The Melbourne Sandbelt is world famend for the standard of its programs with the likes of Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, Commonwealth, Huntingdale, Yarra Yarra, Victoria, Huntingdale and Woodlands all often lauded by consultants as “nice”.
For years, Spring Valley was hardly ever talked about in the identical breath because the aforementioned checklist of programs, however extra just lately it has emerged from the shadow of its extra well-known neighbours to seize a share of the limelight. The key is out … Spring Valley fairly rightly deserves its place alongside the celebrities of the Sandbelt because it gives high quality design, terrific taking part in surfaces and, finally, it’s as a lot enjoyable to play as some other course in Melbourne.
All of this could hardly be shocking given its pedigree.
The early days of the Spring Valley Golf Membership aren’t dissimilar to many golf equipment that now name the Sandbelt residence. The membership started its existence outdoors the Sandbelt and, just like the founding members of a number of close by programs, the fledgling Spring Valley turned to Vern Morcom to create its course.
The par-Three fifth gap is visually beautiful and a stiff problem at 155 metres. PHOTO: Brendan James.
The primary rumblings to maneuver from its first web site in Dandenong started in 1947. The membership, then often known as the Forest Hills public course, started searching for land within the Sandbelt and inside two years a web site was discovered. Work on clearing what was half native scrub and half market backyard started in January 1949 and two and a half years later Morcom’s creation was prepared for play.
Whereas the routing has remained the identical over time, the entire holes had been initially redesigned by Mike Clayton in 2011, whereas the design agency Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking and Mead (OCCM) stay consultants to the format.
“If there’s one statement to be product of the Melbourne Sandbelt programs as a collective it’s that all of them boast an exquisite assortment of par-3s. Spring Valley isn’t any completely different.”
Within the 18-hole redesign, Clayton revamped Morcom’s bunkering, new greens had been constructed and tees repositioned to reward strategically good play, which is now one of many strengths of the format.
The 377-metre opening gap is an effective medium size par-Four turning from left-to-right. Most gamers will wish to play down the left half of the green, however this presents an extended, tougher second shot into the inexperienced, the place the Morcom-style of bunkering turns into instantly obvious.
Spring Valley’s 10th is likely one of the most difficult quick par-3s on the Sandbelt. PHOTO: Brendan James.
There shall be instances throughout your spherical at Spring Valley when you’ll inevitably end up evaluating holes you’re taking part in with extra famous ones at Kingston Heath and Royal Melbourne. That is hardly shocking given the prolific quantity of development and design work the Morcoms – each Vern, and his father, Mick – did all through the Sandbelt while nonetheless sustaining their jobs as curators on the ‘Heath’ and ‘Royal’ respectively.
For instance, the design of the 386-metre par-Four 2nd encourages the identical technique that’s wanted to play the basic 17th gap of the West course at Royal Melbourne. The dogleg left requires a right-to-left tee shot to be formed across the fairway traps on the within nook of the dogleg. Skirting the sting of the bunkers will depart a shorter and extra direct method to the inexperienced, previous the bunkers that defend the suitable half of the placing floor.
Spring Valley is wealthy with robust, strategic par-4s, just like the 357-metre 4th gap. PHOTO: Brendan James.
If there’s one statement to be product of the Melbourne Sandbelt programs as a collective it’s that all of them boast an exquisite assortment of par-3s. Spring Valley isn’t any completely different.
The 155-metre fifth gap is an excellent one-shotter the place the angle of the inexperienced, throughout the road of your tee shot, makes it a tricky one to hit in regulation. Ideally, the tee shot wants to show barely from right-to-left to fly up the size of the inexperienced, to try to keep away from the bunker minimize into the suitable, again fringe of the placing floor.
The most effective quick par-3s within the Sandbelt opens the again 9. The 134-metre 10th has been criticised by some as being too extreme due to the form and dimension of the placing floor in addition to the severity of the deep bunkers that ring the inexperienced. However there are way more penal par-3s to be discovered elsewhere and this providing, for such a brief gap, merely rewards the participant, who hits tee shot, with a birdie likelihood. The unhealthy tee shot possible makes bogey.
The bunkers approaching the inexperienced of the par-5 seventh can destroy a rating right here. PHOTO: Brendan James.
Spring Valley gives a grandstand end to a spherical with the 377-metre par-4 18th, which finishes in full view of the magnificent fashionable clubhouse. A crop of bunkers, separating the 18th fairway with the adjoining 11th fairway to the suitable, is greatest prevented with a drive into the left half of minimize portion. The second shot is uphill to a big inexperienced that includes three bunkers quick and left and one other entice to the suitable. They’re majestic hazards that might not be misplaced on any of the extra well-known Sandbelt layouts.
Within the 2018 rating of Australia’s Prime-100 Programs, Spring Valley claimed No.42 spot within the checklist. The year-on-year enchancment being made, by minor tweaks to the design and sustaining of its excessive customary of presentation, suggests it gained’t be lengthy earlier than Spring Valley is pushing for larger honours.
LOCATION: 619 Heatherton Rd, Clayton South, Victoria.
CONTACT: (07) 9562 3811
DESIGNERS: Vern Morcom (1948), Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Clayton, Michael Cocking & Ashley Mead – OCCM (2011 and ongoing)
SLOPE RATINGS: MEN: 128 (blue tees), 124 (white), 116 (inexperienced). WOMEN: 131 (purple).
PLAYING SURFACES: Santa Ana sofa (fairways and tees), bentgrass and poa annua (greens).
GREEN FEES: $110 (Guests, 18 holes, weekdays), $130 (weekends). Sometimes there’s restricted availability for guests on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. $75 (member’s visitor).
COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: David Phillips.
PGA PROFESSIONALS: Martin Joyce, Anthony Smith, Daniel Griffin, Elissa Orr.
MEMBERSHIP: There are seven membership classes at the moment being supplied at Spring Valley, together with the highest stage full seven-day membership ($4,156), six-day membership ($3,517) in addition to an Below-30 membership, which is a sliding scale subscription six- and seven-day taking part in rights. Junior memberships are additionally supplied with full taking part in rights and no entrance payment ($615).
PRACTICE FACILITIES: Spring Valley is synonymous with the identify Dwelling of Elite Golf as it’s the base facility for VIS and Golf Victoria’s Elite Gamers Program, below the tutelage of Marty Joyce Golf Academy. Marty Joyce is one in every of Australia’s most famed golf coaches and is at the moment the top coach of VIS and Golf Australia’s Nationwide Coach
The gamers below the VIS and Golf Victoria’s program often practice at Spring Valley’s Heatherton Vary or could be seen training on the quick recreation gap space or placing inexperienced space. Additionally they practice often by taking part in on the golf course.
Prime gamers within the state are having fun with the identical facility for members of Spring Valley Golf Membership.
In all, Spring Valley has two driving ranges, an entire 19th gap quick recreation space, a big placing inexperienced subsequent to the clubhouse and a Titleist Nationwide Becoming Centre is centrally positioned subsequent to the Heatherton Driving Vary.
CORPORATE GOLF: Spring Valley supplies the perfect alternative to spend high quality time along with your purchasers in a pleasant and relaxed ambiance at a professionally and expertly-run occasion tailor-made to your particular necessities.
Monday and Fridays are the popular day for company teams, though Tuesdays and Sunday afternoons can be found on request.
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