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Golf Tours to the famed Melbourne Sandbelt and Wider Victoria
The Garden State is arguably the most popular golfing state in the country, with courses that dominate national rankings given by leading publications and associations.
However, its reputation extends far beyond our borders with many international golfers praising the Sandbelt, the Mornington Peninsula and other nearby regions as some of the finest golfing regions in the world.
Whether it’s a casual pastime or you fancy your chances against the elite, Signature Golf Tours can help you explore some of Victoria’s best courses on a holiday you’ll never forget.
If you are looking for a relaxing break full of gorgeous seaside villages with plenty of sightseeing, activities, watersports, wineries, and wildlife, then a Bellarine Peninsula Golf Tour is definitely for you.
Oh, we forgot to mention a little scenic route called the Great Ocean Road. One of the most spectacular stretches of road in the world. Prepare to have your mind blown with every twist and turn.
Add in fabulous golf courses and what more do you need? Don’t forget to pack your camera!
Our recommended Bellarine Peninsula golf courses;
Thirteenth Beach Golf Club
Set on the stunning Bellarine Peninsula, 13th Beach Golf Links is famously known for its two award-winning courses, with first-class conditioning all year round. With a modern clubhouse and great facilities, whether you’re a golfer or just want to admire the views, visiting 13th Beach is a must.
The Creek course, designed by Tony Cashmore in conjunction with 6-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo, is a wonderful complement to the Beach course. Rated in 2016 as the 74th best course in Australia and 21st best public access course, the Creek course is regularly compared to some of Melbourne’s best Sandbelt courses.
The first of the two courses, the Beach course was opened in December 2001 and designed by Tony Cashmore. The challenging and natural links-style course has received many high accolades, including recently being voted 28th best course in Australia and 9th best public access course in Australia.
The Sands Torquay
The Sands Torquay is the only design by Australian golfing great Stuart Appleby and operates as a resort-style membership club that welcomes visitors to play the course.
A links-style course winding throughout dunes country and residential precincts, with both water and bunkering as key features of the course design. The course offers five different sets of tees to suit all levels of players.
Barwon Heads Golf Club
The Links at Barwon Heads regularly rates in Australia’s best golf courses.
The nearby Bas Strait and sand dunes along with the weather conditions provide a course reminiscent of famed Scottish links. The undulating terrain, in harmony with the natural features of the land, will ensure that you will remember the time spent at Barwon Heads.
While not especially long, the Links will test golfers of all standards with cleverly positioned hazards, subtle slopes and greens, along with challenging tee positions. The wind ensures that the course rarely plays the same way twice in one week.
Curlewis Golf Club
With a sandy base, a minimum of trees, and naturally undulating couch fairways, this Vern Morcom-designed links is one of the best courses on the Bellarine.
The course measures 6150 metres and is a challenging par 72. A challenge for players of all standards and a true test of golfing ability. With challenging bunkers and firm, fast greens, it is the wind that often determines the level of playing difficulty.
Lonsdale Links is a public-access 18-hole links course located in the coastal dunes of Point Lonsdale and bordering the beautiful Lake Victoria.
The recently redeveloped course is now open and available to play. The course has been completely transformed to take advantage of the sweeping vistas across both new and old holes.
Using trailblazer Charles Blair Macdonald and his colleagues Seth Raynor and Charles Banks as inspiration, in particular their templates, course architects Ogilvy, Cocking, Mead (OCM) have designed the course as a deliberate throwback to an earlier age and a unique look for an Australian course.
Elements of these templates and the holes that inspired them can be found in the design at Lonsdale including – the Alps, Biarritz, Plateau, Eden, Leven, Punchbowl, Thumbprint, Redan and Road.
The course is accompanied by a state-of-the-art Clubhouse, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture. Positioned on the crest of a hill, the building can be experienced from various sightlines, emerging above the trees as golfers navigate the course.
Torquay Golf Club
Overlooking the picturesque Torquay and Jan Juc beaches, the par 71 golf course at The Torquay Golf Club features wide-open fairways, undulating greens, fescue roughs, wetlands and ocean views.
The RACV Torquay Golf Club is a challenging course for all golfers. The 18-hole traditional links-style golf course was redeveloped by Ogilvy Clayton, a Melbourne team headed by former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Clayton, winner of many International and Australian tournaments.
Melbourne is one of the most popular and diverse holiday destinations in Australia, with endless activities, attractions, and sights. It’s also a foodies delight, with a wide variety of cuisines and fine dining.
No matter what has brought you to Melbourne, one thing remains constant- the golfing is unreal! The Sandbelt is obviously the first choice for golf in Melbourne, but don’t be fooled into thinking you shouldn’t bother with anything else.
In every corner of Melbourne, you will discover a new and unique golfing experience. You can’t go wrong with a Melbourne Golf Tour, it truly is a golfer’s haven!
Our recommended Melbourne golf courses;
Woodlands Golf Club
Golfers will remember Woodlands because it tests all aspects of their shot-making ability. The greens are small, hard and very fast, the narrow fairways are all pure couch and offer a great surface from which to play and there are many bunkers to overcome, particularly the long bunker shots to pins which always seem to close to the bunker edge.
It provides that overwhelming feeling that you have to work the ball around the course, and never, ever slog it. It is in fact, the most underrated golf course in Melbourne and only now are golfers becoming aware of the challenges it offers.
Woodlands is a course of two parts. The first four holes require the exact placement of tee shots and a delicate pitch shot to ensure a par. It has been said that one must be at least a couple under after four holes if one is to score well around Woodlands since most of the following holes provide formidable challenges to a golfer seeking a par round.
Eynesbury Golf Club
All of the holes at Eynesbury have been strategically designed to allow for the greatest variance of prevailing weather conditions and to accommodate the widest range of golfing abilities.
The fairways are generous and inviting targets however positional play from the tees will always be handsomely rewarded by providing the best angle of attack to the greens.
In most instances, the approaches to the greens are receptive to a ball being played low to the ground and for the creative shot maker, this will prove to be a bonus when the wind is whipping across the open farmlands.
The open creeks traversing a number of the holes and the water bodies on the 10th, 14th, and 18th bring the risk-reward factor aspect of the game to the forefront but always allow for alternative options if the player should feel inclined to take a safer way to the target.
Five times British Open Champion and renowned golf course architect Peter Thomson, principal of the golf course architecture firm Thomson Perrett has proudly designed the Mandalay Golf Course. Peter and his team have successfully converted flat grazing farmland into a stunning contoured golf course that will challenge players of all skill levels.
Thomson Perrett has designed many of Australia’s highly respected golf courses including The National, Moonah Links, Sandhurst, Hope Island, Twin Waters and The Links Port Douglas just to mention a few.
The golf course proudly follows in the tradition of these iconic golf courses and further enhances the Thomson Perrett golf course legacy.
Sandhurst Club’s two courses are nationally renowned for their challenging but fair design outstanding condition and stunning visual appeal.
Sandhurst is the Official Home of the PGA of Australia; the PGA Q School and the Legends Tours are held on the courses annually. The Club has previously hosted the Victorian PGA Championships and both courses are currently ranked in Australia’s top 100.
Sandhurst is also the official corporate golf club of the St Kilda Football Club.
Growling Frog Golf Club
Located in Yan Yean, the distinctively named Growling Frog Golf Course boasts first-class facilities including a restaurant and cafe, a dedicated driving range, putting green, chipping green, a practice bunker, and more.
The Graham Marsh-designed 18-hole par 72 courses is set on 280 acres of picturesque, gently undulating land and is routed through spectacular ancient trees, creating an inspiring setting and providing golfers with a unique experience.
The creation of a dedicated recycled water supply has ensured that there will be plenty of water to keep the course maintained at the highest standard throughout the year.
Heritage Golf & Country Club
The Heritage is founded on a philosophy of elegant simplicity – the living of life, rather than its mere service.
It is a vision realised in every detail at The Heritage – each graceful curve of the fairway, in the swatches of colour that flush the landscape with beauty, and in the exquisite natural finishes of its architecture. All contribute to the vitality that defines The Heritage.
Boasting two championship courses, yet far beyond a golf club in both style and substance, The Heritage constitutes one of the nation’s finest Golf and Country Clubs.
The Heritage is a country club in the truest sense – richly endowed with the trapping of a world-class resort in the uninterrupted tranquility of the Yarra Valley. Whether retreat or residence, The Heritage offers camaraderie and solitude, reinvigoration and relaxation; the choice is yours.
Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club
Golf courses don’t come much better than Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club. Situated in Melbourne’s thriving west, the club offers an unsurpassed range of facilities for its members and is open to the public seven days a week. Offering an impressive 18 hole Greg Norman designed championship golf course, members lounge, driving range and golf pro shop, the club ensures members and guests receive the best playing experience possible with every visit.
Now in its 21st year, our established course is both challenging and thoroughly enjoyable for golfers of all levels; testing the skills of novice golfers and challenging the champions. With beautiful Santa Anna Couch fairways, hardy Fescues and native grasses for the rough and fast and true greens all being meticulously maintained and groomed, it’s little wonder that Sanctuary Lakes been host to amazing events including the Victorian PGA Championships.
Sandy Golf Links
Nestled on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Sandy Golf Links in Melbourne is a golfing haven that seamlessly blends championship-caliber play with coastal elegance. Praised by golf enthusiasts and lauded in publications such as Golf Australia Magazine, this course stands as a testament to precision design and natural beauty.
Designed to perfection, Sandy Golf Links offers golfers a challenging yet picturesque experience. The fairways, meticulously maintained and strategically crafted, have been featured in Golf Digest for their championship quality. The course’s reputation as a golfing gem is further solidified by its inclusion in Golf Australia Magazine’s list of top courses. As you navigate through the strategically placed bunkers and undulating greens, the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay unfold, creating a sensory-rich golfing adventure.
Northern Golf Club
Situated in Glenroy and just 12 kilometres from the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Northern Golf Club boasts a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course.
The club has a proud history of developing and supporting golf since Melbourne’s earliest days. Formally established in 1896, and then known as the Essendon Golf Club, the course moved to Glenroy over 110 years ago. During this time, the course has evolved to become a challenging, premium golf destination.
The tradition of supporting elite golfers also continues today. Due to the quality of our facility, Northern hosts yearly major events on the Southern PGA tour and the National Legends PGA tour, with leading professionals competing from around Australia. They also host major Golf Australia events for men, women and juniors. Past winners include rising stars, Lucas Herbert and Todd Sinnott.
The Holy Grail of Australian golf, The Sandbelt, has long been every golfer’s dream holiday. Golfers all dream of one day playing Royal Melbourne, Huntingdale, Kingston Heath and Metropolitan.
Well, it’s time to stop dreaming, and start planning! Signature Golf Tours has access to ALL Sandbelt courses (conditions apply) and can make your golf dreams come true.
What are you waiting for? Let us help you tick off those bucket list courses with a Melbourne Sandbelt Golf Tour.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
West – Much has been written on the qualities of the West Course but put simply it’s a combination of great design and construction. It is full of dramatic undulation, fertile sandy soil and a natural rugged appearance.
West Course highlights include bold bunkering while the rough areas around the tees and bunkers are a mix of native grasses which naturally frame each hole, providing great definition and contrast.
The greens are brilliant and for decades have consistently provided the finest putting surfaces in Australia. They are large and beautifully contoured and are built to accommodate approaches from a number of angles with each progressively more difficult the further the tee shot strays from the perfect line.
East – The East Course starts and finishes on the main site and is highlighted by seven ‘home paddock’ holes. The bunkering is superb while the greens, though smaller than the West’s, are beautifully constructed and sloped.
It incorporates some of the most dramatic undulations on the course, the short four, long four, and mid four starts are brilliant with clear risk and reward options from the tee and birdie to double bogey possibilities.
The closing stretch starts with the short par 4 15th and the heavily bunkered 16th, which is the flattest ‘home paddock’ hole of either course but one of the best and most underrated par 3s in Melbourne. The final two holes are famously used on the world-renowned Composite Course.
Kingston Heath Golf Club
Kingston Heath is one of the Golf Clubs of the world-famous Melbourne Sandbelt and has hosted numerous national championships including nine Australian Opens, 2 Australian Masters and the 2016 World Cup of Golf.
The course is currently ranked number 20 in the world and is regarded by many, including some of the world’s best golfers as one of Australia’s finest golf courses.
Kingston Heath is one of the smallest courses of world renown. The difficulty of the course is centred around its bunkering, which is visually stunning. It is full of all the strategic interests golfers expect of a fine course.
A long course at over 6800 yards, it is now on the short side of what is regarded as championship length but its genius is that it can still defend itself against the finest players. More importantly, it is a course to constantly stimulate and challenge those who play it with regularity.
Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club
Located in Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt golf region, Peninsula Kingswood is home to two championship golf courses. Additional facilities include luxury accommodation, state of the art practice facilities, 25-metre indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis court, bowling green and games room.
Playing over sandy and undulating ground, The North Course is a pure Sandbelt experience. Firm and fast with tilted greens, expansive bunkers, wide fairways and roughs that combine sand, native grasses and heathland vegetation that the Sandbelt region is known for.
Longer, flatter and more open than The North, with stunning views across its fairways, the South Course is characterised by its creek lines and dry stone walls. Bunkering and green design put a premium on positioning from the tee. A true test of strategic golf.
Huntingdale Golf Club
Rising to fame in 1979 with the inaugural hosting of The Australian Masters, Huntingdale has emerged as one of the most recognisable golf courses in Australia, and the world.
Since 1979, Huntingdale has played host to some of the most famous names in world golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Geoff Ogilvy, and Tiger Woods. In 2008, Huntingdale celebrated the 30th consecutive year of hosting the Australian Masters and was justifiably recognised as ‘Home of the Australian Masters’.
Consistently rated as one of the best courses in Australia, Huntingdale greets players with superbly manicured fairways, strategic fairway bunkering and large undulating greens. This combination of features at Huntingdale ensures the course challenges the best professionals and the latest technology.
The greens at Huntingdale are true and fast and are generally kept in “Masters” condition throughout the year. Players hitting wayward shots to the far side of greens can anticipate long undulating putts. The final stretch of holes contains some of the toughest and finest finishing holes in the world.
Metropolitan Golf Club
The Metropolitan Golf Club, one of Melbourne’s renowned ‘Sandbelt’ courses and widely regarded as one of the finest championship courses in Australia, is located approximately 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD.
Metropolitan enjoys a reputation as one of the best conditioned and most beautiful courses in the country. Pure couch grass fairways with large, fast bentgrass greens that are hand-mown to the edges of the greenside bunkers add greatly to the challenge of the course.
Victoria Golf Club
The Victoria Golf Club gave architect Alister MacKenzie the perfect opportunity to create the finishing touches to a course of outstanding quality. The greatest players in the game have always been attracted to the famed Sandbelt layout to test their skills across a palate of indigenous rolling topography.
Since the early founders, the course and its members have weaved a rich tapestry of history. The history and feel of Victoria Golf Club is unique and needs to be experienced to be understood.
The Victoria Golf Club Life Member and five-time British Open Champion Peter Thomson said, “some clubs have a special character that sets them apart. It is not necessarily the quality of the course or the accommodations of the buildings that distinguish them. It is more essentially the membership, past, and present, and the file of achievements over such a period of decades that creates such a tradition. Victoria Golf Club is such a club”.
Commonwealth Golf Club
Commonwealth Golf Club is one of the eight clubs that form the famous Melbourne Sandbelt and is a superb test of golf for all standards.
The club has hosted several major events, most notably in recent times, the 2010 and 2011 Women’s Australian Open.
Commonwealth is revered for its challenging driving holes and subtle sloping greens which call for accurate shot-making when playing from the fairway. The trees that line Commonwealth’s fairways have long been considered amongst the finest stands in golf in this country. Credit for their selection, planting and tender care in the club’s formative years is due in a large part to long-term Captain and past Life Member Alex Brahe. Today, an extensive tree management programme continues.
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 worldwide recognition by amateurs and professionals alike.
The Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, and it isn’t hard to see why.
Featuring some of Australia’s best wineries, beaches, spa and wellness retreats, and watersports. The Mornington Peninsula is also home to some of Australia’s best golf courses, led by The National Golf Club’s Moonah Course, which is currently ranked number 11 in the country.
Every course in this part of the country is worth a visit, with each offering unique experiences, so why not make your next trip a Mornington Peninsula Golf Tour?
Our recommended golf courses;
The National Golf Club
The National Golf Club is located at Cape Schanck on Victoria’s spectacular Mornington Peninsula, a short drive to the south of Melbourne. The club has four exceptional and highly regarded 18-hole golf courses, The Old designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, The Moonah designed by Greg Norman, The Ocean designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett, and Long Island designed by Alex Russell.
The state-of-the-art clubhouse is surrounded by stunning wild vegetation with magnificent views of the sea. It overlooks the Moonah and Ocean courses built on rolling sand dunes in classic links land and is the venue for grand events and celebrations.
The Dunes Golf Links
Set on 300 acres of gently rolling sand dunes, the 27-hole golf facility at The Dunes is Australia’s premier public access course. Located in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula ‘Cups’ region, The Dunes maintains the highest standards of course maintenance and customer service matched only by the very best private clubs.
The success and popularity of The Dunes are a direct reflection of the course layout. Designed by Tony Cashmore, The Dunes achieved the very difficult objective of being a challenge to the low marker without being a monster for the higher handicapped golfer.
Moonah Links Golf Club
The Moonah Links Golf Complex is the largest golf tourism development in recent Victorian history and consists of two world-class courses – the Open course and the Legends course.
The Open course at Moonah Links is the first ever 18-hole course built and prepared for a national championship, with exceptional viewing platforms for spectators. It was the venue for the 2003 Australian Open and is one of the longest courses in Australia.
In contrast, the Legends course is a more friendly golfing experience for players of all ages and abilities. The course is a loop of 18 holes that generally follows the valleys through a variety of landscapes ranging from ancient Moonah woodlands to open links land.
St Andrews Beach Golf Club
Designed by internationally renowned architect Tom Doak, the course offers many challenges to the serious golfer whilst still being thoroughly enjoyable for the social player.
Ranked as high as third in Australia’s Best Public Access Course category, the stunning piece of land at St Andrews Beach features dramatic undulations amongst subtle creases and hollows reminiscent of many coastal courses of the United Kingdom to provide a truly spectacular experience.
Portsea Golf Club
The links-style layout at Portsea is set amongst the rolling sand dunes adjoining Point Nepean National Park. Portsea ranks as one of the best courses on the Mornington Peninsula and consistently rates as one of the top 100 golf courses in Australia.
A number of recent design improvements combined with strategic bunkering, undulating Santa Ana couch fairways and slick greens make Portsea an enjoyable challenge for all golfers.
Flinders Golf Club
Perched on the cliff top above both Bass Strait and Westernport Bay, the unique coastal links course boasts some of the most spectacular views on the Peninsula.
The course layout provides a challenge to both the social golfer and keen player alike. With an immaculately prepared course that is available to the public seven days a week, Flinders Golf Club is a must-play for all golfers visiting the Mornington Peninsula.
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Eagle Ridge’s waterfalls, ornamental lakes and imaginative bunkering offer an exciting golf landscape. The reticulated fairways, greens and well-manicured tees make the course an excellent wet weather course.
Eagle Ridge is one of Victoria’s favourite public access courses and welcomes all golfers.
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