Curlewis GC climbs Australian Golf Digest rankings

May 26, 2024 BY

Curlewis Golf Club general manger Jamie Brigden. Photo: ANGUS SMITH

CURLEWIS Golf Club has made a significant leap in the official Australian Golf Digest rankings, moving up seven places from 69 to 62.

This achievement marks the biggest rise of any Australian golf club, a notable turnaround for a club that was nearly closed less than a decade ago.

The club’s general manager Jamie Brigden welcomed the news.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” Mr Brigden said.

“Sixty-two is our highest ever ranking, and seven places was the biggest increase of any club on the top 100 list. To move that quickly in two years is a testament to the work the course team does out there.”

Curlewis Golf Club general manger Jamie Brigden. Photo: ANGUS SMITH


The Australian Golf Digest review praised Curlewis for its diverse shot options and highlighted the club’s modern and multi-functional facilities, stating that the core of the club remains its golf course, which continues to improve.

Course superintendent Rob Bradley attributed the impressive ranking to the club’s dedication to ongoing course innovations and enhancements.

“We have finished off the fairway improvement programme with the final line planting of Santa Ana couch into the last of the lesser fairways,” he said.

“We now have 15 hectares of fairway area compared to 9 hectares in 2015,” Mr Bradley said.

“Reshaping of tees, fairways and surrounds has also been a focus to facilitate better shot making.”

The team is also engaged in ongoing re-vegetation work to restore indigenous plants and remove introduced species.

“I love the fact we are still providing a golf course with the original heath land feel without compromising a day of enjoyable golf by long rough,” Mr Bradley said.

Beyond the fairways, Curlewis boasts a $20 million clubhouse, accommodation facility and award-winning French fusion restaurant Claribeaux.

The Range @ Curlewis features an entertainment complex with 18 indoor and outdoor driving bays, automatic tees, Victoria’s first Toptracer Range installation, X Golf, and a two-tier mini golf course.