Distinct in its own nature, Melbourne has more to offer than you think.
Australia, being a single continent-country that lies entirely within the southern hemisphere, is unique in that it sees winters during the middle months of the calendar and summers in the last quarter. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area, giving birth to a unique culture and plenty of land for the development of infrastructure.
Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, is the second largest city in the country. Widely regarded as Australia’s ‘Sports Capital’, Melbourne is the venue of the Australian Tennis Open and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Home to two A-league teams in Melbourne Victory FC and Melbourne City FC, the city is bustling with sports fans.
Australia is also often considered as one of the premier places in the world to visit for exemplary golf courses with captivating views, with 11 golf courses in the top 100 in the world. Sitting high up on the list of greats are Royal Melbourne East and West, ranked 19th and 3rd in the world respectively, Kingston Heath at 13th, while Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm in Tasmania are at 11th and 26th. These are all championship venues masterminded by acclaimed architects.
The Melbourne Sandbelt is a rough triangle extending from Brighton south along the coast of Port Phillip Bay to Frankston. Due to its primary terrain nature of the Sandbelt region, it is home to a cluster of distinctive golf courses with unique designs and variations. These courses are built on sandy loam subsoil, which provides the incredible opportunity to construct green complexes with bunkers cut on the edge of the greens, while the fairways are noted for their firmness and consistent vibrancy. The Oceanic climate around the area is also perfect for producing bent grass putting surfaces.
A chartered flight away in the neighbouring state of Tasmania, Barnbougle Dunes is a collaboration between legendary designer Tom Doak and Australian tour-pro-turned-architect Michael Clayton. Opening its doors to the world in 2004, the layout is a mix of rugged dunes and wasteland, almost identical to a links course.
Measuring at only 6148 meters off the back tees, this track requires precise placement of the ball. Golfers coming inward will be struck with captivating views of the course, stretched out along the bay and the town of Bridport.
Situated just across the river with taller dunes but fewer of them is the Lost Farm course. It has not 18, but 20 holes, adding in its two short pitching holes. Architect Bill Coore’s simplistic yet sophisticated course design ties with his philosophy of traditional and strategic golf. The Lost Farm showcases more wind-involvement and steeper slopes as compared to its sister course. The wider fairways might seem like an allowance from the course but its sneaky bunkers are ready to catch your ball at any given time.
The signature par-3 fourth is just 124m from back tees but its memorable sight might keep you dangling longer than usual. Straddling the coast and with the cottages in the distance, golfers might miss out on the cavernous bunkers in the front and sides of it. The bowl-shaped green provides golfers of any ability a chance for a hole-in-one.
Royal Melbourne itself, southeast of Melbourne’s city centre, is the pinnacle of golf in Australia. The club has two full 18-hole courses, East and West, and as mentioned above, are both in the top-20 of the World’s Best Golf Courses, with the latter positioning itself consistently in the top-five. The globally renowned course is Australia’s oldest, as well as the first non-American course chosen to host the PGA President’s cup. Needless to say, if you have the opportunity and love your golf, playing here is a must. Being a private member club, not many can have the chance to set foot in this fine establishment.
As the finest design by Dr. Alister Mackenzie, the West course is widely acknowledged as the best course in Australia. The West stands out with its majority dogleg holes and strong bunkers while the rough areas around the tees and bunkers are a mix of grasses which naturally provide each hole with great definition. The greens have consistently provided one of the finest putting surfaces in Australia.
Designed and built in the 1920’s by Australian Dan Souter, and bunkered by the Royal Melbourne’s Dr Alister Mackenzie, Kingston Heath is one of the great Australian golf courses with arguably the finest bunkering in the world. The course at the South sets itself apart by being the country’s sandiest golf course with a staggering 128 bunkers swarming the course and surrounding nearly every green. The bunkers are long in depth, rooted, ruthless, and strategically placed to devour any ball coming its way.
Nevertheless, Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open seven times, as well as several editions of the Australian Masters, proving itself to be a championship course.
Get your game on with the 5D4N package with UOB travel.
Packages start at S$4228 per person for a group of eight. The bundle also provides the Cessna Conquest II, a private charter jet. This twin prop-jet aircraft is a fast, reliable outback machine capable of landing on Barnbougle’s private airfield. Recently refurbished with new paint and a customized interior, it’s all weather rated with impressive safety features, crewed by an experienced Commercial Captain. The interior is spacious with leather seating, climate control and clear windows.
This package includes:
– Return private transfers from Melbourne International Airport
– Return private charter flights on board our modern Outback Jet to Barnbougle’s private airfield
– 1-night on-course accommodation at the premium Lost Farm Lodge with breakfast
– 3 nights’ accommodation at The Grand Hyatt Melbourne City View room with breakfast
– 2 full rounds at Barnbougle/Lost Farm
– 1 round at Royal Melbourne
– 1 round at Kingston Heath
– Private on ground transfers