give the greenmachine a run
amongst some of Melbourne’s finest real estate and
apparently it’s finest public track. Unfortunately, it
didn’t live up to the expectations that had been so
While being stuck behind a plethora of slow players (some not
even sporting their own sticks) probably didn’t do much to
enhance my perception, I felt there were far too many chippable
par 3’s and unchallenging holes in general. That said,
there were a few diamonds in the rough (so to speak), namely the
par 4 8th, which plays as a fantastic hole if you’re
talented enough to SMASH your ball down the middle, while the
hackers are subject to ‘uh-oh’s’ both sides of
The back nine is less inspiring than the front, with the course
shortening suignificantly towards the end, making drawing in a
lead all the more difficult, despite the leader suffering from
All in all, hide your wedge, keep your phone in the car and let
your putter get back to nature (the greenmachine sure did!)
Generally in reasonable condition for the huge amount of traffic
that it gets across it. Accomplished golfers will not get a great
deal of challenge and will likely become frustrated at the usual
slow pace of play. However, for what it is, Ivanhoe is one of the
better "learn to play" courses in Melbourne.
Golfers need to accept that slow play comes where a course
attracts a lot of social/learner groups. Having said that -
although the pro-shop runs a tight ship, they could do with a
course marshall on weekends and public holidays where the rounds
can extend into 5 hours in the better weather.
It is a good little course where a competent golfer can take
lower ability friends for a game and they will not be monstered
by a difficult course.
Ivanhoe is a challenging golf course for beginners and fairly
easy going for advanced golfers. Ivanhoe is a hilly golf course
with flooded waters and lakes. They have very good dining at the
top of the reception of the golf course called the 19th Hole. The
reception is situated at the top of the golf course the course is
down hill for the 1st and 10th and up hill for the 9th and 18th.
A few challenging holes like the 1st, 16th, 17th and 18th. If you
go to Ivanhoe leave curve of the ball behind. I found that a lot
of my shots curved from left to right leaving my ball in the
trees, rough or even out of bounds. The greens are usally fast
but some to very slow because of raising water from the yarra.
But in the end a very good course for intemidate players. Farly
easy for advanced players and hard for beginners.
It's been probably five years since I last played this course
and it has improved in several ways. General condition in March
2006 was very good both on fairways and greens which were quite
fast and often having significant break. Would be good if a few
more people used their pitch fork to repair plug marks though - I
repaired more than I could remember on the day. Sadly this is
pretty common on most public golf courses...
Hole layout uses the natural undulation of the land, with a
number of raised tees and greens for interest. Some of the tees
and greens are placed a little to close for my liking though, and
safety is a concern. Also given the large number of beginners
playing here you will often find stray players on your hole
hitting to another (virtually all holes back onto another in this
compact layout). There are some revised hole layouts since I last
Overall my wife and I enjoyed the round, were let through by
slower golfers and enjoyed the pro shop and 19th.
Don't expect 13th Beach kind of golf challenge and you'll
find it OK. Close to the city is a bonus. I wondered if I would
prefer playing Yarra Bend to Ivanhoe and I'm leaning more
towards Yarra Bend because of the more memorable hole layouts and
it is somewhat more challenging but both are good courses in very
good condition presently.
Quite a popular course with ppl from around town which means you
are forced to deal with slow play. Course is well maintained
though, but does get boggy in winter.
Not long but has a few bunkers, lots of trees and a few water
hazards. Gets longer as the hilly parts are on the back nine and
the bar tempts you as travel up hill from the 14th to the 15th.
This course does not require long hitting but strategic hitting
or what looks an easy par 4 can quickly become a triple bogey if
you go out of bounds. The 18th is an uphill par 3 that requires
every inch of your club onto a 2 tired green. Next to the Yarra
it provides bushwalks or cycle tracks for those whose family are
not into golf. Well established pro shop and lovely clubhouse
views. And good value. Caters for social groups, well established
the shortness of the course is a positive for myself that cannot
be bothered walking long distances but still enjoy an
entertaining day of golf
this course is good for juniors and women looking to upgrade to
18 holes without tiring themselves.
the fairways are fairly good for an public golf course but the
greens need work. they are often slow, soft and indented. on some
holes the outer rim of the green is almost like a rough in
other than this there is a practise green out the front that
caters for different abilities and fun tee offs from the 14th and
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