The RACV course at Healesville was a modest country course with short rudimentary holes built over hilly, heavy soils north east of Melbourne.
Melbourne is rightly famed for the architecture of the sand based courses to the south of the city, but none of the courses outside the Sandbelt could match the quality of the highest ranked courses. There was an assumption it was impossible to build beautiful greens and bunkers in heavy clay because no one had ever done it.
The commitment of the RACV to rebuild the golf course gave us the opportunity to both create interesting and strategic holes and to construct greens and bunkers that match the quality of the work on the Sandbelt.
The course is short by any standards at only 5000 metres but arguably that makes it ideal for the average player looking for all the strategic demands of a fine, big course but at a length that is more than manageable for the majority.
We’re thrilled that Healesville has just been ranked by Golf Australia magazine as the 53rd best course in Australia. For such a short and unique course to be acknowledged as one worthy of ranking is unprecedented, probably, anywhere in the world.