In the southern outskirts of Melbourne, is a rich vein of sandy loam subsoil upon which are situated the best golf courses in Australia known throughout the world, as the famous Melbourne Sandbelt. To the south east you will find the Mornington Peninsula, a wonderful holiday destination famous for its stunning beaches, fabulous wineries and of course its exceptional golf. This 9-night package includes 7 rounds of golf split between both destinations as well as 3 nights accommodation at the newly completed Intercontinental Sorrento and 6 nights accommodation at The Langham hotel in Melbourne.
Flexible dates as required
9 nights, 7 games
3 nights at Intercontinental Sorrento and 6 nights at The Langham, Melbourne.
7 games of golf (all including pull buggy) at:
The National (includes cart)
The Dunes (includes cart)
The Metropolitan GC
Kingston Heath GC
Royal Melbourne West GC
Europcar rental, Mid sized SUV with unlimited km. Pick up/drop off at Melbourne Airport.
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Region: Melbourne Sandbelt
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A solid drive will leave a short iron or pitch but it’s a dangerous gamble as your first shot of the day. The more conservative play with a long iron or hybrid will avoid most of the trouble but leave the more difficult mid iron to an elevated green. If in doubt, playing a little left with your approach takes advantage of a handy backstop, funnelling the ball back onto the putting surface.
One of the most picturesque holes on the North, the shot across the valley to a green set into a large dune has some similarities to the famous 5th hole on Royal Melbourne’s West Course. The most important yardage here is to the front edge of the green, and the dilemma when the greens are firm is deciding how close to flirt with it. Land just a few feet short and your ball will finish at the bottom of the slope some 30 metres from the green. Play too boldly and you’ll be lucky to hold the green.
An aggressive drive and the reward is a shorter shot and full view of the green, but a bad swing and you can easily find either of the left bunkers or worse still, end up playing another. Laying up further back in the fairway takes full advantage of the wide fairway, but the view to the green and the short hazards will be blind.
The tee shot on the 4th must be threaded between the sandy waste on the left and bunkers down the right. It looks much narrower and more difficult than it actually is, and for shorter hitters, the fairway is at least 40m wide, only narrowing where the longer hitters drive their ball. The new green here is receptive to running shots played out to the right, with slopes helping shoulder a ball toward the middle of the green. Only when the flag is tucked in the left corner does the player need to take the more attacking line directly over the bunker.
The tee shot on the 5th is like no other on the sandbelt; a thrilling drive through a valley with steep banks on either side. The fairway is wider both short and long of the valley making for an interesting decision from the tee. This par five is easily reachable for those who can drive beyond the valley but for those needing an extra shot or two, its best to hug the left side of the fairway for an easier pitch to the green. To the right the fairway drops off into a bowl leaving a difficult uphill pitch across a deep greenside bunker.
The 6th is the first of the drivable par fours on the North course and this one is somewhat unique for the sandbelt as it plays fairly steeply uphill. There are a multitude of options from the tee depending on how you feel on the day. Short of the bunkers, up the narrow tongue of fairway left, safely out to the right and away from the hazards, or attempt a thrilling drive across the sand. Each will result in a slightly different approach – sometimes easier or sometimes harder depending on the pin position of the day. The challenge is to figure out what works best for you.
The 7th is one of the highest parts of the property and among the most picturesque tee shots on the North course. Aiming for the widest part of the green on the right is generally the best play here with only the bravest (or silliest) taking dead aim when the pin is tucked in the left corner. Surrounded by deep bunkers and a cavernous hollow over the back, anywhere on the dance floor is often a great result here.
Many of the world’s great short par fours feature a penal hazard which one must flirt with to gain an advantage, and here we find perhaps the biggest, deepest, angriest hazard on the course. There is an abundance of fairway to the right but the angle into the green makes for a more difficult pitch from here. In the right conditions, some will choose to try and carry all the trouble to finish on or around the green and leave a relatively simple up and down for birdie. For those who can’t make that sort of carry, a small bump just right of the big hazard can help funnel a running ball further around to the left, leaving a fairly straight forward pitch.
The 9th begins the most difficult stretch of holes on the North. This long par four has been stretched as part of the redesign and will require your best two shots to find the green. The best line off the tee is close to the sand down the right, leaving a slightly more friendly angle into the green.
Back to back strong par fours at 9 and 10 and here we have one of the narrowest and most difficult tee shots to boot! This green is loosely based on a “redan”, a design concept where the putting surface tips from front to back and right to left and tends to reward those who can bounce or run the ball into the green. The most difficult pins here are at the front where the player must land their shot well short and on a small flat spot close to the bunkers on the right. From the very back tees, this hole measures 465 metres…so can be played as a par five on occasions for members or the strongest of par fours in tournament play.
A long sandy waste up the left and a cluster of bunkers at around 240 metres on the right generally takes the driver out of the hands of the longer hitters. The approach plays to one of our favourite greens on the property. The smart play is to land short with a running shot and allow the contours to funnel the ball towards the middle of the green.
The “hogsback” is a wonderful feature in golf course design and, whilst not that common in Australia, we are lucky to have a few within a few hundred metres of each other…one here, another on the 8th South and then again next door at Long Island on their fabulous 8th hole. The hogsback rises at around 210m from the tee and extends all the way to the green. Tee shots short of this are relatively simple as the fairway is wide and fairly flat but it leaves a long, difficult second. With a well struck driver or 3 wood, those wishing to take on the domed fairway will enjoy a significantly shorter second but the risks of finishing in rough or sand are high and a certain bogey awaits.
Much like the 12th hole, the tee shot here becomes riskier the more club you take. For most, the best play is a long iron or hybrid, with the angle a little better from the left side of the fairway than the right. The pitch can be a difficult one when the wind is gusting with deep bunkers on most sides and a putting surface tilted strongly from back right to front left.
The North course is blessed with some beautiful backdrops on the short holes, and this one, whilst the flattest is no exception, surrounded by an amazing expanse of heath and sand. A lot has changed here since I first joined as a 15 year old. Back then, pine trees covered the hill behind the green and trees lined both sides of the hole. There was little in the way of any heathland or sand, and the trees were so thick it was like someone had turned off the lights as you walked down the fairway. With careful tree removal and some encouragement of the heathland plants and grasses which originally covered much of the site, we were able to return this ground to what it once was and give the 14th its unique look.
A largely blind tee shot plays over a ridge which runs across the fairway, but it opens up a great looking second. There is some nice visual trickery at play with the second shot as the bunker on the corner of the dogleg merges with greenside bunkers and those around the 9th green, making it appear like there is more trouble (and less room) than there actually is. The best line is over the bunker on the dogleg which opens up an easier approach, especially when the pin is tucked in the right corner.
The 16th is best played left to right. The safe play is a little left of centre where a small mound helps nudge a ball towards the middle of the green. The most difficult pin is far right and over the large bunker. To get close, one must take dead aim over all the trouble
At 550 metres, the penultimate hole is the longest on the property and is a legitimate three shot hole for practically everyone. Two huge bunkers guard the preferred line from the tee and the reward for playing over these is a clear view of the green and a much shorter shot. The green is a tricky one with the hollow at the front difficult to see from the fairway and easy to hit into, making for a difficult up and down. Bogeys are plentiful from down here!
The tee shot at the last gives no hint to what lies around the corner…perhaps the most photogenic approach on the property, with the green sitting at the base of a huge natural amphitheater and framed by bunkers and heath. The longest hitters will try and drive the corner bunker and leave a short pitch, but plenty of trouble awaits anything off-line. I quite like playing a shorter tee shot with a 3 or 4 iron. The slopes help funnel the ball close to the corner bunker and it eliminates virtually all risk and leaves an 8 or 9 iron with a great angle when the pin is over on the right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A long dogleg left plays all of its length. The hole requires two good shots to reach the large green in two.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 9th Hole is a testing Par 4, uphill to the green, well bunkered on both sides.
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!
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.
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.
The 13th Hole is a challenging short Par 3, with a pitched green making it difficult to get close to the pin.
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.
The 15th Hole is a short but tricky Par 5 which can be reached with an iron. The green slopes sharply to the front.
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.
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.
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.
Victoria Golf Club is, in many ways, similar to its neighbour Royal Melbourne. Its layout challenges players of all standards - deep bunkers catch errant shots both at the greenside and off the tee and the greens can be lightning fast. Victoria has hosted a number of major tournaments including the 2010-2011 Masters, 2002 Australian Open, multiple Victorian Opens and other National tournaments.
Victoria Golf Club is, in many ways, similar to its neighbour Royal Melbourne. Thick tea tree lines most fairways, deep bunkers catch errant shots both at the greenside and off the tee and the greens can be lightning fast.
Victoria has hosted a number of major tournaments including the 2010-2011 Masters, 2002 Australian Open, multiple Victorian Opens and other National tournaments.
The course has a number of interesting features, namely two driveable par 4s (1st and 15th), back to back par 5s (8th and 9th and 17th and 18th) and in the middle some strong par 4 holes.
The short first hole, creates a birdie expectation from your first tee shot and this can often put more pressure on the golfer than if this hole came midway through the round. A short hole does not automatically guarantee a good score and whilst there are plenty of birdies on this hole there are also a fair share of bogies.
The 17th and 18th holes provide a chance to claw back lost shots during the round but only if the wind is blowing in a favourable direction. The 18th, in particular, is reachable in two and the large, flat putting surfaces gives up a large number of birdies and even eagles.
A well-hit tee shot could skip between bunkers and roll to a stop very close to the flagstick. Any tee shot landing short will either bounce into sand or require a deft high pitch to an undulating putting surface.
Aiming left of the 3 fairway bunkers makes sense on this hole; however, long tee shots often run through the fairway into trouble. When the tee markers are forward a three wood is a good selection.
A difficult par four, with bunkers on the both sides of the fairway which will snare any shot that strays from the tees. About 160 metres from the back of the right fairway bunker to a green with a narrow opening.
A tightly bunkered one-shotter to a heavily sloping green, protected by gaping bunkers. Most balls finish short on this hole in the front bunker.
Playing this hole at its full length means the fairway bunker is out of reach for most players. A left to right second shot is the best option if the green is within range.
A difficult par four which needs a long and straight tee shot to avoid thick trees on the right and sand on the left. From the start of the first bunker on the left there are about 190 metres to the centre of a heavily trapped green.
A challenging par three. Usually a shot hit to the left of the green will bounce and swing to the centre of the putting surface. A deep bunker guards the right-hand side of the green.
Long hitters find a very narrow landing area on the 8th, however the temptation is always there as the green is reachable in two shots.
Players capable of carrying the hill with their second shots enjoy a huge advantage on this hole. For many players four shots are needed. Fairway bunkers are severe on both sides.
Bend your tee shot to the left on this par four to avoid deep bunkers at the corner of this slight dog-leg. From here the second shot is about 125 metres from a bushy tree at the right of the fairway to an elevated and well bunkered green.
A difficult two-shotter, through an avenue of trees slightly to the right, with lots of trouble along that side of the fairway. The second shot is slightly uphill to a heavily trapped and tricky green.
At its full length this hole is best played as a par 5 by most golfers. From the forward markers in favourable conditions the fairway bunkers can be carried reducing the hole to a wedge second.
This par four requires a tee shot hit over a crest, with a second shot from a downhill lie. The bunker at the right of the fairway is some 185 metres to a ridge on the green.
This par three is the easiest hole on the course (in theory) and should bring some breathing space. However, it requires difficult uphill play to a heavily trapped green that contains many vicious rolls. A difficult short hole.
A very short par four that can be reached in one with a tee shot aimed right of centre. The ball will kick left from there towards the green. There are trees on the right and a stray shot will also be snared by bunkers along the left.
A par three which is usually affected by the wind. The conditions will determine a long iron or a wood which must be struck uphill boldly to avoid trouble all around the green.
A dog-leg par five which curves to the right and requires three good hits to a very fast putting surface with a tricky borrow. Avoid the fairway bunkers on both sides, the closest of which is some 140 metres to the left-hand side of the green.
This par five offers the golfer the chance to finish with a birdie four. However, strategically placed bunkers catch many tee and second shots. The green falls sharply from right to left and may require several putts.
Region: Mornington Peninsula
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.
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.
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.
Play this shot straight at the pin, don't go left and right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Off the tee hit as far as possible.
This part 4 has a big dogleg to the left, so aim just to the right of the fairway bunkers.
A long drive over the bunker will leave you with a beautiful second shot.
On this short par 4, the bunkers on the dune can be carried if the wind direction is right.
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.
This hole plays long into the wind with more room at the back left section of the green than what appears.
Watch out for the second shot as it is longer than what the yardage would suggest on this par 4.
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.
For this par 4, a drive left of centre will ensure a shorter and safer shot.
A beautiful looking par 3 hole however if you intend missing the green (which none of us do!) miss it right.
Aim just left of the slot in the dunes, and this will bring you to rest in a beautiful wide valley.
The National's Ocean Course opened for play on 26 December 2000 and is a classic Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett design. Many Thomson courses include links style pot bunkers placed strategically in the middle of fairways tempting the golfer to go for it (and be rewarded if successful) or lay up (and face a longer shot in for your approach). The Ocean is no exception and many of the green surrounds also are framed by this style of bunker.
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 Ocean Course, whilst located next to the Moonah Course, is a complete contrast to its neighbour. The course, opened for play on December 26, 2000, is a classic Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett design. Many Thomson courses include links style pot bunkers placed strategically in the middle of fairways tempting the golfer to go for it (and be rewarded if successful) or lay up (and face a longer shot in for your approach). The Ocean is no exception and many of the green surrounds also are framed by this style of bunker. The course is a gentler test than the Moonah with a number of short par 4's but still has its fair share of tougher holes.
The opening hole is a medium length par 5 played from the highest point in the course alongside the clubhouse. The view from the tee shows the layout of the course and hitting a good drive on this hole provides a realistic chance of hitting the green in 2. The split fairway tempts the big hitters to take the short line and be rewarded or play the more conservative route and less risky.
A number of greens on the Ocean provide a testing putting challenge as they contain severe slopes which can easily lead to a 3 putt (or worse). A good rule of thumb is better to be below the hole than above. A number of holes provide realistic birdie chances and in particular a few short par 4 holes (6th, 13th and 15th) offer the long hitter the chance to drive the green. But as is often the case with these types of holes if you go for it and fail you will be severely punished.
The tough 18th provides a finishing hole where par is a very good score. Played into the prevailing wind the 18th is over 400 metres with a tight driving area flanked by bunkers and a slight uphill approach shot. The multi million clubhouse stands ominously over the 18th hole and the happenings on the hole below provide a constant source of amusement for members in the clubhouse relaxing over a drink after their game.
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.
Choose either the high side or low side and drive confidently, as the green may be reachable in two if the wind is with you. Otherwise lay up to the 100 metre mark for your best option. The shot into the raised green must be full and bold, as the slope at the front catches the weaker shots, and sends them back down the hill.
Only the long hitters will be concerned about the fairway bunkers, so a drive at them or just right will leave you with the best approach. The green here is also set high, so once again be bold with the shot into the green, perhaps taking one more club, as any shot left or short may roll well back.
A par 3 is a good score here. A very hard green to hold if the pin is on the right, and two deep bunkers guard this side, so perhaps it is wiser to be left of centre, and if the green is missed, then it leaves an easier up and down for par.
You must not flirt with the quarry (unless playing the front tees with the wind behind). Left centre of the fairway is preferred for a longer but simpler approach. The green is unguarded but tricky, and it slopes from right to left.
If the conditions favour a carry over the fairway traps, do so and be rewarded with a short iron into an elevated green. A full approach to the heart of the green is required, as anything short or right will surely roll back, leaving a very difficult chip. The left side of the green may be the safer side to miss.
Avoid the fairway traps here. The wind direction may influence your decision to use driver or just an iron off the tee. Ideally your drive will leave you a mid iron to a green that slopes severely left to right. Be careful also of the deep hollow at the front of the green.
Stay just left of the fairway trap with the drive and the slope will sweep the ball long and left to the edge of the fairway. Difficult to reach in two, so lay up to the 100 metre mark. A bold full shot uphill to the difficult two tiered green is required. A par five here is a good score.
The safer line is the left half of the fairway. Only the bold long drivers will play down the right. A long second to a partly obscured green awaits. If you lay up, just short and right of the green will give you the easiest chip. Rated as very difficult, so a bogey is not that bad a score.
Long uphill shot to a tricky green. Better to miss on the right side for a slightly easier up and down. The bunkers on the left must be avoided as the green slopes away to the right. Also rated amongst the most difficult, so par is a good score here.
Plenty of room on the right side of the fairway, and if you catch the downslope, you may have a shot at reaching the raised green in two. If laying up, the right side is preferred for a better angle into the green.
A bold shot that carries to the heart or the back of the green is required. Short and left is to be avoided, as the ball will be swept away down the slope. Better to have a long putt from the back of the green than a difficult chip from off the green.
A long drive to the right half of the fairway sets up the best view and approach to the green. A big sand dune obscures your view of the green if you are too far left with the drive. The right half of the green is also preferred, as anything too far left may sweep off the putting surface.
The ideal drive will be in the right centre of the fairway on this straightforward looking short par four up the hill. The danger is in choosing the right club into the two tiered raised green, and the shot requires some nerve. It is open and exposed to the elements.
The middle of the green is the safest option here, no matter what the pin placement. The green is set high on a ridge, with the clubhouse in full view. Concentration is required, as any shot long or short will be punished.
Take in the panoramic view of the coastline, and then drive into the left of the fairway. The large undulating green is only visible from this side, and is set deep into the sand dunes. You can choose a low running approach, or a full shot with a short iron.
The fairway pot bunkers must be avoided, with the ideal line being down the left side. The green is raised and open to the elements, so caution is required. Whether you choose a low running pitch or a high full shot, you must play to the right side of the green, as everything sweeps from right to left.
A long confident shot into the right side of the fairway is required. From here, lay up into the bottom of the valley. Take heed of where the pin is placed though, as you may not be able to see the flag from down there. A bold, full shot is needed into the green, as anything short will come a long way back down the hill.
A daunting prospect here, with the clubhouse in sight, and your two very best shots are required to reach the green. The bail out area short and left of the green is quite wide, but leaves a tricky chip to a long narrow green. A par four will be a very satisfying finish to the round.
Region: Melbourne City and Suburbs
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.
The Continental has been the most famous landmark of Victoria’s sought-after seaside town of Sorrento since 1875. Retaining the beloved heritage character, the icon has been reimagined as a lifestyle precinct that brings a piece of luxury to everyone with a highly curated collection of experiences.
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GOLFSelect is strongly committed to assisting children who are not as fortunate as our own. We enjoy a very strong association with Door of Hope Australia Inc. This child-focused, non government organisation was established to help alleviate the suffering caused by poverty in developing nations. Their vision is that children in every nation will have access to education, clean water, nutrition, medical care, and protection from war, abuse and exploitation. As part of our association, a donation is provided to Door of Hope for every holiday that we organise on behalf of you, our client. We thank you for supporting this initiative and helping to make an important difference to those who do not always have a voice.
Our group has been embarking on annual golf trips for the past decade, and this one ranks among the very best. GOLFSelect played a vital role in bringing together 20 old friends from across the country of varying skill levels for an unforgettable three days filled with golf, camaraderie, and relaxation. I cannot express enough gratitude to Steven and GOLFSelect for their professionalism and dedication in ensuring that this experience was truly exceptional.
We had a wonderful holiday, Ireland is a place anyone would enjoy. The people a very friendly and the golf courses a beautifully presented & very playable. “ The Wild Atlantic Way “ is the name of the coastline in Northern Ireland & well worth driving this coast for the views that are to be seen. I Love Ireland
GOLFSelect is a first-class organization that provides access and travel arrangements to the top courses in Australia. In planning, Steven (our contact) was helpful and insightful. We worked with our schedule to make our outing a perfect golfing holiday, with some sightseeing on the side. We were granted access to the top private courses in Melbourne and Syndey, and treated like we were members. Staff at every club were friendly and welcoming, and even the members went out of their way to greet us and check on our experience. I recommend GOLFSelect to anyone looking for a premier golfing experience.
Having travelled with GOLFSelect on two occasions, I have been fortunate enough to have access to some of the best golf courses in the world. There is no one else I would trust more with organising my golfing holidays. Every detail is looked after, and nothing is too much trouble. They are a very professional company!
My Scotland/British Open 2018 golf trip was absolutely fantastic. It far exceeded my expectations! GOLFSelect’s service was impeccable… Gary, Maureen and Matt’s attention to every detail was top notch, taking care of our golf and accommodation arrangements, kept us all informed and happy, and were great fun as well. Our busdriver was bursting with local character and an added bonus! I’d happily recommend them to anyone wanting a first class golf adventure. I’ve already booked another trip with GOLFSelect, to Mauritius next year. Can’t wait! Natalie
Wow! What a great trip! From the moment we arrived, everything was perfect! The accommodations were stunning in each of our 3 spots. Gary, Matt, and Maureen took care of everything. No matter what we wanted to do- more unscheduled golf, sightseeing, or change in dining plans- they just made it happen. Seeing the British Open with GOLFSelect was incredible. We can not wait to plan another golf adventure with GOLFSelect. Would recommend GOLFSelect to anyone who wanted to a golf trip of a lifetime.
I was lucky enough to be part of GOLFSelect’s recent Scotland golfing trip, culminating in two days (including the final day) at The British Open at Carnoustie. Apart from the wonderful courses we played, and the thrill of seeing The Open, a highlight of the trip was the camaraderie amongst our group, most of whom did not know each other before the trip commenced. GOLFSelect’s logistics – both planning and execution – were first class; location selection (3 hotels across 13 nights), courses chosen, tee times, caddies, daily competetion, and mix and match of golfing companions. In short, for the keen golfer, a not to be missed experience.
On behalf of the entire group we thank you and GOLFSelect for a great trip and professional service. Everyday was full of fun, great golf and enjoyment.
We had no negatives and the courses and staff at the Clubs we visited were all outstanding.
The books and the welcome gift you kindly gave each of the tour members were well received and a big hit as all 3 courses plus Kingston Heath were included in the book.
Thanks for organising an awesome tour for us…everything went so well…the guys were very happy with the courses, the accommodation, the special inclusions (balls/tees/the book etc etc).
Glen did a great job with the coach transfers and it all made me look like I knew what I was doing, so that was good too!!
Hope to organise another trip before too long. Thanks again
We had a great time on our trip and enjoyed all the golf. Your service was excellent! I feel that you gave us the same consideration that you would give a large group, and I really appreciate that.
We appreciate your meeting us and enjoyed lunch very much.
Thank you for arranging for us to play Royal Melbourne West. It was so kind of you to go to that extra effort.
We will definitely recommend your service at any opportunity.
I have had feedback from most of our group and all, without exception, were full of praise for all the arrangements you had made for us.
The Cullen was an ideal location and very well featured. The golf courses and facilities were stunning, and enjoyed by all.
Hospitality at each was great and were made to feel very welcome. Lachie was excellent driving the bus and very accomodating when we were delayed by an extra beer at the end of a round.
Thanks to you for all your hard work and o
The golf trip was fantastic. The drivers were helpful, the courses were wonderful, the accommodation was fine and the transfers were fine.
We have already mapped out next years tour but no doubt Gary will be on to you about this.
I think GOLFSelect's service is wonderful. We just had a wonderful week. Thank you for all your help.
Would use you guys again and recommend you to anybody thinking of doing something similar.
Very happy customers! No improvements, just great and thank you for all your efforts on our behalf.
We really enjoyed our trip down under and appreciate the quality of the arrangements you made.
Really just a positive experience all around and full of great memories. We have several friends who we have spoken to about doing a golf trip down under and we will certainly refer them your way for arrangements.
Chris and I look forward to you visiting for a round with us on our home course so we can earn our money back!
Once again thanks for the wonderful memories and friendship.
We had an absolute ball. I can't thank you enough for help through out the whole booking process.
The transfers were very professional. As for the golf...Spectacular. Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, The Heritage, Woodland - they were all great.
I can only say thank you again for a great time as everyone of us a great time.
What a wonderful time we have had. We were met and taken to Millbrook and shown to the most fantastic villa with two huge bedrooms and 2 verandahs and magnificent views.
Surely we were up-graded! Golf at Millbrook was a delight.
We were so sad to leave the next day but Paul was there on time with our car & we were off to Jack's Point. The most stunning course. Thank you for organising this great prize. Trish and I felt very special.
What can I say about GOLFSelect? We keep coming back. This is the fifth trip I've been involved in (two Masters, Melbourne, Barbougle and New Zealand).
From a personal point of view, I was delighted and very grateful for your help and advice.
In the unlikely event that you need further references, tell potential clients to talk to me!
I just wanted to drop you a note of sincere thanks for arranging this trip and golf outings including the resort.
The selection of golf course was perfect and beyond what I had hoped for! Geoffrey and I had a blast and everything simply went as planned without a hitch.
Please consider me one of your most referenceable clients should you need any testimony to your skill in arranging such trips.
Again, thanks for a purely enjoyable time!
We had a great trip thanks to GOLFSelect. The golf courses were all in good condition, the receptions were warm and friendly and there was not a weak course amongst them.
Our favourites were Royal Dornoch, Royal Aberdeen and Machrihanish.
Your logistical arrangements were outstanding with a good driver, hotels and general assistance. All in all a great success.
This would have to be the best golfing trip we have been on, in the fifteen years we have been doing it. The courses you selected were all superb and each course made us feel so welcome.
My favourite was Lake Karrinyup although the Dunes at Joondalup took some beating.
Thank you for your eye to detail because everything went to clockwork without any hiccups.
Just a quick email to say thank you so much for all the work you did in looking after us on our trip to Melbourne.
The grandstand seats, the tee allocations, the game at Royal Melbourne, the carts where possible, to name a few things. You did a great job! We had an amazing time and all the lads were over the moon with everything.
I'll certainly be in touch next time we're booking a golf trip.
Many thanks for your assistance in putting together our golf trip of a lifetime to Scotland.
We expected the courses to be fantastic and they were.
Just as importantly the accommodation and travel arrangements you put together for us were first class and greatly enhanced the experience.
Speaking for TJ, Jim and myself, we all had a FANTASTIC time on our trip to New Zealand and wanted to extend a big THANK YOU to you and to GOLFSelect!
Our trip went off flawlessly and I know you worked very hard to get a lot of moving pieces to come together for us.
I look forward to a return trip to make sure we hit Cape Wickham, Ellerston, the Australian and some others, if not next year, then in 2017 and I look forward to using you and GOLFSelect again.
I will also recommend you ever
Imagine this, you've just worked out how to find seven days holiday combined with a three day seminar and you need to travel on a round trip 2500kms?
Some of you may go to a last minute.com or something like that only to find that at last minute they need two weeks to organise a mini holiday, then you pick up the phone and ring GOLFSelect and ask Gary can he organise accommodation in the city and then get you onto some of Australia's finest sandbelt golf courses.
The reply is a courteous The reply is a courteous "yes mate, Matt will contact you to get your dates and locations and leave it to us".
Within two hours I had confirmation of accommodation and course locations with booking times to be confirmed over the next 24hrs, from that point on all contact was done via email and mobile phone and I set out on a very memorable motoring holiday.
On check in at our Melbourne Hotel a parcel was given to me with instructions, a bound itinerary and maps precisely giving driving instructions, distances, turns offs and exact directions to be there on time for Tee - Off.
The Package for two people, ten games, electric carts and great Tee times was reasonable and turned out to be great value compared to a DIY holiday.
Along the way Matthew contacted me by phone to check that I was happy and if there was anything else they could do to make my trip and holiday more enjoyable.
Funny things always happen to well laid plans, I contacted Matt and asked him if there any way of trading an unused Tee time for another Tee time at another course, this became the highlight of the trip as a new Tee time was organised on the National Golf Course early morning and I squeezed in a last 16 holes prior to a 1:00pm Matinee session of Ben Elton's "We Will Rock You".
The following day on our way back home we reflected on the past 8 days and concluded it was one of the most memorable and well organised golf holidays we have been on. Thanks again to GOLFSelect!
I have had the good fortune to use GOLFSelect's services on two recent occasions. for a personal golf trip and for a foursome of over-the-hill alpha male choppers from Chicago Golf Club.
This latter group has combined golf experience of nearly 200 years, enjoys regular play at their much-revered home course, has played great courses all over the world, and, quite naturally for quasi-retired geezers, expects everything to be perfect or better !!!
Except for me, none had ever played golf in Australia. All were missing their anchovy-stuffed olives in Ketel One martinis and were just waiting for any excuse to bash me for having seduced them into traveling halfway around the world to play golf in a country they didn't know had any golf courses !!! Let's just say the margin for error was pretty slim !!! 10 days, 11 courses, 16 rounds and three very surprised and satisfied golfers returned as converts (not convicts) ! I, of course, was already a convert based on my previous outing. Gary and his people know the courses, know the people at the courses, understand the travel logistics and all the other details to package a perfect golf odyssey or single-day outing. He adds to that his genuinely personal and amiable service and he is always available to deal with the inevitable changes. I recommend GOLFSelect unequivocally!
To make a long story short: thanks a lot once again for the perfect planning of everything!
The whole vacation was great and your preparation and execution of the itinerary was just the best I have experienced yet.
Thank you for your assistance in organising our US Masters tour and associated golf.
In summary, we had a fantastic time. We really appreciated your assistance in advising on course selection, and timing of the trip - we couldn't have planned it without your assistance.
Thanks again to you and your team for your assistance.
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful golf holiday that you put together for Paulina and me at very short notice. When we decided to make a visit to Melbourne we looked up websites and found yours.
After contact I gave you a "wish list" of courses little expecting that you would be able to accommodate them all into a two week stay which amounted to us playing 17 different courses in 13 days.
Your organisation was excellent, accommodation very adequate for the stay, and we were well
What a great trip! The arrangements you made for us were outstanding and we truly enjoyed all the accomodations and golf courses.
Looking forward to returning to such a beautiful part of the world sometime soon.
We used GOLFSelect and I can recommend them highly.
They made reservations for us at 14 different courses in Australia, all with golf carts which are tough to come by, gave us a GPS system that covered every airport, golf course and hotel on the trip that did not get us lost even once.
When I overpaid him by mistake in US Dollars instead of Australian Dollars, he refunded the money immediately and I would never have caught my own mistake.
Everything came off without a hitch.
The two courses I played in NZ were some of the best ever. We had a wonderful time and appreciate you arranging this trip. I will recommend you to ANYONE who will listen!
Thanks again for all your hard work, and let me just reiterate that I had a fantastic time, and I'm DEFINITELY going start planning another Australia golf trip with you sometime soon, most likely for the end of the year.
Once again, thank you for providing us with a fantastic golf holiday. On a scale of 1 - 10, definitely 11+ !!!!!!
I recently had the good fortune of doing a bucket list golfing odyssey to New Zealand and Australia (including King Island and Tasmania) planned by Golf Select. It was nothing short of spectacular!! The golf, the accommodations, the transportation and organization were all first rate. It was really nice to be able to enjoy the trip to its fullest without having to worry about all of the many details that go into organizing such an action packed itinerary. Having investments in the golf industry and knowing a bit about courses and golf travel, I could not more highly recommend Golf Select for any group or individual wanting to get the most out of their precious golf and vacation time.
Just wanted to say thanks for another superb golf tour.
The ever important transfers worked like clockwork. The only thing I was disappointed in was your choice of weather at Royal Melbourne.
Thank you for setting up a great golf itinerary on my trip to Australia. Each course is world class in its own unique way but what stood out to me most was that everyone I met at the clubs could not have been nicer or more welcoming. Golf select is a great service and I will be sure to recommend it.
The golf courses were sensational, better than Barnbougle and according to a couple on the trip better than Cape Kidnappers. Flights there and back were fine as were the transport arrangements. Everything went according to schedule.
Hospitality on King Island was great, food very good (the Boomerang probably the pick) and the accommodation acceptable.
Thanks for your usual excellent service.
We all had a great trip. All three courses (Glenelg, Royal Adelaide and Kooyonga) were fantastic
and we were made to feel very welcome. The organisation was seamless throughout so thank you
for all of your efforts in ensuring that. We have used Golf Select for several of our tours now and I
will most definitely be recommending you to next year's organiser of the KoW, and anyone else for
We definitely had a great time in Vietnam. Loved the courses, found them hard but had I been on my golf would have been easier!
Always hard hitting a new courses but all part of the fun. Accommodation was fine, a nice bit of luxury. Dat (our guide) was brilliant.
A sensational trip on the Mornington Peninsula with everything organized down to the last detail by GOLFSelect, including perfect weather! Will have to book another trip to play the rest of the courses. Thanks for your efforts.
I just want to thank GOLFSelect so much for organising our wonderful trip to King Island. Everyone was really thrilled with every part of the trip and how smoothly it all went. Thanks also for all the extra effort you went to accommodating our increasing numbers after the initial booking. We wouldn't hesitate in booking with GOLFSelect again in the future.
We, the team at the OC, would like to send you guys a big thank you for everything you did to make both of our trips so successful.
It was a pleasure working with all of you as well as the lovely ladies that you have working on your team.
It was an excellent experience and we wanted you to know that we really appreciated all of your attention to detail and hard work during the 3 to 4 weeks that we were in country.
Thank you very much. Well done.
Hope to see you guys over here soon.
As usual, you and your team went above and beyond to prepare an itinerary and secure accommodations that exceeded our expectations; and if you also had a hand in shaping the weather, well played!
As for the golf, it was consistently sublime; and starting our holiday in Tasmania was definitely the right choice, as the Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm property proved to be an escape for the ages.
Our experience in Melbourne was just as incredible; Kingston Heath set a new standard for course conditions and hospitality, Royal Melbourne East and West were simply epic, the Moonah course at the National Golf Club was positively relentless, and the Old Course at the National Golf Club retained its coveted position as our absolute favorite!
Much to our delight, the golf in Sydney was also fantastic; Royal Sydney had us recalling Riviera in Los Angeles, and New South Wales had us seriously considering extending our trip!
Thanks again for all of your efforts, and we'll see you again in 2018!!!
We would like to thank everyone at GOLFSelect for making our trip very memorable. The best way I can describe your planning and execution is to tell you that every one I have spoken to about our Australian experience is that when I come back I will only use GOLFSelect and they should too.
Once again you mate's are the best, and we really appreciate all that Tom did for us while we were there as he was always so very helpful.
Thank you so much to GOLFSelect for organising our fabulous trip. We were so impressed with how you really listened to what we wanted & then packaged it all so professionally & seamlessly. We appreciated you checking in with us and enjoyed catching up with you. Looking forward to another trip with the team!
I had wanted to visit New Zealand for over 40 years and I must say was not disappointed. It was a great trip from start to finish. I appreciate all that you helped us with and will recommend GOLFSelect to others.The weather was superb and the golf was just great. I liked every course I played and would go back in a minute.
The golf group had a great time. We really saw a lot of country and I think did it up well. Our transportation was really nice, a beautiful bus and great driver.
I look forward to joining you in a future trip.
Every thing was great with our golf at Royal Sydney and NSW Golf Club! We loved the courses and thought the services you provided were excellent. Very thorough, nice touches, very professional. I hope to work again with you and will certainly recommend you to others.
Hi Gary Thanks again for organising our golf holiday. We all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the golf courses (even though we all duffed our drives when you were watching!)
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