I've had almost 4 years not playing golf apart from the odd trip to the range, previously was a member at Cheltenham on and off since I was in primary school.
There were definitely times I considered leaving for a decent private course, that had better practice facilities and more than 9 holes, but it just never happened.
After a few years not playing, I'm considering other options, I've pretty much narrowed it down to these 2 with SV probably leading but happy for any other suggestions.
In 2014 we decided to buy our first home in Carrum Downs, I wouldn't want to drive more than 30 minutes to play golf, which leaves plenty of options.
I have searched on here and other sites but most threads are years old, and personally I haven't played at any of these courses since 2013-2014, so unsure if much has changed condition wise, facilities etc.
I'm looking for a course with very good to excellent practice facilities, ideally a broad range of ages(my last year at Chelt there was only about 3 members aged between 20-40),well maintained w good drainage, and mostly a good track. Clubhouse facilities aren't a huge factor whatsoever.
Price is important, we're paying off a mortgage and I wouldn't want to be paying more than 4k subs. I'm 33 so some courses do have a discount u40, some not.
So it rules out a few better tracks like Commonwealth, Peninsula etc. I also wouldn't be considering close options like Rossdale, Patto River, Keysborough, Ranfurlie or Southern.
I live very close to Sandhurst which is great, I also like that there is a gym inc in the fees, but I find the courses quite bland and soulless as I find the whole place to be blunt, the practice facilities are only ok and at least in the past, year round playability was not always something Sandhurst could claim.
Cranbourne I have played a few times over the years, I find it a nice course but not memorable, I'm not sure how good the practice facilities are now I heard they had an upgrade.
Spring Valley I've also played a few times, again I always found it a nice course but not really memorable, practice facilities were decent, the short game area and putting green very good, practice fairway fairly bland.
I guess they are all fairly similar cost wise, Cranbourne the cheapest then SV which still has a joining fee.
Anyone a member of these courses and have any input? Or is there other options that I may have missed that seem to fit the bill without going over budget?
Edited by ElHosel, 14 March 2018 - 08:51 PM.