Courses

Croydon Golf Club at Yering Meadows

178 - 180 Victoria Road
Yering, VIC, 3770
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

Croydon Golf Club at Yering Meadows

The Croydon Golf Club was established in 1925 at its former Dorset Road site and over the years has earned the reputation of being the premier golf club in the eastern suburbs. The club's relocation in June 2008 to its site in Yering is now complete with the full 27 hole Ross Watson designed course and 15 hectare walnut grove which opened in early 2009. A modern clubhouse is nestled in amongst the property with commanding and uninterrupted views of the Yarra Valley. Renowned as a very friendly club the clubhouse facilities provide the ideal surroundings for the relaxation and enjoyment of members and their guests.

The Croydon Golf Club was established in 1925 at its former Dorset Road site and over the years has earned the reputation of being the premier golf club in the eastern suburbs. The club's relocation in June 2008 to its site in Yering is now complete with the full 27 hole Ross Watson designed course and 15 hectare walnut grove which opened in early 2009.

A modern clubhouse is nestled in amongst the property with commanding and uninterrupted views of the Yarra Valley. Renowned as a very friendly club the clubhouse facilities provide the ideal surroundings for the relaxation and enjoyment of members and their guests.

The Croydon Golf Club is the ideal venue to host your next corporate golf day. Our professional and friendly staff will tailor an event to ensure a successful and enjoyable day for all involved.

Course Availability

The availability of our course and clubhouse facilities can vary depending on the season and other scheduled events but the preferred days are Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays with both morning and afternoon rounds possible. Shotgun starts are recommended for fields of greater than 80 players up to a maximum of 128. This also guarantees course exclusivity for the duration of your round.

Golf Clinics

Before teeing off you might consider providing your group with some specialist tuition from a golf professional. Our professional can run a clinic on any aspect of the game with key areas including short irons, bunker play or putting. Cost = $80.00 per hour.

Golf

While social play is allowed it is recommended that Team Ambrose or Individual Stableford competitions be played to enhance the enjoyment of the day. If required we are able to assist with co-ordination and result calculation of the entire event. Nearest the pins on all par 3s, Longest drive on the 18th and Straightest drive on the 10th can all be arranged to add an extra dimension to your day.

Catering and Refreshments

A variety of catering options are available from Breakfast and Finger Food through to a more formal a la carte meal with prices starting from $15.00 per head. All beverages and on course items are charged on consumption.

Dress regulations

All players are expected to meet the Clubs dress expectations.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6080
Architect: Ross Watson
Design Year: 1925

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 342m

Elevated tees provide an inviting opening hole. With a hazard right and bunker left a well positioned tee shot allows an easier approach to a small two-tier green.

2
Par 4, Length 357m

Fairway bunkers guard left side of this fairway. A precise approach from the fairway is a necessity to this elevated green. Advanced golfers may attack but safety is to the front left portion of the green.

3
Par 3, Length 180m

Accuracy and the correct club selection makes this a strong par three. With a large putting surface a generous run-up to the middle/left of this green provides some relief from the right hazard and bunkers that surround.

4
Par 4, Length 304m

A deceptive hole with course knowledge making this a real birdie chance. Position safe to the left of the large fairway bunker or longer hitter straight over at the green. The small fast sloping green is tilted from left to right.

5
Par 5, Length 496m

The first of the great par 5's on this course. All emphasis is placed on hitting this fairway. With a hazard left and a bunker right, place your drive in the fairway and second shot within short iron distance to the green. Club selection needs to be precise with approach to this deep green.

6
Par 4, Length 394m

A long par four with plenty of options. Drive short of the bunker in the middle of the fairway or take it on. Right side of this fairway provides the biggest advantage. Shorter hitters watch your second shot as water weaves in front of the green.

7
Par 3, Length 123m

Simple in theory but though to execute! This short par 3 sets a tricky challenge for all level of golfers. Favour the front of this green with a sever drop off long.

8
Par 5, Length 481m

The hole that all golfers talk about. Hit tee shot straight at the three bunkers in the distance, longer hitters just left. Work out how far you want for your third or become a hero and fire your second at the green. There is more room left of this green than it looks.

9
Par 4, Length 384m

A strong hole with a par being a good score. Tee shot to the right side of the fairway will leave a long up hill shot to a deep two-tier puttiong surface. Avoid the two bunkers right of this green and two putts to finish this hole is a good result.

10
Par 5, Length 492m

Precision is a necessity on this visually spectacular par 5. A tough driving and lay-up hole with a hazard down the right side. Room right of this green provides some relief and a definite birdie chance if you stay dry!

11
Par 4, Length 369m

This hole will test all level of golfers. The longer you hit, the tighter this fairway becomes. A tough second to this small sloping left to right green makes for a great risk reward hole.

12
Par 3, Length 150m

With a green surrounded by bunkers a high flighted shot is required. The subtle tier in this green provides a great putting surface for making a birdie or saving your par. You will be tested from this point in so enjoy this short hole.

13
Par 5, Length 511m

The longest of the par 5's starts with pleasure and ends with torment. Many options are presented with your lay-up and approach to this hole guarded by hazards. Take note of water yardage carries and bunker placements to navigate your way down this hole.

14
Par 4, Length 325m

Visually a very tough short par 4. This fairway is wide before the first of the right side bunkers. Longer hitters have a narrowing landing area. Play it safe or take this hole on and be rewarded. Precision down this entire hole is a must.

15
Par 4, Length 279m

A tempting hole for the longer hitters. Take the driver and fire straight at the green but that's where the danger is. This semi island green is guarded by water. With many options it's short but suits the disciplined player.

16
Par 3, Length 158m

Normally playing towards a northerly wind this par 3 can play long with a water carry required to get on the left side of this green. The centre of this green feeds left helping to soften this hole. Lots of room short right provides some relief.

17
Par 4, Length 375m

With no water guarding either side of this fairway the only question needed answering is what line to take with longer hitters over the right side bunker. This deep green requires precision to provide a short birdie chance.

18
Par 4, Length 360m

A tough par 4 requiring distance and accuracy. Avoidboth hazard and bunkers with your tee shot and face mid-long iron up the hill. This two tier green has a false front right edge but is also a good area leaving a simple approach.

19
Par 4, Length 343m

This mid length par 4 is best attacked with precision. A long iron or fairway wood to the left side of this fairway is best suited. A large putting surface awaits with bunkers guarding the front right of this green.

20
Par 4, Length 315m

An elevated green with bunkers and collection areas make this a tough target to hit. Best approach with a short iron or pitch shot. Avoid the scattered fairway bunkers off the tee and a birdie is a real chance.

21
Par 4, Length 399m

With stunning views this down hill par 4 provides a stern test. Drive long and straight towards the right side bunker, this fairway will feed your ball left. The left greenside bunker and collection area in front of this green make for a deceptive approach.

22
Par 3, Length 121m

All that can be seen is bunkers on this, the shortest of the par 3's. This green is rather undulating from back to front. A fantastic short par 3.

23
Par 5, Length 474m

An elevated first half of this hole feeds down to a well guarded lay-up and approach area. Tee shot should be directed towards the right side of the fairway with a sever drop off left. Attack with caution and be rewarded.

24
Par 4, Length 310m

With a hazard right and bunkers left a well positioned tee shot is required to tackle the large putting surface with a short approach shot. This is an inviting birdie chance.

25
Par 3, Length 151m

Precision is needed with a well guarded green of bunkers, collection areas and a right side hazard. This two-tier green that slops towards the hazard provides some assistance in finding a right side pin position.

26
Par 4, Length 406m

With an index of number 1 on this golf course a tough test awaits. This fairway needs to be found with hazard left and bunkers right. Water feeds in front of this sloping back to front green. Par on this hole is a great result.

27
Par 5, Length 486m

This climbing par 5 is covered with scattered bunkers the entire way up the fairway. Avoid these and the best angle of approach is from the right to a fantastic small two tier green.

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Gardiners Run Golf & Country Club

132 Victoria Road
Lilydale, VIC, 3140
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

Gardiners Run Golf & Country Club

The Gardiners Run Golf Course is a brand new facility offering purpose built practise facilities and a golf course that has been described as a member friendly course offering a little something for golfers of all ability. The Club also boasts a fully equipped golf shop, bar and catering facilities and one of the best clubhouse views overlooking the 18th green.

In May 2014 the golfing arm of the Chirnside Park Country Club was relocated from its Kingswood Drive location to its new site on Victoria Road in Lilydale.

The Chirnside Park Country Club was established in 1974 and is located at the gateway to the picturesque Yarra Valley some 35 minutes from Melbourne. Although the course itself has relocated to the new Gardiners Run site the Country Club still operates a function & conference centre, gaming lounge, licensed bistro and a bowling & tennis facility.

The Gardiners Run Golf Course is a great facility offering purpose built practice facilities and a golf course that has been described as a member friendly course offering a little something for golfers of all ability. The clubhouse also boasts a fully equipped golf shop, bar and catering facilities and one of the best views overlooking the 18th green.

Gardiners Run Golf Course was named after John Gardiner who was born in Dublin in 1798 and came to Australia and took out one of the first grazing licenses in Melbourne. From there he set up an outstation which was called ‘Kangaroo Park’ which was located on the Yarra River not far from the existing Lilydale Airport. Later Mr Gardiner would build a homestead in Chirnside Park. A Squatters Directory listing in 1849 had a list of occupants on crown land in the district of Port Phillip with one named ‘Gardiners Run’. We feel this is a fitting tribute to an early pioneer of the area.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6282
Architect: Pacific Coast Design (Phil Ryan & Paul Reeves)
Design Year: 2014

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 365m

Gardiners Run commences with an interesting par 4 with bunkers on the inside of the dogleg that look to offer a risk / reward temptation, however the smart play is to play straight down the middle and be left with a mid-iron to a large flattish green.

2
Par 5, Length 508m

This par 5 offers one of those special golfer moments as one crosses the ridge and sees the valley, 2nd green and holes 3 to 7 below them. Best played with a tee shot along the right hand side, which will use the natural contours to kick it back into the middle, the hole then entices golfers to go for the green.

3
Par 3, Length 157m

Certain to be one of the courses most photographed holes this short par 3 plays over water and sand to a gently undulating green. There is room to the front right and short for the not so brave but what the heck have a go and have some fun.

4
Par 4, Length 379m

This long par 4 plays uphill to a green surface that remains hidden for most of the journey. From the tee golfers need to be careful of the bunkers on each side of the fairway, then it?s a matter of club selection to find the centre of this large flattish green. Also beware of bunkers short and left of the green.

5
Par 4, Length 328m

The 5th at Gardiners Run is a hole full of options and temptations. Playing downhill and at less than 300 yards in a straight line going for the green is possible, however both sand or water will catch the errant shot. Laying up sounds safe but a fairway bunker short of the green puts a premium on tee shot position. Holes with such a variety of strategic options are the essence of fun and tantalising golf.

6
Par 4, Length 340m

With water down both sides of the fairway and in front of the tee this is one of the courses more testing tee shots. However the intimidation is more in the mind than reality as a generous fairway lies ahead. The 2nd shot is an interesting mid /short iron approach to a green set above ones eye line and protected by bunkers across its front.

7
Par 3, Length 175m

Playing uphill this hole plays at least 1 club longer than you?d expect, and the bunkers and hollows that surround the green need to be avoided. The green also has a subtle ridge running across it ensuring this a more difficult hole than it first appears.

8
Par 5, Length 493m

Playing downhill, this exciting par 5 offer beautiful views of the Yarra valley and beyond. A long straight tee shot sets up a 2nd shot and a reachable putting surface. For shorter hitters approaching from the left side of the hole will open up the well bunkered green.

9
Par 4, Length 373m

This moderately long par 4 returns golfers back to the club zone. Playing slightly downhill this hole is best played along the longer but un-bunkered left hand side. The green is slightly stepped with a ridge running across its middle.

10
Par 5, Length 534m

Being the most undulating hole, this par 5 is a reminder of the old Chirnside Park Golf Course with its uphill tee shot, the downhill approach to the green. Bunkers on the ridge provide direction for the tee shot with the safe play being to their left. From this ridge the rest of the hole is clearly visible and although playing shorter along the right side, the best approach angles are from the left side of the fairway.

11
Par 3, Length 166m

A difficult par 3 that has the greens? front and right side completely protected by sand, for the shy there is a bit of a bail out area to the left. The green also slopes steeply from back to front so staying below the hole is a sound play.

12
Par 4, Length 394m

This undulating par 4 is best played from the centre of the fairway, bunkers to the left will catch an errant drive. The front of the green is quite open and can be approached with either a high or low approach shot.

13
Par 4, Length 355m

A most picturesque hole that has the backdrop of the Dandenong Ranges, this par 4 bends slightly to the right and with a fairway bunker on the outside of the corner golfers are tempted to hug the right side of the hole. However the angle of the green and location of greenside bunkers makes approaching the green from the left side a much easier alternative.

14
Par 4, Length 368m

A beautiful hole with a well-structured green. Bending to the left off the tee, bunkers on the inside of the dogleg can be challenged and if the tee shot gets past these the golfers can be rewarded with a few more yards from the downhill bounce and a great angle to attack the flag. A green with a few subtle slopes that is certain to test ones putting skills.

15
Par 4, Length 319m

A partially blind tee shot challenges golfers on this shortish par 4. A bunker on the ridge must be avoided and the best play is along the right half of the fairway. The approach to the green is from an elevated ridge and should only require a short / medium iron, this shot must avoid the deep bunker to the right of the green.

16
Par 3, Length 148m

The last of the par 3?s is a shortish hole that features a distinct change in levels. A huge bunker runs along the right of the green, while a small bunker will catch anything long and left. Careful club selection is required to make certain you end up putting on the correct level.

17
Par 5, Length 500m

This par 5 slides to the right off the tee requiring either a fade (left to right) shaped tee shot or a bold line along the right hand edge to the partially hidden fairway. From the landing zone the green is best attacked from the left side of the hole and long 2nd shots can use the slope and get very close to the green.

18
Par 4, Length 380m

A difficult par 4 that plays over a ridge then down to the green, that is partially surrounded by water and sand. The longer the tee shot the better and those who elect to drive over the left half of the fairway can catch a steep down slope that can kick your ball back into the middle of the fairway. The approach to the green is there to tempt the fools and test the brave, but it is the wise golfer who plays for the middle of the green.

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RACV Healesville Country Club

Yarra Glen Road
Healesville, VIC, 3777
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

RACV Healesville Country Club

The RACV club at Healesville has recently been completely redesigned by well known golf course architect Michael Clayton. Large, severely undulating greens are hallmarks of the new course as are the craggy bunkers that Clayton is well known for. The end result is a course that tests members and other golfers alike still set within the beautiful surrounds of well established bush and forest only 70 minutes from the centre of Melbourne. Quality on site accommodation at RACV club allow you to get away from it all, play golf and also partake in a wide range of other activities.

The RACV club at Healesville has recently been completely redesigned by well known golf course architect Michael Clayton. Large, severely undulating greens are hallmarks of the new course as are the craggy bunkers that Clayton is well known for.

The end result is a course that tests members and other golfers alike still set within the beautiful surrounds of well established bush and forest only 70 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.

Quality on site accommodation at RACV club allow you to get away from it all, play golf and also partake in a wide range of other activities.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect: Mike Clayton
Design Year: 2010 (New design)
Top 100: 79

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 328m

The shot to the corner is straightforward - a long iron or fairway wood for most - but the approach to the green plays longer than you think so take an extra club.

2
Par 3, Length 134m

One of the smallest and flattest greens on the course, a well struck iron to the middle will leave a good chance of birdie. Much like the first hole, best to play an extra club.

3
Par 4, Length 335m

The slope of the fairway pushes most drives away to the right so hug the flatter, left half. The bunkerless green may look easy from the fairway, but looks can be deceiving.

4
Par 3, Length 176m

A tier running through the middle of the green divides the putting surface into a lower left and upper right section. Try and be on the half where the pin is.

5
Par 4, Length 351m

Any drive short of the hill leaves a blind second. Aim further right for the approach than you think and allow the slopes to feed the ball around the flag.

6
Par 4, Length 302m

Drive as close as you can to the right side of the fairway to leave an easier approach up the green and away from the bunker which eats-up any ball running near.

7
Par 4, Length 348m

The bunker short of the green does a good job of making the approach shorter than it is but the green is large and long and needs more club than you think.

8
Par 5, Length 423m

The green is one of the most undulating and fearsome on the course - approachwith caution. If the pin is near the creek, approach from well to the left.

9
Par 4, Length 287m

The fairway slope will push anything but the best tee shot away to the right, leaving the more difficult angle into the green.

10
Par 3, Length 130m

More often than not it's best to play at the middle of the green and take par, rather than flirt with any of the cavernous bunkers and risk ruining the day.

11
Par 163, Length 3m

The slope around this green feeds any shot landing short away to the right. The best line is usually a touch to the left of the centre - over the edge of the bunker short of the green.

12
Par 265, Length 4m

The sensible play here is an iron to the bottom of the hill. If the pin is on the left, play short of the big bunker, when the pin is on the right, keep to the left.

13
Par 141, Length 3m

The big bunker short of the green makes the shot seem a little shorter (and scarier) than it actually is, and being uphill also makes it play a touch longer.

14
Par 341, Length 4m

There's a slight advantage to those who can keep the ball to the right if the pin is tucked on the left side of the green, and vice versa if the pin is on the right.

15
Par 421, Length 5m

The further left you can hit your tee shot the better the angle up this green. Many will be able to try for the green in two, but if laying up play as close to the creek as you can.

16
Par 125, Length 3m

For most this is only a oitch or short iron, but the deep creek in front and bunkers beyond give this little shot plenty of teeth - aim for the middle!

17
Par 298, Length 4m

The tee shot looks imposing but the fairway is wide so hot freely. The green is a different story - another boldly contoured putting surface sloping off at the front, right and rear.

18
Par 304, Length 4m

This horseshoe green will be one of the most talked about on the course. The key to the approach is to position yourself on the same side of the fairway as the pin.

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The Eastern Golf Club

473 Doncaster Road
Doncaster, VIC, 3108
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

The Eastern Golf Club

The course is a well maintained and challenging 18 hole par 71 set amongst long established native trees, and with an abundance of bird life adding to its charm and character the course provides an excellent and enjoyable test for all golfers. This charm and character is reflected in the Clubhouse where over 110 years of history complements the hospitality for which the Club is renowned.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR: 71
Length (m): 5725
Architect: Sam Berriman
Design Year: 1924

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 392m

This long par 4 hole requires an accurate drive to the right side of the fairway for two reasons: the ball will tend to roll left with the slope after landing and you need to be as far right as possible for the best line to the green. Tee shots that finish on the left hand side leave you with trees blocking your shot to the green. Try to leave your ball below the flag and note that the green slopes right to left and from the back to the front. If the greens are running fast, a putt from above the roll can be exciting!

2
Par 4, Length 241m

Long hitters will be able to drive this short uphill par 4, but they will need to avoid the long rough that cuts in around the front of the green, avoid the bunkers and not lose the ball right and out-of-bounds. Others can choose to hit a club that leaves them with their preferred shot to get the ball close to the flag on a large green that mostly rolls from right to left. Anything too close to the left edge of the green can roll off. The green is deceptively long and it is easy to leave a pitch short of the flag.

3
Par 3, Length 176m

A straightforward downhill par 3 where what you see is what you get. Bunkers guard the front and sides of the green, so you should figure on carrying your tee shot all the way to the putting surface. The green slopes a little from back to front and left to right. A ball that lands on the right hand side can run off the green, but its a very simple chip back.

4
Par 4, Length 371m

There is a slight dogleg to the left on this hole. If you can hit your drive to the top of the hill or further, then it becomes a much easier proposition. But hit to the right hand side of the fairway. Otherwise your ball may roll left across the fairway and leave your shot to the green blocked by trees. The green slopes to the front and the left hand side. If you miss the green to the right and have to play over or out of the bunker, then you may find it difficult to stop the ball near the hole or even on the green.

5
Par 4, Length 351m

This hole calls for a careful decision on what club to hit from the tee. Apart from avoiding the out-of-bounds area that runs along the right hand side, take careful note of the distance and line to avoid the water hazard that sits forward and left of the green. If you have played to the flat section of the fairway right of the water, then you have an easy wedge to the green. But the green is distinctly two-tiered and slopes to the front. As always on this course, try to leave your ball below the hole.

6
Par 4, Length 310m

Another hole with out-of-bounds on the right. The fairway slopes right to left so the ball will probably run towards the trees on the left where you can get blocked out. So hit for the right hand side of the fairway. Long hitters can drive close to the bunkers, but you may want to leave yourself a full wedge out so that you can stop the ball on the elevated green. It slopes a little right to left and towards the front.

7
Par 4, Length 330m

A hole that provides choice for long and short hitters. Reachable, but not visible from the tee, the green is protected by water and trees if you want to hit it in one (ensure it is clear). Most players hit to the end of the fairway or at least past the pines and then play a short iron to the green. It can be a difficult shot, often from a dowhill lie to an elevated green with lots of slope to the front and the right hand side. Stay below the hole.

8
Par 5, Length 453m

Use the mirrors to check that the fairway is clear for a blind drive. This hole is a dog leg right so aim well left and try to keep it just inside the tree line. Longer hitters can make the green in two. Otherwise place your second so that you can play the next shot with a club that you can stop quickly on the green - depending on the pin placement it may be difficult to run the ball on. The green slopes to the front and to the right and can make a shot over or out of the left bunker difficult to stop quickly. There is a steep bank behind the green so dont miss long.

9
Par 3, Length 171m

A fun and challenging hole to finish the front nine. This one is much more difficult from the back tee for the average player who may struggle to get the distance while hitting the ball high enough to stop it on the putting surface. If you are going to miss, make it pin high left or close to the green front left and give yourself a good chance of par with an accurate chip. The green is relatively flat.

10
Par 4, Length 369m

This hole will reward you if you hit straight. Accuracy off this tee is important because missing right or left is likely to cost you a shot. Fade it up the middle or hit high over the tree on the right - if you want to get to the middle of the fairway which will run your ball to the left. That tree is probably the most battered on the course. The green is large and long. It generally slopes to the front and left although the right hand side is deceptively flat.

11
Par 4, Length 376m

Similar to the last hole with the fairway slope reversed. This medium length par 4 hole requires a careful tee shot into the left half of the fairway as the ball will probably roll to the right off the slope. The second shot will almost inevitably be with the ball below your feet if you are a right hander, so be wary of fading the ball into the bunker on the right of the green. Ensure that your shot to the green carries the bunker at the front and left. However, players should avoid hitting to the back or left of the flag as this will probably leave them with a difficult quick putt down the slope of the green.

12
Par 5, Length 479m

Check that the fairway is clear as you walk across from the 11th green. A long tee shot just inside the right tree line will get you to the bottom of the hill with a good line to the green. Less powerful hitters should hit the ball low and get it to run. If you dont make the gully, you will face a tricky downhill shot. Long hitters can get to the green in two, but others should keep the ball on the right side of the fairway for the best shot to the elevated green which is deceptively long and make sure you get your ball all the way back to the flag, but a steep slope from back to front means it is best to keep it below the hole.

13
Par 3, Length 141m

Best tip on this hole is dont miss the green which is large and slopes steeply on the left half before flattening out. It also slopes from back to front. If you insist on missing the green, do it to the right as a flop or bunker shot from the left can be impossible to stop on the left half of the green. The tee is often sheltered from winds that catch the ball as it nears the green so pay attention to the prevailing conditions.

14
Par 5, Length 423m

A hole on which it is helpful to be able to hit the ball left to right. This means your tee shot plays back into the slope - you want to keep it away from trees and out of the rough that cuts in on the left hand side. The green can be reached in two shots. Try to avoid the rough that cuts in on the front right of the green and also avoid the bunker on the left. Only if you miss the green badly left or right will you face real problems. The green is large and slopes from the right.

15
Par 4, Length 298m

A short par four that can be surprisingly challenging because of the difficulty of getting your second shot near the flag. The green has some swales at the front and slopes towards the back. The front is protected by bunkers that allow only a narrow opening onto the green. Best to leave your tee shot so that you can follow up with a wedge that you can fly to the flag with lots of backspin. Or drive into a bunker right or left and rely on your sand skills for a chance at birdie.

16
Par 4, Length 349m

A slight dogleg right with a downhill drive offers a chance for a good score on this hole. Drive down the left half of the fairway and of course beware of the trees right and left for the first part of the journey. The fairway will probably run your ball left to right. Out of bounds on the right hand side and the possibility of being blocked out from the green so miss left if you must. The green slopes left to right but presents a very fair target for a short second shot.

17
Par 3, Length 130m

A smallish green sloping from left to right. Stop your ball anywhere on the green and putt for birdie. Simple.

18
Par 4, Length 351m

If the fairways are hard, then a tee shot landing on the rise is going to run hard right and may leave you blocked out by the trees that cut in from the right hand side. So decide whether you prefer to chance your luck with a very accurate long drive just inside the trees on the left or lay up on the start of the rise for a longer direct shot to the green. Bunkers guard the front left and the right - hitting into them isn't a bad option if in trouble off the fairway. The green is large and slopes steeply to the front right. It can make downhill putting a very nervous exercise.

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The Eastern Golf Club (East Course)

215 Victoria Rd
Yering, VIC, 3770
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

The Eastern Golf Club (East Course)

A beautiful country estate within Melbourne?s famous Yarra Valley. The Eastern Golf Club?s new course has been designed with quality and playablibity in mind. Considered a very playable and enjoyable golf course with the Members tees set a modest 6000 metres and the Championship tees at 6500 metres. Careful planning and consideration has been placed within the distance, carries and water bodies around the course to allow our Ladies and Social golfers an enjoyable experience measuring 5000 and 5600 metres respectively.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 5629
Architect: Greg Norman
Design Year: 2016

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 262m

2
Par 5, Length 441m

3
Par 4, Length 377m

4
Par 4, Length 320m

5
Par 4, Length 288m

6
Par 3, Length 133m

7
Par 4, Length 356m

8
Par 3, Length 143m

9
Par 5, Length 485m

19
Par 5, Length 436m

20
Par 4, Length 333m

21
Par 3, Length 126m

22
Par 5, Length 474m

23
Par 4, Length 337m

24
Par 4, Length 276m

25
Par 3, Length 151m

26
Par 4, Length 374m

27
Par 4, Length 289m

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The Eastern Golf Club (North Course)

215 Victoria Rd
Yering, VIC, 3770
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

The Eastern Golf Club (North Course)

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 5872
Architect: Greg Norman
Design Year: 2016

Playing Tips

10
Par 4, Length 386m

11
Par 5, Length 502m

12
Par 4, Length 394m

13
Par 3, Length 176m

14
Par 5, Length 537m

15
Par 4, Length 343m

16
Par 4, Length 351m

17
Par 3, Length 144m

18
Par 4, Length 414m

19
Par 5, Length 467m

20
Par 4, Length 381m

21
Par 3, Length 137m

22
Par 5, Length 503m

23
Par 4, Length 347m

24
Par 4, Length 310m

25
Par 3, Length 168m

26
Par 4, Length 386m

27
Par 4, Length 316m

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The Heritage Golf and Country Club (Henley Course)

Cnr Hughes & Yarraview Roads
Wonga Park, VIC, 3115
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

The Heritage Golf and Country Club (Henley Course)

The Heritage Golf & Country Club is located in the spectacular Yarra Valley (a prime Victorian wine district). The Henley Course contrasts beautifully with the stadium style St John course. Henley is tranquil, rich in wildlife and is bordered by a tapestry of roughs as picturesque as its flawless fairways.

The Heritage Golf & Country Club is located in the spectacular Yarra Valley (a prime Victorian wine district) only 45 minutes from Melbourne. The golf club combines wonderful golf with an imposing, comfortable clubhouse. Excellent service and food to match make it an ideal golfing getaway.

The Henley Course is a Tony Cashmore design that is set to takes its place alongside the St.John course in this 36 hole golfing resort. Extending over a vast area it winds its way through hills and valleys with significant wildlife and plenty of water hazards. The course is a par 72 measuring over 6,300 metres. There are a number of exciting holes including the 13th which winds it way through a valley narrowing slightly until the golfer reaches the well protected green. The many lakes on the course provide a home for native wildlife (and no doubt some golf balls too!).

All in all The Henley course is set to take its place amongst the highly regarded golf courses that Melbourne is blessed to have.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6353
Architect: Tony Cashmore
Design Year: 2006

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 357m

A mid length par 4 to start where the tee shot needs to be placed in between two bunkers to leave a good angle into a gently contoured green. The big hitter is better placed with a fairway wood off the tee, as the fairway runs out at around 240 metres.

2
Par 5, Length 472m

The best shot is played down the left side of this long hole. The key is to avoid the pond that guards the right part of the green, and staying out of the bunkers that stretch along the left. Make sure to avoid the back bunkers if the pin is front left, as a miscued bunker shot could find a watery grave. Making par on this hole is a good score.

3
Par 4, Length 300m

Although distance off the tee can be an advantage on this hole, accuracy is the key to a par or birdie. Water stretches along the left of the hole and a bunker protects the front right portion of the green. Hitting the green may seem easy but an undulating green awaits.

4
Par 3, Length 172m

A long iron or fairway wood is required to reach this green. Any prevailing wind will see the ball be pushed from right to left towards the water and be aware that a bunker protects the right part of the green. A tough par 3.

5
Par 4, Length 369m

A premium is placed on an accurate tee shot on this hole. A bunker protects the right and water on the left. Coupled with an undulating fairway the player will be happy just to be on the cut surface. Be sure to take an extra club or two when hitting to the green to compensate for the uphill green.

6
Par 5, Length 502m

A hole of choices, do you go left, right, or over the dead tree that guards the opening of the fairway? Once on the fairway do I lay up or risk getting close to the green that is protected by bunkers? A great par 5 hole.

7
Par 4, Length 383m

Long Par 4, dog leg around to the right, slightly downhill. The best line is to just miss the bunkers on the right as the ball will bounce down to level ground leaving a mid iron approach to a tough green.

8
Par 3, Length 122m

A great little par 3! Short, no bunkers, but birdie is not a given. A hump stands in front of the green to make the hole look longer than the yardage suggests. Once on the green its time to navigate around a gently contoured green.

9
Par 4, Length 410m

Number 1 rated hole on the course. Fairway runs out at about 235m then leaving a long iron or fairway wood to a big green. The lay up area on the second shot is out to the left.

10
Par 4, Length 374m

A good start to the second nine with a dog leg to the right, up and over a hill, leaving a downhill second shot into a contoured green.

11
Par 4, Length 314m

The line on this hole is straight towards the half way house. You need to be straight and long enough past the trees on the left to give yourself a good look at this green. Strategically placed bunkers around the green make this a really classic hole.

12
Par 3, Length 157m

Tough par 3. Slightly uphill into a big green. A false front and nothing behind the green make this a hard hole to judge. Trust your yardage and play for the right centre of the green.

13
Par 5, Length 498m

A great par 5 that runs up through the Valley. Position your drive as close to the left bunkers as to leave a long second towards the green. Avoid the large tree on the left which leaves you a simple pitch into a huge green. Watch for the pin placement as it can play longer with a back pin placement.

14
Par 4, Length 362m

Dog leg left, avoiding the bunkers on the left leaves a mid iron approach into a well contoured green. Driving through the fairway will see you needing to avoid a large tree on the right.

15
Par 3, Length 142m

A short par 3 across water with a bunker at the back. If the pin is tucked to the left, the safe option is to just play for the middle of the green.

16
Par 4, Length 468m

A long par 4 straight down hill. Avoid going right as you may not find your ball again! Second shot will play shorter as it is still downhill into a big green.

17
Par 5, Length 528m

A real long 3-shot par 5. Once your in the fairway you have to then decide where to lay up. Left is the best option to avoid the bunkers and water on the right. Beware as a large bunker protects the opening of the green.

18
Par 4, Length 410m

A long par 4 to finish your round. Dog leg right over a crest into a heavily guarded green. Par here to finish and you will be happy!

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The Heritage Golf and Country Club (St.John Course)

Heritage Avenue
Chirnside Park, VIC, 3115
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

The Heritage Golf and Country Club (St.John Course)

The Heritage Golf & Country Club is located in the spectacular Yarra Valley (a prime Victorian wine district). The Heritage is a Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course that meanders its way through gently rolling hills and carefully placed water hazards. The St.John course is a championship golf course and at 6670 metres long features specially designed bunkering to guide players toward the green. Generous landing areas, sculptured fairways, immaculately groomed greens, paved cart paths that weave throughout the course, and meticulous landscaping all add to your playing pleasure.

The Heritage Golf and Country Club is a vision which has been a long time in the making. Located in the spectacular Yarra Valley (a prime Victorian wine district) The Heritage is a Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course which meanders its way through gently rolling hills and carefully placed water hazards.

The St.John course is a par 72 course which will have you using every club in your bag. With an ACR of 74 off the Gold tee, this beautifully constructed par 72 course challenges at every turn with excellent water features and strategically placed slopes, mounds and traps.

Jack Nicklaus, arguably the most influential player in golfing history, has drawn on all his experience in designing the St John course - a spectacular parkland course which complements the exquisite beauty of the valley. He has also acted as a Consultant in the development of a second 18 - The Henley, a traditional links style course designed by Tony Cashmore.

Both these courses benefit from an excellent sand base (the result of a massive sand capping process) allowing greenkeepers to grow carpet-like couch fairways with ease. The natural, virtually instantaneous drainage following rainfall allows for uninterrupted play.

The St.John course is a championship golf course and at 6670 metres long features specially designed bunkering to guide players toward the green. Generous landing areas, sculptured fairways, immaculately groomed greens, paved cart paths that weave throughout the course, and meticulous landscaping all add to your playing pleasure.

From the challenging quarry hole par 3 11th (with water down the right hand side and and an ever-present quarry rock face skirting the left side of the hole) to the series of long and testing par 4's, The Heritage is an enjoyable test of golf.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 76
Length (m): 6667
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Design Year: 2000
Top 100: 94

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 324m

This short par 4 should help the golfer get off to a quick start, but poor execution could leave the golfer with a bag score to start with. The best play is a driver off the tee, favouring the right half of the fairway. This will leave the best angle into the gently contoured green.

2
Par 4, Length 399m

Although a bold play, the best tee shot on this long par 4 will be played to the right half of the fairway, bringing the water on the right side of the tee shot into play. If successful off the tee, the golfer will find themselves with a shorter shot to the green with a much better angle into the green. The green pitches from left to right.

3
Par 3, Length 169m

This mid-length par 3 favours a variety of shots depending on the pin location. A fade to the green works best when the pin is up front or right center, but the always-difficult high draw is favoured when the pin is in the back section of the green.

4
Par 5, Length 502m

The best shot is played as close to the small pot bunker on the left. The golfer then has the best chance to hit the green in two when playing down wind, or to clear the cross bunkers when playing into the wind. Clearing the cross bunkers on the second shot is required if you are to get a clear view of the putting surface for your third shot.

5
Par 4, Length 400m

A well-struck tee shot, avoiding the bunkers is a must. Not to be outdone by the tee shot, the second shot is one of the most exciting on the golf course. While avoiding the bunker short left of the green, the golfer will have to use the fairway contours to keep the ball out of the collection bunker on the right and onto the putting surface.

6
Par 4, Length 348m

Although distance off the tee is a real advantage, accuracy off the tee is the key to par or birdie on this hole. With bunkers protecting both sides of the fairway, finding any one of them will bring the pond protecting the right side of the green much more into play.

7
Par 3, Length 144m

This long, slightly uphill par 3 demands an accurate, well-struck shot to reach this well bunkered green. Because of the green angle and contours, a draw is the best shape for your shot here.

8
Par 4, Length 393m

An accurate, strong tee shot is needed. The 2nd shot looks tough but can play much easier than it appears if the golfer takes advantage of the contours in the approach and green. These contours strongly slope right to left and help the ball feed towards the center of the green. When the pin is on the left, a ball hit to the center should pick up the elevation change in the middle of the green, and feed to the pin.

9
Par 5, Length 479m

The mid-length par 5 is very reachable in two if a strong drive is struck over the fairway bunker on the left. If successful the ball will reach the elevation change in the fairway, which will feed the ball forward another 10-20 meters. If the golfer achieves this then they will have a good angle to the green, where they have the luxury of being able to hit their second shot short of the green and still have a good chance to bounce the ball on the green. Whether it's the second or third shot to be hit into the green, hitting from as close to the water as possible is a much easier shot because of the angle of the green.

10
Par 4, Length 339m

The golfer may want to hit a fairway wood off this tee to place their drive between the bunkers protecting both sides of the fairway. Water is very much in play on the second shot as it lays in front of the entire green and fairway pad to the right of the green. Precise placement of the second shot is required on this small but contoured green.

11
Par 3, Length 165m

With the green sitting at the base of an old quarry and with water protecting the entire right side of the hole, an accurate mid iron is required on this beautiful par 3. With the green measuring almost 40 meters in length, club selection is critical.

12
Par 5, Length 464m

This downhill tee shot may be the most dramatic tee shot on the golf course. A well placed drive right of the bunkers, but keeping out of the water leaves the golfer the option to reach the green in two. If the golfer can?t reach the green in two, their 2nd shot is best played as close to the water as their nerve allows.

13
Par 4, Length 329m

This short par 4 plays much harder than its length in that it plays up to 15 meters uphill depending on the tee the golfer chooses to play from. A deep bunker protects the right side of the hole for those golfers trying to cut off as much length as possible. Be sure to take an extra club or two when hitting to the green to compensate for how uphill it plays.

14
Par 4, Length 396m

Although there are no bunkers on the tee shot, a good tee shot works best favouring the left side of the fairway. With the green angling and pitching hard from left to right, a fade is best played to the left center part of the green without bringing the deep greenside bunker into play.

15
Par 5, Length 491m

A generous fairway awaits the golfer off the tee. With water protecting the entire left side of the hole and bunkers protecting the right side, placement is critical on this hole. The best angle into the green on the third shot will depend on the location of the pin. Front and left pins are best attacked from the right side of the fairway.

16
Par 4, Length 393m

This long par 4, plays even longer being over 6 meters up-hill. A strong drive avoiding the deep bunker on the left and right of the landing area is needed. With two bunkers left of the green and one right, an accurate long iron or fairway wood is needed to find the green in two.

17
Par 3, Length 171m

A long iron or fairway wood is required to reach the green. Like many of the approaches at The Heritage, strong side pitches in the approach help to feed the ball into the green.

18
Par 4, Length 432m

Off the tee you can hit over the bunkers (to create a shorter approach) or they can play more conservatively off the tee, avoiding the bunkers, but leaving a longer shot with a much more difficult angle to the green. The green is well protected with bunkers, thus demanding both strength and accuracy for the second shot on this difficult, long par 4.

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Yarra Valley Country Club

9 Templestowe Road
Bulleen, VIC, 3105
Australia

Region: Yarra Valley and Dandenongs

Yarra Valley Country Club

Our facilities include 9 hole golf course, par , 7 Rink bowling green, 2 tennis courts, 2 squash courts, swimming pool and wading pool, conference and meeting facilities Garden Room (150 capacity) bistro dining, lounge and 'sports' bar and garden areas overlooking the picturesque club grounds.

Yarra Valley Country Club is conveniently located in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Course Information

Par:
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect:
Design Year: 1972

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About the Destination

Yarra Valley Location Map

In times past, the Yarra Valley was best known for its famous vineyards. But this is changing as more and more golf courses are appearing on the Yarra Valley map. The jewel in the golfing crown in this region is the The Heritage Golf and Country Club. Located 45 minutes northeast of Melbourne The Heritage is home to two  magnificent 18 hole golf courses (St.John and Henley).

The Heritage St.John course was have been designed by Jack Nicklaus and he has used the moderately undulating land to craft a golf course well rated in golfing circles. The sweeping, lush fairways, white bunkers and numerous water hazards combine to create an aesthetic pleasing and quite challenging golf course.

The 11th hole in particular is one such challenging hole. A moderate length par 3, its main feature is an old quarry wall which frames the hole on the left hand side. The right hand side has a ball catching body of water so the only sensible way to play the hole is to land on the green! Stories abound of golfers coming to this hole and attempting to play safely to the left only to find that their tee shots richocheting off the quarry wall and in to the water on the other side of the green.

The Sebel Lodge Yarra Valley is also located on the site of The Heritage and provides very comfortable 4.5 star accommodation, conference facilities and fine dining. It has also recently opened a complete Day Spa complex to help relax those tired muscles.

A further 20 minutes down the road lies the RACV Country Club at Healesville. This member's only golf club (with limited access provided through GOLFSelect) is a fun test of golf. The course has been redesigned by Michael Clayton (Barnbougle Dunes architect) and currently there are 9 holes in play with the other 9 holes due for completion in mid November.

Further developments are occuring in the Yarra Valley region including the establishment of Yering Meadows (relocation of the Croydon Golf Club) (which will incorporate a 36 hole golfing complex) and one other project in its early stages.

Over time this region will become one of the main golfing regions of Victoria and, when combined, with other activities including ballooning, winery tours, fine dining and walking make it the ideal getaway.

Useful Facts and Figures

Below are some useful facts and figures for the Yarra Valley Region. Use these to work out the best time to visit this region.

Month
Min Temp
(C/F)
Max Temp
(C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Avg Rainfall
(mm)
Jan
12/54
27/81
6.15am 
8.45pm 
50
Feb
12/54
28/82
6.50am 
8.20pm 
52
Mar
9/48
25/77
7.15am 
7.40pm
43
Apr
6/43
20/68
6.45am 
5.50pm 
61
May
5/41
16/61
7.15am
5.20pm 
63
Jun
4/39
14/57
7.30am
5.05pm
67
Jul
4/39
13/55
7.30am
5.20pm
58
Aug
4/39
15/59
7.00am
5.45pm
69
Sep
6/43
17/63
6.20am
6.10pm 
75
Oct
6/43
19/66
5.30am
6.40pm
69
Nov
8/46
22/72
6.00am
8.10pm 
65
Dec
9/48
25/77
5.55am
8.40pm 
42