Barwon Heads AccommodationPublished on 8th May 2022 in Guest Only
Enjoy an overnight stay in the heritage-listed 1924 Clubhouse.
“Sitting on the first-floor balcony of my guest room at Barwon Heads Golf Club, overlooking the circular driveway I feel an urge to extract my copy of P.G. Wodehouse’s Omnibus of Golf and read a chapter or two. Such is the ambiance of antiquity that permeates this magnificent course and clubhouse. May it continue to always be thus.” Craig Read Golf Australia magazine January 2022.
P.G. Wodehouse’s character the ‘Oldest Member often discusses the nineteenth hole, a slang term for a pub, bar, or restaurant on or near the golf course, very often the clubhouse itself. At Barwon Heads, the nineteenth extends to the 19 guest rooms inside the Clubhouse. One of these is the room Craig Read refers to in his review – one of 19 rooms within the iconic Barwon Heads Clubhouse that travellers have been making use of since 1924. The Clubhouse has been rated “hands down” the best in Australia.
Accommodation in the house is available for anyone*, but it’s fair to say the vast majority of our guests are golfers. Many first time guests take advantage of the Club’s Winter Escape option, one of its special packages.
The Barwon Heads Golf Club came in at number 19 in the latest Golf Australia rating of Australia’s Top 100 courses. The review above from Craig Read came from that article.
According to Golf Australia magazine, compiling the list of Australia’s Top-100 Courses for 2022 was not without significant challenges.
Long periods of lockdown in various states, state border closures at different times and golf courses across the land filling tee time sheets with members and locals has made it more difficult than usual for our judges to view courses. When it became apparent in early 2020 that there would be problems arising from the pandemic, we recruited extra judges to the Top-100 panel from each state to overcome the likelihood of interstate travel being restricted.
This Top-100 list has been compiled by a panel of 56 contributing judges, who eagerly sought out tee times at as many courses as they could (sometimes covertly) when government health orders and travel restrictions allowed.
Other comments about Barwon Heads:
“Barwon Heads seems to improve incrementally each year. The first six holes are links classics, and you can’t help but have a smile on your face after playing. It’s Australia’s version of a Scottish gem that not many people have heard of.” – Ashley Clinch.
“Sitting on the first floor balcony of my guest room at The Barwon Heads Golf Club, overlooking the circular drive way I feel an urge to extract my copy of P.G.Wodehouse’s Omnibus of Golf and read a chapter or two. Such is the ambiance of antiquity that permeates this magnificent course and clubhouse. May it continue to, always be thus.” – Craig Read.
“Neil Crafter and Paul Mogford continue to make subtle tweaks here and there that, over the past few years, have made this gem of a links a much more complete layout.” – Steve Beach.
“Barwon Heads is consistently good. It is a great example of how a course doesn’t need to be complicated to be good. Sometimes less is more as is the case with Barwon Heads.” – DJ Loypur.
“Barwon Heads possesses an all too rare Old-World charm, containing sufficient challenge in a compact package. The course possesses many fun holes, and a number of drives and approaches requiring exacting shot-making. Changes to Barwon Heads have altered the aesthetic of the course to a degree, but the allure of those first six holes, however, has any genuine golfer salivating.” – Matt Mollica.
*The Clubhouse is not equipped to accommodate infants and guests who wish to stay with children are asked to call before booking. You may decide the Clubhouse is not the most appropriate choice if you’re holidaying with children.