Melbourne Sandbelt
Spring Valley Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 71
6085 M
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The term "Hidden Jewel" was first used by renowned golf course critic, Tom Ramsay to describe the Spring Valley Golf Course.

Located in the heart of the Melbourne sandbelt, Spring Valley is a fine example of the work of Vern Morcom the son of Mick, the famous constructor who put all of Alister Mackenzie’s work on the ground in Melbourne.

For those who relish the topography at Royal Melbourne they will find Spring Valley to be a flatter course much like Kingston Heath which is just down the road. Morcom crafted some of his finest bunkers and greens here. Ben Crenshaw, himself, is an admirer of Morcom’s work at Spring Valley and made a special trip to see the course and to study his work. The holes demand well shaped shots from the tees and the irons to the flags must be played with precision.

Spring Valley is what would be referred to as a traditional course. That is something very much back in fashion and a characteristic to be admired.

15 Reviews
henschke
Played here for the first time today. This was a true sand belt course, not far off the quality of the top shelf ones. The greens were very fast, the fairways were lush, the bunkers were well positioned & interesting & there were some interesting dog leg holes to keep you guessing. The only thing holding it back was the overall course design wasn't quite as good as it's opposition big brothers. Still a fantastic course & experience!
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karlz
I played this today as it was a club day swap. This was my first time playing here, and it was magnificent. With the recent rains, I would have expected it to be somewhat muddy, boggy. But my feet stayed dry and so did the ball. The greens were perfect and the fairways were lush and very very soft to walk on. The bunkers were well maintained, however a bit more sand would help. I loved the course design, lots of interesting doglegs. The 9th is really a great hole (probably as I made par). Like a few people have said, many fairway bunkers are out of play (off the white markers). That said, I look forward to playing here again.
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tweety
Played recently and although people say what a good course it is, wasn't up to the conditon that you would expect for a course that is $4,000 a year for 7 day playing rights. Lots of moss and grass growing in the bunkers, sand was very inconsistent, and when you are paying the same amount per year as Commonwealth, doesn't seem worth it at all. All in all I find the course quite boring, doesn't blow me away like Metro, Huntingdale and Commonwealth do.
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acheron
Played Spring Valley recently for the first time in many years. Fabulous course and fully deserving of the 'overlooked' label. All turf in excellent condition as of Autumn, fairways turning to dormant brown but nothing unusual there. Bunkers were the only 'issue' with inconsistent sand. But then, as (I think) Peter Alliss once said 'if you don't like the bunkers, don't hit your ball into them..' Design is pretty consistent all round, nice 'sandbelt' style undulations, some tricky greens, excellent bunkering designs. I didn't notice the rough coming into play much but then I had a reasonable day of straight hitting. Good practice facilities, decent clubhouse that doesn't seem to be over the top, friendly and helpful staff and members. The landfills next door don't seem to be an issue. Some have commented on the smell, on a mild warmish day with breeze from the landfill side, I never noticed anything. Plus factor in that the landfills are slowly filling up and will close in a few years anyway. All up I'd say it's up there with the best value (membership entry/fees) package in the sandbelt for course quality.
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jason
Played here for the 1st time today. Course surprisingly not well known considering its quality. This is true sandbelt. Great bunkering and position off the tee important. Need to be correct side of fairway to attack pins. Have played a few of the better known Sandbelts and this is very close to them in terms of quality. Lots of different length and variety of shots. Really looking forward to getting back there. Highly recommended if you can get on.
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kiwiinmelb
As far as Sandbelt courses go, this one has about the best balance of prestige without the snob factor that accompanies it at other clubs. Greens are absolutely magnificent. They can get pretty slippery in summer (don't be above the hole) and even in winter get a bit of run into them and a well-aimed putt will always track its way into the cup. They also recover well from wet weather, as is the case with most Sandbelt tracks. Fairways (if you can find them, I couldn't) are lush and crisp to hit off. Fairway bunkering is scarce but if you go a round without finding a greenside trap, you've done very well. Nice covering of sand and variation of style of traps. Rough isn't particularly penal but there are a few spots you don't want to miss it in, especially around the front nine where you're gone-burger if you hit it in the bush. 1st is a great starting hole, where par is a real good start. The 2nd is even better and is a candidate for best hole on the course. In fact the par-fours are almost without exception some of the best I have ever played. Couple that with the short but deadly par-3 10th and two beauty closing holes in 17 and 18, and you have a recipe for success. The new clubhouse is a winner too. Membership is not cheap but where is on the Sandbelt? Value for money is right up there, getting a tee time is an achieveable feat and the members/staff are down to earth. The Vic Open wasn't here for four years for no reason. Super track that doesn't get enough plaudits.
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Melbourne Sandbelt, VIC 3169, Australia
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