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 spending 4-5 uninterrupted hours on the course with a client can translate to a better business relationship in the future.
Choosing the right venue / course is paramount to success. By carefully matching the course to the skill level and preferences of your players – and taking care of all the little details and finer points along the way – you can ensure a successful event for everyone.
While most courses have some sort of package or offering for corporate events, here are a few featured venues:
REGION: MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Eagle Ridge Golf Course
The stunning Clubhouse, facilities and championship golf course at Eagle Ridge make it the quintessential Corporate Golf venue. The entire facility was designed with corporate golf events in mind, and they have the ability to host corporate golf events for groups of all sizes (from 8 to a full field of 100).
Their 50-strong cart fleet, combined with the brand-new, high quality practice area make it ideal for events both large and small.
They have designed packages from a relaxed-style outdoor barbeque inclusion, to a three-course luncheon in their beautiful ballroom.
Eagle Ridge’s clients come back year after year, often with the encouragement of clients and staff who love their golf events at Eagle Ridge. Each year, Eagle Ridge holds the ‘Corporate Cup’, which includes old and new clients and their guests to compete with a fantastic lunch and presentations afterward.
A key aspect of their corporate golf events are their themed holes. Of particular interest recently has
been the ‘Skippysteak & Burgundy’ stop between Holes 13 and 14, where each team is treated to a hunk of steak and glass of wine, served by a waiter, on the landing of the Pumphouse overlooking one of their lakes.
“I have been to and organised many a corporate golf day, but I have never seen such great themed holes as the ones on offer at Eagle Ridge! They are a real standout and add that little extra to each event,” says Lyn Deutrom, Corporate Sales Executive at Eagle Ridge.
According to Wayne Lucas, General Manager, booking an event at Eagle Ridge eliminates the hassles that many event organisers often encounter with a corporate day.
“We are the best at what we do. Our clients tell us consistently that we take the stress out of their day by organise everything for them, allowing them to simply enjoy their day with clients and staff on the course.”
With superb, fast-draining couch fairways and fast and true bent-grass greens, Portsea is a fantastic golf course for corporate or social events.
The compact and hilly course is noted for tricky, short par-4’s and superb par-3’s. It is also well protected from the weather, thus it retains its playability in the wet and hosts a surprisingly large number of events during winter.
While a private members course, Portsea warmly welcomes visiting golfers to its classic layout. In particular they welcome corporate groups and social groups of golfers who respect and care for their highly-rated course.
Many of their regular groups return year after year, booking well in advance.
The fully-stocked pro shop has all the top brands and equipment, while the bar and restaurant serve high quality local foods and beverages at value prices.
The course can cater for specific requirements and assist with competition management, prizes and many other necessities for a successful corporate golf day.
Corporate golf events are played on Mondays and Fridays, with either morning or afternoon play available to suit your needs. Numbers under 60 will be allocated a 2 tee start; all numbers over 60 will be a shotgun start with play from holes allocated by the club.
Portsea Golf Club
Portsea, Victoria Australia 3944
(03) 5984 3521
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Located on the southern-most tip of the stunning Mornington Peninsula, RACV Cape Schanck Resort is just a leisurely 75-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD.
The Resort’s magnificent 18-hole, par 70 championship golf course is consistently rated among Australia’s best 100 courses, and offers incredible golfing value. Designed by renowned course architect, Robert Trent-Jones Jnr, the course has huge greens with large open bunkers, tree-lined fairways and spectacular ocean views on eleven holes. The superbly maintained course is fantastic for both experienced and new golfers.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort is a very popular venue to hold Corporate Golf Days, as it is playable for golfers of all levels. The course is equipped with a full range of practice facilities, ideal for a pre-game golf clinic, or for warming up your back swing.
There are 60 golf carts available with the ability to carry up to 120 players around the fully signposted course. You’ll find friendly golf shop staff on hand and ready to escort players to the tee for a shotgun start, and process competitions ready for presentation. You’ll also find the golf shop extremely well stocked with all your golfing needs and prizes for purchase.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s Presentation Rooms provide the ideal setting for hosting presentation luncheons and dinners while enjoying restaurant quality dining. With each room hosting a full range of audio/visual facilities, whether you’re entertaining a small group, or hold a large corporate function, they can tailor a combination to meet your requirements.
And should you wish to spread your event over two or more days there are fifty ocean rooms and twelve 2 and 3 bedroom villas to house both you and your guests in style and comfort.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Trent Jones Drive (via Boneo Road)
Cape Schanck, Victoria, 3939
03 5950 8000
One of the premier Golf Resorts in Victoria, Moonah Links Resort offers two world-class championship golf courses, each boasting superior course conditions which assure year-round playability.
Since opening in 2003 Moonah Links Resort has achieved global recognition and acclaim having hosted five major tournaments: the 2003 and 2005 Australian Open Golf Championships and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Moonah Classic. The Open and Legends courses have been voted the No. 1 and No. 2 Best Conditioned Golf Courses in Australia (2008-2011), respectively.
Complementing the course facilities are a driving range and practice facilities designed to Australian Institute of Sport specifications and one of the foremost elite training facilities in world golf – The Moonah Links Golf Academy – home to Golf Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport elite player development programs.
Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD, Moonah Links Resort is easy to access for your guests, and provides all the facilities to ensure a successful event. With the largest fleet of motorized golf carts in Victoria, a comprehensive pro shop, On-course food & beverage cart, 89 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, restaurant, spike bar, extensive banquet and conference facilities, day spa and ancillary recreational facilities such as a swimming pool and tennis courts, Moonah Links Resort constitutes one of the finest, most comprehensive Golf Resorts in the country.
55 Peter Thomson Drive
Fingal, Victoria 3939
Hotel enquiries 03 5988 2000
Golf enquiries 03 5988 2047
REGION: SANDBELT & EAST
Huntingdale Golf Club
As a premium private Golf Club that is consistently rated as one of Australia’s best golf courses (and was host to the ‘The Australian Masters’ from 1979-2008), a corporate golf day at Huntingdale offers an exclusive, unique experience that is simply not available to the public golfer.
Huntingdale has a dedicated Corporate Golf Manager that will assist you with the planning and coordinating of every aspect of your golf day to ensure the day is a success. The Club offers a number of packages, ensuring that you stay within your budget and with Huntingdale’s award winning Executive Chef George Skaliotis on board, your guests are guaranteed to be in for a culinary delight.
Huntingdale also offer superb facilities for your pre and post golf functions. Each of Huntingdale’s function rooms boast picturesque views of the course and surrounding gardens and are suitable to entertain groups up to 200 guests. From a relaxed barbecue on the outdoor terrace overlooking the world famous 18th hole, to a formal buffet in the Members Dining Room…the options are endless.
Huntingdale is currently offering a complimentary ‘Premium Wine & Gourmet Cheese Hole’ for any corporate golf day booked before March 31 (min 72 players).
“Huntingdale is the ideal place for a Corporate Golf Day. From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave, nothing is too much trouble! The course is always presented in immaculate condition and the food is amongst the best around. We have held many golf days at Huntingdale and
would strongly recommend the club as an ideal Corporate Golf venue.”- Gary Lisbon–GOLFSelect.
Huntingdale Golf Club
Windsor Avenue South Oakleigh, Vic 3167
Contact: Michael Burgess (03) 9579 4622
Melbourne Golf Academy
For those looking for a Corporate Golf day that is a bit different, then consider an outing at Melbourne Golf Academy.
The recent host of the Victorian Putting Championships, The Melbourne Golf Academy is one of Melbourne’s premium public practice facilities. But it is also a great location to host Corporate Events, Meetings, parties and more.
Overlooking the massive 18th hole putting green, the MGA function room caters for groups of 10 -150 guests in stylish and modern surroundings. Their purpose-built private meeting room, professional service and a wide variety of catering options makes the facility a great choice for hosted golf activities, staff meetings and product launches.
Their great staff and fun golf options can result in a spectacular golf day, with a difference.
The 350m practice fairway is long enough for the biggest of hitters to show off their skills, while the 10 target greens give players a chance to fine-tune their long and short irons (or, say, have mini competitions like nearest to the pin, etc). The undercover, private bays have soft-feel practice mats, club racks, drink holders and, best of all, brand-new, shiny range balls recently put into play. Plus, the range is floodlit at night, allowing you to host your event into the later hours.
MGA also features an impressive short game area, where your event guests can go head-to-head in putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shot competitions.
If you’d like to give your guests some instruction, then the instructors at MGA are top-notch. MGA’s Vaughan Somers, for example, is rated one of the top 50 coaches in Australia. His mastery of identifying a golfer’s “swing personality” has proved to be exactly what some golfers need to turn their game around.
For more information, phone 03 9558 3477, email email@example.com, or visit www.mgagolf.com.au
Melbourne Golf Academy
Open 7 days a week
385 Centre Dandenong Road
03 9558 3477
Functions & Events Manager
0417 694 797
Green Acres Golf Club
Nestled on the banks of the Yarra River, Green Acres Golf Club in Kew offers a world of seclusion just 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD.
This “Hidden Gem” of Melbourne’s Yarra Courses is a peaceful and relaxing option for a corporate golf event, giving golfers a feeling of tranquillity and seclusion. A private course with a long history, Green Acres is presented in immaculate condition all year round with couch fairways and bent grass greens.
With a brand-new, state-of-the-art clubhouse due for completion in the coming months, it will prove to be an ideal venue for Corporate events and functions, and should reinforce Green Acres’ position as a premier corporate golfing facility in the Melbourne area.
A dedicated Functions Co-ordinator will be available to facilitate your whole day, from event and competition co-ordination, to golf and catering packages, to event management templates, team sheets & results, golf trophies and prizes. Their in-house chefs, with an extensive menu selection and full bar facilities also means that there is a variety of catering options to suit your needs.
On course competitions such as Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive and Beat the Pro can all be arranged. Ambrose or individual stableford competitions can be run from a two-tee or siren start and are recommended for corporate days in order to maximise the enjoyment of your guests.
They can also supply clinics and on-course teaching by qualified PGA teaching professionals, as well as organise professional photography, entertainment bookings, on-course corporate signage and more.
Green Acres Golf Club is available for corporate golf days subject to application and availability on Mondays, Thursdays (pm only) and Fridays.
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove
Kew East, Vic 3102
03 9859 1294
REGION: BELLARINE PENINSULA & WEST
The Sands Torquay
The Sands Torquay is one of the region’s premier private courses, a links style course that winds its way through the dunes on the northern headland of Torquay. Offering spectacular views of Torquay’s world renowned beaches, The Sands is the first Stuart Appleby-designed course with 5 tee positions to suit all levels of golfers.
If you’re looking to leave a lasting impression at your next corporate golf day, Peppers The Sands Resort, Torquay offers a number of corporate golf packages to suit all sized golf events. You can also get their experienced team to tailor a package built around your own personal needs.
Featuring a private function space for “sit down” events, catering for player numbers of 16 – 130 , function space to cater for groups of up to 380 guests and a world-class course, the venue is sure to be a hit with your players and guests.
There is also world-class accommodation on site. Peppers The Sands Resort balances first class golf with first class leisure facilities, offering 112 beautifully appointed accommodation rooms with breathtaking views over the course, tennis courts, heated indoor lap pool, health club and gymnasium.
The resort’s signature restaurant, Hanners Restaurant and Bar is positioned directly overlooking the course and is one of the region’s most desired dining destinations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, Peppers The Sands Resort makes for the ideal location for any occasion.
Peppers The Sands Resort
2 Sands Boulevarde
Torquay VIC 3228
03 5264 3333
Sanctuary Lakes Club
Sanctuary Lakes Club is a high-quality Greg Norman-designed Championship golf course rated number 52 in Australia. It was also the home of the Victorian PGA Championship for five years, so it is in good company among corporate golf venues.
Located just 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, Sanctuary Lakes Club boasts a beautiful clubhouse overlooking the 18th green with views of the City and Port Phillip Bay. With a fleet of 24 motorized carts (and access to more), as well as a dedicated team of professionals, it is an ideal location for a corporate golf day event.
The Club’s experienced and professional corporate golf team will ensure all of your options are explored and delivered, and the Club is more than happy to tailor packages to your needs. Nothing is ever too difficult for their team: They strive to impress and this is shown with their high level of service and event management skills.
Corporate golf is all about leaving a lasting impression on clients and staff in order to achieve your objectives for hosting your event. Sanctuary Lakes can provide many extra features to enhance the events’ style:
Golf Professionals: Having a golf professional assisting you throughout the round can be very beneficial. Not only can you include his or her shot as part of your team, it is great to watch how professionals conduct themselves on the course and be in awe of some of their shots (which to them are simply second nature). Contributing to the team via a nearest the pin or longest drive or playing an entire hole with a group is a terrific experience and add-on for the event.
Promotional giveaway: House of Golf, Sanctuary Lakes provides a wide variety of merchandise for prizes and promotional materials. They can guide you in getting the best value on your branded or promotional gear to suit your needs.
Competitions: On- and off-course competition ideas and novelties make your corporate day stand out. The club has experienced and created many additional competitions to value add the day for fundraising or simply extra chances for players to win a prize.
Sanctuary Lakes Resort
Greg Norman Drive
Sanctuary Lakes, VIC 3030
(03) 9395 2888
Corporate Golf Co-ordinator
03 9395 2888
REGION: YARRA VALLEY
Heritage Golf and Country Club
Located in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, about a 45-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, The Heritage Golf and Country Club provides the perfect backdrop for your next corporate golf day.
Framed by the spectacular mountains of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, the Yarra Valley is a special part of Victoria. Home to one of Australia’s most successful wine producing regions, the valley itself boasts incomparable rural scenery.
The facility comprises two championship-standard golf courses. The St John course is a traditional treed environment based on the American parkland-style courses. It is the only private course in Australia designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Henley course is a traditional links course designed by Tony Cashmore in consultation with Nicklaus Design. Tony Cashmore is well-known as the designer of The Dunes course at Rye, Kingston Links and the Beach and Creek courses at 13th Beach at Barwon Heads.
The Clubhouse, Pro-shop, Heritage Retreat & Day Spa, Bars and Restaurants all complement the vision of Jack Nicklaus and Tony Cashmore. Adjacent to the Clubhouse is The Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley, a superbly appointed boutique 4.5 star hotel offering 102 deluxe rooms and suites, including a state-of-the-art convention centre and full conference facilities for up to 400 delegates.
On-course activities for your corporate golf day can include Pre golf Clinic, Roving Golf Professional, Neck, Back & Shoulder Massage and Novelty Hole Competitions, while you can also get great On-Course Catering Stations including burgers, local wine tasting, pancakes, lattes and more.
Corporate Gifts & Merchandise can be organized with either your logo or the Heritage logo, including polo shirts, caps, golf balls, towels and a variety of other golf items. The team can even coordinate Photography, signage, Celebrity MC’s, Competition Prizes, Video / DVD’s and other services.
The Heritage Golf and Country Club
Chirnside Park, Vic 3116
03 9760 3300
Corporate Golf Contact:
03 9760 3356
03 9760 3304
0413 136 298
New South Wales
CluBarham Golf & Sports
CluBarham Golf & Sports is developing as one of the major golfing destinations for Victorian corporate getaways/retreats along the Murray River.
The 18-hole championship course features magnificent greens and challenging bunkers throughout. With four new holes and greens, all designed by Ross Watson, this course now rivals most other Murray River courses and should be added to your list of “must play” courses.
The front nine is gently undulating and played throughout tall timbers and creek crossings. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd are now played alongside the Eagle Creek. The 5th hole, “Gallipoli”, is still the trademark of Barham with a massive bunker located at the foot of the green. The 9th, which is set to rival “Gallipoli” is played from an elevated tee shot over the creek and onto the green surrounded by bunkers, a challenging new hole that will test any golfer’s prowess.
Two styles of accommodation are available: the Barham Golf Resort located on course, or the cluBarham Motel, situated directly opposite the Barham Services Club. Both businesses are incorporated under the cluBarham banner.
The Barham Golf Resort offers 19 self-contained units, four luxury spa units, eight caravan ensuite sites and 6 RV sites. The Resort includes solar heated swimming pools with both an outdoor and fully enclosed screened indoor barbecue area, ideal for a gathering during long hot lazy summer evenings.
The cluBarham Motel is just a short drive from the golf course. This recently refurbished two storey motel features luxury accommodation, spa rooms, solar heated swimming pool, spa and outdoor barbecue area. Continental or cooked breakfasts are available and can be delivered directly to your room.
The Golf Club hosts a Sports Café and the Barham Chinese Gardens where head chef Tony He has quickly developed a reputation for authentic, delicious, MSG free, Chinese cuisine.
Private functions and corporate golf days can also be catered for in the spacious auditorium with picturesque views overlooking the golf course.
Barham Golf and Country Club
Barham NSW 2732
03 5453 2772
03 5453 2971
Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club
Nestled in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country, the award-winning Cypress Lakes Resort is just a short two-hour drive north of Sydney. The Resort facilities coupled with this renowned 18-hole Championship Golf Course makes it the number one choice in Corporate Golf venues in the region.
Providing the perfect backdrop for your next event, Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club is set in the foothills of the Brokenback Mountains. It flaunts dramatic greens, breathtaking views and offers outstanding on-course facilities such as a driving range, practise putting green and a 60-strong cart fleet. Designed by renowned American Course Architect, Steve Smyers, Cypress Lakes has its roots in the strategic, risk reward principles that make golf such a great game for players of all abilities. The front 9 holes is semi-open links style and the back-9 is tree-lined with sloping fairways, offering players two course styles in one.
A dedicated member of the events team is on hand to assist with all the details in the lead up to your event, so you can stay focused on the bigger picture. Backed by a fully-stocked Pro Shop and Team, Cypress Lakes have the experience and ability to cater for groups of different sizes and with specific requirements, to ensure your event is a resounding success.
Over 15 years’ experience looking after Corporate golf events, the flexibility of tailoring personalised competitions, ability to openly display corporate signage, layout of the course, helpful staff, carts included in fees and working to varying budgets with ease, is what keeps the clients coming back year after year.
While at Cypress Lakes, guests have the opportunity to enjoy the full spectrum of Resort facilities on offer including Bodega Restaurant and Bar, the Golden Door Spa at Elysia, three swimming pools, tennis court, gymnasium and a choice of 1,2,3 or 4 bedroom Villas, each with their own private balcony. Choosing the right venue coupled with the right course is paramount to success. You can ensure a successful event for everyone by hosting your next event at Cypress Lakes Resort.
Stay tuned with Cypress Lakes Resort by connecting with them on Facebook or visit their website to keep up to date with all the exciting news and updates.
Cypress Lakes Resort
Address: 15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone: 1800 465 318
Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club
Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club is the perfect venue to mix business with pleasure.
Located in the beautiful surrounds of the Nepean Valley, Twin Creeks is a unique and breathtaking venue that specialises in corporate golf days and events.
Conveniently located near major motorways (the M4, M5 & M7), Twin Creeks is less than an hour’s drive from the CBD and provides ample parking for guests.
Boasting state-of-the-art clubhouse amenities and a world-class par-72 championship golf course set amongst 800 acres of bushland, Twin Creeks can accommodate an intimate group of 16 or a larger field of 144 golfers.
Corporate golf days at Twin Creeks are assigned a personal group coordinator who organises all aspects of your day including bag drop, pre-event registration, a players’ briefing, on-course competition and banner services, collection of score cards, scoring, post golf presentation set up and all food and beverage requirements.
Twin Creeks also offers extensive practice facilities including a 270-metre driving range featuring five target greens at varying distances, a chipping green and practice bunker and one of the largest putting greens you will ever see, all of which are complimentary to corporate golf groups.
For golfers’ convenience and comfort, a fully-stocked on-course beverage cart is readily available to ensure an enjoyable day’s play.
Twin Creeks’ beautifully appointed clubhouse and function rooms, combined with the experience of an award-winning chef, provide a wonderful atmosphere to extend the day’s corporate hospitality catering up to 220 guests.
Twin Creeks is dedicated to not only making your corporate golf day a complete success but also a memorable one for both you and your guests.
Corporate businesses have long recognised the value and business development opportunities a well-organised corporate golf event can attract. Riverside Oaks offer a complete corporate event package of which thousands have enjoyed over the years, catering from 16 up to 144 players on course with a full fleet of motorised carts.
Each company has unique features and requirements on their day and Riverside Oaks have established a great record in producing successful, memorable and enjoyable golf events. The Par-72 Championship Resort Course provides a beautiful panorama of natural surrounds within an ideal course layout to excite and challenge sponsors and their guests. Suitable for all golfers– whether a seasoned club player or social golfer– Riverside Oaks exceeds the competition for its unique setting in Cattai NSW, adjacent to the Hawkesbury River.
This superb facility offers a Grand Style Clubhouse view on arrival as you enter via the tree-lined driveway. With undercover parking onsite, you proceed upstairs to bag drop and Pro shop, where friendly professional staff assist your transfer ready for registration. Each guest’s name is clearly identified on the players’ board, ready for play. Activity on course can be tailored to suit the needs of each company along with signage options, while their friendly coordinators will assist you.
All guests are treated in a professional and friendly manner right from arrival, through to pro shop, restaurant and luxury accommodation. The early start will have you wanting for a little breakfast and a cup of coffee before a player briefing. You are then led out to the start of your golf event.
Following golf, the after-match function–either lunch or dinner–and presentations take place upstairs in the all-glass-fronted dining lounge, a spectacular sight overlooking the entire course and lakes. The perfect conclusion to a wonderful day for guests, sponsors and business partners.
Moore Park Golf
Most of Sydney’s corporate executives can stand at the windows of their plush offices and look out over to the beautiful venue of Moore Park Golf. That’s how close it is to the centre of the Sydney’s CBD.
This gem of a course is the preferred course for over 80 corporate golf days each year. Clients report that they choose Moore Park Golf for its proximity, the course, facilities and the expertise of staff that guarantee a professionally-staged event.
One example of the Moore Park Golf offering is that the 18-hole layout can be set up to challenge or be kind to corporate groups, depending on their experience and skills. Definitely a bonus for those golfing groups with mixed skill levels.
The other great corporate feature of Moore Park Golf is the multi-level driving range, which provides the ideal warm-up opportunity. This driving range is also the home to the Moore Park School of Golf, which boasts seven full-time PGA teaching professionals.
Moore Park Golf also provides a customised service where corporate groups can build individual or group lessons into their day as a curtain raiser to going on course.
As any corporate golf customer knows, the golf is only part of a successful corporate golf day. The hospitality completes the event. The Moore Park Golf function rooms, with views of the course or the stunning city skyline, provide relaxing backdrops for some of the best breakfast, lunch , dinner or cocktail menus you will find at any premium golf venues in Sydney.
To ensure corporate clients and their guests are well catered for, Moore Park Golf have recently added a roving on-course drink and food cart!
Corporate Day packages start from $99.00 per head which includes golf, carts and catering. Tailored packages can be negotiated on request.
Moore Park Golf is ideally situated for the Sydney corporate market, and equipped for non-golf corporate functions such as seminars, meetings, product launches, board meetings, team building sessions or cocktail parties.
Moore Park Golf
Address: Entrance off Cleveland Street, Moore Park
Phone: 02 9663 1064
For Corporate Sales: Graham Griffiths
Mob: 0414 966 350
Pacific Dunes has established a reputation for providing a unique golfing experience on their 18-hole championship golf course. Its natural sandy base and rolling topography, combined with temperate and year-round golfing weather, create the perfect setting for a course to suit all golfers to a tee.
Pacific Dunes features two distinct nine-hole loops with the opening nine holes setting the scene as it winds through a native woodland backdrop, perfectly complementing the stunning wetland back nine.
Managed by Troon Golf, the worldwide leaders in Golf Course Management, and designed by renowned course architect James Wilcher, the layout uses the strategic placement of bunkers and water hazards to create a golf course that is extremely playable to the average golfer, while still challenging to low handicappers.
The design also goes against the trend of most modern golf courses which says that all par-4s need to be long to challenge a golfer. Pacific Dunes has a number of short par-4s, with two playing less than 300 metres from the back tees. These holes provide a good test of a player’s ability and are extremely enjoyable to play.
The course was constructed on land that had been used to mine sand 10 years previously. The regeneration of this land has not only provided a number of environmental benefits to the area, it also formed the optimum base for a golf course – sand.
Visitors to Pacific Dunes will experience some of the finest putting surfaces in Australia. The combination of the sand base together with the use of a technologically advanced bent grass, combine to produce greens that not only look fantastic, but produce the truest of surfaces.
Located in the picturesque Port Stephens region on New South Wales’ lower north coast, Pacific Dunes Golf Club is the centrepiece of the $180 million Pacific Dunes golf and residential community.
Only 20 minutes to Nelson Bay, 25 minutes to the city centre of Newcastle, and less than 2 hours’ drive to Sydney, this magnificent premier golf and residential community will be sure to make a lasting impression.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, try The Dunes Restaurant, which boasts sweeping views across the water, golf course and the surrounding bushland, making it the perfect location to meet with family, friends and colleagues, providing a casual al fresco dining and garden terrace area.
Pacific Dunes caters for many events including premium Corporate and Charity golf days where your guests will be impressed by the services and quality that Pacific Dunes offers.
What better way to become involved at Pacific Dunes then to join as a Golf Member, where you will receive unlimited golf, 7 days a week, preferred times and rates, honour club events all while paying NO green fee. Members can also enjoy the privilege to utilizing up to $4000 worth of Troon vouchers for Troon Managed courses worldwide.
Address: Championship Drive, Medowie, NSW. 2318
Phone: 02 4916 0500
Manly Golf Club
The new Manly Golf Club course layout is undoubtedly the most exciting project in Sydney at the present time, with Peter Thomson due to complete his total rebuild of all 18 holes in June this year. The new landscape has created huge interest with the introduction of extensive waterways, estuaries, dynamic green complexes, strategic bunkering and a completely new course routing. The proof is in the pudding: current members are ecstatic with the new design and membership is flourishing.
Founded in 1903, Manly Golf Club is one of Sydney’s original foundation clubs and is steeped in tradition. Their manicured fairways have hosted many of golf’s immortals in the sixties, seventies and eighties. In 1971, in the NSW Open, Jack Nicklaus laid claim to the course record with a brilliant round of 62 that still stands to this day, while in 1978 Greg Norman fired a fine 64.
At Manly Golf Club, Thursdays are reserved for Corporate Golf Events and their team of highly experienced staff will manage all logistics of the day - taking the pressure off you and allowing you to enjoy a carefree day with your guests. They have a range of packages to suit your event size and budget as well as many additional options to tailor your event. Products range from a Gold, Silver and Bronze ‘Nine and Dine’, half-day module to a full field morning or lunch time shotgun start with Lunch or Dinner to follow. Looking to add a little more fun and innovation to your event? You may like to consider positioning themed catering holes around the course, incorporate short and long game clinics prior to golf, or have their PGA Professionals provide on course instruction to your guests throughout the day.
The Clubhouse has also been extensively refurbished during the past few years, lovingly restored to retain its heritage features, while thoroughly updating its facilities. Designed by highly prominent architect Eric Apperly during the early 1920’s, it is regarded as one of Sydney’s finest Georgian Mediterranean buildings. With a magnificent outdoor terrace, superb food and exceptional service, Manly Golf Club is truly one of the finest corporate venues in NSW.
Muirfield Golf Club
Muirfield is a Group One, 18-hole golf course set in a tranquil, park like environment. The layout provides a true test for players of all standards.
The strength of the course lies in the magnificent eucalypts that line its fairways, and the designers’ clever use of doglegs and bunkers to protect some of the best greens Sydney. The course refuses to be overpowered, and thinking is required if you wish to score well at Muirfield.
Excellent practice facilities complement the course and both male and female professionals are available to work with members or visitors wishing to improve their golf.
A full range of hire equipment is available and tee times for visitors are made available at out-of-competition times.
Muirfield boasts former club champions such as Jack Newton jnr and Jack Newton snr , while the club patrons Tommy Moore and Marea Parsons (nee Hickey) are icons of Australian golf.
Muirfield is the ideal location to host your corporate or trade golfing experience. Talk to them about the day you wish to have and they will make it happen. Take one of their standard packages or they can tailor to suit your needs.
The course itself provides a challenge for all levels of golfer in a delightful and park like environment. There is a full range of hire equipment including electric carts.
Take the hassle out of arrangements by using their internet service to send out invitations and instructions for the day and to receive acceptances. They will set up your own page on their intranet service to manage the organisation of the event.
Muirfield packages cater for groups from 20 to 200 plus golfers with supporting bar, bistro and restaurant services. The function room and restaurant facilities all have magnificent views over the lake and golf course.
Muirfield Golf Club
Address: Barclay Road, North Rocks, NSW 2151
Phone: 02 98711388
Kooindah Waters Golf Club
Kooindah Waters Residential Golf and Spa Resort is the ideal venue for your next corporate or social group function. The 4.5 star golf and spa resort is located only 90 minutes north of Sydney’s CBD or an easy 60-minute drive south of Newcastle.
Golfers of all levels of ability will enjoy the stunning, par-72 championship golf course, designed by leading Australian golf course architect Ross Watson with input from Club Ambassador, Craig Parry. Natural wetlands, sleeper retaining walls and bunkering provide a rustic feel.
Managed by Troon Golf, Kooindah Waters Golf Club provides the highest level of service and quality in all aspects of course conditioning and clubhouse amenities.
Kooindah Waters can provide your group with a relaxed and sophisticated environment with a dedicated team member to create the perfect destination for your corporate event including:
18-hole championship golf course and practice facilities, Motorised carts, organisation of on course activities, full registration set up with clothed tables, locker and shower facilities with complimentary towels, welcome announcements and rules explanation, Banner erection and collection, collating of golf day scores with a full winners list provided to the organiser, microphone and lectern upon request for pre and post golf speeches and complimentary post-golf presentation and prize set up with clothed tables and decorations.
To provide your guests with the ultimate experience, all golf carts are equipped with an esky and ice to keep beverages cool and fresh. A refreshment cart rotates the course for all corporate golf days, which supplies a variety of food and beverage options.
If you were looking for conference facilities, look no further than Mercure Kooindah Waters. Catering for small and large conferences and everything in between, Mercure Kooindah Waters offers a wide range of premium conference rooms ranging from their 12-seat executive boardrooms through to a 300-person capacity ballroom. Featuring 4 function rooms and 2 executive boardrooms, each has natural light and wifi internet access, and several indoor and outdoor dining and breakout areas including golf breakouts tailored to suit all needs.
Address: Kooindah Boulevard, Wyong, NSW 2259
Phone: 02 4351 0700
Corporate Golf Coordinator:
02 4351 0700
The Coast Golf Club
The Coast Golf Club is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets when it comes to corporate golf locations. Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 10 minutes from the airport, The Coast offers a ‘wow’ factor to any golf event.
The Par-70 course is a commanding test of links style golf with some of the most spectacular holes you will ever play. All 18 holes have commanding ocean views as players navigate their way around Little Bay beach and the coastal cliffs.
The coastal setting guarantees that no matter the competency of golfer, a memorable day will be had by all.
In addition to the spectacular course, the function facilities provide the perfect location for post golf functions with top quality food and service in a wonderful setting overlooking Little Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The Club enjoys an enviable reputation for the quality of its corporate golf with many groups coming back year after year. The professional team can look after every aspect of your corporate golf day including player briefings, registration, marshaling, scoring and novelty events. With the addition of 36 brand-new golf carts from last year’s Presidents Cup, The Coast is well poised to continue its rise in corporate golf popularity.
The Coast Golf and Recreation Club
Address: 1 Coast Hospital Road, Little Bay, NSW, 2035.
Phone: (02) 9311 7422
Email: Contact: Ryan Clarke (Operations Manager)
About the Author (Author Profile)Richard Fellner is the Group Editor of Inside Golf Magazine. Winner of multiple Australian Golf Media Awards -- including "Best Column" in 2011-2012--he has played and reviewed courses all over the world, and has interviewed the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. He has been interviewed by Channel7 News, ABC News Radio, Melbourne Talk Radio 1377, 2GB and many other outlets worldwide. Originally from the US (but now a proud Melburnian) Richard is a true Golf Tragic -- having played the game for over 35 years (but has never gotten any better.) Follow Richard Fellner on Quora
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