Explore Melbourne and the spectacular Yarra Valley one golf course at a time. Play the greens on some of Australia's most renowned championship courses in the famous Sandbelt region, discover Melbourne's creative and culinary delights in the heart of the CBD, and then head further afield to the rolling vineyards and fairways of the Yarra Valley, just an hour from the city.
Land in Melbourne and take your pick from a wide range of luxury accommodation options, from uptown's theatre district and on to the scenic Yarra River precinct. Settle into your hotel and then take the time to explore the treasures of the city. Choose from hatted restaurants serving up cutting edge international cuisine, quirky bars in narrow laneways, and designer boutiques bursting with colour and creativity.
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Golf at Yarra Yarra Golf Club
Grab an early breakfast before making your way across the city to the Yarra Yarra Golf Club. The primary architect of this renowned Sandbelt course was Alex Russell who, in 1926, had formed a partnership with the famed Dr Alister MacKenzie during his brief visit to Australia. Today, Yarra Yarra remains substantially the same as the original layout and, like all great golf courses, has stood the test of time.
Many of the world's greatest golfers have competed in tournaments at Yarra Yarra, including Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, Karrie Webb, Annika Sörenstam, Jan Stephenson and Rachel Teske. What's more, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby both launched their professional careers from their membership as amateurs at Yarra Yarra.
Yarra Yarra Golf Club
Designers: Alex Russell, Dr. Alister MacKenzie
Length: 6155m / Par 72
Cellar doors and fine dining
Follow up your round of 18 with lunch in the private dining room of the Yarra Yarra Golf Club before hitting the road to the famous Yarra Valley wine region. Traverse the rolling green hills, popping into cellar doors to sample local varietals as you go. Maybe a rose at Dominique Portet, sparkling at Domain Chandon, or perhaps a pinot noir at TarraWarra Estate? Stay for dinner in the hatted TarraWarra restaurant and then cruise across to the Yering Gorge Cottages at The Eastern Golf Club to check in for the night.
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Golf at the Eastern Golf Club
Wake up in your luxury cottage overlooking The Eastern Golf Club property, complete with kangaroos on the lawn outside. Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the restaurant before grabbing the clubs for tee off.
The Eastern Golf Club is a Greg Norman-designed course located just 45 minutes from Melbourne in the Yarra Valley wine region. The Eastern offers golfers a beautiful country estate within a peaceful environment on the doorstep of some of Victoria's best wineries, eateries and tourism experiences.
Positioned in the stunning Yering Gorge, where bushland intersects with the Yarra River against the backdrop of the Christmas Hills and Dividing Ranges, the 27-hole championship course has welcomed golfing enthusiasts and visitors from far and wide.
Eastern Golf Club
Designer: Greg Norman
Length: 6559m / Par 72
Designer: Greg Norman
Length: 6502m / Par 72
Say farewell to the country climes and make a beeline for Melbourne's CBD, famous for its street art adorned laneways and hidden bars. Give 'Main Street' a miss and head down alleyways to find walls covered with stencil work, murals and sculptures. Grab a classic cocktail at Bar Americano in Presgrave Place, a craft brew at Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane or the 'medical lab' inspired The Croft Institute. Venture on to discover velvety jazz clubs, flashy wine bars and upscale eateries.
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Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club
Kingston Heath Golf Club is one of Australia's best golf courses. Ranked #19 in the world by US Golf Digest, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round. Kingston Heath has hosted many major national and international tournaments including the 2009 and 2012 Australian Masters and the 2016 World Cup of Golf.
Kingston Heath Golf Club
Designers: Dan Soutar (1925), Alister Mackenzie (1926)
Length: 6436m / Par 72
Greens and fairways conquered, it's time to explore the fabulous museums and galleries across the city. Start at the National Gallery of Victoria, which boasts two magnificent galleries, just a short walk from each other. Both offer free entry to their permanent collections.
NGV International houses a whole world of international art, including European, Asian, Oceanic and American works. Wander the iconic building and browse the renowned collection made up of more than 70,000 works of art. Explore the Australian collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia located in Federation Square across the river.
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Golf at Metropolitan Golf Club
Tucked away quietly in Melbourne's southeast, just 25 minutes from the CBD, The Metropolitan Golf Club enjoys a reputation as one of the best-conditioned and most beautiful courses in the country. Pure couch grass fairways with large, fast bent-grass greens, hand-mown to the edges of the greenside bunkers, add greatly to the challenge of the course.
The Metropolitan has challenged the best players in the world throughout its rich history. In total, the Club has hosted seven Australian Opens, five Australian PGAs, ten other professional tournaments and in 2001 hosted the Australian Amateur Championship for the fifth time.
Metropolitan Golf Club
Designers: J.B. MacKenzie (original), Dr Alister MacKenzie, Peter Thomson (previous modifications), Ogilvy Clayton Golf Design (current)
Length: 6430m / Par 72
On the table, on the stage
Close out your golfing adventure with a dinner to remember at one of Melbourne's hatted restaurants followed by a show at The Arts Centre or one of the numerous historic theatres across town. With a renowned fine dining scene and cuisines from across the globe, you're spoilt for choice. So frock up and revel in classic Italian fine dining at Grossi Florentino, or perhaps peking duck at Flower Drum before succumbing to the charms of Victoria's creative soul.