Ranfurlie at Amstel Golf Club is one of Melbourne's newest and most exciting golf courses. Open to members since April 2002, this is Mike Clayton's first full course assignment and one he and Amstel are justifiably proud of. Having already hosted a number of significant events including the PGA Tour Qualifying School in 2002 and 2003, and the VGA Division 1 Pennant Final in 2003, Ranfurlie has already forged an enviable reputation as a challenging championship course. This has recently been emphasised by Golf Australia Magazine ranking Ranfurlie in the Top 40 in Australia's Best 100 Courses in 2004. The Ranfurlie layout was designed with Melbourne's famous "sandbelt" region in mind, with significant greenside bunkering and rough that sprouts native grasses of various hues. The fairways are always immaculately presented with Legend couch grass providing perfect lies to approach the green. The firm bent-grass greens are also a highlight, and offer smooth and true putting surfaces that any sandbelt club would die for. The course itself provides golfers with an array of holes ranging from the short par 3 seventh (128 metres) to the downhill 538 metre 10th hole. In between, the 16th hole is a 272 metre par four that tempts the long and straight hitters. The entrance to the small green is miniscule, and fairway bunkers also test those attempting to lay up short of the green. The clubhouse will often provide welcome relief from the elements, and it wouldn't be hard to imagine one enjoying a quiet beverage looking out over the entire 18 holes from the members lounge. The spacious locker rooms are first class, and the fully appointed Pro Shop contains a huge range of accessories and apparel.