Vincent Cup & Barwon Plate

In addition to the many inter-club events held for members, the Club has a long history of hosting competitions between teams made up of non-members from around Victoria and beyond.

Some changes in 2021

After a disrupted 2020 when several inter-club events weren’t able to be held due to COVID-19, the calendar of non-member events held at the Club has been adjusted for 2021. The Barwon Cup, usually held in February will not be played, while the Vincent Cup and Barwon Plate (1988) have been rescheduled in order to create an exciting double-header over two consecutive days. This is sure to motivate more teams to make the trip to beautiful Barwon Heads to play in either or both competitions. Travellers can also take advantage of a special accommodation package being offered.


The Double Header

#1 – The Vincent Cup

Previously held in August, the Vincent Cup, once dubbed ‘the men’s Marrum Cup’ began when Robert Vincent a member from 1919 and president from 1929-1930 donated the cup in 1931. He was prominent in planning and supervising the construction of the Clubhouse.

The 2021 edition will be played on Sunday 25th July 2021 (Shotgun start 1:00pm).

This is a four man team handicap par event for men with an individual par event held in conjunction with it. Clubs are welcome to enter two teams, with each club’s second team position to be decided by ballot.

The Vincent Cup – Entry Form 

#2 – The Barwon Heads Plate 

Donated in 1988 by Millar Lowe in the final year of his presidency, the Barwon Heads Plate is an annual teams match with a history of attracting large fields.

In 2021 the Plate will be played for on Monday 26th July (Shotgun start 8:00am).

The format is the same as the Vincent cup, with a four man team competing in a handicap par event with an individual par event held in conjunction with it. Clubs are welcome to enter two teams, with each club’s second team position to be decided by ballot.

The Barwon Plate – Entry Form 

Playing in July

It’s the nearest thing to playing in Scotland.

Situated only metres from Victoria’s roaring Surf Coast, the highly rated links course is a delight to play any time of the year. But in winter the open air experience, with Mother Nature by your side, can be even more memorable. With the salt breeze blowing over the natural contours of the course and its immaculate greens you’ll feel like you’re on one of Scotland or England’s elite courses.

This is how it looked in July 2020.



Dress appropriately and relish the challenge, but don’t be overly concerned about the wintry weather – the temperature isn’t that different from St Andrews in summer. And if the weather does turn a little chilly, enjoy it: the warming meals, red wines and the open fires in the Heritage-listed Clubhouse will warm your cockles – and a single malt (or two) won’t harm either.

Staying in the Clubhouse

Established in 1907, The Barwon Heads Golf Club is considered by many to be Australia’s first true links course. And right next to the renowned links, the Clubhouse has a unique atmosphere that brings more than a hint of old Scotland to Victoria.

Accommodation special for players

On Sunday 25th July, all 19 guest rooms in the Clubhouse have been reserved for players in the Vincent Cup and/or the Barwon Plate. 

Bed & Breakfast Special Package: The rate for this package is $265 per room (max. two adults $132.50pp) which includes your room and a cooked breakfast. Entrants in either event who choose to stay on this package will also receive a complimentary light evening meal of either fish & chips or a steak sandwich. Please note that this rate does not include your competition entry fees.

Ring now to reserve your room 03 5255 6255.