All that changed, however, when the club’s members voted in favour of selling to local winery owners, Lyndsay and David Sharp, back in 2015. More than $1 million was immediately invested in upgrading the layout, which included retaining the design services of Mike Clayton. His advice over the years has been minimalist rather than massive overhaul. Bunkers have been added, some greens remodelled, trees removed and some subtle tweaks including the realignment of some tees made.

The result has seen Curlewis – which is one hour from Melbourne and just 15 minutes’ drive from Geelong – climb in every national ranking published in recent years.

Curlewis' state-of-the-art driving range. PHOTO: Supplied.

On January 27, 2018 Curlewis opened its state-of-the-art 18-bay driving range and teaching academy, The Range @ Curlewis. This facility is the only one of its type in regional Victoria and combines a fully licensed bar, restaurant/café, function room, outdoor viewing to the range and two-tiered mini golf course. The teaching academy is staffed by PGA Teaching Professionals and in additional to individual and group lessons also offers club fitting. The facility is equipped with two X-Golf simulators.

Curlewis' acclaimed short par-4 3rd and the par-3 4th holes (left). PHOTO: Brendan James.

Curlewis Golf Club has a golden past – celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2020 – and a shining future, which you could be a part of as a member.

Curlewis is contemporary, progressive and fun, which is why the club offers IMMEDIATE MEMBERSHIP APPROVAL.

That means:

  • No waiting or committee approval;
  • No nomination required;
  • No application fee;
  • No bar levy charged on top of your membership;
  • Direct Debit Monthly Instalment Plan options;
  • Everyone who would like to become a member is welcome.

As a member you have will get an official Golf Australia handicap, access to weekly club competitions, insurance against injury to yourself and other golfers as well as right of way to play during peak periods. Members also receive a range of discounts at local wineries – including Leura Park Estate and Jack Rabbit Vineyard – and The Range@Curlewis.

Membership categories include seven-day membership, seven-day restricted membership and six-day membership. There are also young, student and junior membership categories.

If you are interested in becoming a Curlewis Golf Club member, download the membership form from the website,