Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday officially opened a new jewel in Melbourne’s Sandbelt, the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club (PK).
Official proceedings were followed by an exhibition match between touring professionals Geoff Ogilvy and Marcus Fraser, and PK club champions.
Six years in the making, PK is the most significant Sandbelt course redevelopment in Australia and is the result of an industry-leading merger between Kingswood Golf Club and Peninsula Country Golf Club that sets a benchmark for other golf clubs.
The 144-hectare site, located in Frankston, comprises a new clubhouse designed by Demaine Partnership and two 18-hole golf courses redesigned by renowned Australian golf architecture firm Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead.
The striking facility includes the clubhouse and restaurant, a 25-metre heated swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis court, bowling green, and luxury in-house and remote guest accommodation.
“Peninsula Kingswood is a gift to the game of golf – a great test that sits comfortably alongside Melbourne’s other Sandbelt gems like Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath,” Premier Andrews said.
“This development is great for Frankston, for jobs and for everyone who loves golf. All involved should be very proud.”
PK president Rob Dowling said the club set a new standard in Australian golf.
“Today is the culmination of the vision of the directors of two prestigious golf clubs who had the courage to merge, to sell one beloved club and to invest in the future when other clubs were failing,” Dowling said.
“Peninsula Kingswood sets a new standard. Our courses have been designed to stand alongside the great heathland courses of the world, whilst ensuring playability for golfers of all abilities.
“While we are enriched by the history of both founding clubs, we are forward looking in our attitude to what this golf club can be. We have embraced equal opportunity in golf, we are attracting new members, we have developed a junior pathway program and we encourage partners, families and children to utilise the facilities through our family extension program; we do things differently.”