While Melbourne is popular for many things including its shopping, dining, and nightlife, there are some other great things to explore in the area. Things like golf! Yes, that’s right, there are some excellent golf courses in Melbourne that you won’t want to miss. Whether you are a recreational golfer, a beginner, or a serious golfer, there are plenty of golf courses that offer everything you’d want in a course and more.
Melbourne is home to more of the best Australian golf courses than most other major cities in that region. So, if you are looking for some excellent courses in the Melbourne area, whether you live there or are just visiting, then look no further. We have compiled a list of some of the best golf courses in Melbourne. These include some of the most challenging courses in the area, so gear up and get ready to play some golf!
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Boasting two 18 hole courses - East and West - this golf club is the self-proclaimed pinnacle of golf. The West course has been regularly voted as the best course in all of Australia by Australian Golf Digest. Not to mention, this is Australia’s oldest and first non-American course chosen to host the PGA President’s cup, giving this course a globally-renowned name. This is definitely a must-visit if you are a golfer living in Australia, or even planning to visit. You won’t want to miss this stunning course with all of its challenges and excellent playability.
Victoria Golf Club
This par-72 course has been the venue for numerous prestigious events over the years including the Australian Open and Women’s Australian Open. Also, back in 1998, president George Bush Sr. played a round here. The beautiful scenery and serene setting simply add to the challenging course lined with trees and lush greenery. If you are in the Melbourne area and looking for a course to play on that will really test your skills, then you shouldn’t miss this one.
Kingston Heath Golf Club
This course has been named second on lists of Australia’s best golf clubs continuously for many years. However, one thing they do not come in second place in is being the country’s sandiest course. With 128 bunkers dotting the course and surrounding almost every green, this is not a course for you if you are looking for just a relaxing, quick game. This course is excellent for serious golfers, as well as recreational golfers who want to step their game up. Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open seven times and has made the top 20 in the ranking of the 100 best golf courses in the world. This course is definitely one to add to the bucket list.
Ranfurlie Golf Club
Not only one of the best public golf courses in Australia, but it is also considered one of the best overall golf courses. Combining a traditional layout with Sandbelt golf, there are quite a lot of bunkers scattering the course. Set on a vast, flat land, the course, itself, is beautiful and serene. With immaculately manicured greens, you are sure to enjoy a nice relaxing round. However, the bunkers do add a bit of a challenge, making it an excellent course to play for anyone. If you are in Melbourne and looking for a nice place to play a relaxing game with the added challenge of working around bunkers, then you should definitely try this one.
Brighton Golf Course
If you are more of a recreational player, then the price of this course may just be the kicker. At only $30, anyone can come and enjoy a nice round of golf on this beautiful course. Now, you may be wondering why we are including this course on a list of the most elite courses in Melbourne (and all of Australia), but just because it doesn’t require a membership that costs hundreds of dollars every month doesn’t mean that it can’t deliver when it comes to playing a great and challenging round of golf. Brighton offers all of the qualities of a Sandbelt course which, again, means bunkers at almost every green. You can enjoy some great golf without the price tag.
Sandringham Golf Course
Another affordable green fee, Sandringham offers an all around excellent experience for serious golfers of all ages and levels. Its layout is conducive to skillful play as the shots can produce a bit of a challenge in the best way possible. It is a very interesting course and one of the best in the Melbourne area. No matter your skill level, you won’t want to miss this course.
Yarra Yarra Golf Club
Boasting four par 3 holes that have been consistently ranked among the “finest examples of golf course architecture in both the southern hemisphere and the world at large” (DMarge), this course remains on this list because of its playability, challenge, and beautiful scenery. If you miss some of the other amazing courses on this list, you won’t want to miss this one.
Commonwealth Golf Club
The course at Commonwealth is challenging and ideal for anyone in the area, whether visiting or resident. It is relatively affordable to play a round, and you don’t necessarily have to be a member. You can play on this beautiful Sandbelt course if you are a member of a club where you live, so come and enjoy all of the amenities Commonwealth has to offer!
If you are in the Melbourne area, whether visiting or living, and are looking for some excellent courses to play, then check out any (or all) of the ones listed above. They are affordable, playable, and challenging for all. Being in the Sandbelt has some added challenges in itself, but it is sure to make you a better player and up your game by a lot. Don’t miss these world-renowned courses in Melbourne!
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