Victoria’s newest golf course, the Yarra Valley’s Eastern Golf Club, has opened the first 18 of 27 holes, offering a new challenge to golfers and furthering Victoria’s reputation as a top-class golfing destination.
Designed by sporting legend Greg Norman, this new course has been developed for golfing all year round, with 18 holes and the clubhouse now open to the public. A further nine-hole, par three course will follow by mid 2016.
The state-of-the-art course emphasises the natural features of its Yarra Valley location and the site will also offer tennis courts, a golf teaching academy and 12km of bushwalking trails. The clubhouse features an adult and children’s games room, function and conference facilities for 150 guests, and formal and casual dining areas. The surrounding region, famous for its vineyards and gourmet experiences, is also perfect for mountain biking, fishing and indulging in the region’s many boutique cellar doors.
With the Australian Masters scheduled to run 20-23 November 2015 at the Metropolitan Golf Club, there is no better time for golfers to experience Victoria’s stand-out golf courses. Here is selection of Victoria’s other golfing highlights:
The Heritage Golf and Country Club in Wonga Park offers two championship golf courses split by the Yarra River. The Jack Nicklaus ‘Signature’ St John course greets players at the gates, while its sister course, the links style Henley designed by Tony Cashmore, takes players on a journey around the foothills beyond. Each offers a unique but equally engaging experience for any skill level.
Across the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, the RACV Healesville Country Club offers a variety of onsite recreational facilities including a Mike Clayton-designed, 18-hole golf course, a four-hole short course and a practice putting green. There are also tennis courts, a bowling green, a croquet lawn and a jumping pillow for children.
At Yering Meadows, visitors will be inspired by the stunning 27-hole, Ross Watson-designed course and a modern clubhouse nestled in the landscape with uninterrupted views of the Yarra Valley.
The Mornington Peninsula offers more than 15 golf courses, many designed by celebrated golfing legends. The region’s rugged, ocean coastline gives way to manicured fairways, flanked by eucalyptus trees, rolling sand hills and putting greens clipped to perfection. The links-style courses are world-class and many feature in Australia’s Top 100 list. Highlights include:
The Moonah Links Golf Complex is home to two world class courses – the Open Course and the Legends Course. The Open Course was the venue for the 2003 Australian Open and is one of the longest courses in Australia. The complex includes 92 luxurious guest rooms, a restaurant, bar, conference facilities and pro-shop.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s magnificent 18-hole, par 70, championship golf course is consistently rated among Australia’s best 100 courses. It offers an on-site driving range, practice bunker and putting green, a full chipping and pitching area, and a fleet of motorised carts for hire. Other recreational facilities include tennis courts, table tennis tables and heated swimming pool. Accommodation offers ocean view rooms, two-bedroom executive ocean view suites, and two-bedroom or three-bedroom villas.
The National Golf Club offers a suite of challenging courses. The ‘Moonah’ (Greg Norman), the ‘Old Course’ (Robert Trent Jones Jnr.) and the ‘Ocean’ (Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett), are three beautifully designed, world-class, 18-hole championship courses currently ranked 8th, 14th and 46th respectively in Australia. The clubhouse has magnificent views of the sea and has been designed to host grand events and celebrations.
Renowned for its sunny weather and consistent climate, the Murray is a mecca for golfing enthusiasts. With 67 scenic courses set against the Murray river, visitors will find manicured greens, groomed championship courses and novice holes to suit every style and handicap.
Many have been designed by champions to capture the rise and fall of the natural terrain and optimise the beauty of the landscape. The region’s golf courses are accessible to everyone – even kangaroos and an abundance of birds happily share the fairways. Highlights include:
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort is a golfer’s paradise and Australia’s largest. There are three fantastic golf courses to choose from and combined with on-course accommodation, guests can choose to stay onsite in cabin style accommodation or in a luxurious suite.
Murray Downs Golf & Country Club is consistently voted in the top resort courses around Australia. Known as a challenging and picturesque course, golfers play alongside majestic river gums. The par 72 course is a striking contrast to the Mallee plains that surround it and has some great signature holes, including the 5th with a long water carry over to the green.
The Mildura Golf Resort is peacefully nestled amongst an 18-hole championship course and features onsite accommodation, a clubhouse, bar and function facility. Acclaimed for its immaculate greens and challenging championship layout, the 5971 (Par 71) metre proper course is rated as one of the Murray River’s most challenging and enjoyable golf rounds.
Great Ocean Road and The Bellarine
With its stunning golf courses, great food and wine and rejuvenating spa and wellbeing experiences, the Great Ocean Road offers the perfect excuse to stretch a golf weekend into a long weekend. Expect the spectacular when teeing off here, as all the region’s courses boast sweeping coastal views, naturally undulating landscapes and the freshest sea breezes to help golfers on their toes. Highlights include:
Thirteenth Beach Golf Links sits on a prime waterfront site and offers two 18-hole courses – The Beach and The Creek. The Beach Course is consistently ranked in the top 20 best courses in Australia. The Creek Course is a parkland layout and was co-designed by golfing greats Sir Nick Faldo and Tony Cashmore. Thirteenth Beach Golf Links allows exclusive use of either course for groups larger than 80 players.
The Sands, located in Torquay, is a Stuart Appleby-designed, 18-hole, private course, also ranked as a top 100 course in Australia. Facilities include motorised carts and a clubhouse complete with restaurant, three private function rooms and full catering. The Sands sits alongside Peppers The Sands Resort, a spacious 112 room resort offering dining, health club facilities and private balconies.
For a uniquely Australian experience head to the Anglesea Golf Club, where resident Eastern Grey kangaroos often hop past or graze in the shade of the trees. The 42 bunkers throughout the course have been likened to sand-belt bunkers and combine with eucalyptus-lined fairways to produce a stunning backdrop.