Curlewis is regarded as one of the most progressive and exciting public access golf courses in Australia.
Curlewis, the much-loved course of The Bellarine, was formally established on this site and officially opened for play in 1970. The 157 acres (60 hectare) site was purchased by the East Geelong Golf Club in 1947. Development at the time was restricted due to the lack of water however a firm base of couch grass was established. Since the introduction of town water, improvements have continued over the years. Throughout its development, the course has maintained a links-type character with a minimum of trees, undulating fairways, challenging bunkers and large contoured greens. To play Curlewis is to fall in love with a truly exceptional golf course.
Located just an hour from Melbourne and 15 minutes from Geelong, with stunning vistas across to Corio Bay.
Purchased in July 2015, by renowned local winery and cidery business operators, Lyndsay and David Sharp, Curlewis has rocketed up the course rankings after the new owners began investing heavily in improving the course and clubhouse.
Since that time Curlewis has been recognised as the most innovative club in Australia and was honoured to receive the inaugural “Australian Golf Digest Club Excellence Award” for their contemporary and forward-thinking approach to golf.
The Curlewis course was always highly regarded, but the new owner’s investment has seen it now being recognised as one of Golf Australia's Top 50 Australian Public Access Courses and ranked in the top four courses in Western Victoria.
Top 100 Course Rankings 2022-2023
Golf Australia Magazine - #21
The Golf Course Guide - #39
Australian Golf Digest - #69
With a sandy base, a minimum of trees, and naturally undulating couch fairways this Vern Morcom designed links is one of the best courses on The Bellarine. Following the opening of the course in 1970, the original design was again enhanced in 1976 by a Kevin Hartley course master plan.
In 2001, significant improvements were again made following the adoption a second master plan by renowned course architect, Michael Clayton. With challenging bunkers and firm, fast greens, it is the wind that often determines the level of playing difficulty.
The course measures 6,150 metres and is a challenging par-71/73. A challenge for players of all standards and a true test of golfing ability.
When it comes to facilities, functions and epicurean experience, the new Curlewis Clubhouse is next level.
Commanding in both scope and ambience, no detail or expense has been spared in bringing The Bellarine’s newest and most dynamic destination to life. Inside and out, charisma abounds.
Embrace spectacular views spanning fairways, greens and bay. Meander past the “Warhol Wall”. Immerse yourself in chill mojo on the grand veranda or sun drenched East Terrace.
Cutting edge AV facilities, an array of epicurean options to suit all budgets and tastes complete the picture. Ivor's Spike Bar is home to a more intimate, relaxed occasion.
Signature restaurant and larger function facility, Claribeaux, will delight with its’ creative structural form and culinary options – French influence, contemporary fusion and a keen focus on sustainable local produce. An impressive local and international beverage list guarantees a state of blissful indecision.
The Range @ Curlewis
On January 27, 2018 Curlewis opened its state-of-the-art 18-bay driving range and teaching academy, The Range @ Curlewis. This facility is the only one of its type in regional Victoria and combines a fully licensed bar, restaurant/café, function room, outdoor viewing to the range and two tiered mini golf course. The teaching academy is staffed by PGA Teaching Professionals and in additional to individual and group lessons also offers club fitting. The facility is equipped with two Xgolf simulators and has more recently introduced Toptracer Range. Toptracer offers a fun, engaging, technology-driven experience for golfers to see their shot stats, track improvement and compete on different courses from around the world.
Curlewis Golf Club has had a golden past and a shining future, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2020. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our Hip! Green! Fun golf course and facilities.
Green fee players are always welcome. To book a tee time online and see the live timesheets, visit Public Tee Bookings or alternatively phone (03) 5251 1111 (option 1 for the Golf Shop)
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