Spring Valley Golf Club
First opened in 1948, the Program is held In large esteem and has been rated by Golf Australia magazine as number 41 best class in Australia and one of the best 10 in metropolitan Melbourne.
Participants enjoy a Complete program of Competitive and social golf along with their peers at club contests and revel in the chance to represent Spring Valley Golf Club at pennant and interclub matches.
The Melbourne Sandbelt is world renowned for the quality of its courses with the likes of Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, Commonwealth, Huntingdale, Yarra Yarra, Victoria, Huntingdale and Woodlands all regularly lauded by experts as “great”.
For decades, Spring Valley was seldom mentioned in precisely the exact same breath as the above collection of classes, but recently it has emerged in the shadow of its famous neighbors to catch a share of the limelight. The secret is out… Spring Valley quite rightly deserves its place along with the celebrities of the Sandbelt since it provides quality layout, excellent playing surfaces and, finally, it is as much fun to perform as another class in Melbourne.
The first days of the Spring Valley Golf Club aren’t dissimilar to a lot of clubs which currently call the Sandbelt house. The team started its presence away from the Sandbelt and, such as the founding members of many nearby classes, the fledgling Spring Valley switched to Vern Morcom to make its program.
The very first rumblings to move from the very first site in Dandenong started in 1947. The team, then called the Forest Hills people class, started searching for property at the Sandbelt and over 2 years a website was discovered. Work on clearing that which was part indigenous scrub and part marketplace garden started in January 1949 and a half years after Morcom’s production was prepared for play.
Though the routing has stayed the same through time, every one the holes were originally redesigned by Mike Clayton at 2011, although the layout company Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking and Mead (OCCM) stay advisers to the design.
From the 18-hole redesign, Clayton revived Morcom’s bunkering, fresh greens were constructed and tees built to benefit strategically very good drama, which is presently one of the advantages of this design.
The 377-meter opening hole is a fantastic medium-span par-4 turning out of left-to-right. Most gamers are going to want to play the left half of the fairway however, that introduces a longer, harder second shot to the green, in which the Morcom-style of bunkering becomes instantly evident.
There’ll be times throughout your round at Spring Valley when you’ll inevitably end up comparing holes you are playing more noted ones in Kingston Heath and Royal Melbourne. This is hardly surprising given the prolific quantity of design and construction function the Morcoms — equally Vern, along with his dad, Mick — did during the Sandbelt whilst maintaining their tasks as curators in the’Heath’ and’Royal’ respectively.
By way of instance, the plan of this 386-metre par-4 2nd supports precisely the exact same strategy that’s required to perform the traditional 17th hole of the West course at Royal Melbourne.
When there’s 1 observation to be made from the Melbourne Sandbelt classes as a collective it’s that they boast a superb assortment of par-3s. Spring Valley is just the same.
The 155-metre 5th hole is a great one-shotter at which angle of this green, across the very top of the tee makes it a tough one to hit in law. The tee shot should turn marginally from right-to-left to fly the period of the green, to attempt to prevent the bunker cut to the proper, back edge of the surface.
The 134-metre 10th was criticised by some as being overly intense due to the form and dimensions of the putting surface in addition to the seriousness of the heavy bunkers that ring the green. However there are a lot more penal par-3s available elsewhere and this particular offering, for this brief hole, only rewards the player, that strikes a fantastic tee shot, using a birdie chance. The terrible tee shot probably makes bogey.
They’re majestic dangers that wouldn’t be out of place on some of the famous Sandbelt designs. The year-on-year progress was created, through minor alterations to the layout and preserving of its high quality of presentation, indicates it will not be long before Spring Valley is pushing for greater honours.