Peninsula Kingswood History

Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club was born from the merging of Kingswood Golf Club and Peninsula Country Golf Club in September 2013. This merger provided a platform for Peninsula Kingswood to create a first-class Private Club that offers the very best in Sandbelt golf with state of the art facilities and financial security.

Both prestigious in their own rights, a brief history from Kingswood Golf Club and Peninsula Country Golf Club can be found below.

Peninsula History

Down the road in the seaside village of Frankston, Peninsula’s history began in 1925. The Club acquired 450 acres of stunning golfing terrain, a mix of sand, undulating ground and large sections of virgin bushland. The original 18 holes took up some parts of the course we know today, also extending well beyond – over Skye Road and McMahons Road to the nearby school – John Paul College, where the original clubhouse stood. In the 1960s, the Club elected to move the location of the clubhouse to where it sits today, and make changes to the main course (the South), along with the construction of a new 18 holes known as the North Course. The architect engaged to make these changes was Commonwealth Manager and architect Sloan Morpeth, a gifted golfer and admirer of classic design.

Kingswood History

The origins of Kingswood Golf Club date back to 1904 when only a handful of courses existed in the country. Originally known as the Dandenong Golf Club, a Committee was formed in the 1920s to investigate a new site after their current location became pressurised due to the expansion of Melbourne’s outer suburbs. In 1937, the Club took up residence on 120 acres of undulating market garden land in Dingley Village, which was subsequently named “Kingswood” in a nostalgic nod to one of the properties the Club leased prior to the move to Dingley.

The original architects were the well-known father and son combination of Mick and Vernon Morcom. Mick, the Superintendent at Royal Melbourne at the time, was famous for constructing all Dr Alister Mackenzie’s design work around the sandbelt, following his trip to Australia in 1926. Vern, who assisted him, went on to become the superintendent at Kingston Heath, a position he held for 46 years. Both would venture into the world of course design while retaining their ‘day jobs’ as curators. Their skill in constructing greens and bunkers became legendary.