Melbourne, capital of Victoria, is perhaps best known for its fine parks and gardens; gracious tree-lined streets; international restaurants; fashion and famous sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup; Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Australia Open Tennis Grand Slam. It is also famous for the sandbelt corridor – making golfing a must. Below the southern outskirts of Melbourne, is a rich vein of sandy loam subsoil, upon which are situated eight of the best golf courses in Australia, known throughout the world as the famous Melbourne Sandbelt. These clubs have played host to countless great championships including the Australian Open, Johnnie Walker Classic, Australian Masters, World Match Play Championship, Women’s Australian Open, and the Presidents Cup.
Check into hotel of your choice. Some of our favourites include Crown Metropol, Langham and Park Hyatt.
Explore the city and enjoy dinner at one of Melbourne fine dining restaurants such as Flowerdrum (upmarket Chinese), Fatto (modern Italian) or Coda (Vietnamese fusion)
Golf at Victoria Golf Club
Victoria Golf Club is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s rolling Sandbelt country, close to Metropolitan and Kingston Heath, in the beachside suburb of Cheltenham. It offers a sporting experience on par with the world’s best.
Victoria was the host club for the 2002 Australian Open Championship and the 2010, 2011 Australian Masters.
Designer: Oscar Damman, William Meader & Alister Mackenzie (1927)
Length: 6278/ Par 72
After your game, transfer back to your hotel.
Explore the city’s hive of laneways, bustling with activity and creativity, both day and night. Wander down alleys covered in stencil work, and follow the light boxes, graffiti and sculptures to find hidden bars, hole-in-the-wall cafes and boutique nightspots. Visit galleries, specialty stores, and sample tasty delights everywhere from upscale eateries down to a quick-bite lunch bars. For the best of Melbourne’s eating and drinking, head to Magic Mountain Saloon or Cookie, both with South East Asian inspired menus, or Bomba for delicious Spanish tapas.
Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Royal Melbourne’s two courses, the East Course and the West Course, are each ranked amongst the best in the world. Designed by Dr. Alister McKenzie, Royal Melbourne West is possibly the most famous of Australia’s golf courses. However both the east and west tracks are renowned as some of the best golf layouts in the world (both are ranked in the US Golf Digest World Top 100). Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events, most famously the 1959 Canada Cup, the 1970 World Cup of Golf and the 2008, 2011 Presidents Cup. In 2019 the Presidents Cup will once again return to Royal Melbourne, providing international players with the challenging route of the Composite Course – a combination of the best holes (12 holes from West and six holes from East) from each routing.
Designer: Alister Mackenzie (1931)
Length: 6061/Par 72
After your game, transfer back to your hotel.
Golf at Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club
Another Sandbelt beauty, Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club is located in Frankston.
In September of 2013, The Peninsula Country Golf Club officially merged with Kingswood Golf Club, the first merger of two private golf clubs in Australia. Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club, as it is now formally known, provides members and guests with a first-class private club that offers the very best in Sandbelt golf across two separate courses.
While the South Course has long been known as one of Australia’s toughest and testing championship courses, the North Course has recently come into its own after recent remodelling by OOCM. One of Australia’s top golf writers and authors called it ‘the best course renovation ever completed in Australia’.
Designer: Sloan Morpeth (original), Ogilvy Clayton Golf Design (current)
Length: South: 6321/Par 72, North: 6159/Par 72
A range of accommodation options are available for those wishing to stay onsite in the new state-of-the-art Peninsula Kingswood facility. The clubhouse contains 8 luxuriously appointed accommodation rooms. Additionally, spacious two bedroom on course villas are nestled discretely around the complex. The villas feature an expansive living space and deck with views of the course and surrounds.
In the morning, make your way to the Mornington Peninsula, an hour and a half south of Melbourne by car.
Golf at The National Golf Club
The National Golf Club, a 54 hole private members golf club located at Cape Schanck on Victoria’s spectacular Mornington Peninsula, is one of Australia’s ultimate golfing experiences. A short drive from Melbourne, The National boasts three championship courses, all listed in Australia’s top 40. The Old, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, The Moonah, designed by Greg Norman and The Ocean, designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett, are remarkably unique, and all offer a most incredible golfing experience. The original National Course (Old Course) was open for play in 1988 and was recently included, for the first time, in the US Golf Digest World Top 100 ranking (2016). Boasting spectacular views, the stunning topography of the Old Course is enhanced by magnificent coastline views – which are particularly evident on the Old Course’s 7th hole.
Enjoy a late lunch and wine tasting at one of the many fabulous wineries and cellar doors on the Mornington Peninsula such as Port Phillip Estate, Ten Minutes by Tractor or Crittenden Estate.
Check in at accommodation of your choice. Some of our top picks include Lakeside Villas, Polperro and Jackalope.
Overnight Mornington Peninsula