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#1 Lukos87

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 04:07 PM

Spent a few days down the bellarine playing and played this course a few times. I'd put this in the top 10 courses I've played and had not heard much about it before playing it. We had been told to play curlewis as a must down there and were really disappointed condition was horrible and the layout was nothing amazing a decent track but I won't be rushing back.
Portarlington was in the best condition I have ever seen a public course in, fairways were pristine, bunkers immaculate and the greens were some of the best I have played on. Super fun layout which is fairly forgiving but still pretty challenging. holes 1,4,5,8,11,12,13,15,16,18 were all really good. Par 3s are nothing special but the 5s and 4s are good.

Pencil this in if your ever heading down that way as it's more than worth the $45 green fee.
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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:15 PM

one day.

 

too many trips for the bank balance


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 08:53 PM

Spent a few days down the bellarine playing and played this course a few times. I'd put this in the top 10 courses I've played and had not heard much about it before playing it. We had been told to play curlewis as a must down there and were really disappointed condition was horrible and the layout was nothing amazing a decent track but I won't be rushing back.
Portarlington was in the best condition I have ever seen a public course in, fairways were pristine, bunkers immaculate and the greens were some of the best I have played on. Super fun layout which is fairly forgiving but still pretty challenging. holes 1,4,5,8,11,12,13,15,16,18 were all really good. Par 3s are nothing special but the 5s and 4s are good.

Pencil this in if your ever heading down that way as it's more than worth the $45 green fee.

I just played this course on Father's Day. I hadn't played here for about 12 years & because of your comments & hearing from others that the course had improved a lot, I had another crack at it. It certainly is a better track than it used to be, with improvements in all areas, especially the Santa Anna Fairways, but it has only increased my rating from 2 to 3 stars. I still find it a boring track despite the improvements. Curlewis & Queenscliff are much more interesting in the local area for a good value game.

Cheers!


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Posted 06 September 2016 - 07:50 AM

I just played this course on Father's Day. I hadn't played here for about 12 years & because of your comments & hearing from others that the course had improved a lot, I had another crack at it. It certainly is a better track than it used to be, with improvements in all areas, especially the Santa Anna Fairways, but it has only increased my rating from 2 to 3 stars. I still find it a boring track despite the improvements. Curlewis & Queenscliff are much more interesting in the local area for a good value game.
Cheers!


I played all 3 at a similar time and was not huge on curlewis, I have been back there and enjoyed it a bit more and liked queenscliff but the condition was really bad when we played.
Portarlington was pristine when we played and I really loved most the holes.
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Posted 06 September 2016 - 02:08 PM

I played all 3 at a similar time and was not huge on curlewis, I have been back there and enjoyed it a bit more and liked queenscliff but the condition was really bad when we played.
Portarlington was pristine when we played and I really loved most the holes.

I guess the difference is seen more in Summer when Portarlington has ample water & Queenscliff doesn't. On the other hand, in winter Queenscliff handles any amount of rain & is still playable.



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Posted 06 September 2016 - 03:15 PM

I'm a member at Port, so I'm fairly bias ... but there is no better course in the region for the price you pay for a green fee.

Curlewis is improving, but if you want a nice lie every time on the fairway, true greens then you just can't beat Port.

 

It truly is a hidden gem in the region.

 

Only criticism I have is that two of the par fives (nine and 11) are pretty much the same and are not a big challenge for those who hit long and straight.

 

Some really challenging holes depending on pin position. The back nine is brilliant with some nice par fours - short and long - to keep you on your toes


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#7 Lukos87

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 07:22 PM

I'm a member at Port, so I'm fairly bias ... but there is no better course in the region for the price you pay for a green fee.
Curlewis is improving, but if you want a nice lie every time on the fairway, true greens then you just can't beat Port.

It truly is a hidden gem in the region.

Only criticism I have is that two of the par fives (nine and 11) are pretty much the same and are not a big challenge for those who hit long and straight.

Some really challenging holes depending on pin position. The back nine is brilliant with some nice par fours - short and long - to keep you on your toes


Amen to that!
I recall my friend having a 7 and 5 iron into both those par 5s and I was even tempted with a 3 iron but backed off.
I don't mind them to much as it could wreck a longer player who ends long of the green on both but did question if I was playing the same hole again.
I'm looking to do a day trip back there soon.
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Posted 06 September 2016 - 07:35 PM

Amen to that!
I recall my friend having a 7 and 5 iron into both those par 5s and I was even tempted with a 3 iron but backed off.
I don't mind them to much as it could wreck a longer player who ends long of the green on both but did question if I was playing the same hole again.
I'm looking to do a day trip back there soon.

 

Spot on. The only real challenge on the hole for the bogey golfer (assuming you're safe off the tee and have a good second shot) is when the pin is at the back. If you go long it's almost impossible going back the other way.


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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:08 PM

Spot on. The only real challenge on the hole for the bogey golfer (assuming you're safe off the tee and have a good second shot) is when the pin is at the back. If you go long it's almost impossible going back the other way.

What do you guys think about the ratings in the 2016 golf course guide for public access golfers? It shows Curlewis as 66 & Portarlington as 83. I have personally played many better courses that don't get a mention in the top 100, so am wondering what the criteria is to get on the list. Can I be controversial & ask Is it possible to buy your ranking on this list, when it seems so obviously wrong?


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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:34 PM

What do you guys think about the ratings in the 2016 golf course guide for public access golfers? It shows Curlewis as 66 & Portarlington as 83. I have personally played many better courses that don't get a mention in the top 100, so am wondering what the criteria is to get on the list. Can I be controversial & ask Is it possible to buy your ranking on this list, when it seems so obviously wrong?

portarlington is top 10 of the courses I've played on personal preference.
Knocks of spring valley, woodlands and huntingdale for me. Curlewis would be top 30 as with queenscliff, I think there had been a king tide within the week we were there that killed some of the fairways. It was tee ups on like 5 holes

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:37 PM

What do you guys think about the ratings in the 2016 golf course guide for public access golfers? It shows Curlewis as 66 & Portarlington as 83. I have personally played many better courses that don't get a mention in the top 100, so am wondering what the criteria is to get on the list. Can I be controversial & ask Is it possible to buy your ranking on this list, when it seems so obviously wrong?

 

Not sure on how they do the ratings, but from what I understand you can't buy your way onto a list.

 

Just on my personal preference, I believe Curlewis and Port are the wrong way around.


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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:44 PM

portarlington is top 10 of the courses I've played on personal preference.
Knocks of spring valley, woodlands and huntingdale for me. Curlewis would be top 30 as with queenscliff, I think there had been a king tide within the week we were there that killed some of the fairways. It was tee ups on like 5 holes

I'm hearing you and respect your preference, but I honestly don't see it. I'll leave it at that. Thanks for the chat anyway. Good golfing!



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Posted 06 September 2016 - 08:51 PM

I'm a member at Port, so I'm fairly bias ... but there is no better course in the region for the price you pay for a green fee.

Curlewis is improving, but if you want a nice lie every time on the fairway, true greens then you just can't beat Port.

 

It truly is a hidden gem in the region.

 

Only criticism I have is that two of the par fives (nine and 11) are pretty much the same and are not a big challenge for those who hit long and straight.

 

Some really challenging holes depending on pin position. The back nine is brilliant with some nice par fours - short and long - to keep you on your toes

Being a player on the Bellarine, if you forget about price, how do you rate all the courses you have played there? any chance you could list them in order?



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Posted 07 September 2016 - 08:21 AM

Being a player on the Bellarine, if you forget about price, how do you rate all the courses you have played there? any chance you could list them in order?

 

Sure mate I'll list all the Geelong region courses in my particular order of preference.

 

Elite:

13th Beach - Beach

Barwon Heads

13th Beach - Creek

 

Very, Very good:

RACV Torquay

Portarlington

Curlewis

The Sands (depending on wind!!)

 

Good:

Queenscliff

Anglesea

Lonsdale

Barwon Valley

Clifton Springs

Geelong

 

Okay:

Queens Park

East Geelong

 

Don't bother

Elcho Park (Lara)

 

 

Note;

I Haven't played Ocean Grove or Winchelsea

 

IMHO 13th Beach - Beach and Barwon Heads are very clear winners if you're looking for the best possible course.

 

Creek and RACV are both very good and just ahead of Portarlington, although I believe Port is consistently in better condition than RACV but the RACV course is nicer (but also super busy with holiday golfers in summer).


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 07:44 PM

Sure mate I'll list all the Geelong region courses in my particular order of preference.

 

Elite:

13th Beach - Beach

Barwon Heads

13th Beach - Creek

 

Very, Very good:

RACV Torquay

Portarlington

Curlewis

The Sands (depending on wind!!)

 

Good:

Queenscliff

Anglesea

Lonsdale

Barwon Valley

Clifton Springs

Geelong

 

Okay:

Queens Park

East Geelong

 

Don't bother

Elcho Park (Lara)

 

 

Note;

I Haven't played Ocean Grove or Winchelsea

 

IMHO 13th Beach - Beach and Barwon Heads are very clear winners if you're looking for the best possible course.

 

Creek and RACV are both very good and just ahead of Portarlington, although I believe Port is consistently in better condition than RACV but the RACV course is nicer (but also super busy with holiday golfers in summer).

Thanks for your list. I see that you have ventured a little further than the Bellarine. I have also played a few in the same region. I rate them as follows:-

 

Barwon Heads

13th Beach - Beach

13th Beach - Creek

The Sands

Anglesea

Curlewis

Queenscliff

Torquay

Lonsdale

Portarlington

Geelong

Clifton Springs

Barwon Valley

Ocean Grove

East Geelong

St Leonards

Elcho Park

Winchelsea

 

Most are similar to you, but a couple of glaring differences. That's what makes it interesting! I guess that comes down to how long ago we played them & the conditions at the time.

 

Cheers!


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