Inside Golf’s DAVID NEWBERY ventured off-the-beaten-track and discovered a nine-hole golf course where serenity rules even at Death Valley, Pinball Alley and the Bermuda Triangle IT’S 8.25 on a heavenly Wednesday morning when I drive into Tabulam Golf Club’s car park and pull into a parking spot just metres from the “clubhouse”. Well, truth be [...]
Category: Course Reviews
With origins dating back to 1896, The Eastern Golf Club in Melbourne has a rich and treasured history. From their early days in Mont Albert (with a railway station as their original clubhouse) through their transitional periods that saw their history intertwine with both the Box Hill and Huntingdale Golf Clubs, the club has grown [...]
A great place for that well earned vacation or just a weekend away, Barham is an idyllic paradise located on the Banks of the Mighty Murray River. Situated between Swan Hill & Echuca, Barham is a leisurely three-hour drive north of Melbourne.
Nestled alongside the picturesque Murray River, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort is the perfect resort destination in which you can experience immaculate greens under idyllic blue skies over the winter months. Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort has 45 holes on offer – two 18-hole courses, the Lake and the Murray, as well as a short [...]
In terms of scenic beauty, the Mid-North Coast and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales are unsurpassed. And when it comes to golf, this stretch of NSW manages to combine the attraction of a resort golf destination with the charm of friendly local clubs.
New Zealand’s Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers golf courses are hugely popular with golfers the world over, but there are a number of other must-play gems in the land of the Long White Cloud, writes DAVID NEWBERY
With 196 years of history, and friendly locals, Toowoomba is a destination golf fanatics and non-golfers alike should explore, writes DAVID NEWBERY
A world away from the hustle and bustle of Australia, a visit to Norfolk Island is like stepping back in time. A journey to the quintessential ‘Small Town Australia’ and the simple, honest and organic way of life. Plus, there is some fantastic island golf!
For golfers travelling to New Zealand’s rugged North Island, the beautiful and ultra-playable Kauri Cliffs should be top of the list. This month, we review this magnificent course — including a hole-by-hole photo gallery.
Corporate Golf events are still one of the best ways to reward loyal clients, engage with potential clients, or simply have a fun day out with employees and colleagues. As golf is one of Australia’s highest participant sports, it’s a good bet that the majority of your business contacts will include some golf lovers. And [...]
Rated by many as among the top golf layouts in the world, the Cape Kidnappers golf course offers a combination of breathtaking scenery and world-class golf like no other. Inside Golf ventured to this unique kiwi destination to experience this beauty for ourselves. “Is it normally this windy here?” I asked, holding onto my cap, [...]
From the magnificent Country Club Tasmania in Launceston, a facility that also features a well-groomed championship golf course and a boutique casino amongst other special features, to the highly rated Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm, my three-day tour has me wanting to book my next visit – and it’s certain it won’t take another 25 years for that to happen.
Since it opened in 2004, Barnbougle Dunes has very quickly been rated by many as among the great golf courses of the world. With the opening in 2010 of its sister course, The Lost Farm, the facility has become an essential golfing destination for every golf tragic. Like many golfers, I have been intrigued to [...]
Australian golfing legend Greg Norman’s first course design in South Australia has officially opened for play. The finishing touches have been put on the first nine holes of the new Copperclub golf course at The Dunes Port Hughes on the Yorke Peninsula, with thousands of golfers expected to tackle the Scottish style links layout in [...]
The Princes Highway stretching from Wollongong to the Sapphire Coast is arguably one of the best golf trails in the country.
Just a short drive north of Melbourne, The Craigieburn Sporting Club is a great place for a bit of golfing fun.
Announcing: The Inside Golf “Carpark to the 19th” Course Experience Ratings Historically, golf course rankings have been written by golf pros, journalists, course architects and industry professionals. The ratings have been based on features like design, condition, length, number of hazards, etc, with sometimes a hint at the “Wow Factor”. And while these rankings are [...]
On a recent trip to the ACT, we were fortunate enough to have a quick play on this enjoyable track. This 6300-metre par-72 championship layout is certainly one of the more enjoyable inland courses in the area, and requires solid ballstriking if you want to do well. Designed by James Herd Scott in 1954, the [...]
Nestled alongside the beautiful Murray River at Echuca Moama, Rich River Golf Club offers a pleasant and challenging golf experience for players of all levels. With fully self-contained accommodation on site, it is also a great location for a “Weekend Away” with the gang, as Bushranger Golf stalwart Mick Van Raay recently discovered.
While Victoria’s best golf courses are generally found in Melbourne’s Sandbelt or along the Mornington Peninsula, a new course in Melbourne’s outer west, Eynesbury, is beginning to turn some heads in the social golfing community. The recent host of the Victorian Social Golf Club Championships (VSGCC), Eynesbury’s course and homestead offer an endearing combination of [...]
Great golf in Victoria isn’t limited to the Mornington Peninsula or the Sandbelt. A short trip down the famed Surf Coast offers a variety of challenging and picturesque seaside courses that offer a true test of golf. The Stuart Appleby-designed Sands Torquay is one of these courses. Though still a relatively young course, it has [...]
In June 2009, the Croydon Golf Club packed up and moved from their long-time residence at Dorset Road to their shiny new home in the Yarra Valley. Featuring an impressive 27-hole Ross Watson-designed course, a 15 hectare walnut grove and a modern clubhouse with all the amenities, the new facility is certain to grow into one of Melbourne’s premier courses.
Whether you choose the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens you will have hit on a region rich in golfing treasures.Each region can boast numerous top-quality golf courses and venues and over the next few pages we feature a selection of the finest in these areas. From the championship layouts of Pacific Dunes, Hunter Valley [...]
Located just 45 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD is the only Graham Marsh designed course in Brisbane – North Lakes Resort Golf Club. Featuring one of Queensland’s best championship golf courses, excellent dining, and a dedication to providing the very best in service and quality, North Lakes offers a unique golfing experience in the greater Brisbane area.
Featuring a challenging layout, spectacular scenery and a sparkling new $2.5million clubhouse renovation, the Graham Marsh-designed Secret Harbour Golf Links is an extremely popular track that caters to locals and visitors alike.
Great golf on the Mornington Peninsula isn’t limited to courses like The Dunes and Moonah Links. Just a short drive to the east is the lovely and picturesque Flinders Golf Club, an 18-hole seaside beauty built along an amazing stretch of land overlooking Bass Strait. This month, we examine this historic gem.
The mere mention of Hamilton Island is enough to get most tongues wagging. The tropical surrounds, the laid-back island atmosphere and the overall friendliness of the locals are all world renowned. And now, you can add “World-class golf” to the list. The brand-new Hamilton Island Golf Course – situated on the nearby Dent Island – [...]
Inside Golf travelled to Western Australia to play Kalgoorlie Golf Course – one of Australia’s best new golf courses.
Visitors to Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula are spoiled for choice when it comes to golf. With so many world-class courses on offer, mapping out a golfing itinerary for this wonderful part of Victoria is tough. So what course to play? The best part about the Mornington Peninsula’s golf courses is that they’re almost all open to the [...]
Nestled on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, St Andrews Beach has been rated as one of Australia’s top courses – achieving the #10 spot by Golf Australia in 2010. Featuring some of the Peninsula’s more challenging holes, this Doak/Clayton gem was originally a members-only course — with shares fetching a reported $55,000 each – before it closed [...]
As anyone who has ever driven the length of the Eyre Highway will contend, there’s not much to do along the barren, desolate expanse of the Nullarbor. That is, unless you love a game of golf. Winding along the Eyre between Norseman in WA and Ceduna in SA, the brand-new Nullarbor Links is set to [...]
When it comes to golf on Queensland’s Gold Coast there is one course that you absolutely must play at least once: The Greg Norman-designed The Glades Golf and Spa.
If you’ve ever considered becoming a member of a private or semi-private course, but haven’t yet had the opportunity to play on one of these local gems, then Amstel Golf Club’s Ranfurlie Course in Melbourne’s south-east may be just what you’re looking for. Ranked in “Australia’s best 50 courses” by Golf Australia (2004 and 2006), [...]
Melbourne’s south east corridor can add another quality golf course to its ever-expanding resume. With a population explosion throughout this area in the last 10 years — coupled with the recently-completed Eastlink bypass — entrepreneurs and designers alike have taken advantage of the course-friendly land available and some excellent tracks have emerged. Greg Norman’s latest [...]
This month, Inside Golf ventures to the nation’s capital to sample one of Australia’s popular inland courses.
Nestled in the heart of the Sydney metropolitan area, Strathfield Golf Club provides a true challenge to golfers of all level
Just five minutes from Sydney’s CBD, Moore Park’s 18-hole championship public golf course offers enjoyment for golfers of all abilities — from beginners to low markers
Consistently ranked among Australia’s best public access courses by Golf Australia, The Golf Course Guide and Golf Digest — including a #1 placement for NSW in 2007 — Pacific Dunes Port Stephens is the latest member of Inside Golf’s “Must Play” courses
The Growling Frog is easily one of the best public access courses in the surrounds of Melbourne. The layout rewards the aggressive golfer, suggests good course management for solid scoring, and still maintains a liberal smacking of forgiveness for the hack.
The new home of the Australian PGA, Sandhurst Club is a short 30-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD. With two championship golf courses — the well-established North Course and the realtively new Champions Course – as well as a world-class clubhouse and health club (complete with a pool, aerobics room, gymnasium and tennis courts), the facility [...]