52 Great Weekends

No 36: Great Golf Courses

Plan your own golf tour at the idyllic courses on the Great Ocean Road.

Pack the clubs and set off on one of the world’s most scenic drives – the Great Ocean Road. Experience the awe-inspiring landscape, laid back towns and must-see attractions as you play a round on seven of the South West Coast’s greatest golf courses.

RACV TORQUAY GOLF CLUB

Stay and play like a pro at the award-winning RACV Torquay Golf Club and Resort. Ideally situated at No 1: Great Ocean Road you’ll wake up to a championship golf course on your doorstep. The panoramic, Par 71, 18-hole, links style course comes complete with immaculate, wide-open fairways, undulating greens, fescue roughs and wetlands. Even the best players might be distracted by the spectacular backdrop of Torquay and Jan Jun beaches.

Spacious and beautifully designed with every convenience at your fingertips the award-winning RACV Torquay Golf Club and Resort has everything you need to relax and unwind. The award-winning heated spa bathhouse and luxurious thermal stone steam room will revive and restore your muscles after the round. Continue the pampering with a personalised massage treatment then sip champagne and sample the modern Australian menu while you watch the sun set on the picturesque 18-hole golf course.

ANGLESEA GOLF CLUB

Tee off with 400+ kangaroos at Anglesea Golf club, they love the immaculate rolling green grass of the fairways. Play 9 or 18-holes on this meticulously maintained course set in beautiful native heathland. Frequently described as the friendliest golf club on Victoria’s spectacular Surf Coast settle back at the 19th hole with the friendly members and enjoy Live Music Sunday’s with a woodfired pizza.

LORNE COUNTRY CLUB

Perched high above the luxurious town of Lorne lays the lush 9-hole course of Lorne Country Club. It boasts spectacular hilltop ocean views and challenging holes with a casual ‘resort style’ environment. Afterwards, relax with a cold one at the Clubhouse and bistro overlooking Louttit Bay and the Lorne Pier. It’s one of Lorne’s best kept secrets.

APOLLO BAY GOLF CLUB

Nestled between the sparkling ocean of Apollo Bay and the Otways Ranges this Par 3 and 4 course offers stunning harbourfront views and well-manicured greens with challenging waterfront conditions. The exposure to the elements makes for a new course every time the wind changes! Play the 9-hole course or an interesting round of 18 as there are two tees on some holes and two greens on another. Apollo Bay Golf Club is a semi-private golf club with friendly members and opportunities to play for non-members.

PETERBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

Set yourself the challenge of playing a clifftop round on a storm carved coastline at Peterborough Golf Club. Golfers will love this spectacular 9-hole golf course with stunning ocean views. A true coastal links makes the Peterborough course a rare treat for travellers in search of a swing.

PORT FAIRY GOLF CLUB

Voted in the Top 50 public courses in Australia, Port Fairy Golf Club offers a classic 18-hole natural links course stretching through rolling sand dunes and green pastures with unbeatable views of the wild Southern Ocean. Often compared to the famed links courses of Scotland and Ireland, Port Fairy Golf Links is unrivalled by any on the Australian mainland. Immaculate fast greens and lush fairways means Port Fairy Golf Links will not disappoint travelling golfers looking to tick-off a bucket list course.

COBDEN GOLF CLUB

Finish off your golf tour by venturing inland from the Great Ocean Road and enjoying the country hospitality at Cobden Golf Club. Everyone is welcome! This 12-hole, well sculptured course offers professionally manicured Santa Ana fairways and superb bent grass greens. Reward yourself with a refreshing ale with the friendly locals at the clubhouse bar or with meal at Sally’s Bistro – both with course views.

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Top 5 things that made the weekend great

  • Playing and staying like a pro at the RACV Torquay Golf Club

  • Teeing off with the Eastern Grey Kangaroo’s in Anglesea

  • Apollo Bay’s beachfront club overlooking the sparkling harbour

  • Playing 18 holes in Port Fairy on one of the top 50 public courses in Australia

  • An ocean front round at Peterborough’s clifftop golf course

Beginners to pro’s alike will have a great golfing weekend on the Great Ocean Road.

 

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