The Best Golf Resorts in Victoria

There’s no denying that the compact but attraction-filled Victoria is one of the most popular destinations in Australia. To name a few of the delights:

• Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium • Scienceworks • Melbourne Zoo • Royal Botanic Gardens • Queen Victoria Market • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel • Eureka Skydeck 88 • Old Melbourne Gaol • NGV International • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Werribee Mansion • Federation Square • Melbourne Museum • Gum San Chinese Heritage • 12 Apostles • Philip Island Nature Parks • Healesville Sanctuary • Wilsons Promontory • Sovereign Hill • Central Deborah Gold Mine • Otway Fly Treetop Adventures • Puffing Billy Steam Railway • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

And then, there are those who just want to play golf. At least, if you plan a trip to Victoria and you have family members who aren’t golfers, there will be plenty to occupy them (magnificent coastlines, beautiful beaches, national parks, forests, wildlife, wineries, skiing, climbing, and hiking), and give you the chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

1. Murray Downs

One of our favourites is the stunning Murray Downs, perhaps one of the golf resorts in Swan Hill, Victoria. The grounds are immaculately maintained, it’s adjacent to the Murray River and you get a lot of golf resort for a shockingly reasonable rate.

There are several types of memberships available, including Junior Sporting, Intermediate, Country, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Murray Downs also offers a fun and friendly bowls club.

Murray Downs Drive T (03) 5033 1422 F (03) 5033 1423 reception@mdclubs.com.au www.murraydownsgolf.com.au

2. Royal Melbourne

Founded in 1891, the club boasts, “Our courses are maintained with principles espoused by Dr. Alister MacKenzie with desires for excellence and best practice standards.”

Royal Melbourne features two 18-hold golf courses, a 200-metre driving range, short-game practice facilities including chipping greens, a clubhouse and a private environment. Visitors must have a letter of introduction from their home course to play. They have reciprocal club relationships and Sandbelt members may play one round annually.

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club Cheltenham Road, Black Rock, Victoria, 3193 Phone: +61 (03) 9599 0500 Email: rmgc@royalmelbourne.com.au Website: www.royalmelbourne.com.au

3. Kingston Heath

Located 25Km outside of Melbourne, the club was first opened in 1925 and was designed by the 1905 Australian Open champion, Dan Soutar. The West Course was designed by Dr. Alister Mackenzie.

The club accepts visitors (no weekends, though), but whether they’re overseas, or interstate, they must have a current membership at an interstate or overseas golf club. They also must provide a letter of introduction from their home club (each golfer who intends to play must have this letter)

Membership is hard-won. All applicants must have support from a proposer (member for eight years), a seconder (member for six years) and at least three referees who are members of the club. It takes about six months for an application to be completed. If you’re under 29-years-old, the wait list is short. Women more than 29-years-old have about a year-long wait, but for men over 29-years-old, there is about a two-year wait for a “Restricted A Membership” and another year to two-years to become a full member.

Kingston Road Cheltenham Victoria 3192 Australia Telephone (03) 8558-2700 Website: http://www.kingstonheath.melbourne

4. Newcastle NSW

Newcastle Golf Club, founded in 1905 is located in Hunter Valley, a two-hour drive from Sydney (and a few kilometres from Newcastle), features a championship course of 6200 metres. It is uniquely “based on undulating sand dunes” like historic links in Great Britain and Ireland. Newcastle is carved from a forest of eucalypts and angophoras, with all kinds of iconic Australian “native flora and fauna,” and, the club’s website boasts, kookaburras, bearded dragons, and wallabies.

Visitors are welcome all day Sunday, Monday and Friday, as well as after 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with limited times on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Only players who have an official handicap or are members of a golf club are eligible to play.

The club features a full-length practice fairway, large chipping and putting greens, a fully serviced Pro Shop, bar and catering.

Membership is currently open and there’s no joining fee period. The application is available on their website.

Newcastle NSW Vardon Road, Fern Bay, NSW, 2295 Australia Phone: +(612) 4928 1365 Email: info@newcastlegolf.com.au

How To Choose The Right Golf Resort

Aside from using the right equipment when playing golf, you also have to make sure that you are comfortable playing at a certain venue. There are some people who prefer to have privacy while there are others who want to socialize with fellow golfers.

Surely, there are plenty of golf resorts you can find. And, each of them has unique qualities that will really entice you to choose them over the others. If you are confused on which ones to choose, here are several tips on how to pick the perfect golf resort.

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Choose a great location. If you happen to live by The Swan Hill region then you're lucky as they have one of the best golf resorts in Australia. If you don't then that’s fine. Just make sure to choose the resort with the most convenient location.

Be knowledgeable about the fees. Ensure that the fees are affordable for you. You don’t have to go broke just to play golf as there are still plenty of affordable resorts you can find. If you plan to be a member of a club, there are membership fees you have to settle first. Enquire from your preferred resorts so you’ll know about the fees beforehand.

Check its accommodation. There are plenty of top golf resorts around Australia and elsewhere in the world. If you plan to spend a few days there, you need to make sure that they also have comfortable accommodations especially if you’ll take your family with you.

Check the facilities. Make sure that their facilities pass to your standards. Some resorts go beyond offering just a nice golf course. There are those that have facilities that can cater to families and to individuals of different preferences.

When you’re undecided on which golf resorts to choose, just remember the points mentioned above. It will help you choose a golf resort that won’t disappoint you.