A selection of current and past projects
Tasmania Golf Club, Hobart, TAS
Contour Golf was appointed by the Tasmanian government in 2019 to consider the impacts on the golf course of the State Government's proposed widening of the Tasman Highway. We have now finalised the detailed design plans for several holes. We have also detailed changes for an improved layout and play of the driving range. In June 2022, Tasmania Golf Club appointed Ben as their ongoing Course Architect. We are currently preparing a Course Masterplan. Course construction will commence in 2023.
Mornington Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC
with Darius Oliver (Golf writer, critic and MGC member)
In 2016, Contour Golf prepared a comprehensive course Masterplan, which recommended a range of staged improvements to the course. In 2017, Stage 1 of the Masterplan was the construction of a magnificent new Par 3, perched on the cliffs of Port Phillip Bay. In 2019, Stage 2 involved building three new greens - the 9th, 18th and a practice putting green next to the clubhouse. Stage 3 involved changes to the 6th and 7th holes. The 6th hole will open in Spring 2022 and the 7th is now in play..
Kwinana Golf Club, WA
Work has nearly finished on the new 6th hole at Kwinana Golf Club. In 2018, Contour Golf completed a Masterplan to identify the best aspects of the course, and then set out a plan to upgrade those parts of the course that did not meet that standard. The course is located about 40 minutes south of Perth and is routed through a heavily forested area, dominated by very large Tuart Gum trees. The new sixth hole is 1.5 metres lower than it was. Earthworks and grassing are now complete and the hole is now open.
Cobram Barooga Golf Club, NSW
The famous Old Course at Cobram Barooga Golf Club has been crafted between large stands of red gums and other vegetation native to the Murray River region.
In 2019, Contour Golf was appointed to redesign holes 14-18, in order to create space for a new driving range. In 2020, we redesigned the 3rd hole, which has now become the new 18th following a relocation of the clubhouse.
As the Old Course’s signature hole, the 3rd hole plays at 333 meters. The approach shot is to an elevated green that is well protected by several large bunkers on all sides of the green. It now sits in prime position in front of the clubhouse for all to see! The new hole and the mini golf centre opened in 2021.
Launceston Golf Club, TAS
We were appointed in February 2021 to commence a Course Improvement Plan for Launceston Golf Club. In 2022, we have been asked to undertake a Coure Masterplan. Tasmania's oldest 18 hole golf course and Australia's 5th oldest golf course. The Club is renowned for the presentation of its meticulously maintained course, which is surrounded by natural bushland yet only ten minutes from Launceston CBD. This is an exciting opportunity to make some adjustments to greens and fairways while remaining loyal to the character of the existing course.
Mildura Golf Club, VIC
In 2012, Mildura Golf Resort, located in far north west Victoria, embarked on a significant redevelopment project, consisting of a subdivision of 100 allotments, and a major upgrade of the 6014 metre golf course. In total, Contour Golf Design Group built eight new greens and re-routed several holes. Stage 1 of the golf course redevelopment commenced in late 2011 and opened for play in April 2012. The final stage of the project (stage 5) was completed in 2018 and included a new 18th hole and practice green.
Carramar Golf Club and Marrangaroo Golf Club, Perth, WA
In August 2015, Contour Golf was appointed by the City of Wannaroo to develop Masterplans for both Carramar and Marangaroo golf courses to identify potential future development in relation to key course layout improvement recommendations, an overall plan for each course and key operational improvement recommendations, addressing general maintenance, turf, irrigation and water management, signage and environmental management. The Masterplans also enabled the City to prioritise future capital works and to budget accordingly. Stage 1 was completed in 2018, with a new par 3 4th hole at Carramar Golf Course, and a new par 3 12th hole at Marangaroo Golf Course.
Yowani Country Club, Canberra, ACT
The Yowani Country Club is undertaking a major redevelopment of its 18 hole golf course, along with the construction of a new clubhouse and associated facilties. Contour Golf was appointed as the Club's golf course architect in 2020 and has now completed the course Masterplan. Construction of Stage 1, which includes several completely new holes and major changes to other holes, is due to commence in 2023.
Murrumbidgee Golf Club, ACT
In early 2022, Contour Golf was appointed to prepare a Bunker Masterplan for Murrumbidgee Country Club, located in the southern suburbs of Canberra. The Club was planning to rebuild all of the
existing course bunkers but wisely sought advice before doing so. The plan, now completed, includes filling in many of the current obsolete bunkers and building new bunkers in better, more strategic
locations. Other course improvements were also considered, including some tree removal.
In mid-2022, Ben was appointed to prepare plans for how the back nine holes might be rearranged to
accommodate a possible Retirement Village on part of the Club's land.
Worrigee Links Golf Club, Nowra, NSW
In July 2021, Contour Golf was appointment to complete a comprehensive course Masterplan for the Worrigee Links Golf Course. Construction of Stage 1 is due to commence in late 2022. Opened in 2005, Worrigee Links is a traditional. links-style course with undulating greens, wide fairways and beautiful views across farmland to Coolangatta and the Cambewarra mountains.
Quarry Hill Golf Club, Bendigo, VIC
In April 2021, we were appointed to develop a course Masterplan for Quarry Hill Golf Club. In the centre of Bendigo, the 18 hole sand green course is characterised by iron bark trees with views of the city and surrounding bushland. The completed Masterplan includes scaling the main course back to nine holes but with new putting greens, creating a new nine hole short course, a new 300 metre-long, covered driving range, a 'Himalaya's style' putting green and a mini-golf facility. Mountain bike trails are included in the vision. The Goldfields area, including Bendigo, is experiencing significant population growth and this opportunity to reinvent the course will provide Bendigo with a new golfing destination.
Neangar Park Golf Club,
In 2019, Neangar Park Golf Club made a considered investment in appointing Contour Golf to design a nine-hole pitch-and-putt course. This now sits alongside the original par 71, 18 hole course. The pitch-and-putt course features nine short par 3’s of between 60 and 90 metres. The holes were designed to appeal to young and beginner golfers but also to attract better golfers, who want to sharpen their pitching and short game skills. The pitch and putt course is completed, and is now open for play.
In mid 2021, we were also appointed to prepare a Masterplan for the main 18-hole course.
Karma Rottnest Golf Club,
Rottnest Island, WA
The Rottnest Island golf course was established in the 1950s and, until its redevelopment, had no fairway irrigation and sand-scrape 'greens'. In 2009, a decision was made by the Rottnest Island Authority to construct nine new greens and tees, and to install irrigation across the course, in order to utilise the treated effluent from the island's many hotels and resorts. Director Ben Davey elaborates: “The routing of the old course has not changed, but the course plays very differently now that it has a variety of tee positions and ‘real’ greens. The greens have been designed to allow for plenty of pin positions, but if you’re on the wrong part of a green, there is a lot of movement and you’ll have a tough putt.” The greens are considered some of the most interesting in WA.