About Safety Beach Country Club
Situated just 1 km from the beach between Mount Martha and Arthurs Seat, Safety Beach Country Club has the best of everything.
Boasting a challenging but easy walking 18 hole golf course, four day/night tennis courts and a swimming pool, Safety Beach Country Club welcomes the public and provides an ideal setting for a great day in the sun. BBQs, bar and coffee shop make for a relaxing 19th hole. Social Groups are welcome and rates are low.
The clubhouse is close to a beautiful beach, Martha Cove and wineries. Within easy access to Melbourne and its suburbs, it is well worth a visit to this beautiful and tranquil facility. Situated snugly in a beautiful location 1 km from the beach between Mount Martha and Arthurs Seat, it has the best of everything.
The Golf Course alone winds through the estate with 500 mature trees. There are 22 beautiful lakes and a myriad of bird life, wonderful walking paths and peace and tranquillity for all.
The estate is overlooked by Arthurs Seat and Mount Martha, is a 10-minute drive from Mornington and within a few minutes from Peninsula wineries and within easy access to Flinders, Red Hill, Sorrento and Portsea – in fact the whole of the Peninsula opens up to you
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Safety Beach Country Club started its life under a different name and as the grand vision of property developer David Deague to create one of the first integrated housing and sports facilities in Victoria.
Following the example of the Gold Coast’s Sanctuary Cove, David planned an estate of some 400 homes intertwined with a nine hole golf course, and boasting a spectacular club house/function centre now known as The Atrium.
Five floodlight tennis courts and a swimming pool between the course and the function centre added more sporting facilities. The Mt Martha Valley Country Club, as it was then named, was for the use of all residents and land owners who were to be contracted to pay yearly maintenance fees.
During construction more than 1,000 palm trees were transported to the site. Coco palms were sourced from northern New South Wales and Canary Island date Palms from Queensland, all of which led to a very different and stunning look for the locale. Land sales were promoted around Australia and in Asia.
CHANGE OF DIRECTION
Unfortunately the original project was before its time and fell on hard times. Slow land sales meant that income to support maintain and enhance the golf course was not sufficient. To protect their lifestyle a group or residents and estate land owners formed the company Mt Martha Valley Estates Limited which purchased the sporting facilities and the function centre from the developers.
To become viable the club needed to open all facilities to the public; to be competitive with other Mornington Peninsula golf courses and attract golfers, it upgraded the golf course to eighteen holes.
Over a period of two years, and the majority of work being accomplished by the dedicated team of four grounds staff, nine new holes were constructed without interruption of play on the existing nine holes. The original holes were sown with seaside bent and the new greens with Penn links bent. Fairways are sown with fine ryes, all cool season. Some 200 palm trees were relocated to define the new fairways, and over 3,000 native trees and bushes have been planted.
A new club house and ProShop built by volunteers from the Estate blends into the panorama, along with the New Atrium restaurant/convention centre, and the valley resort with its fine accommodation units.
TODAY & THE FUTURE
Following completion, and to be geographically correct, the name was changed to Safety Beach Country Club. As an aside, romantic rumour has it that Safety Beach was originally referred to as Shark Bay due to effluent from a whaling station flowing down Dunns Creek to the bay, providing an attraction to sharks. From Shark Bay to Safety Beach – a marketing triumph?
Safety Beach today is a growing rapidly, and the expansive Martha Cove Marina, currently under development, will add some 2,000 homes and town houses to the community. The beauty of Safety Beach Country Club is that it is less than a kilometer from a lovely beach, is in a tourist precinct with caravan parks and holiday accommodation, and has a number of vineyards within a kilometer or two. What a lifestyle!