Melbournes best playable Courses

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Much like the Scottish coast and America’s eastern seaboard, Melbourne and its surrounds are, shall we say, geologically blessed in a way that it makes the area a bountiful haven of world-class golf clubs.

Known as the ‘Sandbelt’, the undulating dune terrain, sandy soil and vegetation makes the entire area incredible for Golf, meaning that Melbourne plays host to more entrants in Australian top courses lists than any other city in the country.

Of course, not all of them are gonna let you in for a tee-time this weekend, so we’ve chosen our pick of the best that’ll let both scratch players and everyday hackers on, regardless of whether they have the PM on speed-dial or not.

Name: The Dunes Golf Links

Address: 335 Browns Rd., Rye

The Rundown: A number of courses into the sand dunes at the southern tip of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, the crown jewel of which is arguably The Dunes. Ranked in number 3 course in Australia by Golf Digest this year, there aren’t many places around that offer public access and value for money in such good measure.

Name: St Andrews Beach

Address: 209 Sandy Rd, Fingal

The Rundown: The course makes more varied use of its rugged terrain, with deep, sandy bunkers, more narrow fairways, and plenty of shrubbery to make your round difficult.

Name: Ranfurlie Golf Club

Address: Golf Links Rd, Barwon Heads

The Rundown: Ranfurlie provides a nice respite from the rigours of sandbelt golf, offering a complex experience which rewards risky drives and an alternative approach to course management.

Name: Sanctuary Lakes

Address: Greg Norman Drive, Sanctuary Lakes

The Rundown: Sanctuary Lakes plays its way around a picturesque waterway in Melbourne’s far South West, using internationally sourced grasses and fescues to bring a slice of St. Andrews-style links golf to the city.

Name: Sandringham Golf Course

Address: Cheltenham Road, Cheltenham VIC

The Rundown: Sandringham is such a pure Melbourne sandbelt course it quite literally sits next door to the world famous Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Name: Cheltenham Golf Club

Address: 35 Victor Ave, Cheltenham VIC

The Rundown: It’s only 9 holes, but presents a mighty fun challenge to just about every golfer, along with a decent clubhouse to enjoy a beer in after your round.

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