Despite having a name that sounds like the most feared shot in golf, Cape Schanck on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula turned out to be more sweet-spot than socket, writes Danny Bowerin…
Shank. The whisper of it strikes fear into a golfer’s heart.
I didn’t like the sound of it. Cape Schanck.
Surely it wouldn’t end well.
Why would any sane golfer play a course with a name that sounds like s***k?
We should have given it a code name.
Something easy to remember, something like Mornington Peninsula Golf Course or MPGC?
It wouldn’t have worked.
Peninsula is Golfer’s Paradise
So packed full of fantastic golf courses is the peninsula where Cape Schanck sits – around an hour’s drive from the city of Melbourne in Victoria- that you’d quickly get lost and confused asking locals for directions, if you couldn’t bring yourself to say the “S” word.
On its doorstep you will find The National, The Dunes, Eagle Ridge and Moonah Links to name just a handful.
It’s golfing country alright and it’s magnificent.
Royally good drive
The Cape Schanck Resort is run by the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV). Its golf course is consistently appears in Australia’s Top 100 and was opened by Greg Norman in 1986.
You quickly forget its chilling name when you encounter some of the most spectacular views you can imagine on a golf course – over Bass Strait andPort Phillip Bay.
Course design aficionados will know the name Robert Trent Jones Junior, and the great man remains proud of this intricate layout to this day.
He has other masterpieces in Australia- next door at The National and Coolum in Queensland are probably the two best known.
Unbeatable value golf
Cape Schanck also just happens to be one of the best value places in Australia to play golf.
RACV members, of which there are around two million, can play at Cape Schanck for just $42 at weekends. The general public pays $54 and, whichever way you look at it, it’s a bargain.
The greens are undulating, smooth and in immaculate condition. Not to mention huge.
The bunkers are cavernous and the fairways are beautifully tree lined.
The course itself isn’t long, but it’s a test.
I loved that it made me think carefully on almost every shot. It’s Par 70 but it’s unmistakably a championship golf course.
Looks easy plays tough
Peter Tate, the welcoming Head Professional at Cape Schanck, said: “People expect the best players to tear it apart, but they rarely do.”
At a recent professional event, the best score was just three under par.