Overview

Below the southern outskirts of one of the world’s most liveable cities are situated eight of the best golf courses in Australia, known as the famous Melbourne Sandbelt. You have the opportunity to play three of these amazing courses along with three others on the magnificent Mornington Peninsula, located only an hour's drive from Melbourne.  

Beginning your trip on the Mornington Peninsula, you will stay in the beautiful town of Sorrento where you will enjoy three rounds of golf on the finest courses in the region. Travelling on to Melbourne, you will stay in five-star luxury at The Langham Hotel while playing three of the prestigious Sandbelt courses.

This package includes:

-         3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Sorrento (twin share), including breakfast

-         6 nights’ accommodation at The Langham (twin share), Melbourne, including breakfast

-         3 rounds of golf on the Mornington Peninsula at The Dunes, Peninsula (North) and The National Golf Club (Moonah)

-         3 rounds of golf in Melbourne at The Royal Melbourne GC, The Metropolitan GC and Kingston Heath GC

-         Airport and golf transfers for the duration of your stay

Price on Application and subject to golfer numbers

We look forward to assisting you with this package.

GOLFSelect Travel Team

Itinerary Day-by-Day

Day 1
Flights Arrive Melbourne
Own arrangements
Notes Collect Hire Car
Pick up your hire car from Melbourne Airport and drive to the Mornington Peninsula.
Notes Hotel Check in
Check in to your accommodation at Hotel Sorrento in a Heritage View Room.
Accommodation
Hotel Sorrento   (Heritage View Room (twin share) with breakfast included.) 
Hotel Sorrento is the premier location on the Mornington Peninsula to eat, drink, sleep and relax. Whilst retaining the charm and elegance of a gracious 1871 heritage building, Hotel Sorrento offers contemporary award winning bars, accommodation, conference facilities and restaurant. Hotel Sorrento's staff and luxury surrounds create a warm and sociable atmosphere ensuring remarkable service and extraordinary experiences every time.
Day 2
Car Drive to Golf
Make the short 15 minute drive to golf.
Golf
The Dunes Golf Links (2 golfers with shared motorised cart) 
The Dunes Golf Links is in a links style and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the "Cups Country" of the Mornington Peninsula. The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm.
Car Return to Hotel
Following your round, head back to your hotel.
Accommodation
Hotel Sorrento   
Hotel Sorrento is the premier location on the Mornington Peninsula to eat, drink, sleep and relax. Whilst retaining the charm and elegance of a gracious 1871 heritage building, Hotel Sorrento offers contemporary award winning bars, accommodation, conference facilities and restaurant. Hotel Sorrento's staff and luxury surrounds create a warm and sociable atmosphere ensuring remarkable service and extraordinary experiences every time.
Day 3
Sights Day of sightseeing on the Mornington Peninsula
Accommodation
Hotel Sorrento   
Hotel Sorrento is the premier location on the Mornington Peninsula to eat, drink, sleep and relax. Whilst retaining the charm and elegance of a gracious 1871 heritage building, Hotel Sorrento offers contemporary award winning bars, accommodation, conference facilities and restaurant. Hotel Sorrento's staff and luxury surrounds create a warm and sociable atmosphere ensuring remarkable service and extraordinary experiences every time.
Day 4
Notes Hotel Check Out
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and settle up an incidentals.
Car Drive to Golf
Today, allow 30 minutes to drive to golf.
Golf
The National Golf Club (Moonah Course) () 
The National's Moonah Course was designed by Greg Norman and is set amongst rolling paddocks formerly part of the Gundabah pastoral property. The course is perfectly manicured and boasts some of the best fairways in Australia. The greens are also very true (and quick if you are putting from above the hole). The style of bunkering is what really defines the course.
Car Drive to Melbourne
Following today's round, drive to The Langham Hotel in Melbourne.
Accommodation
The Langham, Melbourne   (Deluxe River Room (twin share) including breakfast) 
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
The Royal Melbourne GC (East Course) () 
The East Course at Royal Melbourne spreads itself over 3 different paddocks and as a result contains a series of holes which are different to its more famous cousin - the West Course. The generally flatter land still provides a selection of contrasting holes which fit together to form an enjoyable 18 hole selection.
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
Sights Free day to explore the many sites of Melbourne
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
Car Drive to Golf
Allow approximately 30 minutes to drive to golf.
Golf
Peninsula Kingswood CGC (North) () 
The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club enjoys a reputation as one of the premier private golf clubs in Australia, with two golf courses highly ranked and club facilities of the highest standard available for members and guests. The renovated North course is designed to advantage those who plan their way around the course rather than simply "blaze away". It is not a long course, it is one that resists scoring by strategy rather than length. Several holes offer the player options that are affected by handicap, form, weather or the even state of the match. Choosing the correct option is the first key to unravelling this course.
Car Return to Hotel
Following your round, head back to your hotel.
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 8
Car Drive to Golf
Allow approximately 30 minutes to drive to golf.
Golf
Kingston Heath Golf Club (2 golfers with pull buggies) 
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.
Car Return to Hotel
Following your round, head back to your hotel.
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 9
Car Drive to Golf
Allow approximately 30 minutes to drive to golf.
Golf
The Royal Melbourne GC (West Course) (2 golfers with pull buggies) 
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.
Car Return to Hotel
Following your round, head back to your hotel.
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 10
Notes Hotel Check Out
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and settle up an incidentals.
Notes Return Hire Car
Return your hire car to Melbourne Airport prior to your departing flight.

Golf Courses

Kingston Heath Golf Club

Kingston Road
Cheltenham, VIC, 3192
Australia

Region: 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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Peninsula Kingswood CGC (North)

Skye Road
Frankston, VIC, 3199
Australia

Region: Melbourne Sandbelt

Peninsula Kingswood CGC (North)

The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club enjoys a reputation as one of the premier private golf clubs in Australia, with two golf courses highly ranked and club facilities of the highest standard available for members and guests. The renovated North course is designed to advantage those who plan their way around the course rather than simply "blaze away". It is not a long course, it is one that resists scoring by strategy rather than length. Several holes offer the player options that are affected by handicap, form, weather or the even state of the match. Choosing the correct option is the first key to unravelling this course.

The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club is located at the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and, as its name suggests, is a country club with full accommodation and restaurant facilities. Additionally there are a number of grass and synthetic tennis courts, a bowling rink and some great outdoor areas just to relax. But what about the golf?

Peninsula offers 36 holes of golf in the form of North and South courses. The courses complement one another well - the South is a championship course longer, flatter and more open than the North. The North on the other hand is a tighter course, more pronounced in its undulations and there are more trees to catch the wayward shot.

The North course has undergone a major redevelopment under the watchful eye of Mike Clayton, former Tour player and now respected golf course architect. Ball catching bunkering, sandy wastelands and more pronounced putting surfaces have combined to form a course that is a very tough challenge and far superior to the old layout.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6097
Architect: Sloan Morpeth, Mike Clayton (2003)
Design Year: 1969

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 329m

The first is a relatively short par four with a second shot played uphill to the two-tiered green. Off the tee there are three significant hazards to be taken into consideration. First, a huge bunker to the left of the drive that influences drives of up to a couple of hundred meters. Another bunker built into the hill on the right can be carried with a 250 metre tee shot but a player trying that shot and hooking will reach the clump of swamp paperbark trees on the left. Anything in there is unplayable so the sensible play is to play up alongside the right bunker and approach from there.

2
Par 3, Length 161m

Playing Tip This par three plays across a beautiful valley to a green set in the opposite hill. Based loosely on the principles of the magnificent fifth at Royal Melbourne West, the player must hit a perfectly flighted middle to long iron to find the green. I suggest taking an "extra" club as this hole is all carry.

3
Par 5, Length 479m

Here is a medium length par five where the driver should be aimed down the left side of the fairway to open up the perfect line to the flag. Two fairway bunkers guard that left side and the green angles from the front left corner around to the back right edge. Those straying too far right with the second are left with a difficult pitch across the deep greenside bunker. Don't be fooled by all the room to the right, many times the best play is to lay back with an iron down the left aimed at the bunker short of the green as that will often open up the best approach to the cup.

4
Par 4, Length 374m

The key to the tee shot here is the big bunker embedded into the hill on the right of the fairway. The longer hitters can carry the bunker but most need to hit left. Often the second is blind but the bunker to the right is well away from the surface of the putting green so a miss just to the right leaves a simple chip. Those attacking the flag and missing left will find a deep bunker.

5
Par 5, Length 447m

This is a short par five where the perfect drive is fired into a narrow valley. A single bunker sits into the hill on the left and trees cover the hill on the right. The hole turns left from there and the perfect line for the second is across the bunker 60 meters short of the green on the left of the fairway. Shots sliding to the right across the fairway leave the player with a more difficult pitch across the greenside bunker. Similar to the third, a shorter second shot to the correct position is better than a longer one that goes off line to the right.

6
Par 4, Length 309m

Interesting short holes are an important part of every course and this one provides every player with a number of options. Three huge bunkers face the player and their diagonal formation gives choice of line that can vary by almost sixty meters. For those not wishing to carry the sand there are two choices. Either they can play to the right and down to the corner of the dogleg or fly up the alternate fairway cut to the left of the bunkers. Those playing left must carry the bunkers with the second but not the greenside bunker which will have to be negotiated by those playing to the right. When standing on the tee, you have to be thinking of your preferred second shot.

7
Par 3, Length 163m

A downhill par three to a large green surrounded by four bunkers. The front of the long green can be reached with a short iron but when it plays its longest in the winter it can be as much as a five iron to the back for a scratch player. Even though it looks like an island amongst the bunkers, the green is bigger than it appears.

8
Par 4, Length 351m

The tee shot here offers some options for all levels of players. The longest can fly all the way across the left-side bunkers that dominate the shot. For the rest, the line is to their right and the shorter hitters must ensure they play far enough to the right to avoid falling down the slope and into the left rough. There are no bunkers around the green but the contours reject most balls fired at its edges. Short is better than left, right or long.

9
Par 4, Length 385m

The longest par four on the front nine bends from left to right and for those not confident of curving the shot the line is often across the corner trees. The green is wide and relatively shallow with two bunkers -one in the front guarding the right pin placement and one at the back ready to catch the shot fired long and left. The line of the back bunker angles away from the back of the green as it stretches across to the right giving some relief to those flying over the front bunker at the right hand pin placement.

10
Par 4, Length 400m

Another of the courses longer fours with a fairway bunker waiting for the drive fired to the right. The green is set above the fairway and it demands a well played long second to find the target. The deepest bunker on the course cuts into the left edge of the green and large but shallower bunker stretches along the right side of the green. Play this one conservatively and according to your handicap, it can be a score wrecker!

11
Par 4, Length 355m

A medium length, two-shot hole where the tee shot must avoid two bunkers - one down the left side and another much further down on the right. The green has a 'false front' that must be carried if the ball is to finish on the correct level and the green. The green is designed to be approached from the right so the ideal tee-shot is aimed straight at, but finishing short of, the right-hand fairway bunker.

12
Par 4, Length 370m

The feature of this hole - one of the best fours on the course - is the hogs backed fairway that makes this the most difficult tee shot on the course. A sandy waste runs along the left side of the landing area and the green sits on top of the hill right at the high point of the back nine. Again, this hole can quickly ruin a promising scorecard so don't get overly ambitious.

13
Par 4, Length 309m

This is another short par four with several options from the tee and one where strategy is rewarded over strength. The green angles from left to right and, as such, favours those approaching from the left extremity of the fairway. A bunker some 240 meters from the tee is placed precisely where you want to drive so the reward goes to those who challenge the sand. When the flag is in the back right of the two-tiered green, it makes for an approach difficult in the extreme if the player has driven anywhere right of the centre of the fairway. This is a short hole but don't be fooled into thinking it is easy. The rewards go to those who pick the right options and then execute the necessary shots.

14
Par 3, Length 154m

A par three with a wide green and a false front that rejects anything short. A front left bunker makes the shot to the back left pin difficult but the false edge that winds around the right edge of the green makes for a shot no less difficult. Two bunkers cut into the hill at the back of the green but both are only in play if the player has made a serious error of judgment.

15
Par 5, Length 528m

This is a long par five with a tee shot played over a ridge to an unseen landing area. From there the player must either carry the bunker cut into the left edge of the fairway about eighty meters short of the green. To fly that hazard is to open up the preferred line to the green that has a large bunker at the front right of the green. Those playing to the right of the fairway bunker have a wide fairway to hit to but the further right one flies the more difficult the shot to the flag.

16
Par 3, Length 148m

This is the only par three that sets up to really reward the player who can bend the ball from left to right. It is not long but, obviously, the back right flag is difficult to get near because the huge bunker at the front must be negotiated.

17
Par 5, Length 521m

The par five bends left and the longer hitters need to hit a hook from the tee or fly up over the trees on the left of the hole. The second shot is usually blind but the bunkers by the green are out of reach for those who cannot see them. The green opens up from the left of the hole so the best plan is to fire the second down that side.

18
Par 4, Length 355m

The final hole is a dogleg to the left with a bunker cut into the hill at the corner of the dogleg. The longest hitters can carry the bunker but most must fly to the right. Obviously the closer one plays to the sand the shorter the pitch to the green. A bunker cuts across the front left of the green and when the pin is cut into that side of it the approach needs to be perfectly judged.

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The Royal Melbourne GC (East Course)

Cheltenham Road
Black Rock, VIC, 3193
Australia

Region: Melbourne Sandbelt

The Royal Melbourne GC (East Course)

The East Course at Royal Melbourne spreads itself over 3 different paddocks and as a result contains a series of holes which are different to its more famous cousin - the West Course. The generally flatter land still provides a selection of contrasting holes which fit together to form an enjoyable 18 hole selection.

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. 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 East Course crosses the road on 2 separate occasions and the "paddocks" across the road from the main part of the course are generally less hilly.

The style of holes are similar-the gaping bunkers, lightning fast greens, combination of short and long par 4 holes however the tree species features a number of eucalyptus trees which give the course a sort of country flavour in addition to the more populous tea tree which flanks most fairways.

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.

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.

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Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6030
Architect: Alex Russell
Design Year: 1932
Top 100: 8

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 304m

A deceptive hole, short with a big fairway trap, but a real birdie chance. Players need to drive left or centre, with a fairway trap guarding the right side and a steep hill running into deep rough for tee shots hooked too far left. The small fast-sloping green is stepped and guarded by deep bunkers at the entrance.

2
Par 4, Length 402m

A long-driving hole with a different approach. Accuracy is required off the tee to navigate the dog leg and then a deceptive hill up to the hole often leaves players short. The green is guarded by bunkers along the right fairway and on the left of the green.

3
Par 4, Length 350m

A deceptive hole; short for a par four, but an accurate iron is recommended off the tee as the target area is small. The green is guarded on both sides by sand traps, but a good eight iron can set up a birdie chance. A trough from the centre of the green running right can be a problem.

4
Par 3, Length 184m

Par threes often present a little relief from long driving, but not this one. A wood is often used off the tee, firing up to an elevated green, where it's hard to judge the distance. A straight shot can avoid a couple of huge bunkers, especially on the left.

5
Par 4, Length 317m

The 5th Hole is a short Par 4. After a blind drive you require a lofted, well judged short shot to a green that slopes downward to the back of the green.

6
Par 3, Length 160m

The 6th Hole is a tricky Par 3 surrounded by bunkers that require precise club selection. The green has many deceptive slopes.

7
Par 5, Length 475m

The 7th Hole is a long Par 5 with bunkers along the right hand side. This green can be reached in two, given the right conditions.

8
Par 4, Length 396m

This is a long par 4 and the main danger with this hole is to miss the green on the right hand side.

9
Par 4, Length 350m

The 9th Hole is a demanding short Par 4. The drive is tight and the second shot, with approximately an 8 iron, is to a very narrow green, surrounded by difficult bunkers.

10
Par 5, Length 457m

A good driving hole where there is room in the left for the average golfer from where he can lay up short of the fairway bunkers. The low marker may wish to carry the drive bunkers to set up a long second shot at the two tierd green. Such a drive must beware the out of bounds on the right. Leave all approaches under the hole to leave an uphill putt.

11
Par 4, Length 329m

The 11th Hole is a short dog-leg Par 4, wide open driving hole to a very narrow sloping green.

12
Par 4, Length 412m

The 12th Hole is a long Par 4 which sometimes requires two woods. The second shot needs to be accurate.

13
Par 3, Length 135m

The 13th Hole is a beautiful short Par 3 with a sloping green. Well bunkered and requires good club selection.

14
Par 4, Length 393m

The 14th Hole is a demanding dog-leg Par 4 that requires a precise long iron second shot to an elevated green.

15
Par 4, Length 277m

This short Par 4 can be birdied with a well judged lofted second shot. The green has a slope throughout the middle making it a true Par 4.

16
Par 3, Length 151m

The 16th Hole is a long difficult Par 3, well bunkered with a ridge running through the middle of the green.

17
Par 5, Length 520m

One for the attacking golfers, with the barrier of fairway bunkers forcing the decision to go long twice or lay up short and approach with a sand iron. It's an open driving hole, but accuracy is needed, with all the emphasis on the choice of the second shot, with those traps neatly placed to catch the wrong decision-makers.

18
Par 4, Length 395m

A great way to finish, with a long hole, but offering the accurate hitters a birdie chance to sign off with. The long drivers still need a big second shot, but the green is large and inviting once you pass over the fairway bunkers. The green is surrounded by traps with some rough in front and the entry is nice and narrow.

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The Royal Melbourne GC (West Course)

Cheltenham Road
Black Rock, VIC, 3193
Australia

Region: Melbourne Sandbelt

The Royal Melbourne GC (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!

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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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The Dunes Golf Links

Browns Road
Rye, VIC, 3941
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

The Dunes Golf Links

The Dunes Golf Links is in a links style and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the "Cups Country" of the Mornington Peninsula. The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm.

The Dunes Golf Links is a great links style course on the Mornington Peninsula and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the "Cups Country" of the Mornington Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula is fast becoming Australia's answer to the Monterey Peninsula of California or South Carolina also in the USA. The large number of courses in the region make it a real golfing getaway.

The 18 holes Dunes Championship course is a tough test for all standards of golfer, especially when subjected to the elements (which is generally the case). The Cups 9 hole course is a more relaxed par 33 layout designed to attract the casual golfer.

The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm. Wind is a real factor at The Dunes and slightly errant shots are exaggerated by the wind's presence, leaving a more difficult approach, or in many cases, a chip out of complete trouble. 

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6409
Architect: Tony Cashmore
Design Year: 1997
Top 100: 19

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 409m

This hole is a mid length par 4 whereby keeping a line left of the distant cypress trees, you can cut the corner off the fairway.

2
Par 4, Length 365m

The second shot on this hole is at least one more club than the yardage would suggest, and into the wind possibly two or three more clubs.

3
Par 3, Length 135m

Play this shot straight at the pin, don't go left and right.

4
Par 4, Length 310m

This short par 4 has plenty of room to the left with the drive, however a drive played left will leave a difficult second shot. The best line is straight over the bunkers.

5
Par 5, Length 473m

Don't let the dune put you off on this par 5. The carry is only 140 metres from the back tee to a big wide valley. The best line is directly over the white stone.

6
Par 3, Length 193m

This par 3 has a large green and down wind plays a short 200 metres. The best line for this hole is down the left edge.

7
Par 5, Length 477m

This is the last of the blind drive holes. Drive over the hill into the huge valley which leaves a big bail out area for the second shot to the right. Playing this line however will leave you with a tough pitch.

8
Par 4, Length 392m

Off the tee hit as far as possible.

9
Par 4, Length 376m

This part 4 has a big dogleg to the left, so aim just to the right of the fairway bunkers.

10
Par 4, Length 340m

A long drive over the bunker will leave you with a beautiful second shot.

11
Par 4, Length 300m

On this short par 4, the bunkers on the dune can be carried if the wind direction is right.

12
Par 5, Length 502m

This par 5 is the longest hole on the course with a tough dog leg to the right. A long drive down the centre will open up the hidden green through the wasteland.

13
Par 3, Length 160m

This hole plays long into the wind with more room at the back left section of the green than what appears.

14
Par 4, Length 354m

Watch out for the second shot as it is longer than what the yardage would suggest on this par 4.

15
Par 5, Length 392m

Off the tee, keep left of the "six pack" fairway bunkers and carefully place your second shot. Also make special note of the reverse tier on the green.

16
Par 4, Length 419m

For this par 4, a drive left of centre will ensure a shorter and safer shot.

17
Par 3, Length 179m

A beautiful looking par 3 hole however if you intend missing the green (which none of us do!) miss it right.

18
Par 4, Length 409m

Aim just left of the slot in the dunes, and this will bring you to rest in a beautiful wide valley.

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The National Golf Club (Moonah Course)

Cups Drive
Cape Schanck, VIC, 3939
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

The National Golf Club (Moonah Course)

The National's Moonah Course was designed by Greg Norman and is set amongst rolling paddocks formerly part of the Gundabah pastoral property. The course is perfectly manicured and boasts some of the best fairways in Australia. The greens are also very true (and quick if you are putting from above the hole). The style of bunkering is what really defines the course.

The National Golf Club is a 54 hole private members' golf club, providing three distinct golfing challenges (Old Course, Moonah Course and Ocean Course). The three courses have been designed by 3 of the world's leading golf architects - Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Peter Thomson. As such the 3 courses, although located very closely to one another, offer the golfer a range of golfing experiences.

The Moonah Course was open for play in October 2000 and is a design by Greg Norman. It has a well deserved Australian course ranking of 8 and is set amongst rolling paddocks formerly part of the Gundabah pastoral property. Norman has done a great job with the Moonah course and the combination of the 4 challenging par 3 holes, 14 par 4's ranging in length from 280 metres to over 420 metres and the four par 5 holes which meander through high valleys offer an enjoyable, if not challenging golf experience.

The Moonah Course is perfectly manicured and boasts some of the best fairways in Australia. The greens are also very true (and quick if you are putting from above the hole). The style of bunkering is what really defines the course. The bunkers are generally unkempt with long, wispy grass framing the edges. They provide a style which is very suited to the general terrain that the Moonah Course is located in.

Plenty of good birdie opportunities exist in the first 13 holes however the finishing 5 holes can easily ruin an otherwise good score. Starting from the 14th hole (a long par 4 of over 420 metres) followed by the 15th (deceptively tricky par 5) and the monster 16th (again over 420 metres playing downhill and then uphill) the course has a slight breather with the 190 metre par 3 17th! but then provides a very tough finishing hole (par 4 of around 400 metres) where par is a good score.

But do not let the last 5 holes scare you too much. The course is scenic in its own way (no ocean views as it is laid out in the paddocks lower than the Old course) and is very cleverly laid out taking full advantage of the rolling "Cups" country that is perfect for golf courses and unique to this part of Australia.

The National, located on the Mornington Peninsula approximately 80 minutes from the city of Melbourne, is a must play for any keen golfer. All three courses are ranked in Australia's top 40 and there are some spectacular coastal views.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 76
Length (m): 6576
Architect: Greg Norman
Design Year: 2000
Top 100: 12

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 368m

Getting your ball on this very wide fairway should not be too difficult. All the trouble is around the green, which is not large and has some quite severe slopes. Attack the flag only if you are confident of nipping the ball otherwise the front of the green should be the target.

2
Par 5, Length 497m

A par five hole running to the north with an intriguing green set obliquely to the line of general play. Strategy for playing this hole will vary tremendously according to the power of the player and the wind conditions on the day. One thing is certain though. More pars and birdies will be made by a tee shot into the fairway, followed by an iron shot second to the heart of the fairway between the final framework of bunkers, located at pitching distance from the green, without succumbing to the temptation of attacking the green directly for two.

3
Par 4, Length 394m

A gem. This slight dog-leg left oozes natural appeal and was formed by nature, not a bulldozer. The tee shot is ideally played left of centre to receive favourable bounces and to shorten the journey. The second shot must be played with regard to the raw bunkering beyond the green. Putts from the front of the green are invariably slow.

4
Par 4, Length 401m

Already the course is clearly favoring the long hitter and the requirement is again laid out here. The tee shot if powerful affords a much easier second shot to a green where very obviously shots will feed to the left on landing. It is a great penalty to miss this green in regulation on a target specific mission.

5
Par 3, Length 150m

An unusual hole across the top of a ridge. The tee shot must be played with precision to control direction in prevailing cross winds. To miss the target left is a likely disaster. To miss right affords some prospect of a par.

6
Par 4, Length 364m

A challenging short par four where accuracy reaps rewards. A must hit fairway since it is a most difficult green to find from rough or fairway bunkers. The firm green will only reward a soft approach (unless headwinds prevail). Perhaps the most challenging greenside bunkering in the state.

7
Par 5, Length 511m

A piece of pure links beauty and challenge. The teeshot is framed by the deceptively deep bunkers. A rear pin placement will favour running approach shots, to a green which is about 3-4 clubs in depth. The aggressive play is to take on the left fairway bunker and enjoy the added distance of landing the drive on the down slope to set up a birdie.

8
Par 3, Length 140m

An elevated, exposed par three with the question asked about precise ball striking from the tee. Three distinct pin locations on the green provide variation and challenge along with a test of putting prowess. A shot left short, or one which finds the deep bunkers front right, prohibits recovery for par.

9
Par 4, Length 313m

A semi blind tee shot is particularly challenging for shorter hitters who play to the heavily contoured narrower section of fairway. If hit strongly and left of centre the successful drive will leave a basic pitch to a firm yet fair green where contours can assist the skilful in birdie production.

10
Par 4, Length 374m

A strong drive is required to maximize run on the fairway downslope. The true links style amphitheatre around the concave green feeds approach shots towards the centre. If the second shot is simply played to the centre of this challenging green the golfer will consistently reap reward.

11
Par 4, Length 359m

Teeshot plays to a plateau. Choose approach club carefully to avoid bunkers, and out-of-bounds, on the back right. If the approach to the green is being played from a short drive, height and carry are a premium on the shot to control existing contours and to obtain benefit from the land.

12
Par 5, Length 532m

Length appears to be the only issue on first sighting. The hole is in fact a test of placement too with birdies and pars set up by being left of centre in the fairway after two shots. Again the powerful player has the edge, but the patient consistent player is in with a chance too.

13
Par 3, Length 170m

A hole where luck will intervene. For best results play the tee shot to the right of the pin on all occasions other than fierce winds to the contrary. Soft landing tee shots receive the best treatment on a hole that few will prevail over.

14
Par 4, Length 422m

The drive to a wide and down sloping fairway affords an improved angle for those who can place the shot left of centre. The second shot offers great advantage for those capable of elevating the approach from the downhill lie. On the green itself most approaches will be gathered by the concave surface.

15
Par 5, Length 524m

Stay right to avoid the penal grass, which runs the length of the leftside fairway, forming a dog-leg of rough for second shot (for long hitters only). The approach can be engineered to finish close to the target if the slopes on the green can be used to good effect.

16
Par 4, Length 447m

Great driving hole. Attack with second shot club selection. Shots hit short to green will feed to four deep bunkers left of green. Contours at back of green are favourable. The fairway bunkers are among the deepest on the course and must be avoided at all costs.

17
Par 3, Length 204m

Wind consideration is important from sheltered tees. Shots landing in front will kick forward from the downslope. Loss of direction here is tough to recover from so play to the left half of the green with a positive shot and enjoy the result.

18
Par 4, Length 412m

The drive played to the left half of the fairway will run into an up slope where little run is available. An arrow up the middle and another to the deceptively narrow green is the best play. The deep green will send most approaches to it?s centre and is around three clubs in length.

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