Golf Industry Central Summer 2012 - Page 26

BUILDING THE WORLD’S BEST Duncan Andrews, owner of The Dunes Golf Links on the Mornington Peninsula, knows a thing or two about building a golf course. turfmate caught up with him last month when he shared his insights about what makes a good golf course and how to execute it. The Dunes Golf Links is rated by Golf Digest at #14 in Australia’s Top 100 golf courses. It is also one of the few privately owned courses in Australia, its 27 hole layout was opened in March 1997. Since then Andrews, in partnership with Ian and Philip McNaughton, has built a 36 hole golf complex at Thirteenth Beach, Barwon Heads. Thirteenth Beach is also rated among the Top 30 in Australia. Unlike most who enter into commercial enterprises with golf and are unsuccessful, both Andrews’ courses have proved to be financially viable. This is not surprising, he has played golf since he was a child, most of that time on a single figure handicap. Andrews’ had always considered what sort of land would make a good course, having played many links land courses in Scotland and Ireland. While driving his car, like many other golf-tragics, he