Overview

At a Glance

  • Package

    3 nights / 2 games / Return airport and golf transfers

    * All package details are based on a group of 4 golfers *

  • When

    Available from May 2018

  • Accommodation

    3 nights at Melbourne Short Stay Apartments (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment)

  • Golf

    2 games of golf with pull buggy at the following Alex Russell courses:

    Yarra Yarra Golf Club

    Royal Melbourne Golf Club (East Course)

     

  • Eat

    All inclusive of Food & Beverages at both courses

  • Drive

    Return airport transfers

    Return accommodation and golf transfers

  • Pricing

    Twin share: AUD$1,450.00 per person (based on 4 share of a 2 bedroom apartment)

    Single room: AUD$1,650.00 per person  (based on 2 share of a 2 bedroom apartment)

    * All package pricing is based on a group of 4 golfers travelling *

Alex Russell is regarded as perhaps Australia's finest ever golf course architect.

Enjoy a few days in Melbourne and play Alex Russell's two Melbourne masterpieces - Yarra Yarra and Royal Melbourne (East). 

With 3 nights accommodation, 2 games of golf with food and beverages, as well as return airport and golf transfers, this package is a fantastic opportunity to play two very private courses in immaculate condition.

Limited availability applies so get a group of 4 golfers together and make your booking today!

Itinerary Day-by-Day

Day 1
Flights Arrive in Melbourne
Coach Transfer to your accommodation.
Accommodation
Melbourne Short Stay - Kavanagh   
Just a short walk across the Yarra to the CBD, close to the Botanical Gardens and within the Southbank Precinct, these apartments are perfectly located! Close to vibrant South Melbourne's shops, market, cafes and restaurants. Crown and the Southbank Promenade on your doorstep, easy access to South Wharf restaurants and DFO.
Day 2
Coach Transfers to and from golf are included
Golf
Yarra Yarra Golf Club (Tee time tbc: 18 holes with pull buggy (post game snacks included ) 
The architect of this renowned Sandbelt course was Alex Russell who, in 1926, formed a partnership with the famed Dr Alister MacKenzie during his visit to Australia. Today, the course remains substantially the same as the original layout and like all great golf courses, has stood the test of time. The superb greens and bunkers are the highlight at Yarra Yarra and as good as many of MacKenzie?s own creations. Typically large, fast and undulating, the greens feature some of the most extreme slopes in Melbourne, while the bunkers are constructed to blend naturally with their surrounds and are intrinsic to the strategy of each hole. The course has been the scene of many major tournaments in its history, leading to world-wide recognition by amateurs and professionals alike.
Accommodation
Melbourne Short Stay - Kavanagh   
Just a short walk across the Yarra to the CBD, close to the Botanical Gardens and within the Southbank Precinct, these apartments are perfectly located! Close to vibrant South Melbourne's shops, market, cafes and restaurants. Crown and the Southbank Promenade on your doorstep, easy access to South Wharf restaurants and DFO.
Day 3
Coach Transfers to and from golf are included
Golf
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (East Course) (Tee time tbc: 18 holes with pull buggy (post game snacks included ) 
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
Melbourne Short Stay - Kavanagh   
Just a short walk across the Yarra to the CBD, close to the Botanical Gardens and within the Southbank Precinct, these apartments are perfectly located! Close to vibrant South Melbourne's shops, market, cafes and restaurants. Crown and the Southbank Promenade on your doorstep, easy access to South Wharf restaurants and DFO.
Day 4
Notes Check out of accommodation
Coach Transfer to Melbourne Airport
Flights Catch your flight home

Golf Courses

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (East Course)

Cheltenham Road
Black Rock, VIC, 3193
Australia

Region: Melbourne Sandbelt

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (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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Yarra Yarra Golf Club

567 Warrigal Road
Bentleigh East, VIC, 3165
Australia

Region: Melbourne Sandbelt

Yarra Yarra Golf Club

The architect of this renowned Sandbelt course was Alex Russell who, in 1926, formed a partnership with the famed Dr Alister MacKenzie during his visit to Australia. Today, the course remains substantially the same as the original layout and like all great golf courses, has stood the test of time. The superb greens and bunkers are the highlight at Yarra Yarra and as good as many of MacKenzie?s own creations. Typically large, fast and undulating, the greens feature some of the most extreme slopes in Melbourne, while the bunkers are constructed to blend naturally with their surrounds and are intrinsic to the strategy of each hole. The course has been the scene of many major tournaments in its history, leading to world-wide recognition by amateurs and professionals alike.

The architect of this renowned Sandbelt course was Alex Russell who, in 1926, formed a partnership with the famed Dr Alister MacKenzie during his visit to Australia. Today, the course remains substantially the same as the original layout and like all great golf courses, has stood the test of time.

The superb greens and bunkers are the highlight at Yarra Yarra and as good as many of MacKenzie’s own creations. Typically large, fast and undulating, the greens feature some of the most extreme slopes in Melbourne, while the bunkers are constructed to blend naturally with their surrounds and are intrinsic to the strategy of each hole.

The course has been the scene of many major tournaments in its history, leading to world-wide recognition by amateurs and professionals alike.

 “Yarra Yarra is one of the finest courses designed by the esteemed Alex Russell and stands up extremely well in a neighbourhood noted worldwide for fine and unique golf courses. Mr. Russell surely made the most of an elegant piece of property.” Tom Doak, Renaissance Golf Design 

Signature Holes (include description):

A: 2nd Hole - One of Yarra Yarra’s tougher par 4’s, a long tee shot is required to set up a second shot to an elevated green. The difficult second shot, played from a downslope, will require a decision on whether to attempt to carry the bunkers 40 metres short of the green or to lay-up. Bunkers are situated left and right of the green. Golf.com rated the 2nd hole at Yarra Yarra in the Top 500 holes in the world. One of my favourite holes in golf. Love the little contour that steers a

left-centre drive further left to make you go over the big mound of bunkers with your second.” Tom Doak – Renaissance Golf Design

B: 11th Hole - Yarra Yarra’s signature hole provides one of the toughest par 3’s you will encounter. A long iron approach to a narrow ‘Redan’ style green means nothing but a perfect shot will do. There are three tiers on the elevated green making putting difficult. Peter Thomson once stated that the “11th hole at Yarra Yarra should be regarded as a National Treasure.”

C: 15th Hole - A mid iron tee shot to a narrow green. The green has a big tier running through the middle, so the trick on this hole is to hit the tee shot on the same level as the pin. Depending on the wind and the pin position, this hole can play short or very long.  Bunkers guard the front, left and right sides of the green, with no easy up and downs.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6102
Architect: Alex Russell
Design Year: 1929
Top 100: 51

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 330m

A very tight par four requiring an accurate tee shot then an accurate approach shot can set up a birdie opportunity. Bunkers left and right call for an on target shot into the green.

2
Par 4, Length 400m

The fifth is a slight dog leg to the right and requires a well struck tee shot to the left centre of the fairway. A collection of bunkers, force you to a decide if you will lay up short, or go for the green, which is protected to the right and left by bunkers.

3
Par 3, Length 201m

This hole approaches a narrow green and calls for a long iron or wood approach. There are bunkers left and right, so being either short or long should not be a problem.

4
Par 4, Length 361m

The second hole is a dog leg to the right. Long hitters elect to use a long iron or 3 wood to avoid the fairway bunker on the right hand side of the fairway. The best line is at the white sign in the distance. The green is protected on the right by a large bunker and there are bunkers lurking at the back of the green. So, it is best to aim for the left hand side of the green.

5
Par 4, Length 293m

An accurate tee shot is a must. There are bunkers situated left and right of the fairway guarding a small landing area. A short iron can set you up for a birdie chance. Best to be below the hole. Bunkers situated front and back.

6
Par 3, Length 117m

A short uphill hole with a long green. Club selection and accuracy are vital. Bunkers right and deep bunkers left catch any stray shot.

7
Par 4, Length 371m

Long hitters attempt to carry the fairway bunker on the right opening up the green for a second shot with a long to medium iron.The front left hand side of the green is protected by a well positioned bunker. The green slopes slightly from the front to the back and drops away to the right making approach shots and putting rather difficult.

8
Par 5, Length 502m

Position the drive left of centre fairway to leave the second shot clear. A good drive and fairway wood for the second shot sets up a short pitch into the green.

9
Par 5, Length 479m

The ninth requires a drive to the right of centre avoiding the fairway bunkers on the left. The second shot is played to a right to left sloping fairway and needs to be kept right of centre avoiding the fairway bunker on the left. The ninth green contains many slopes and bumps, making approach shots and putting tough.

10
Par 4, Length 360m

All the trouble here is right. An accurate long iron should be positioned down the left side of the fairway. The second shot is a short iron approach. If you miss the green here its best to be short. The back, left and right sides of the green slope away.

11
Par 3, Length 168m

This is a tough hole. Bunkers guard the front of this elevated green and club selection is vital. A three tiered green makes putting difficult.

12
Par 4, Length 372m

The twelfth hole requires a tee shot in the left centre of the fairway avoiding the bunker on the right. The second shot is played to an elevated green sloping from the back to the front and dropping away considerably at the front of the green. It is a good idea to hit one more club than you think. Bunkers guard the left and right sides of the green.

13
Par 4, Length 419m

Rated number one on the course the thirteenth requires a long tee shot to carry the fairway bunkers and open up the green for your second shot. The green is long and has a large slope from back to front, which makes putting extremely difficult.

14
Par 4, Length 346m

This is a straight par four. Position the drive down the left centre of the fairway. The trouble here is the ride side of the green, which is guarded by a bunker.

15
Par 3, Length 149m

The trick on this hole is to be on the same level as the pin. Depending on the wind and the pin position, this hole can play short or very long. Bunkers guard the front, left and right sides of the green.

16
Par 5, Length 454m

The sixteenth hole offers long hitters the prospect of an eagle putt and most golfers a good chance at a birdie. The drive needs to be in the right centre of the fairway giving you the best line to attack the green with your second shot, which is the left centre of the green. Shorter hitters may elect to lay up short of the bunkers leaving you a pitch and a chance at a birdie.

17
Par 4, Length 366m

Trees tightly line the left and right sides of this fairway. Aim the drive down the middle of the fairway to set up a short iron approach. The approach shot is played slightly down hill to a large green.

18
Par 5, Length 442m

This is a great short par 5 hole giving you an excellent chance of finishing your round on a good note. The drive needs to be threaded between fairway bunkers left and right. Your second shot should be placed to the left, which opens up the green for a pitch shot. Long hitters can reach the green in two.

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