Formerly the Lonsdale Golf Club, Lonsdale Links is a public-access 18 hole links course located in the coastal dunes of Point Lonsdale and bordering the beautiful Lake Victoria. The recently redeveloped course opened in late 2020 and has been completely transformed to take advantage of the sweeping vistas across both new and old holes.
Using trailblazer Charles Blair Macdonald and his colleagues Seth Raynor and Charles Banks as inspiration, course architects Ogilvy, Cocking, Mead (OCM) have featured some template holes and designed our course as a deliberate throwback to an earlier age and a unique look for an Australian course.
Lonsdale Golf Club was formed during the early months of 1921, when a group of Point Lonsdale residents, along with some holiday home owners, decided they should establish a golf links in the area. Under the leadership of A.M. Nicholas of Aspro fame, the group of enthusiasts began the search for suitable land to establish their links. Forty three acres of land “in the nearby country” was purchased from Mr. R. Thomson for ₤l, 000.
A nine hole course was marked out; the greens areas were cleared, prepared and sown with the opening planned for the spring of 1922. Practically all of the work was done by voluntary labour and the group worked assiduously throughout the rest of 1921 and into 1922.
The opening was thus planned and on Saturday, November 23rd, 1922, Mr. A.M. Nicholas, who had been elected the inaugural President, drove the first ball from the first tee of the “Point Lonsdale Golf Links” and declared them officially open.
In 1937 the club acquired an additional 52 acres of land, and in 1939 opened four holes designed by Vern Morcom. Further holes were added in 1947 and 1954, with the final 18-hole layout essentially designed by Morcom. The OCM transformation was completed in 2020, when the new course was re-branded as Lonsdale Links and reopened for public play.
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