We’ve rounded up twelve must-visit golf courses, from Geelong up the coast to Port Fairy, each offering their own adventure, from stays in eco-suites to incredible views of the You Yangs plains, not to mention from some of the finest golf courses in Australia.
Here’s the guide to the ultimate golf road trip along the Victoria Coast, starting on the Bellarine Peninsula. We recommend a minimum of five days, which is enough time to play a few rounds and then enjoy the natural wonders, fine dining and experiences on offer.
Starting with a luxurious experience, Curlewis Golf Club is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne and east of Geelong. While it boasts an immaculately manicured course that also features mini-golf and a range, Curlewis’ real appeal may lie in its next-level off-course experiences.
Curlewis Golf Club is one of the many must-play courses on the Bellarine Peninsula. PHOTO: Included.
After a game, visit one of the three restaurants — from the upscale, French-tinged Claribeaux to the casual burgers and homemade pies at The Range — and check into the eco-suites, modern rooms with stunning views of the pitch.
A short 20 minute drive from Curlewis is Barwon Heads beach, home to three of Australia’s top 50 public golf courses. Thirteenth Beach has two golf courses – Creek or Beach – while Barwon Heads Golf Club has a listed clubhouse for those who appreciate a historic venue. And if you want to add a little more adrenaline to your stay, the local airport also offers scenic flights and skydiving.
Also on the Peninsula is Portarlington Golf Club and Lonsdale Links – the former is particularly well worth a visit during its annual Carnival Of Golf, a week of competitive games and social events held in late August/early September.
13th Beach, home of the Vic Open, has two great 18-hole courses. PHOTO: David Scaletti.
The Great Ocean Road
Starting in Torquay and ending just outside Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road is a must-see for any Australian. The 150-mile (240-kilometer) drive offers unparalleled natural beauty that hugs the Surf Coast, winds through rainforests, and passes unforgettable wonders like the Twelve Apostles and countless limestone beaches.
Take it all in – and along the way, visit some of the nation’s finest golf courses, scattered throughout the cities. Start at RACV Torquay Golf Course and/or The Sands (both offer high-end on-site accommodation) and then make your way to Anglesea Golf Club, which, in addition to its unique, challenging terrain, is also home to a colony of golfers from the Eastern gray kangaroos. Up close and personal with a kangaroo tour after a round.
Lorne Country Club has an 18-hole golf course and tennis facilities, but don’t get tired. Lorne is a perfect stop to conquer the Surf Coast Walk, a 44km route that immerses you in the region’s bushland while embracing the beautiful, one-of-a-kind cliffs.
At Lorne there is little between the course and the ocean, one of the best places to golf. PHOTO: Included.
As you drive along the Ocean Road, be sure to stop at Peterborough Golf Club, which offers a cliff-top course that has to be seen to be believed. And don’t miss the small, quaint town of Terang, which features a golf course and is home to many native birds.
And once you make it to Warrnambool, head to her par 72 for stunning views of the infamous Shipwreck Coast, or head to Port Fairy Golf Club for a challenging game between the sand dunes – an experience like no other.
Playing golf in Anglesea brings with it some unique local crowds. PHOTO: Lauren Doolan.
To celebrate Victoria’s adventurous landscape, Great Ocean Road Tourism & Tourism Geelong are gifting Bellarine with the ultimate adventure holiday experience. All you have to do is answer a few questions and you could win a trip worth $5,000. General terms and conditions apply, click HERE and click “Get Started” and follow the instructions!
This feature is a paid promotion on behalf of Great Ocean Road Tourism & Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Tourism.
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