Yarra Valley & Dandenongs
The Heritage Golf & Country Club
36 Holes
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Henley
St John
18 Holes
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Designed by Tony Cashmore (in consultation with Jack Nicklaus) The Henley will be created in the style of a traditional links course, and will prove equally as challenging as the St John course.

The Henley Course will also be vastly different to the beautifully manicured and presented St John course. There will be wildness out there in Henley, broad undulating green fairways set in the fawns and mauves, greys and russets of wild grasses and wetlands.

There will be few trees, rather copses of dark bushland, far from playlines, as backdrops to doglegs and green settings. The bunkers will be wild things as though the giant had twisted up gnarled roots and ripped them from the earth. And yet … there will be gentleness out there, and the joy of playing golf over a generous landscape, a course which will be sturdy, honest, exhilarating, constantly changing.

The first stage of construction will see basic civil engineering that will excavate the lake volumes and rough shape the golf course fairways as well as provide basic drainage. Of course, all of this will be done in accordance with stringent environmental management plans.

The next stage thereafter will involve sand capping, irrigation and fine shaping, which is the artistry involved in interpreting the golf course designer?s intentions. The final stage is for growing in the grasses and landscape.

Tony Cashmore has an outstanding reputation for having designed some of Australia’s top links courses, including The Dunes and the new 13th Beach.

18 Holes
PAR 72
6670 M

Available exclusively to Members, Corporate Golf Day guests and overnight guests at the The Sebel Lodge Yarra Valley, the Jack Nicklaus Signature St John Course unites challenge with natural beauty. Set in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, this delightful parkland course provides an exhilarating day of golf for all skill levels.

With an ACR of 74 off the Gold tee, this beautifully constructed par 72 course challenges at every turn with excellent water features and strategically placed slopes, mounds and traps. This championship golf course is 6670 metres long and features specially designed bunkering to guide players toward the green. Generous landing areas, sculptured fairways, immaculately groomed greens, paved cart paths that weave throughout the course, and meticulous landscaping all add to your playing pleasure.

24 Reviews
unclerico
St John

Played at St.John in early December 2015 for the second time with a corporate group. The first time I played was as a guest at the adjoining hotel in 2006.


One of the best course I have ever played, even for a hacker such as myself. It is a long course but you won’t get punished if you aren’t a big hitter, if you hit the ball straight you will get rewarded.


The par 3 with the small cliff face (12th I think?) was probably the highlight hole for me. A narrow green, with the cliff on one side and water on the other certainly tightened the sphincter.


The course is in pretty good condition but if you are playing here in the near future, be aware that the greens are very, very fast.

PROS:

  • The Clubhouse and Facilities
  • Wonderful layout
  • Forgiving fairways
  • Course management (we did play on a Monday morning though)

CONS:

  • Greens are really, really, really FAST. Very hard to keep approach shots on them.
  • Course was in far better condition the last time I played here 10 years ago, but still **** good
  • I recommend that you should only walk this course if you are really fit!


Will have to find an excuse to take the missus there again soon.

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peterana
St John
I was a member here from the beginning and moved to Balwyn after 10 years playing here regularly. I returned last week for my first game in over two years and i was horrified at the poor state of the fairways. The amout of broadleaf weeds were just extraordinary. I asked the groundkeeper if they had run out of herbacide and he sadly said they did not have the budget for it!!! My respectful suggestion to the current owners is to sell if you cannot maintain one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in Australia. A great shame for what was a great club.
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appix29
St John
It's pretty easy for a fan of a Jack Nicklaus design to get excited about playing the St John course at Heritage, and it sure doesn't disappoint. From the generous fairways, the well shaped and perfectly placed bunkers, to the turns and elevation changes; it's one of Jack's best. Waiting until the dormant grasses have sprung to life at the end of September on any given year will reward you with pristine conditions, however the greens are remarkable even in the depths of winter. All this being said, when you pay $125 per person to walk the course, you expect a few things that unfortunately just weren't there. Surrendering a cart to walk the track left no change to the price, as did the fact that the fairways weren't anywhere near their best. Add in the fact that several bunkers on many holes were GUR, I think I can be forgiven for thinking that the course was not up to the $125.00 price tag. Couple this with the fact that you need to stay there to play there adds $220+ to your total, and with a drink and a pie you're at $500 for the privilege. Save yourself $380 and play Yering or Eastern instead. Additionally, unless you're a member, be prepared to be treated like steerage passengers by the staff in some cases.
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nicko316
St John
After reading the reviews, I was very excited to be playing this course in a social golf comp. The course was located in the Yarra with beautiful views all around you throughout the 18. I found the course to have a lot of wear and tear to it. Fairways and greens were not pristine for the green fee in excess of $70. I was disappointed to be honest. Greens were very quick, probably a bit too quick as it was difficult to make approach and pitch shots tick. Course management is a big tip to consider, as the course was fairly unforgiving if you went off the fairways and greens. Rough was basically unplayable or you potentially lose a ball. Greens were really well protected and not overly large, which meant you really had to think about your approach shot. Club house and facilities were amazing. Personally, I'd be happier to stick with the Mornington Peninsula courses.
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bannanarr
St John
Played in the Vic PGA ProAm on 7/2/14 Course was in excellent condtion (as you would expect), even with the heavy traffic. Was playing off the Gold Tees and found the course to be to long for my ability (Mid teens golfer)(6378m) Five Par 4's around the 400m+ length, and a few of these have forced water carries for your 2nd shot. Off the Blue Tees it would have been much more playable.
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mangomags
St John
Look, this is a special place to play. Nestled in an excellent patch of land by the Yarra, the course meanders it's way through the scrub in an effortless fashion. It feels at times a lot like a bush walk, with plenty of kangaroos, birds and nice trees and scrub. The course itself is pleasing to the eye. Lovely wide fairways, with trees rarely in play. The bunkering feels natural and is not excessive. Plenty of well located water including on the expansive 9th hole. And hitting the fairway is at an absolute premium given the rough which is penal at times. Though the fairways are wide enough that a good player shouldn't have a problem. Greens are slick but true, though probably not as well looked after as some courses, and not up to the same standard as the excellent fairways. The back nine takes in some excellent golfing vistas, as good as I've come across. Walking up the hill to the 12th tee, you take in most of the back nine from your tee shot. Practice facilities looked great and the staff are very friendly for an expensive course. It would be amazing to have a membership here, but one can only dream. If you're a high handicapper, like myself, you'll need plenty of balls as the rough is pretty unyielding. A good player might feel there is a lack of strategic thought to be required. Not too many holes where the risk/reward came into play. If it's not a par 3, it was driver every time for all players. The only other minor flaw in design for mine was all the par 3's are similar type shots. Mid iron only. The par 5s are the strength of the course. It's a long course, but the wide fairways and fairly simple layout make it a real members course that is very playable for all levels. Players thinking of coming to play could make a pretty decent golf trip out of it. Yering Meadows is not too far away, and a weekend playing there and a round at Heritage would be a great way to visit the Yarra Valley.
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Yarra Valley & Dandenongs, VIC 3115, Australia
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