WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Name: Port Fairy Golf Club
  • Region: Great Ocean Road, VIC
  • Address: Woodbine Road
    Port Fairy, 3284, Victoria, Australia
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  • General: (03) 5568 1654
  • Holes: 18
  • Metres: 5840m
  • Par: 72
1. Smergen | Rated | 08 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

Played at PFGC at the Easter weekend. What a great course with holes 12, 14, 15 and 16 amongst some of the best you’ll see anywhere.

A true test in the wind would be very easy without it. Just good luck finding a still day.

If you are in the area you could do a lot worse.

PROS

  • Greens
  • Fairway conditions
  • Awesome links style on the holes on the dunes

Cons

  • A few "same same" holes
2. boppa88 | Rated | 08 Oct 2012 | Add A Review

Played on a recent trip to Warrnambool and know why it is rated in the top 100 courses. All I can say is wow what a spectacular course the views are amazing and what you see from the road is only part of the story. Was lucky enough to play on a beautiful day with little to no wind, would be very difficult/challenging on a windy day.

Would recommend to anyone if they have the opportunity to play.

3. brisbanedrive | Rated | 31 May 2012 | Add A Review

Played there in May and this course is an absolute gem. I played on a day with no wind and scored well, but can imagine how difficult it would be when it is blowy.

It is a true links course with plenty of variation between holes. It is fairly open, but you don’t want to end up in the deep rough, you will struggle to get out. It is well conditioned with greens that are really quick.

The back 9 is the best half with many overlooking the ocean, it is a spectacular view. The price is reasonable and the members and staff are helpful and friendly. Well worth the effort to play at this course.

PROS

  • Great conditioning
  • variation of holes
  • good price

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4. Drive4Show | Rated | 20 Jan 2012 | Add A Review

Played Port Fairy on 15/01/12 and enjoyed my round but expected a little more from the #60 ranked course in Golf Digest’s 2010 Top 100 Courses in Australia. Some great views and great holes (those closest to the water) but the inland holes are a little bland. Definitely worth playing but I think with a solid ranking I went in there with high expectations considering courses below it (ie. Riversdale, Noosa Springs).

PROS

  • Some great holes & views
  • Great chipping green
  • In good condition
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • Some plain holes

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5. RossBarton | Rated | 23 Dec 2011 | Add A Review

I played Port Fairy on 22/12/2011 and the course was in fabulous condition. A total joy to play, and the service and friendliness of the Pros and staff was very welcome. Hitting off at 8.30am I almost had the course to myself. Simply magic!
This course plays tough when the wind blows. For anyone who enjoys links golf Port Fairy is an absolute must play! It’s well worth the drive, and the location is quite stunning. A very picturesque and enjoyable golf course.

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6. mick19 | Rated | 10 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

An absolute gem. All that needs to be said.

7. ptram | Rated | 02 Apr 2011 | Add A Review

Port Fairy Golf Club is a treasure and playing here is a wonderful golfing experience.

The standout feature and first point to be discussed by many who play here is the views. Much of the course has great inland views over wetlands, while holes 12 – 16 are fantastic coastal holes, as good as any you’ll see in golf.

There is much more to this course than just it’s looks though. You need to hit the short grass off the tee or you’ll be in strife. Rough along the coastal holes in particular is thick and if you can find your ball, you’ll be doing well to get it back out onto the fairway. Approach shots on several holes also need to be well planned. Miss in the wrong spot and you’re dead.

If I had one gripe, it is that some of the holes are a bit bland. Michael Clayton Golf Design has been commissioned to make some changes. So far, scrub has been removed and bunkers have been added, with more changes on the way.

In March 2011 condition was very good. Fairways were nice and even and the greens were a pretty good speed too, though a bit slower than I am used to.

Staff were friendly and I very much enjoyed my day out.

If you’re in the area and have time for a game here, do yourself a favor. Make a weekend of it and play Warrnambool too.

8. q-tip | Rated | 04 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

Measures 5887m Par 72 with four par 3s ranging from 122-178m, ten par 4s ranging from 278-408m and four par 5s ranging from 448-484m. As you’d expect the course conditioning is great from tee to green with some deep pot bunkers.

Not an overly long course off the scorecard as weather conditions can make this course quite long. The front nine is much shorter and less challenging than the back nine but is much better bunkered than the back nine.

Good holes include the 369m slight dogleg 7th with an elevated green protected by a bunker short left, the shortest par 278m 13th has numerous pot bunkers 50-100m short of the bunkerless green is then followed by the longest par 4 the 408m dogleg right 14th with its elevated and OOB on the right of the rough from the tee to the bunkerless green. Some good finishing holes (16-18) with OOB on the right, undulating but wide fairways and large bunkered greens.

Played here 23/11/2010 which began as a warm, humid day with calm winds and finished in light drizzle with increasing winds. I was slightly disappointed not to find the majority of the holes challenging. Green fees are quite reasonable for such a well-conditioned course $22 for 9 holes $37 for 18 holes or $45 to play in their open Wednesday or Saturday compoetitions.

For a town of about 2700 people they can be very proud of its course ranked #60 by Australian Golf Digest Magazine in March 2010. Good course but slightly over-rated given Warrnambool is minutes away and is equally challenging and well-conditioned as Port Fairy.

9. midirons | Rated | 16 Oct 2010 | Add A Review

Played here in Sept 2010. This course is a must play, it was a really enjoyable day. Golfers, make the effort to travel to Port Fairy and you will not be disappointed. Condition of course, while not A-game, was more than acceptable
Special mention…Hole 14, 408m, par 4. Elevated tee, dog-leg right sloping fairway, post to indicate the blind green location with ocean as back-drop…What a fantastic hole. The reviewer above…
" LeeMickelson " is absolutely correct, one of the best par 4’s that I have ever played.
The pro in the proshop, the lady in the clubhouse and the experience overall, A+. This course makes Barwon Heads play like a goat track.

10. ARN | Rated | 03 Aug 2010 | Add A Review

A true links course with lovely views over the Southern Ocean. I found it tricky to judge distances. Perhaps a GPS would help, but would love to try it again.

11. Hawkers2013 | Rated | 13 Oct 2008 | Add A Review

Its a very nice track with quite a few very good holes. The scenery on 12 through 16 is absolutely stunning.

The course is not overly long and it really depends on the wind to give it its spine. It can be a very nasty place to play when the wind blows.

Membership is less than $400 – an absolute snip for the quality of course on offer.

The clubs is very welcoming to visitors. Its well worth the trip.

12. Segalavic | Rated | 13 Apr 2008 | Add A Review

All the reviews on here are glowing for this course and all are well deserved. Teed off at 7.30am on a Tuesday morning and was the only person there. However by 8am-8.30am quite a few had turned up to play this outstanding and enjoyable course. Conditions are relatively calm at that time of the morning and on the roadside holes you are reasonably well protected.However, on the seaside holes the wind definetly comes into play and makes club selection and game management an absolute priority. So many great holes on this course and ensure you take a camera. Elevated tees, on several holes, undulating greens and strategically plced bunkering makes this a fabtstic course to play for any standard. Probably as close as you would get to a great links course anywhere on the mainland.

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13. darthorca | Rated | 29 Jan 2008 | Add A Review

Any golfer who finds themself within driving distance of Port Fairy Links would be crazy not to play a round. This has to be the best value public course in the state if not the country.A true links course with sweeping perfect fairways and large billiard table quality greens. A great test for low and high markers alike.Beware when the wind blows, like any great brittish links course it can break your heart when the weather is against. Great service in the pro shop tops off a very fullfilling golfing experiance.

14. DanMCMLXXX | Rated | 02 Apr 2007 | Add A Review

after reading other ppl’s reviews i had to giv this course a go when i was in the area again, and it didnt let me down! Totally enjoyed my round ere, other than playing well the course was great to play, a bit easier than warnambool but as tough when the wind blows. Fav holes r any where u can see the ocean which is most of them! The par 3’s are awesome especially the 8th a short downhill hole surrounded by bunkers and the 15th a signature links hole. Great value for money deffinatly play here if ur in the area!

15. leemickelson | Rated | 02 Jun 2004 | Add A Review

The course at Port Fairy is a must play if you are ever in the area. It is a windswept layout exposed to the elements, particularly on the back 9. The holes from the 11th to the 16th are simply spectacular with views out into Bass Strait. I would rate the par 4 14th as one of the great par 4's in Australia. Port Fairy would not be out of place amongst the great links courses situated on the Scottish coastline.

16. | Rated | 24 Mar 2004 | Add A Review

I have played this course a number of times and always want to go back. To play along the sandy fairways, to small greens amongst the dunes and the occasional ti-tree, is a pleasure.

It does not matter that it hasn't got Jack Nicklaus or Greg Norman or even Alister Mackenzie as an architect, this is just pure natural links golf, on a course made as it comes.

I've scored somewhere between 20 and 40 Stableford points depending on how the wind blows. Regardless, it is a golf experience to cherish. The stretch of holes along the beach, from the par-3 11th through to the par-4 16th, is a highlight.

17. DL | Rated | 22 Jan 2003 | Add A Review

Situated approx. 20 mins out of Warrnambool, this country course is a gem. A links style course providing some spectacular views on the holes running parallel with the beach. A true test of golf when the winds up. If your ever down that way do yourself a favour!

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