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Moonah Links Golf Resort

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published November 6th 2015
Stunning architecture with views and nearby restaurants

I am one of those people who fall in love with buildings and such was the case with Moonah Links Golf Resort.

These aren't just rooms but massive suites with huge floor to ceiling windows with glorious views over the green and lush golf course. Add to this the red orb of the sun bedding down between the distant hills while you sit watching with a glass of red from your balcony and you can imagine the feelings of peace and serenity.

I am not sure why but our balcony also had an outside shower. And while it was tempting to put on a show for the early morning golfers I resisted and opted to use the inside shower in the massive bathroom with its soaking tub that seemed more like a spa setting than a typical hotel bathroom.

There are 96 rooms in the resort but it is all really spread out so you have incredible privacy. There are various lodges over the property each with a number of suites. Each lodge has been sited to make the most of the views but also to enhance privacy and merge with the landscape. In a few years you will not be able to see the buildings for the flourishing trees that shield them.

While the complex was built in 2003, there is something fresh and modern because of the unique architecture. The main doorways to each of the lodges are like the towering entrances you get at exclusive hotels where parking attendants offers to park your car for you. Think Crown, but obviously on a smaller scale.

The furniture is moderne if a little low slung for some.

There are lots of recycled timbers, neutral materials, natural light and all kinds of secret hidden socialising spaces. Places just to sit outside and admire a view of light and shade and undulating tussock hillocks, through glassless window frames built just to frame the view.

There are also special communal covered areas where you can sit with friends in the sunshine or around an outside fireplace in wintertime.

For those who know the movie the architects had The Big Chill in the back of their minds when they designed this complex. It is a film about a friendship group who gather for a weekend reunion at a posh South Carolina house.

There is a day spa and a swimming pool and tennis courts all of which I forgot to visit. Whoops.

The reason being I was so excited that as a guest at the complex I could have the special privilege of being driven to the neighbouring Peninsula Hot Springs across the golf course and through an adjoining back gate.

Everyone else has to park their cars miles away in the carpark because the Springs are so popular but we are driven right to the door in a golf buggey.

Moonah Links Golf Estate
Roger. Great guy and our driver back from the Hot Springs wrap="0

It was pretty much the same price as going directly over there and buying your own ticket and the buggey also comes to pick you up when you let reception know that you are ready to come home.

The resort offers breakfast and this was fine. The usual buffet of cereals and hot dishes in silver bane-mares.

Moonah Links Golf Estate
Long Table and long face. His wife just discovered the joys of Instagram.

There is a coffee shop but as the coffee was not amazing I spent little time there. But I guess it would be fine if you just wanted a hot drink after coming off the greens.

We didn't dine here because there are just so many amazing restaurants on the Mornington Peninsula that there was no real reason to eat at our resort.

Red Hill Epicurean
Amazing food at the Red Hill Epicurean

Having tried the excellent Red Hill Epicurean last time, this time we tried a neighbouring restaurant in the same complex called the Long Table. See the photos below.

One thing about travelling mid- week is that you also find tourist restaurants bring down their prices to attract locals in for a meal.

Which is one of the reasons we managed to snare a wonderful dinner at the Long Table. On Wednesday night the chef often tries out new dishes and a two course menu with a glass of wine will only set you back $39.

Moonah Links Resort is often on special with various voucher companies. Which makes it sound a little cheap but the fact is that the accommodation is amazing but they probably find it difficult to find takers during weekdays. So do look out for one these special deals.

Hot Springs

As for lunch you should always make sure you pop in to Johny Ripes. This is an amazing bakery in a farmyard setting with stunning views and apple pies and other treats that is luring people in from all over Melbourne. A day trip in itself. Click here.

Sadly golf is wasted on me, although I did appreciate the wonderful views the rooms afforded over the greens. And if you are interested in golf, I can tell you that Moonah Links is one of the foremost Golf Resorts in Victoria with two world-class championship golf courses.

Green fees are around $50, so again look out for midweek specials which you will often find by searching the internet.

Moonah Links also has the largest fleet of motorized golf carts in Victoria. They always say that golf ruins a good walk. But I think these days it is golf carts that are wrecking what could have been a fantastic walk.

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Why? Gorgeous place to stay on the Mornington Peninsula
When: Try for mid week deals
Phone: Reservations 1300 987 600 (AU) (03) 5988 2000
Where: Peppers Moonah Links Resort Peter Thomson Drive Fingal
Cost: Various. Do look out for internet voucher deals when it comes down to around $150 per night for a mid week stay.
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Fantastic place to stay and visit some artistsof the Peninsula Studio Trail who have opened their private studios for the weekends Nov 14, 15 & 21, 22. for all details to plan the trip.
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