Arrive in Melbourne
Land in cosmopolitan Melbourne and get swept up in the colour and excitement of the CBD. Home to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Melbourne Cup horse race, and the Australia Open Tennis Grand Slam, Melbourne is also famous for its Sandbelt region, hallowed ground for golfers from across the world.
Eight of the best golf courses in Australia can be found in Melbourne's southern suburbs, in an area known as the Melbourne Sandbelt. Built on a rich vein of sandy loam subsoil, these clubs are mainstays of Australian championship golf and have hosted the Australian Open, Johnnie Walker Classic, Australian Masters, World Match Play Championship, Women's Australian Open, and the Presidents Cup.
Brewing up a storm
Choose from a wide range of accommodation on offer, from high-end luxury to boutique apartments with panoramic views across the city. Settle into your hotel and then take a stroll along the Yarra River and up through to Federation Square and the historic Flinders Street Station.
Looking for a pick-me-up? You’re in the right place. Melbourne is a city obsessed with coffee and every local has an opinion on the perfect brew. Breezy cafes, artisanal coffee roasters and pasticcerias can be found in every nook and cranny, from laneways and rooftops to railway stations and subways.
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Sandbelt and laneways
AM: Golf at Commonwealth Golf Club
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before cruising out to the Melbourne Sandbelt, just 25 minutes from the central business district, to begin your golf adventure.
The Commonwealth Golf Club is revered for its challenging driving holes and subtle sloping greens, which call for accurate shot making when playing from the fairway. Designed by club professional Sam Bennett, the first 12 holes opened early in 1921 and the full 18 were in play by 1924. In 1926, Charles Lane, the Club Captain, travelled abroad to study golf architecture and met British designer Harry Colt, a former partner of Alister MacKenzie.
Commonwealth Golf Club
Designer: Sam Bennett
Length: 6380m / Par 73
PM: Take a tour of Melbourne's famous laneways.
Pack away the clubs and then take a wander through Melbourne's famous laneways, humming with boutiques and galleries, hole-in-the-wall cafes and street art. Find something special to take home and then sample a dizzying array of international cuisine, from contemporary Australian and the best of Asia to Mediterranean, Latin American and Middle Eastern flavours. Full to the brim, hit one of the city's popular rooftop bars for a quick cocktail before turning in for the night.
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Royal Melbourne and Yarra Yarra
AM: Golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Day three brings you to one of the world's best golf landmarks. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club's two courses, the East Course and the West Course, are each ranked amongst the finest in the world. Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events, most famously the 1970 World Cup. It was selected by the PGA Tour to hold the Presidents Cup for the first time outside the United States in December 1998 and then again in 2011. In 2019, the Presidents Cup will once again return to Melbourne.
A combination of holes (12 holes from West and 6 holes from East) is called the Composite Course and in 2007 Golf Digest magazine ranked the Composite Course the sixth best course in the world outside the United States.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Designer: Alister Mackenzie (1931)
Length: 6061m / Par 72
West Course ranked #3 in Australia and #12 in World
PM: Golf at Yarra Yarra
Continue working on your swing at 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, Anika Sorensten, Jan Stephenson and Rachel Teske. 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
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Metropolitan and Huntingdale
AM: Golf at Metropolitan Golf Club
Day four of your golfing holiday brings another world-class golfing experience in Melbourne's famous Sandbelt region. Tucked away quietly in Melbourne's south-east, just twenty five 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 that are hand-mown to the edges of the greenside bunkers add greatly to the challenge of the course.
Throughout its rich history, the Metropolitan has challenged the best players in the world. The Club has hosted seven Australian Opens, five Australian PGAs, 10 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
PM: Golf at Huntingdale Golf Club
After a morning on the Metropolitan greens, spend the afternoon testing out the Huntingdale Golf Club's offerings.
Rising to fame in 1979 with the inaugural hosting of the Australian Masters, Huntingdale has emerged as one of the most recognisable golf courses in Australia. Since 1979, Huntingdale has played host to some of the most famous names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
Huntingdale Golf Club
Designer: C.H. Alison
Length: 6363m / Par 72
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Victoria Golf Club and 'The G'
AM: Golf at Victoria Golf Club
Enjoy an early breakfast at a city cafe and then hit the fairways of the popular Victoria Golf Club in the heart of Melbourne's rolling sandbelt country. In the beachside suburb of Cheltenham and close to the Metropolitan and Kingston Heath courses, the Victoria Golf Club offers a sporting experience on par with the world's best. It was the host club for the 2002 Australian Open Championship and Australian Masters in 2010 and 2011.
Victoria Golf Club
Course designer: Oscar Damman, William Meader & Alister Mackenzie (1927)
Length: 6278/ Par 72
PM: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Give your legs a rest with an afternoon away from the greens. Take your seat at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for an Australian Rules Football game and join the crowds cheering on their heroes. Affectionately known as 'The G', the MCG is the country's most famous sports stadium and is home to the annual AFL Grand Final and the Boxing Day Test cricket match.
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Kingston Heath and Peninsula Kingswood
AM: Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club
Tee off first thing at Kingston Heath Golf Club, 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. The Club 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
PM: Golf at Peninsula Kingswood Golf and Country Club (North or South Course)
Spend the afternoon playing a round at the Peninsula Kingswood Golf and Country Club, located 40 minutes from Melbourne toward the Mornington Peninsula.
Peninsula Kingswood is currently undergoing some radical redevelopment of its two courses (north and south) and facilities by Australian Architects Ogilvy Clayton. Early results of the redevelopment are nothing short of spectacular. With wide-open fairways lined by natural shrubbery and quite possibly the best greens in the land, Peninsula Kingswood is destined to be a must-play course by any avid golfer.
Peninsula Kingswood Golf and Country Club
Length: 6124m / Par 72
Length: 6321m / Par 72
A night in
Save the best 'til last with dinner in the new clubhouse restaurant. Pair your meal with local wines and stay overnight at Peninsula Kingswood's new onsite accommodation.
The last round
Golf at Peninsula Kingswood (North or South Course)
Enjoy a slow breakfast and then close out your holiday with a second round of golf on the Peninsula Kingswood course. Reward yourself with lunch in the clubhouse or outdoor terrace before making the journey back to Melbourne.