Golf Vacations in Australia
In one of the recent golf magazine publications ranking their ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in the World’, no fewer than 6 of the first 33 courses were Australian.
The only country to top this was America; such is the strength and depth of golf courses in Australia. Throw in several world class courses in New Zealand as well and you have a simply stunning golf destination to a corner of the globe that is often overlooked when deciding on your next golf trip. With modern day transport links there has never been a better time to consider your trip to Australia and New Zealand and as an added bonus in making a decision to travel to this part of the world, the weather allows you to play at pretty much at any time of the year.
Australia is the 6th largest country in the world and as such we have focused on the Melbourne and Sydney areas for our golf packages using our locally based agents in Melbourne. If the Old Course St Andrew’s is the spiritual ‘home of golf’ in Scotland then the courses within the Melbourne Sandbelt are the ‘must plays’ when deciding where to play golf in Australia. The quality of golf is astonishing and all within a 15 km radius south east of the city. Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Victoria, Huntingdale and The Metropolitan, to name a few, are all championship layouts and used to staging the big tournaments. However just 60 to 90 minutes along the coast also lies the Mornington Peninsula home to many more of Australia’s favourites; The National Golf Club, Moonah Links, Portsea, Sorrento, The Dunes, the list goes on. An area rich in golf with several courses also touched by the hands of a genius Dr Alister Mackenzie back in the 1920’s, combining a trip to the Melbourne Sandbelt and the Mornington Peninsula will keep you completely captivated.
More recently two courses have become very popular on the North West Coast of Tasmania; Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm. It’s very possible and surprisingly cheap to combine these two courses with a trip out to Bridport taking a private charter flight from Melbourne, so please ask for details on this. A trip to Australia would not be complete if you didn’t experience a few days in Sydney home to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House possibly two of the most famous landmarks in the world. One course in the Sydney area that will be on everyone’s list to play is New South Wales Golf Club in La Perouse. Consistently ranked as one of the best courses in Australia it can be combined with golf at Royal Sydney, The Lakes and The Australian for a whirlwind stop off in Australia’s largest city.
For those looking to bag the ‘Top 100 in the World’ courses it is possible to set up your trip to also include Cape Kidnappers & Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand, which in recent years have become so popular and really placed New Zealand on the golfing map. However there are also many more fine world class courses spread around this beautiful country and to miss out on courses such as Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Titirangi, the Kinloch Club, Jacks Point and the Millbrook Resort would be a real shame. New Zealand really has become recognised as one of the top destinations in the world with such a varied landscape and there is an abundance of terrific golf courses carved out over the spectacular terrain the country has to offer. Our locally based agents will create your golf trip for you and you can choose from escorted tours of if preferred self-drive packages.
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