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10 Melbourne Golf Courses Where You’ll Play Like A Pro

Whether you putt like a pro or duff all day, these are Melbourne’s top clubs.

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1 of 10|Royal Melbourne Golf Club|Black Rock
2 of 10|Kingston Heath Golf Club|Heatherton
3 of 10|Brighton Golf Course|Brighton
4 of 10|Victoria Golf Club|Cheltenham
5 of 10|Ranfurlie Golf Course|Cranbourne
6 of 10|The Metropolitan Golf Club|South Oakleigh
7 of 10|Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club|Sanctuary Lakes
8 of 10|The Commonwealth Golf Club|South Oakleigh
9 of 10|Sandringham Golf Course|Black Rock
10 of 10|Yarra Yarra Golf Club|Bentleigh East

As you’d expect with the city generally regarded as Australia’s capital for all things cultured, Melbourne also boasts a reputation as Australian golfing heaven.

Melbourne houses more of Australia’s best golf courses than probably any other major city (including 4 of the top 10 courses in the country), and its “Sandbelt” region contains more championship-level golf courses than one article could possibly fit. We like a challenge, though, so here’s our pick of the top ten with a few public courses dotted throughout for the everyday hacker.

Royal Melbourne Golf Club | Black Rock

Green fee: $300 for interstate visitors, $550 for overseas visitors
Royal Melbourne advertises itself as the pinnacle of golf in Australia, and to be honest it’s hard to argue with that assessment. Royal Melbourne actually boasts two full 18 hole courses, East and West, the latter of which is regularly voted the best golf course in Australia by Australian Golf Digest. 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 live down under and love your golf, playing here is a must for the bucket list.

Kingston Heath Golf Club | Heatherton

Green fee: Members, invited guests & reciprocal club members only
Not content with continually placing second on lists of Australia’s best golf clubs, Kingston Heath sets itself apart by being the country’s sandiest. A staggering 128 bunkers dot the course and surround nearly every green – meaning that, in the words of the great Shooter McGavin, you’re likely to spend more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff. Nevertheless, Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open 7 times, as well as several iterations of the Australian Masters, and cracks the top 20 in Golf Digest’s ranking of the world’s 100 greatest golf courses.

Brighton Golf Course | Brighton

Green fee: $32.50
It may seem odd to include a $30 course amongst some of the most exclusive golf clubs in Australia, but we’re no elitists here, and we believe Melbourne’s best golf courses belong to more than those with a wardrobe dedicated entirely to smoking jackets and chinos. Brighton has all the hallmarks of a Sandbelt course – meaning bunkers lacing pretty much every green – with none of the intimidation and a price that caters to any level of play.

Victoria Golf Club | Cheltenham

Green fee: Members, invited guests & interstate players only
Victoria Golf Club was designed by Oscar Damman and Bill Meade with assistance from the doyen of course architects, Dr. Alister MacKenzie. The par 72 course has hosted many illustrious events over the years, including the Australian Open and the Women’s Australian Open, and even hosted President George Bush Sr. for a round in 1998. If that’s not a CV, we don’t know what is.

Ranfurlie Golf Club | Cranbourne

Green fee: $75 (restricted times only)
Ranfurlie isn’t just one of the best public golf courses in Australia, it’s one of the best golf courses in Australia overall, period. Ranfurlie combines a traditional links-style layout with Sandbelt golf which means, as we’re sure you’ve guessed by now, loads of bunkers. You can join Ranfurlie as a member to play any time you like, but it’s open to just about anyone on certain days of the week for premium golfing on a budget.

The Metropolitan Golf Club | South Oakleigh

Green fee: members, invited guests & reciprocal club members only
Everything about the Metropolitan oozes swankiness, including its name. That being said, it’s done more than enough to earn its general air of exclusivity, from being a multiple-time host of the Australian Open to repeatedly placing in the top 20 of Golf Digest’s 100 best Australian courses. It was at the Metropolitan in 1997 that Greg Norman famously lost a sudden death play-off by three-putting the final green. We’ve all been there.

Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club | Sanctuary Lakes

Green fee: $69 midweek, $89 weekend
Designed by Greg Norman and situated on Greg Norman Drive, Sanctuary Lakes is one big homage to the Great White Shark himself. Golf Australia named it the best publicly accessible course in Melbourne, making Sanctuary Lakes an ideal stop for most anyone willing to pay a little more in the name of a properly rewarding day of golf. Located just 20 minutes from the CBD, it has all the fittings of a championship-level course, including a full driving range. We all know you’ll shank the first drive of the day anyway.

Commonwealth Golf Club | South Oakleigh

Green fee: Members, invited guests & interstate players only ($250 for interstate visitors)
Just down the road from the Metropolitan is the Commonwealth, a fellow member of the Seven Sisters and a true beacon of Sandbelt golf. Should you find yourself visiting interstate or from overseas, you can get on comparatively easily (and cheap) compared to its neighbours, although as is standard, you need to be a member of a club in the state or country where you live.

Sandringham Golf Course | Black Rock

Green fee: $37.50 midweek, $39.00 weekend
Everything about Sandringham is a serious golf course, despite the affordable green fee. Ideal for junior golfers, seniors and just about everyone else who wants to enjoy proper Melbourne golfing, Sandringham’s layout values proper shot selection and skilful play above all else. It’s challenging, interesting, one of the best public courses in Melbourne and very, very good value.

Yarra Yarra Golf Club | Bentleigh East

Green fee: Members, invited guests & reciprocal club members only
Hop across the road from the Commonwealth, just a short stretch away from he Metropolitan and Kingston Heath, and you’ll find Yarra Yarra. The four par 3 holes at Yarra Yarra are consistently ranked amongst the finest examples of golf course architecture in both the souther hemisphere and the world at large. Should you, for whatever reason, decide not to play all of the other world-renowned courses that share the same postcode as Yarra Yarra, it definitely won’t let you down.

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