Curlewis climbs the rankings

Curlewis Golf Club. (Supplied)

Curlewis Golf Club has leapt up the Australian Golf Digest rankings this year in an acknowledgement of its continuing improvement of its 18-hole course.

In what is the biggest upward movement of any golf club in Australia, Curlewis improved seven positions, going from 69th best course in the country to 62nd.

The Australian Golf Digest review of the Curlewis Golf Club in April called it a “modern and multi-functional facility” whose “core remains its golf course, which continues to improve”.

In addition to the 18-hole golf course, the club also features a $20 million clubhouse and accommodation facility, award-winning French fusion restaurant Claribeaux and 18-bay driving range and teaching academy The Range @ Curlewis.

Curlewis course superintendent Rob Bradley said the jump in rankings was the result of the club’s commitment to ongoing course innovations and enhancements.

“We have finished off the fairway improvement programme with the final line planting of Santa Ana couch into the last of the lesser fairways,” Mr Bradley said.

“We now have 15 hectares of fairway area compared to 9 hectares in 2015. Reshaping of tees, fairways and surrounds has also been a focus to facilitate better shot-making.”

Mr Bradley said the course team were continually working with acclaimed course designer Mike Clayton on bunker positioning, addition and removal.

“We’re also undertaking continual re-vegetation work to ensure restoration of indigenous plants and removal of introduced species,” he said.

“I love the fact we are still providing a golf course with the original heathland feel without compromising a day of enjoyable golf by long rough.

“It’s both a joy and a privilege to see this beautiful course go from strength to strength.”