Commonwealth Golf Club
Located in the centre of the Melbourne Sandbelt, Commonwealth is a par 73 golf course which combines a collection of strong par 3 holes with mid to long par 4’s and four par 5’s — 2 of which are realistically reachable in 2. Commonwealth is ranked in the Top 30 golf courses in Australia.
The Dunes Golf Club
The Dunes Golf Links is in a links style and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the “Cups Country“ of the Mornington Peninsula. The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm.
Huntingdale Golf Club
Huntingdale Golf Club, located in the heart of Melbourne’s world famous “sandbelt” region is one of Australia’s most prestigious private golf courses. 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, and the world. Since 1979, Huntingdale has played host to some of the most famous names in world golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Geoff Ogilvy and Tiger Woods. In 2008 Huntingdale celebrated the 30th consecutive year of hosting the Australian Masters and was justifiably recognised as “Home of the Australian Masters”. Consistently rated as one of the best golf courses in Australia, Huntingdale greets players with superbly manicured fairways, strategic fairway bunkering and large undulating greens.
Kingston Heath Golf Club is one of Australia’s best golf courses. Currently ranked as the number 2 course in Australia and the 27th best course in the world, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round. Many people would argue it is a more aesthetically pleasing course than the nearby Royal Melbourne, however if you wildly deviate from the fairway, the rough (comprising long grass, tea tree and sandy scrapes) will test your ability to get the ball back into play. Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open 8 times (7 men’s & 1 women’s) as well as hosting the 2009 Australian Masters. Kingston Heath is a wonderful golf course and a true delight to play. If you can manage to play a round there it is worth the effort — you will not be disappointed.
The Metropolitan Club
The Metropolitan Golf Club is one of Australia’s premier golf courses. Tucked quietly in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs it is one of the renowned "sandbelt courses" and widely recognised as one of the finest golf courses in Australia. It has also been described as the Australian equivalent of Augusta National. The perfect fairways, marble top greens and blindingly white bunkers all combine to offer a test of golf not seen previously in Australia. Metropolitan is a tough but fair test of golf.
Moonah Links Legends Course opened for play in Nov 2003. Very different layout to the Open Course, blending undulating fairways that wind through ancient Moonah forests with pure sweeping links country. With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.
The National Golf Club (Old Course)
The National Golf Club is a 54-hole private members’ golf club (allows limited visitor play), providing three distinct golfing challenges (Old Course, Moonah Course and Ocean Course). The three courses have been designed by 3 of the world’s leading golf architects — Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Peter Thomson. As such the 3 courses, although located very closely to one another, offer the golfer a range of golfing experiences.
The original National course (Old Course) was open for play in 1988 and was designed by leading golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. This course is a generally hilly course combining amazing coastal views, challenging ball carries and slick, undulating putting surfaces into a test of golf not previously seen in Australia.
The course comprises a number of holes with ocean views, a number of “inland holes” and all are framed by the natural tee tree and Moonah trees which are common on this part of the Mornington Peninsula. The Old course at The National is a very enjoyable test of golf...if you are hitting the ball straight, if the wind is not blowing and if you are putting well! The National, located on the Mornington Peninsula approximately 80 minutes from the city of Melbourne, is a must play for any keen golfer. All three courses are ranked in Australia’s top 40.
Portsea Golf Club
Portsea Golf Club is a wonderful Mornington Peninsula course located adjacent to the Point Nepean National Park about 85 minutes south of Melbourne. The purely sand based fairways on the course provide a basis for a great wet weather course and Portsea is one of the best draining courses in Australia. Recent design improvements in bunkering, teeing grounds and greens have further enhanced the course. The natural drainage qualities of soils found in the Portsea area also ensures that golfers enjoy a firm footing all year round. The course has been carved through natural tea tree scrub which has resulted in a variety of holes-from long, sweeping par 5s which wind their ways through deep valleys through to tight par 3 holes which require pinpoint accuracy to ensure the ball remains on the putting surface.
Royal Melbourne Club is recognised as one of the leading golf clubs in Australia with two of the pre-eminent golf courses in the world...the West Course and the East Course. The West Course was ranked the No. 1 course in Australia in 2016 and the No. 6 course in the world by Golf Digest. Not to be outdone, the East Course was ranked as the No. 7 course in Australia and No. 55 in the world by Golf Digest. The Club was founded in 1891 and has been host to numerous national and international tournaments. The club has a proud reputation of providing Members and guests with a friendly, welcoming and inclusive experience.The golf courses and renowned hospitality provide Members and guests with world class facilities for golf whilst enjoying fellowship and camaraderie. The courses are maintained consistent with the principles espoused by Dr. Alister MacKenzie. The generous fairways and fast and firm conditions provide good challenges for both low and high handicap players.
St. Andrews Beach
International renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak, has designed this classic 18 hole “links” style course on this unique property just 80 minutes from the centre of Melbourne. Located in the famed Cups region of the Mornington Peninsula, the Gunnamatta, officially opened in late 2005. The Gunnamatta course is a Public Access course and features some truly dramatic holes and the careful use of natural hazards. Big scale undulations, combined with creases, bumps and hollows are very reminiscent of the ancient coastal courses of the United Kingdom. The layout is challenging and visually spectacular with demanding second shots to well-placed greens often framed by natural amphitheatres. Tom Doak style bunkering is common on many of the holes and helps to add the course character that people are starting to associate with a Doak designed golf course.
Victoria Golf Club
Designed by William Meader, Oscar Damman and Dr Alister MacKenzie, the Victoria Golf Club is one of Australia’s finest courses, ranked among the Top 10 and host of countless major tournaments. The Victoria Golf Club gave architect Alister MacKenzie the perfect opportunity to create the finishing touches to a course of outstanding quality. The greatest players in the game have always been attracted to the famed Sandbelt layout to test their skills across a palate of indigenous rolling topography. Since the early founders, the course and its members have weaved a rich tapestry of history. The history and feel of Victoria is one that is unique and certainly one that is to be experienced and understood.
The Woodlands Golf Club
Located in the renowned Melbourne Sandbelt. Highly regarded by golfing purists, the championship layout provides a true test of golf. Noted for its high level of course presentation and friendly club atmosphere, Woodlands provides a complete golfing experience.
Yarra Yarra Golf Club
Yarra Yarra is one of Australia’s oldest and premier private golf clubs and is located in Melbournes famous sandbelt region, only thirty-five minutes from the City of Melbourne. This Dr. Alister MacKenzie treasure is currently ranked in the top 50 courses within Australia. Yarra Yarra is consistently presented in pristine condition with fairway conditioning routinely recognised as amongst the best in Australia. The club is an enjoyable golf course that provides a level of challenge for both low and high handicappers alike.