Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West course)
The 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. It is the most recognised golf course on the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt.
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.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 West Course forms the majority of holes contained within the main boundaries of the golf course aside from 4 holes (13 to 16) which are played across the road in an adjoining property. The par 5 holes are not long and all are reachable in two for the longer hitters. The difficulty of these holes is not so much in the length of the holes but rather the harsh penalties which exists for a less than perfectly struck shot.The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is a 36 hole private members club located in the heart of the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt golf region. The West Course is regularly rated as the number one rated golf course in Australia (and was recently ranked number 6 in the world) and was designed by world renowned golf course architect Dr Alistair MacKenzie.
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.
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.
Kingston Heath Golf Club
Kingston Heath Golf Club is one of Australia’s best golf courses. Currently ranked as the number 2 course in Australia and the 27th best course in the world, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round.
The 18 holes were built on only 125 hectares (most courses in the modern era are built on over 250 hectares), it is perfectly manicured and its bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows visually fools the non observant golfer.
Many people would argue it is a more aesthetically pleasing course than the nearby Royal Melbourne, however if you wildly deviate from the fairway, the rough (comprising long grass, tea tree and sandy scrapes) will test your ability to get the ball back into play.
The 14th hole is a longish par 5 which, depending on the wind direction, can tempt the golfer into reaching the green for 2. One golfer Roger Mackay did better than that in a tournament at the Heath when he holed his second shot for an albatross.
The three par 3 holes are a feature of Kingston Heath and show off one fantastic feature of this great golf course – the classic, natural bunkering. The fifteenth hole, in particular, is a real test ( not necessarily needed towards the end of your round).
An uphill par 3 of moderate length, the path to the hole is surrounded by a myriad of bunkers (some of them very deep) all waiting to swallow the errant tee shot. If you reach the putting surface par is still not guaranteed as the undulating green gives up more 3 putts than 1 putts.
The remaining finishing holes are long par 4’s and can ruin an otherwise good score. The 16th is known in golfing circles as the hole where Greg Norman took a 9 on his way to losing a tournament at Kingston Heath in the 1990’s. Norman carved his tee shot into the right hand tea tree and it was all downhill from there.
Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open 8 times (7 men’s & 1 women’s) as well as hosting the 2009 Australian Masters. This event saw world number 1 golfer Tiger Woods grace the fairways of KH, and he didn’t disappoint, displaying superb shot-making over 4 rounds to take out the yellow jacket.
Kingston Heath is a wonderful golf course and a true delight to play. If you can manage to play a round there it is worth the effort – you will not be disappointed.
Metropolitan Golf Club
The Metropolitan Golf Club is one of Australia’s premier golf courses. Tucked quietly in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs it is one of the renowned “sandbelt courses” and widely recognised as one of the finest golf courses in Australia.
The course has continually challenged the best players in the world. Peter Thomson began his brilliant career with a win here in the 1951 Australian Open. Jack Newton won the Australian Open in 1979 by one shot from a young Greg Norman, who three putted the final green.
In 1993 Brad Faxon mastered Metropolitan with a four round score of 275, 13 under par, including equaling Greg Norman’s course record 65.
In 1997 Lee Westwood won a very exciting Australian Open defeating Greg Norman in a sudden death playoff on the 18th hole.
In 2001 the course hosted the World Matchplay Championships-a tournament which saw the world’s top golfers gather at Metropolitan for a unique matchplay event where the unlikely winner Steve Stricker walked away with a cool $1 million pay cheque.
Most recently the course hosted the 2009 Women’s Australian Open with former world number one Laura Davies prevailing in a very exciting finish.
Metropolitan Golf Club can also be described as the Australian equivalent of Augusta National. The perfect fairways, marbletop greens and blindingly white bunkers all combine to offer a test of golf not seen previously in Australia. Metropolitan is a tough but fair test of golf.
Victoria Golf Club
Victoria Golf Club is, in many ways, similar to its neighbour Royal Melbourne. Thick tea tree lines most fairways, deep bunkers catch errant shots both at the greenside and off the tee and the greens can be lightning fast.
Victoria has hosted a number of major tournaments including the 2010-2011 Masters, 2002 Australian Open, multiple Victorian Opens and other National tournaments.
The course has a number of interesting features, namely two driveable par 4s (1st and 15th), back to back par 5s (8th and 9th and 17th and 18th) and in the middle some strong par 4 holes.
The short first hole, creates a birdie expectation from your first tee shot and this can often put more pressure on the golfer than if this hole came midway through the round. A short hole does not automatically guarantee a good score and whilst there are plenty of birdies on this hole there are also a fair share of bogies.
The 17th and 18th holes provide a chance to claw back lost shots during the round but only if the wind is blowing in a favourable direction. The 18th, in particular, is reachable in two and the large, flat putting surfaces gives up a large number of birdies and even eagles.
Huntingdale Golf Club
Huntingdale Golf Club, located in the heart of Melbourne’s world famous ‘sandbelt’ region is one of Australia’s most prestigious private golf courses.
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 golf courses in Australia, Huntingdale greets players with superbly manicured fairways, strategic fairway bunkering and large undulating greens. This combination of features at Huntingdale ensures this 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 the greens can anticipate long undulating putts. The final stretch of holes contain some of the toughest and finest finishing holes in the world.
As well as our Championship Golf Course, Huntingdale Golf Club offers superb facilities including a number of different functions rooms, all with picturesque views of the course and surrounding gardens. Our function rooms range from a relaxed terrace, perfect for an intimate private function to the Members Dining Room, complete with wireless internet access, built in data projector, drop down presentation screen and with a capacity of 160 – perfect for your next business seminar or meeting.
National Golf Club
The National Golf Club is a 54 hole private members’ golf club, providing three distinct golfing challenges (Old Course, Moonah Course and Ocean Course). The three courses have been designed by 3 of the world’s leading golf architects – Greg
Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Peter Thomson. As such the 3 courses, although located very closely to one another, offer the golfer a range of golfing experiences.
This courses are generally hilly combining amazing coastal views, challenging ball carries and slick, undulating putting surfaces into a test of golf not previously seen in Australia.
A number of holes provide spectacular views with the standout hole in terms of beauty being the 7th hole. A par 3 of 135 metres, it plays over a cavernous ravine to a largegreen which runs from left to right. The backdrop to this hole is the coastline of the Mornington Peninsula heading down to Portsea. There is really only 1 place to hit the ball…on the green.
The course comprises a number of holes with ocean views, a number of “inland holes” and all are framed by the natural tee tree and Moonah trees which are common on this part of the Mornington Peninsula. When you play at The National you generally want to hit the ball straight as errant shots are severely punished.
The Old course at The National is a very enjoyable test of golf….if you are hitting the ball straight, if the wind is not blowing and if you are putting well! The National, located on the Mornington Peninsula approximately 80 minutes from the city of Melbourne, is a must play for any keen golfer. All three courses are ranked in Australia’s top 40.