Take the time to explore Melbourne's famed Sandbelt corridor with four days of world-class golf, fine dining and city adventures. Follow in the footsteps of the greats on some of Australia's finest courses and discover Melbourne's creative soul in hidden laneways. Head south to the Mornington Peninsula to tee off with rolling views of the ocean.
Start your golfing holiday in cosmopolitan Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, and a city known for its fine parks and gardens, tree-lined streets, innovative dining scene, fashion, and high profile sporting events. As well as hosting the Melbourne Cup horse race, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Australia Open Tennis Grand Slam, Melbourne is home to the famous Sandbelt corridor – making golfing a must.
In the southern outskirts of Melbourne is a rich vein of sandy loam subsoil, where you'll find eight of the best golf courses in Australia. This region is known throughout the world as the Melbourne Sandbelt and these clubs have played host to countless great championships including the Australian Open, Johnnie Walker Classic, Australian Masters, World Match Play Championship, Women's Australian Open, and the Presidents Cup.
Sweet digs and culinary treasures
Take your pick from a wide range of hotels across the CBD, from five-star luxury to boutique apartments. Settle into your new digs and then hit the streets to discover Melbourne's renowned culinary scene, which encompasses contemporary Australian and spicy Asian cuisine, classic Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, French… the list goes on. Finish your evening with a nightcap and a twinkling nighttime view at one the many unique bars situated by the river or up high on a city rooftop.
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Golf at Victoria Golf Club
Start the day with a journey across Melbourne's suburbs to the Victoria Golf Club, situated in the heart of Melbourne's rolling Sandbelt country. Close to Metropolitan and Kingston Heath, in the beach side suburb of Cheltenhan, the Victoria Golf Club offers a sporting experience on par with the world's best. The Club hosted the 2002 Australian Open Championship and the 2010 and 2011 Australian Masters.
Victoria Golf Club
Course designer: Oscar Damman, William Meader & Alister Mackenzie (1927)
Length: 6278m / Par 72
After your round, make your way back to your hotel in the CBD for a rest before hitting the streets for a little adventure. Explore Melbourne's hive of laneways, bustling with activity and creativity. Admire the stencils and street art in Hosier Lane, browse artworks in independent galleries, and then head off in search of the perfect cocktail in a laneway bar. Need something more traditional? Refuel with a beer at a historic city pub.
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Golf at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Spend the day at the acclaimed Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the number one course in Australia and number five in the world according to Golf Digest. Designed by Alister McKenzie, Royal Melbourne West is possibly the most famous of Australia's golf courses. However, both the East and West tracks are renowned as some of the best golf layouts in the world (both are ranked in the US Golf Digest World Top 100).
Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events, most famously the 1970 World Cup of Golf, and the Presidents Cup in both 2008 and 2011. In 2019 the Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne, providing international players with the challenging route of the Composite Course – a combination of the best holes (12 holes from West and 6 holes from East) from each course.
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Designer: Alister Mackenzie (1931)
Length: 6007m / Par 71
Designer: Alister Mackenzie (1926)
Length: 6077m / Par 72
Explore the peninsula
Golfing over for the day – load the clubs in the boot and cruise on down to the Mornington Peninsula, where ocean views, rolling hills, and fine food and wine await. Sample local varietals and regional flavours at cellar doors along the Wine Food Farmgate Trail, and then dine out in one of the hatted winery restaurants peppered across the peninsula, where innovative chefs turn the region's bountiful produce into sumptuous feasts. Relax and unwind in preparation for your final day on the greens in the opulent surrounds of Jackalope, a hotel that offers a wondrous blend of hospitality and creativity.
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Golf at The National Golf Club, Mornington
The National Golf Club is the club of choice for day four of your golfing journey. A 54-hole private members' club located at Cape Schanck, The National is one of Australia's ultimate golfing experiences.
The National's three championship courses are all listed in Australia's top 40. The original National Course (Old Course) was open for play in 1988 and was included in the US Golf Digest World Top 100 ranking (2016). Boasting spectacular views, the stunning topography of the Old Course is enhanced by magnificent coastline views, which are particularly evident on the seventh hole.
The National Golf Club
The Old course
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Length: 6313m / Par 72
The Moonah course
Designer: Greg Norman
Length: 6576m / Par 72
The Ocean course
Designer: Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett
Length: 6539m / Par 72
Reward your efforts on the greens with a late lunch and wine tasting at the renowned Montalto winery. Follow it up with a stroll through the winery’s beautiful vineyard and sculpture garden, which is host to the annual Montalto Sculpture Prize. Finish your peninsula adventure with an evening at the stunning Peninsula Hot Springs, where you can while away a few hours in a natural thermal mineral spa while watching the sun go down across the surrounding hills.
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