Overview

At a Glance

  • When

    Flexible dates as desired

  • Package

    6 nights / 5 rounds with pull buggies

  • Golf

    The Royal Melbourne Golf Club

    Kingston Heath Golf Club

    Metropolitan Golf Club

    Huntingdale Golf Club

  • Sleep

    6 nights at The Langham Melboure with daily breakfast

  • Other

    Other golf courses are available and itinerary can be tailored to specific needs and budget

  • Drive

    Airport and Golf transfers

  • Pricing

    Pricing available on request

Golf in the Melbourne Sandbelt region is an experience like no other. A series of private member courses based on sandy soil provide perfect playing conditions and memories to last a lifetime.

This package allows you to experience 5 of these courses spread over 6 nights, providing an extra day to sightsee and see all that Melbourne has to offer. Golf courses can be changed to suit your particular needs and budget.

Itinerary Day-by-Day

Day 1
Flights Arrive in Melbourne and transfer to accommomdation.
Accommodation
The Langham, Melbourne   
The Langham, Melbourne affords five star service and quality in a five star location - the south bank of the Yarra River. Nestled on the south bank of the Yarra River, the hotel is within easy reach of the city's business district, fashion, shopping, sport, parks and gardens, al fresco restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Day 2
Golf
Huntingdale Golf Club (18 holes of golf with pull buggy) 
Huntingdale is a private members course located in the middle of the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt. It was the host of the Australian Masters for 30 years and has hosted the world's best golfers.
Accommodation
The Langham, Melbourne   
The Langham, Melbourne affords five star service and quality in a five star location - the south bank of the Yarra River. Nestled on the south bank of the Yarra River, the hotel is within easy reach of the city's business district, fashion, shopping, sport, parks and gardens, al fresco restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Day 3
Golf
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course) (18 holes of golf with pull buggy) 
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is a 36 hole private members club located in the heart of the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt golf region. The West Course is regularly rated as the number one rated golf course in Australia (and was recently ranked number 6 in the world) and was designed by world renowned golf course architect Dr Alistair MacKenzie. The natural peaks and troughs in the terrain have been used to maximum benefit with strategically designed and memorable holes throughout.
Accommodation
The Langham, Melbourne   
The Langham, Melbourne affords five star service and quality in a five star location - the south bank of the Yarra River. Nestled on the south bank of the Yarra River, the hotel is within easy reach of the city's business district, fashion, shopping, sport, parks and gardens, al fresco restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Day 4
Golf
Commonwealth Golf Club (18 holes of golf with pull buggy) 
Commonwealth Golf Club 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 was, until recently, ranked in the Top 100 golf courses in the world. Why it fell out is anyone's guess but, with the plethora of new courses being developed worldwide each year, it is getting harder to maintain a position in this highly subjective list.
Accommodation
The Langham, Melbourne   
The Langham, Melbourne affords five star service and quality in a five star location - the south bank of the Yarra River. Nestled on the south bank of the Yarra River, the hotel is within easy reach of the city's business district, fashion, shopping, sport, parks and gardens, al fresco restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Day 5
Golf
Kingston Heath Golf Club (18 holes of golf with pull buggy) 
Kingston Heath Golf Club is universally regarded as one of the best manicured courses in Australia and arguably the world. Its strategic bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows fools the non observant golfer and any deviation from the fairway is generally met with a challenging recovery. The course was built on a compact parcel of land resulting in some of the best short par 4's and world class par 3 holes.
Accommodation
The Langham, Melbourne   
The Langham, Melbourne affords five star service and quality in a five star location - the south bank of the Yarra River. Nestled on the south bank of the Yarra River, the hotel is within easy reach of the city's business district, fashion, shopping, sport, parks and gardens, al fresco restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Day 6
Golf
The Metropolitan Golf Club (18 holes of golf with pull buggy) 
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, marbletop 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.
Accommodation
The Langham, Melbourne   
The Langham, Melbourne affords five star service and quality in a five star location - the south bank of the Yarra River. Nestled on the south bank of the Yarra River, the hotel is within easy reach of the city's business district, fashion, shopping, sport, parks and gardens, al fresco restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
Day 7

Golf Courses

Commonwealth Golf Club

Glennie Avenue
Oakleigh South, VIC, 3167
Australia

Region: 1. Melbourne Sandbelt

Commonwealth Golf Club

Commonwealth Golf Club 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 was, until recently, ranked in the Top 100 golf courses in the world. Why it fell out is anyone's guess but, with the plethora of new courses being developed worldwide each year, it is getting harder to maintain a position in this highly subjective list.

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 bunkering of many sandbelt courses is similar and Commonwealth is no exception. Strategically placed bunkers capture errant shots and an up and down is no certainty as the bunkers are generally large and deep.

The clever use of mounds and undulations around the green in lieu of or in addition to bunkers toughens the approach shot requirements. Less than perfectly executed approaches can leave the golfer with a delicate chip to the green.

The par 3 holes at Commonwealth combine cavernous, ball catching bunkers with large undulating putting surfaces. Par on each of these holes and you are on your way to a respectable score.

The clubhouse at Commonwealth is also one of the best in the Melbourne Sandbelt, overlooks the 1st and 18th holes and is a focal point of the golf club.

Course Information

Par: 73
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6380
Architect: Sam Bennett
Design Year: 1921
Top 100: 22

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 303m

A classic opening hole, it is seen to preview perfectly the style, quality and beauty of the course, and at only 303m, it provides a comfortable start to the round. Its key strategic feature is the decision required for the first shot of the day. Whether to be short and safe or to fly as much sand as possible for the simpler approach. From the clubhouse at days end, enjoy the view of one of Melbourne's finest golfing landscapes, and contemplate on your earlier tee shot decision.

2
Par 5, Length 466m

The view from the tee sets the scene for the typical Commonwealth tree-lined hole, with an inviting fairway and strategically placed hazards. After a good drive care must be taken to keep the second shot on the fairway, thus avoiding the intrusions of the rough on the left and the sand on the right. Although the third shot to the small multi-level green should be with a short iron, a cavernous bunker at the front right or the prospect of a very tricky chip for those who miss on the left, fills the mind with uncertainty. For the very long hitters, the second shot to the small opening of the green requires great accuracy.

3
Par 4, Length 390m

At 390m it is the first of the long par 4 holes. Played to the north, it is generally influenced by the prevailing winds, while other hazards include the extensive left side fairway bunkers and the natural lake on the right. Thus the penalty for missing this fairway is severe. The second shot to the green can be played through a narrow opening with the right side bunker encroaching at the front. A bold approach shot is required to make the green. The bunkers on both sides of the sloping green provide no easy recovery prospect for an errant approach. It is a hole to enjoy and a par is good golf.

4
Par 4, Length 348m

While not long it is a hole of decision. Drive safely down the left side of the fairway and play your second across a dangerous bunker to a green sloping left to right. Or, make a positive drive over the corner bunker and gain the reward of a more straightforward shot in. You stand up to your second shot knowing that any shot at the green can be caught by the dip just short directing the ball left, and an up-and-down from the greenside bunker to a green sloping sharply away from you is rare. Even so the bunker acts as if it were a magnet. While birdie 3 appears possible par is a good result.

5
Par 4, Length 376m

Picturesque from the elevated tee this hole rewards those who can finish close to the right side fairway bunker providing a good view of the green for the second shot. Drive to the left side and the illusory bunker short of the green creates deception in distance and the left greenside bunkers seem to attract the second shot. The choice of club for the second shot needs to be precise. Those landing short pull up quickly leaving a long putt over the hump in the green, those hitting on the back half of the green often run down the slope and through the green leaving a delicate chip to secure par.

6
Par 5, Length 531m

At 531m this genuine three-shot par 5 is considered one of Melbourne's best and hardest, particularly into a southerly wind. Driving on to the sloping fairway is vital and the second shot is best long and down the right side of the fairway. This position offers the best approach to the long narrow and sharply sloping green set at an angle to the fairway. Anywhere left with your second shot brings the greenside bunkers very much into play. Then if your approach is short or right, you risk falling back off the green. An up-and-down from the greenside bunkers requires great skill. Even avoiding the ball running off the other side of the green requires a good shot. Par is an excellent score and birdies are rare.

7
Par 3, Length 182m

The longest of the par 3s has a generous green heavily bunkered left. This hole is a challenge to the player with lengthy carry who can put stop on the ball. A pin position in the front half of the green offers an easier tee shot, while the pin position anywhere in the back half of the green brings all the sand into play. Because of the hole's orientation the often south-westerly or north-westerly winds can make this hole very long. Par is a good result.

8
Par 4, Length 376m

Many club members consider this hole one of their favourites. The walk to the tee, the tee outlook and the green landscape are all attractive features. The fairway bunker is located adjacent to the ideal position from the tee and the fairway narrows in this area. Right side play requires an approach to an elevated two-tiered green over an extensive array of sand. Not easy and prospects are poor for an-up-and down from any of the greenside bunkers. Again, the fairway is a must from the tee and club selection for your second merits extra consideration.

9
Par 3, Length 133m

Despite its short length a testing hole with a green sloping sharply right to left and back to front. A tee shot on the green is very desirable, as an up-and-down from the right side bunkers generally requires a minor miracle and the danger is, hit too far left to avoid these bunkers and risk rolling off the left down the steep slope into rough leaving a tough chip. Prevailing winds make club selection important. An extra club is recommended to reach a pin placement in the back half of the green otherwise a long first putt uphill will be needed. Finish above the hole to a forward pin placement and be faced with a very slick downhill first putt.

10
Par 5, Length 503m

On this dog leg par 5 it is important to get the tee shot on the fairway. Too far left will mean the second shot is cut off from a direct line to the green while on the right, sand awaits. From the drive, the fairway slopes down to provide a good overview of the remainder of the hole. This features a lot of sand in the approach area and a playing decision is required whether to charge with a long shot or to lay up short. At 38m the green is the longest on the course so club choice for the third shot varies widely according to pin placement.

11
Par 4, Length 373m

Arguably the toughest par 4 on the course. The bunkers on the right hand corner of the fairway tempt you and a very well hit drive will clear these and leave a short iron approach. A long drive hit left will end up in the rough and a chip out at best.

12
Par 4, Length 408m

At almost the highest point of the course one can see down the full length of the 12th and 7th holes. Be wary when lining up the tee shot as the tee points slightly to the right to a fairway bunker over 50m long. The fairway bunker on the left is out of range for all but the longest hitters so it provides an ideal line to aim the tee shot for most players. Choose the second shot club carefully as there is a deceptive dip in front of the green likely to confuse one's judgment.

13
Par 5, Length 444m

This is a birdie hole if you can get your drive away. At 444 metres it is often hit in two by the long hitters but the key issue to hit a straight drive. If you end up in the trees or bunkers then a bogey is more than likely the outcome.

14
Par 4, Length 325m

This is a fairly straightforward hole of moderate length which shapes gently to the right. The only trouble is a few gum trees on the left side of the fairway which can block the second shot.

15
Par 3, Length 147m

A grand display of sand at its front means the only option is to fly to the green on this picturesque 147m hole. While there are no bunkers at the rear this area is only slightly more agreeable than the front as the ground falls sharply away from the rear and both sides of the green. The sloping green allows for a variety of putts depending on the pin position. The prudent playing strategy is to club yourself to comfortably clear the front bunkers and make it to the centre of the green. Birdies await the accurate tee shot but par is a more likely result.

16
Par 4, Length 364m

As you stand on this tee the thought which invariably goes through your mind is not to hit the ball in the water. The water in question is a large pond running down the whole left hand side of the fairway. Bite off more than you can chew and a double bogey will be your best result. The approach is easiest when played as close to the pond as possible but more often than not the drive is pushed right away from the pond.

17
Par 4, Length 307m

This is a great short drive and pitch hole. The drive needs to be sufficiently long to see the green as a blind approach shot is very difficult. Treat the approach with respect because if the green is missed right or left a very difficult chip awaits.

18
Par 4, Length 404m

A challenging finishing hole. Drive down the left side of the fairway and enjoy a safer more direct second shot into the well-bunkered green. But a little further left and a much more difficult shot from the rough is required while also having to contend with the Banksia tree on the corner. Drive down the right side, and the opening to the green for the longer iron second suddenly appears much narrower between the huge bunker complex on the right of the green, and the likelihood that a second shot left will feed into the left side bunkers. Recognize that any shots played from past the dogleg corner will be under watchful eyes from the bar or from diners on the enclosed balcony. Par here, no matter how the rest of the round has gone, is a very satisfying result.

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Huntingdale Golf Club

Windsor Avenue
Oakleigh South, VIC, 3167
Australia

Region: 1. Melbourne Sandbelt

Huntingdale Golf Club

Huntingdale is a private members course located in the middle of the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt. It was the host of the Australian Masters for 30 years and has hosted the world's best golfers.

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. This combination of features at Huntingdale ensures this course challenges the best professionals and the latest technology. The greens at Huntingdale are true and fast and are generally kept in "Masters" condition throughout the year.  Players hitting wayward shots to the far side of the greens can anticipate long undulating putts. The final stretch of holes contain some of the toughest and finest finishing holes in the world.

As well as our Championship Golf Course, Huntingdale Golf Club offers superb facilities including a number of different functions rooms, all with picturesque views of the course and surrounding gardens. Our function rooms range from a relaxed terrace, perfect for an intimate private function to the Members Dining Room, complete with wireless internet access, built in data projector, drop down presentation screen and with a capacity of 160 - perfect for your next business seminar or meeting.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6184
Architect: Charles H. Alison
Design Year: 1941
Top 100: 34

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 391m

A really crucial opening hole. Obviously you want to get off to a good start. Take a driver from the first tee and on a calm day this leaves me some 150 metres with a 7 iron second shot uphill. Keep to the right half of the green to avoid the bunkers on the left from which any shot is a difficult one.

2
Par 4, Length 322m

A 2 iron or rescue club off the tee favouring the left half of the fairway because you can be sure of getting around the corner, followed by a full wedge or easy 9 iron to the green which is surrounded by rebuilt and effective greenside bunkers. The green has also been rebuilt with interesting slopes and undulations.

3
Par 3, Length 150m

This two tier green is surrounded by deep bunkers, a straight shot is required with a mid to long iron from the tee.

4
Par 4, Length 362m

The fairway bunkers on the left, and the trees on the right, call for an accurate tee shot. The wide green offers variation to pin placements. The right side of the green is well guarded by bunkers while the left side is open for golfers wishing to play safely.

5
Par 3, Length 193m

This long par 3 slightly uphill demands accuracy with most good players using a long iron. The three tier green adds interest to putting and the greenside bunkers have this green well guarded.

6
Par 5, Length 530m

Driver down the left side of the fairway is the correct strategy on this long sweeping par 5. Longer hitters looking for the green in 2 shots must be sure to stay out of the fairway bunker on the right side of the fairway as a mid to short iron will be required to safely clear the front lip of the trap.

7
Par 5, Length 490m

Position on this hole is everything. You feel like you've dropped a shot if you have to settle for a par. Take a driver from the tee, which usually leaves a 3 or 4 iron to the green.

8
Par 4, Length 314m

Take on the hole with driver and leave yourself a small wedge in, or take the safe route and hit rescue or an iron from the tee. Either way, stick to the right half of the fairway and avoid the fairway bunker. Take careful note of the pin position so as not leave yourself an impossible putt on a very difficult green.

9
Par 4, Length 378m

One of the toughest holes on the course. With no wind take a driver or 3 wood from the tee which leaves a 7 or 8 iron to the green. Once again the centre of the green is the target.

10
Par 5, Length 453m

Like the 7th, I feel a 5 here is a bogey. A good drive, skirting the fairway bunker, leaves a 2 or 3 iron to the green where you tend to aim front right. There is less trouble in that right hand corner.

11
Par 4, Length 400m

A drawn tee shot runs past the traps on the right leaving an 8 iron approach which must carry the left-hand traps. Also one of the most difficult greens to putt.Most players would cheerfully take 4 here every time.

12
Par 3, Length 161m

Aim for the centre of the green on this deeply bunkered par 3 as the green is long and narrow. Club selection can vary from 4 iron to 8 iron depending on tee location and wind direction.

13
Par 4, Length 318m

Play to a position in front of the first bunker on the right side of the fairway to eliminate the potential score blowouts that can arise from a encounter with the water hazard. From here use a mid iron to approach to a green that is angled away from the fairway and surrounded on both sides by very deep bunkers.

14
Par 5, Length 555m

A challenging "600 + yard" par 5. A careful second shot is required to the undulating fairway which has trees and a carefully positioned fairway bunker on the right hand side and a new water hazard on the left. A large green awaits the approach with 4 or 5 difficult flag placements available to test the players.

15
Par 3, Length 141m

A totally different hole with water very apparent on the left. The green is large with great variety in it's undulations. There are deep bunkers on the right and when the wind gets up it will play havoc with the shot to the green. Putting will be especially demanding on this green with several testing flag placements available.

16
Par 4, Length 351m

A markedly different proposition off the tee. The bunker in the centre of the fairway will make the player on the tee think. A driver up the right half will usually be best. The prevailing wind will have a big influence on the strategy adopted as will the player's position in the event. A real "Risk and Reward" proposition. The greenside bunkers are wonderful.

17
Par 4, Length 425m

A totally different feeling on the tee with the opening up of the fairway. A driver with a fade can be played with greater ease but the water will be easily reached down breeze. Another large rolling green awaits a mid iron approach to a difficult putting surface.

18
Par 4, Length 410m

One of golf's toughest finishing holes. Excellent fairway bunkering left and deep scrub on the right make this a treacherous driving hole. Swales and hollows through the back will very much be in play and more demands will be placed on the accuracy of shots to the large undulating green.

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Kingston Heath Golf Club

Kingston Road
Cheltenham, VIC, 3192
Australia

Region: 1. Melbourne Sandbelt

Kingston Heath Golf Club

Kingston Heath Golf Club is universally regarded as one of the best manicured courses in Australia and arguably the world. Its strategic bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows fools the non observant golfer and any deviation from the fairway is generally met with a challenging recovery. The course was built on a compact parcel of land resulting in some of the best short par 4's and world class par 3 holes.

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.

The 18 holes were built on only 125 hectares (most courses in the modern era are built on over 250 hectares), it is perfectly manicured and its bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows visually fools the non observant golfer.

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.

The 14th hole is a longish par 5 which, depending on the wind direction, can tempt the golfer into reaching the green for 2. One golfer Roger Mackay did better than that in a tournament at the Heath when he holed his second shot for an albatross.

The three par 3 holes are a feature of Kingston Heath and show off one fantastic feature of this great golf course - the classic, natural bunkering. The fifteenth hole, in particular, is a real test ( not necessarily needed towards the end of your round).

An uphill par 3 of moderate length, the path to the hole is surrounded by a myriad of bunkers (some of them very deep) all waiting to swallow the errant tee shot. If you reach the putting surface par is still not guaranteed as the undulating green gives up more 3 putts than 1 putts.

The remaining finishing holes are long par 4's and can ruin an otherwise good score. The 16th is known in golfing circles as the hole where Greg Norman took a 9 on his way to losing a tournament at Kingston Heath in the 1990's. Norman carved his tee shot into the right hand tea tree and it was all downhill from there.

Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open 8 times (7 men’s & 1 women’s) as well as hosting the 2009 Australian Masters. This event saw world number 1 golfer Tiger Woods grace the fairways of KH, and he didn’t disappoint, displaying superb shot-making over 4 rounds to take out the yellow jacket.

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.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6352
Architect: Dan Soutar (bunkering by Alister Mackenzie)
Design Year: 1925
Top 100: 2

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 418m

A long, accurate drive is required on this straight par four. Heavy rough and fairway bunkers make the first shot most demanding. An excellent starting hole.

2
Par 4, Length 351m

A well placed tee shot will leave only a short, uninterrupted pitch to the green. However, heavy timber on the left could spell trouble for any wayward shots or shortcut attempts. Accuracy, not distance, is the key.

3
Par 4, Length 269m

This is the shortest par four on the course. Most players will be looking for birdies here, but the terraced green is very undulating and could turn a potential one-putt into three.

4
Par 4, Length 357m

The fairway is wide open, but a drive to the left affords the best approach to the heavily bunkered green. Once again, the green has many undulations and slopes from back to front.

5
Par 3, Length 173m

Although this is the longest par three on the course, it is a fairly straightforward hole. There are plenty of sand traps on both sides, but the size of the green provides reasonable margin for error off the tee.

6
Par 4, Length 393m

A difficult par four requiring a long drive and a long second shot. A string of bunkers waits to snare any approach straying right, although the area around the green itself is fairly clear.

7
Par 5, Length 460m

The par five seventh hole is a definite birdie or eagle chance. Drive down the left centre of the fairway, short of the cross bunker. I favour a fairway wood or long iron to pass the small swale at the entrance of the green. Any shot short of the swale is very difficult to judge.

8
Par 4, Length 398m

Another long par four requiring placement off the tee. The drive must be kept left to open up the green and avoid fairway traps and rough on the corner of the dogleg. The green is severely bunkered on the left.

9
Par 4, Length 328m

A relief, but accuracy is essential. Many will use an iron from the tee. The green slopes from left to right and is virtually surrounded by bunkers and thick bush.

10
Par 3, Length 128m

There should be plenty of birdies on this short hole, but any misdirected shots will finish in either heavy rough or one of the numerous bunkers, which surround the green.

11
Par 4, Length 378m

This hole has many pitfalls. Fairway bunkers just over 200 metres from the tee, heavy timber on either side, and an out of bounds behind the narrow green. There will be more bogeys than birdies on this tough hole.

12
Par 5, Length 509m

A solid par 5, and a real birdie chance with three well executed shots. However, the players, who take the shortest line along the left, must contend with fairway traps, thick timber, and an out of bounds.

13
Par 4, Length 323m

Another potential birdie opportunity, but again the tee shot should be well placed. Any shot hit to the right will leave a more difficult approach over bunkers to the small green.

14
Par 5, Length 515m

The longest hole, where birdies will be scarce. Bunkers 45 metres short of the green leave little opening for long hitters attempt to get close in two. An out of bounds left and behind the green provides an additional mental hazard.

15
Par 3, Length 141m

This hole is considered by many to be one of the best par three's in Australia. The very narrow green is protected by deep bunkers on both sides and slopes sharply from back to front.

16
Par 4, Length 397m

The first of a trio of great finishing par four's. This hole doglegs right with a large number of bunkers perfectly placed to deter or challenge long hitters. The extremely fast, sloping green requires a delicate putting touch.

17
Par 4, Length 420m

An extremely difficult par four, particularly if the wind is blowing from the north. Any shot hooked to the left is 'dead', and the huge, sloping putting surface will produce many three-putts.

18
Par 4, Length 391m

An accurate long iron approach is required to set up a par on this hole. The green is guarded by traps on both sides and like the previous 17, has many rolls and borrows.

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The Metropolitan Golf Club

Golf Road
Oakleigh South, VIC, 3167
Australia

Region: 1. Melbourne Sandbelt

The Metropolitan Golf 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, marbletop 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.

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.

The course has continually challenged the best players in the world. Peter Thomson began his brilliant career with a win here in the 1951 Australian Open. Jack Newton won the Australian Open in 1979 by one shot from a young Greg Norman, who three putted the final green.

In 1993 Brad Faxon mastered Metropolitan with a four round score of 275, 13 under par, including equaling Greg Norman's course record 65.

In 1997 Lee Westwood won a very exciting Australian Open defeating Greg Norman in a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole.

In 2001 the course hosted the World Matchplay Championships-a tournament which saw the world's top golfers gather at Metropolitan for a unique matchplay event where the unlikely winner Steve Stricker walked away with a cool $1 million pay cheque.

Most recently the course hosted the 2009 Women’s Australian Open with former world number one Laura Davies prevailing in a very exciting finish.

Metropolitan Golf Club can also be described as the Australian equivalent of Augusta National. The perfect fairways, marbletop 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.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6427
Architect: J.B. Mackenzie (1906), Dick Wilson (1959)
Design Year: 1906
Top 100: 13

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 372m

The tee shot should be played right of the fairway bunker on the left. The second shot to an open green requires a long iron or fairway wood.

2
Par 3, Length 143m

One of the most picturesque holes on the course. The hole is heavily bunkered and the green moderately contoured. Anything not landing on the green will bring about a tough second shot.

3
Par 4, Length 368m

A two-tiered green sloping from left to right requires a tee shot to be played into the right hand side of the fairway. Such positioning opens up the second shot to the green. However, the greenside bunkers on the left is one to stay away from.

4
Par 5, Length 444m

A fairway bunker jutting out from the right side of the fairway requires a tee shot down the left. The second shot should be played short of the bunkers, allowing a pitch to a slightly elevated green. This hole favours the long hitters.

5
Par 4, Length 340m

Another hole made more difficult by the addition of a new championship tee. Two deep fairway bunkers are right in play down the left side of the driving area, the right hand fairway bunker is of little concern. The green features a huge slope off the shoulder of the right hand greenside bunker and if the flag is in the right half of the green an approach from the left half of the fairway - usually with a short or mid iron - is ideal. Widely regarded as one of the classic holes on the course.

6
Par 5, Length 457m

The 6th is the second of three front nine par fives and the player must drive to the far left side of the dogleg if an approach over the huge gum trees that block both the shot and view down to the green is to be avoided. Jack Nicklaus, famously, carried the fairway bunker that stretches across the left half of the fairway (270 metres) with a driver and a small ball in the 1967 Australian P.G.A Championship. The green and surrounds have been redesigned, the new cavernous bunkers and heavily contoured green require skilled shotmaking whether from a long second or short third shot.

7
Par 3, Length 180m

The longest par three on the course is characterized by a generous green sloping from the top right to the bottom left from the tee. A long iron or wood is required.

8
Par 5, Length 460m

A big fairway bunker has to be negotiated with the drive. The second shot should be placed on the right side of the fairway, which makes the approach considerably easier as the green slopes from left to right.

9
Par 4, Length 386m

A perfect hole to drag out that tired old story of "when I was your age I could drive it across those trees". In 1968 Nicklaus flew it over the corner trees on this sharp dogleg right with a three wood and hit a wedge to the green for four straight days but "the trees were only so high when I was your age". They have grown up so tall now it's impossible to pull that shot off. Most play down to the corner with a long iron or a three wood and if the driver comes out it has to be perfectly faded around the corner or it runs through the fairway. The second shot can vary between a four iron down to an eight or nine. This is the most beautifully contoured and shaped green on the golf course - being on in two is no guarantee of a par.

10
Par 4, Length 396m

A long dogleg left plays all of its length. The hole requires two good shots to reach the large green in two.

11
Par 3, Length 140m

A testing par three. The green slopes diagonally as you look at it from the tee-box. The tee shot should be directed towards the left part of the green. Play conservatively.

12
Par 4, Length 351m

Off the tee, the ideal position is the centre right part of the fairway to avoid sand traps on the left. The second shot should be played to the right side of the green, taking the front bunkers out of play.

13
Par 3, Length 131m

Playing to a large, well bunkered green, a shot to the middle of the putting surface is desirable. if you miss the green, be prepared for a tough up and down.

14
Par 5, Length 495m

A dogleg left as well as fairway bunkers on that side demand a shot to the right of the fairway off the tee. From there the second shot should be played to within pitching distance of the green with a chance for birdie. This hole favours the long hitters.

15
Par 4, Length 410m

This is probably the most difficult of Metropolitan's par fours and again the strategy is simple and clear. A long bunker with a high lip sits into the left side of the fairway and a green that angles from its front left corner to the back right clearly favours an approach from close to the fairway bunker. A greenside bunker closes off the flag for those approaching from the right and only a big high fade will get the job done for those who fly their drives too far to the right.

16
Par 4, Length 314m

This short par four doglegs sharply right around several deep fairway bunkers that have proved pivotal in deciding at least two Australian Opens. Bob Shearer in 1979 and Ian Baker-Finch in 1986 both drove into the bunkers and made killer bogeys that cost them their chance in those tournaments. Some can drive far enough to reach the green but it's almost impossible to keep such a long shot on the small sloping green. Often the pin placement dictates the best place to play to from the tee with the most difficult pin to get close to being behind the front right bunker, when the flag is there it's often easier to approach from 70 metres than it is from 30. A wonderful example of how great a well designed short par four can be.

17
Par 4, Length 374m

A single deep bunker that is almost impossible to hit the green from, sits in the left side of the driving area. It's the one place not to go. Some curiously sited trees (but favorites of the members) 60 metres short of the green make for a blind second for those who have driven to the right, although that is the only effect they have in the play of the hole. The green is relatively large, not in truth that difficult to hit and only when the pin is tucked close to the bunkers do they have much influence on the approach.

18
Par 4, Length 383m

The championship tee added for the 1997 Australian Open stretched this hole out to 433 metres and into a wind from the north it's a brutally difficult hole. The hole is actually dead straight and it is the blocked drive that is caught by the fairway bunkers down the right, but when the flag is on the left of the green it's clearly best to approach from close to the bunkers. In the 1979 Australian Open, Greg Norman hit two terrific shots, the second with a five iron, just under the tier of the two level green and then three putted to lose by one to Jack Newton. Eighteen years later in 1997, from almost exactly the same spot, Norman three putted in the playoff with Lee Westwood to lose the Open again.

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The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course)

Cheltenham Road
Black Rock, VIC, 3193
Australia

Region: 1. Melbourne Sandbelt

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course)

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is a 36 hole private members club located in the heart of the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt golf region. The West Course is regularly rated as the number one rated golf course in Australia (and was recently ranked number 6 in the world) and was designed by world renowned golf course architect Dr Alistair MacKenzie. The natural peaks and troughs in the terrain have been used to maximum benefit with strategically designed and memorable holes throughout.

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is continually rated as the number 1 golf course in Australia and has been as high as number 5 in the world. It is the most recognised golf course on the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt.

There are a number of key features of Royal Melbourne - tea tree scrub lining the fairways and catching any errant shots, cavernous bunkers surrounding most greens and also placed strategically on most fairways to catch a slightly wayward drive and lightning fast greens that give up their fair share of 3 putts.The golf club boasts 36 holes comprising of the East and West courses. The 18 hole composite course comprises 6 holes from the East Course and 12 holes from the West Course all contained within the one boundary.

The West Course forms the majority of holes contained within the main boundaries of the golf course aside from 4 holes (13 to 16) which are played across the road in an adjoining property. The par 5 holes are not long and all are reachable in two for the longer hitters. The difficulty of these holes is not so much in the length of the holes but rather the harsh penalties which exists for a less than perfectly struck shot.

The style of the holes is similar and MacKenzie has used the peaks and troughs in the slope of the land to maximum benefit. The course is not hilly by any stretch of the imagination however additional challenges are created on selected uphill approach shots. Both courses at Royal Melbourne consists of the full gamut of golf holes - strategic short par 4 holes measuring less than 300 metres (similar to another MacKenzie masterpiece - Cypress Point), classic par 3 holes with undulating putting surfaces, surrounding bunkers and local wind and reachable par 5 holes which reward precise shotmaking.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6030
Architect: Alister MacKenzie
Design Year: 1931
Top 100: 1

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 392m

A good open driving hole, this presents a wide area leading up to a big green with little danger. But it's a deceptive hole, with a hooked tee shot leading to danger in unplayable trees on the left. A deep trap on the right of the green, plus a grassy mound and deep rough on the left, makes it a little deceptive. A hard par four and not a lot of birdies.

2
Par 5, Length 439m

A fast sloping green stands between a par and a possible eagle as this hole can be reached in two. There's plenty of room for the drive and a long iron can put big hitters on the green if they carry the bunkers guarding the entrance to the hole. Hitting too far left will find some thick ti-tree or maybe heavy rough - or the deep bunker.

3
Par 4, Length 324m

This is a real birdie chance, with a good drive able to set up a comfortable approach pitch. But beware - the green slopes down over the back and it's easy to finish well past the pin. Bunkers on the left are dangerous, but it's an open approach.

4
Par 5, Length 430m

A tough hole that is a good par if achieved. The drive goes over a hill, with fairway bunkers looming for the short shot. A wood or long iron approach must be straight, as bunkers on either side of the green are trouble.

5
Par 3, Length 161m

Accuracy and the right choice of club makes this a superb par three hole. A middle iron is needed to cross a valley to the green, heavily fortified with bunkers. The fast green has a steep slope from front to back and is a tricky test.

6
Par 4, Length 391m

Rated as the most difficult green on the course, the early shots are crucial. A sharp dog leg makes it vital that the tee shot carries a minimum of 200-metres across dense rough and fairway traps, in order to leave the ball in the right position. The elevated green slopes towards the front and produces many three putts.

7
Par 3, Length 135m

A deceptively easy-looking hole where club selection is vital. The tee shot must be well-placed, with the narrow green and difficult undulations making long putts tough. It goes uphill from the tee, with plenty of bunkers, especially for those who over-shoot the green.

8
Par 4, Length 346m

The 8th Hole is a deceptive Par 4 that requires a well judged second shot, to a flat green, that slopes towards the back bunkers.

9
Par 4, Length 380m

The 9th Hole is a testing Par 4, uphill to the green, well bunkered on both sides.

10
Par 4, Length 279m

A tempting hole for the big hitters, especially if they attack the pin by cutting the corner. But that's where the danger is, as the sand bunker is huge and a miss can be penalised. It's short, but suits the disciplined players who go the right way around. But watch the long drivers tackle that corner!

11
Par 4, Length 416m

A deceptive hole that tempts the big hitters who challenge the fairway trap and rough on the left as they go direct. A second shot to a sloping green is a long haul and must be accurate, with bunkers guarding the entrance. A drive and a four iron can still produce many bogies.

12
Par 5, Length 435m

A lengthy fairway which requires a couple of long shots, especially off the tee where some early bunkers await the strong hitters. This modified par four becomes difficult into the northerly wind.

13
Par 3, Length 134m

The 13th Hole is a challenging short Par 3, with a pitched green making it difficult to get close to the pin.

14
Par 4, Length 335m

The 14th Hole is a very good Par 4 with the green sloping right to left, making it hard to get close to the pin.

15
Par 5, Length 427m

The 15th Hole is a short but tricky Par 5 which can be reached with an iron. The green slopes sharply to the front.

16
Par 3, Length 202m

An extremely tough Par 3 noted for its extensive bunkers and small green. Woods are often required from the tee, however don't overplay, lay up short to find an easier approach.

17
Par 4, Length 401m

Again two long shots are required, with the drive passing some bunkers on the left-hand side of the fairway. It's a tight driving hole and the second shot to a modified green needs a mid to short iron depending on the wind. Dangerous traps on the right make for a straight approach.

18
Par 4, Length 396m

This is a pleasant-looking hole, but full of danger. A dog-leg to the right means the drive must carry upwards and over 200-metres to present an approach shot from a downhill lie. The green looks awesome, well-protected by bunkers, but a good eight iron lobbed nicely will pay dividends.

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