Peninsula is the sandbelt club furthest from the city but its two courses are built on some of the famed region’s best land. Much of the Sandbelt is played over land that is nearly flat, but at Peninsula the dunes allow for the creation of some quite unique holes.
The North Course is the shorter of the two courses and one with an interesting history. Sloan Morpeth was the original designer and there are anecdotal stories of the committee forcing him to build a ‘stupid little course for old men and women’. It was an odd course characterised by some dreadful dogleg holes where the golf was just silly.
One could understand Morpeth’s frustration, but forty years after the course was opened the club committed to building a course that the brilliant site demanded. The South Course is longer and more difficult and whilst parts of it are played on flat land it is still more undulating that most of the sandbelt.
Two of the most satisfying alterations came at the short par four 1st and 7th holes. Both were dogleg holes played around high trees on the inside corners, but the trees were replaced by a creek cutting diagonally across the tee shot and the green at the opening hole and a sandy, wasteland bunker at the 7th.