Bruce Burns’ Mornington Peninsula home is sure to make any avid golfer green with envy.
But aficionados of the sport are in luck — the landscaper is hoping to tee up a $2.28-$2.5 million sale for his 5674sq m slice of Rye, featuring its own golf course with two holes and three bunkers.
Mr Burns created the rare feature 10 years ago when the nearby club he’s a member of, The Dunes Golf Links, decided to upgrade part of its green.
Mr Burns and his son, Matthew, picked up and transported the old green in 500 pieces — a feat that took “five ute trips” — and laid it out by hand at the 12 Schutt Drive property.
“We didn’t want to bring the bobcat in and destroy the garden,” he said.
Mr Burns said his thriving garden, featuring foliage indigenous to the coastline, established fruit trees and a vegetable patch, served as a “natural amphitheatre” for the course.
Mr Burns said the course had been the site of many family gatherings over the years, including his brother’s 2017 wedding and the annual “Schutt Drive Invitational”, which up to 40 relatives typically attended.
“My son turns it into nine holes by setting up flags everywhere and giving everyone three shots from several positions,” he said.
“We have nearest to the pin and best dressed competitions, and a gold blazer (like the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament at Augusta).”
Mr Burns bought the property with wife Jennifer in 1991 and engaged his brother-in-law, acclaimed Peninsula builder Steve Smith, to construct their home in 1993.
They carried out a major renovation and extension two years ago, with the two-storey house now offering three bedrooms, a spacious open-plan living and dining area, a custom kitchen with a butler’s pantry, floor-to-ceiling windows and a north-facing orientation.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to live here,” Mr Burns said.
RT Edgar Portsea selling agent Samantha Moffatt said the property was set in a “gorgeous coastal environment” that backed on to a National Park.
“You can walk through (the park) directly on to the beach — it’s a two-minute walk and you’re on the sand,” she said.
“It’s very private, very quiet. All you hear is the sound of the ocean over the dunes.”