The Grampians
Chalambar Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 70
5504 M


Chalambar Golf Club is situated 2 kilometres west of Ararat at the foot of One Tree Hill in a peaceful rural setting.

Ararat is located 200 kilometres from Melbourne on the Western Highway and a short 40-minute drive from the Grampians National Park.

Visitors are always welcome to test their skills on this challenging Par 70 layout.

Two lawn bowling greens further enhance the facilities along with a Function centre.

6 Reviews
Time for an unbiased updateChalambar measures 5546m Par 70 with five par 3s ranging from 138-182m, ten par 4s ranging from 270-406m and three par 5s ranging from 426-479m. Course has Santa Ana couch grass fairways with a mixture of cool season ryegrass/ Santa Ana couch grass teebeds and green surrounds. There are small-to-medium sized penncross bent grass greens (with some poa grass) which are mostly 15-20m long x 8-15m wide. In terms of hazards, there are only 8 bunkered holes (at 5-8, 10, 12, 16 & 17) with a total of 10 bunkers on the course. There are 4 storage ponds/dams around the course which don't come into general play. FRONT NINE holes worthy of mention include: the 182m slightly uphill 6th (index 8) to a wide but shallow green with a bunker short left; the 176m 8th (index 12) with 2 hidden bunkers 10m right of the green near the natural creek; and the 309m slight bend right 9th (index 9) which requires a teeshot across the creek towards the leftside of the fairway to attack the bunkerless green. Apart from the easy unbunkered opening 4 holes the front nine closes on some challenging holes. Overall, the front nine is slightly more bunkered but is shorter and less challenging than the back nine. The BACK NINE stretch of 5 consecutive par 4s from holes 11-15 will test your game, but remember there is a little odd crisscrossing of fairways at the 13th & 15th tees with the 406m 13th (index 1) played towards the left, with a gentle right-sloping fairway, to a 15m long x 10m wide bunkerless green. The closing 3 holes are also worthy of mention: the 161m 16th (index 10) is a testing par 3 with 20m long x 10m wide green with a bunker short left; the 380m 17th (index 4) which doglegs 90 degrees right from 200m off the tee to a 20m long x 12m wide green with a bunker back left; and the 138m 18th (index 18) with a teeshot over the natural creek to a 15m long x 10m wide bunkerless green. The par 3s (at 2, 6, 8, 16 & 18) are varied in topographical elevation with some bunkering. The par 5s (at 3, 4 & 10) are generally short and weak with the pick of the par 5s being the 3rd. The layout is a little odd with holes 1-6 played on the eastern side of Golf Links Road towards the town, whilst the remaining 12 holes played on the clubhouse and bowling green side towards the hills. Course elevation ranges from 350m above sea level at the 5th & 6th tees to approximately 400m above sea level at the elevated 14th green. The local government area of Ararat has around 11000 people including the surrounding villages and towns with Chalambar offering the only 18-hole grass green layout with Lake Bolac and Aradale offering the 9-hole grass green layouts. Chalambar is one of TWO golf courses within the rural city of Ararat with around 8000 people, the other being the 9-holer at Aradale located on the eastern side of town. Played here 23/10/2012 with $30 green fees 7 days a week. Course access is from Golf Links Road about 2km west of the town centre. The proshop is run by the Ballarat Golf Club which is 1 hour east of Ararat. Chalambar is undoubtedly the most challenging and better conditioned of the 2 courses in Ararat and, yes, there are kangaroos on the course if that is what you like
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My wife and I moved to the area for work and the first place we went to was the golf course. What a surprise, great layout with all couch fairways now and some tricky greens. Kangaroos a plenty, great views and always easy access to the course. No waiting and friendly staff and members go out of their way to make you welcome. Highly recommended for all golfer skill sets for an enjoyable round.
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Every time I visit this course, to which I am now a country member, I am surprised with how good the conditioning is. The couch convesion is coming along really well and has added 50 metres to some of the holes given the way balls pull up on the lush couch. Greens are really well kept and offer plenty of challenging pin positions. Layout is challenging and offers great variation and shot selection. Members are very friendly and welcoming of out of towners. It is amazing this course is not more frequented. For a country course with few resources it is four stars for me. Make the trip there and you wont be disappointed.
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I went to Chalambar Golf Club on Wednesday 9th September 2009 and was impressed with the layout of the course. Greens are fantastic. 12 of the fairways are bent grass and 6 of them have been freshly sod with Couch Santa Anna. That should sort out the patchy fairway problems. It is an all round great course and worth going for a game. This course only has 3 ground staff and they do a great job. After the game there is a friendly club house to go and have a quiet drink
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About time a more recent review was posted I think. Played here last weekend on Good Friday. The course layout is quite reasonable, with as the previous review states, a flat front nine and a hilly back nine. The layout of the holes was quite good I thought, and although predominantly straight up and down, there were enough kinks and trees to make sure you thought about your shot. The greens were in very good shape and can't be faulted. But the fairways were S.T. Rugglin. I know we are in a drought and all that, but these were patchy at best. For a club which charges $25 I was expecting a higher quality. Overall I thought it was a reasonable track and if you are in the area worth a hit. However I wouldn't go out of my way for this one until there was a little more grass on the fairways.
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Chalambar is a well maintained and picturesque country course. Situated on the hills on the edge of Ararat, the holes up the top of the course offer a splendid view of the township.

The course itself can be a bit "boring" with many straight up and down holes, but the immaculate fairways and quick and true greens make up for that.

The front nine is much easier than the back. There is four short par 4s on the front which are birdie opportunities, plus two short par 5's which the big hitters will easily reach in two.

The back nine is the hilly section of the course and much longer and tougher, plus there is more Kangaroos to deal with! The famous 14th "Heartbreak Hill" Par 4 where the 2nd shot is virtually played straight uphill and the Par 3 finish towards the club house are the highlights.

Not a great course, but worth a round.

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Golf Course Details
Golf Links Road, Ararat
The Grampians, VIC 3377, Australia
General: 0353524297