Once the pros pack away their clubs, golf enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in their favourite sport, with some of the best golf courses in the world located in Victoria. Because one day of play is never enough for the truly passionate golfer, some of the state’s premier courses also offer on-site accommodation to enable consecutive all-day golf sessions and sunrise tee-offs. Stay and play at any of these seven courses, all within a 90 minute drive of Melbourne.
An ideal golfing getaway awaits at one of Australia’s most prestigious golf clubs, where the quality of the lodgings match the world class Sandbelt course. Just 40 minutes south east of Melbourne, the Victoria Golf Club has 15 twin-share rooms that capture the style of golf clubs from around the world, with ensuite facilities and views of the course and surrounds. Victoria Golf Club attracts some of the world’s best golfers and premium golf events including the Australian Masters (2010 and 2011) and the ISPS Handa Australian Open (2014). The course is designed by William Meader and Oscar Damman and the famous bunker layout was conceived by Dr. Alister MacKenzie. Park Road, Cheltenham +61 3 9584 1733
Designed by Greg Norman, Victoria’s newest golf course, The Eastern Golf Club is on the doorstep of some of the state’s best wineries, eateries and tourism experiences just 45 minutes from Melbourne. On-site, but far removed from the hubbub of the clubhouse, Yering Gorge Cottages offers one, two and four bedroom private cottages on the banks of the Yarra River. The secluded cottages features spa baths, heated floor tiles, private decks and floor to ceiling windows looking out across the Christmas Hills and Yarra Ranges. Although The Eastern Golf Club is a member-only course, guests at Yering Gorge Cottages are welcome to play and each cottage comes with its own golf buggy. 12 kilometres of walking trails and abundant native wildlife including swamp wallabies, grey kangaroos and echindnassurround the cottages. 215 Victoria Road, Yering, +61 3 9739 0110.
Less than 90 minutes from Melbourne, Moonah Links Golf Club sits snugly amid the rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula, between the rugged back beaches and calm blues waters of Port Phillip Bay. Conveniently located between one of Victoria’s most popular award winning tourism attractions, the Peninsula Hot Springs and neighbouring Cups Estate winery, guests of Peppers Moonah Links Resort do not not need to venture far to experience the very best that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. With a range of suites that overlook the golf course, Peppers Moonah Links Resort was voted number four on the Luxury Travel Gold List for Best Australian Golf Resort in 2012. Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal, +61 1300 987 600
This 18 hole, par 70 championship golf course is consistently rated among Australia’s best 100 courses. Designed by renowned course architect, Robert Trent-Jones Jnr, the course has huge greens with large open bunkers, tree-lined fairways and spectacular ocean views on eleven holes. Located on the Mornington Peninsula, a leisurely 75 minute drive from Melbourne, the RACV Cape Schanck Resort enables golfers and holiday-makers alike to explore the region’s award winning wineries and pristine beaches. Both ocean and course view rooms are available along with a range of on-site recreation facilities including tennis courts, heated outdoor swimming pool, spa and restaurant. Cape Schanck Rd, Cape Schanck +61 3 5950 8000
Nestled amongst the coastal dunes just metres from spectacular 13th Beach Surf Coast, Barwon Heads Golf Club is one of the region’s most prestigious golfing and accommodation venues. Located a 90-minutes drive from Melbourne, golfers can choose to stay at one of the 19 ensuite rooms located within the clubhouse. Bed and breakfast packages and full board stay-and-play packages are available. There are also four grass tennis courts onsite which guests are welcome to use. Barwon Heads Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Barwon Heads, +61 3 5255 6255
Thirteenth Beach Golf Links in the seaside town of Barwon Heads is home to two of Australia’s highest ranked public golf courses: the Beach Course and the Creek Course. Both are challenging courses with stunning coastal backdrops and both are ranked in Golf Australia Magazine’s Best 100 Public Access Courses. Conveniently located on-site, golfers can choose to stay at a one, two or three bedroom suite. For large groups, the four bedroom Thirteenth Beach Golf Links Estate offers accommodation for up to 12 people with a heated pool and spa, undercover dining with games room, home theatre room and a chef’s kitchen while a two-storey home can accommodate up to 10.
On the site of the historic Creswick Golf Club, the RACV Goldfields Resort is located a 90 minute drive north-west of Melbourne in the heart of the Central Goldfields – making it an ideal base to explore all the history and culture of the Goldfields region and nearby Spa Country. Along with its newly installed mountain bike trails, the Resort offers a Tony Cashmore-designed 18 hole golf course and onsite family-friendly accommodation that includes a heated outdoor swimming pool spa, on-site day spa, tennis courts and family friendly movies.
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