Centenary Park Golf Club has a long history in Frankston, having been originally established as the “Frankston Municipal Golf Club in 1938 at the old public golf course in Yuille Street Frankston, on land which is now part of the Frankston hospital site, the George Pentland Gardens, City of Frankston Bowls Club and Beauty Park.
The club was renamed Centenary Park Golf Club in 1986.
The Club has been the starting point for two Australian Amateur Championship winners and many teaching professional golfers.
In the early 1970’s the Frankston Council decided to relocate the course to its current location. Designed by golf professional Bill Clifford, work started on the present course in 1973 and in May 1974 the first nine holes were opened, with the second nine holes opened in October 1975.
Originally two old houses owned by the Frankston Council, were transported from their original site near Frankston Station, joined together and became the Pro-shop and Manager’s residence at the course for more than 25 years.
Older residents well remember Dot and Jim Spencer who managed the Pro-shop at the old course and then at Centenary Park, before Pat and Frank Doolan took over. In recent times the course was managed by teaching professional golfers Steve Montgomerie and Warren Young, who upgraded the pro shop and broadened the range of golf services available at the course. In 2019 the contract for the Pro Shop was awarded to Clublinks who now manage those activities.
Since the mid 1980s, the City of Frankston has continually invested in the upgrading of the course under the advice of specialists. Improvements have included a recycled water reticulation system, drainage works, dams, and upgrading and resewing of fairways to santa ana couch.
More recent improvements to the course included the enlargement of some greens, increasing the teeing areas, more bunkers, the redesign of some holes, continuing with resewing fairways with Santa Ana couch that has proved an ideal hardy grass for golf course fairways and finally the upgrading of the recycled water reticulation system.