The second course at the Thirteenth Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, the Creek Course was designed by Tony Cashmore in partnership with Nick Faldo and opened for play in 2004.
The original concept here was for a creek or series of creek to cut across the property, and compensate for the fact that, unlike its older sibling, this layout lacks the natural drama of the coastal dunes. For some reason, a series of creeks turned into more formal lakes and small ponds, and as a result it has taken the Creek Course longer to establish itself in the hearts and minds of Victorian golfers. The bunkering, greens contouring and general ebb and flow of the routing here is mostly sound, and its really the lack of a knockout feature or standout stretch of holes that holds it back. The par fives and mid-length par fours are probably the strength of the course, with the exception of the awkward ‘goalpost’ drive on the 14th.
Always destined to live in the shadow of its glamorous big brother, the Creek Course is nonetheless a nice track and a pleasant alternative for those contemplating a 36-hole day at Thirteenth Beach.