Great Golfing Destinations

Nth Berwick GC- hole 16

Nth Berwick GC- hole 16 (East Lothian)

 Keen golfers the world over aspire to play the world’s best courses and see the world

But the world is large and there are so many golf courses..

A recent study calculated that there are over 34000 golf courses in the world- 15,000 or more being in the United States alone!

Inevitably the good courses are spread far and wide: from Nova Scotia, to Tasmania, to Norway and the island of Jura and so many places in between


The trick in designing a good golfing trip is to achieve easy access to a number of great golf courses in one region

For pure golfing trips you need a cluster of these courses in close proximity

Ideally you can settle into some suitable accommodation and not have to move from day to day

Of course golf and sightseeing trips need to address the non golfing experiences in the same light.


So what are The Great Golfing Destinations?


From a pure golfing point of view The London Heathlands, New York’s Long Island, Pinehurst & The Sandhills of North Carolina, The Monterey Peninsula, Bandon Dunes, The Melbourne Sandbelt, East Lothian in Scotland, Northern Ireland… all stack up 

On the other hand where golf, culture & sightseeing are the focus perhaps Canada’s Rocky Mountains, The Garden Route in Sth Africa, or the island of Kauai in Hawaii would fit the bill


In this series of articles and in no particular order, we explore some of those ‘must see’ destinations..


  1. The Melbourne Sandbelt


Yarra Yarra GC- hole 15Yarra Yarra GC- hole 15 (The Melbourne Sandbelt)


If one studies the world golf course rankings (we use Golf magazine US, Top 100 courses UK & Golf Digest USA as our references here) Australian & New Zealand courses feature prominently.

In fact 17 courses  are listed in one or more of the rankings- 5 from New Zealand and an incredible 13 from Australia

See :


Melbourne has 10 top 100 courses within an hour's flight. This includes King Island & Barnbougle

The Mornington Peninsula is an hour by car from Melbourne making a total of 7 world top 100 ranked courses in easy reach. This includes St Andrews Beach & The Moonah course at The National Golf Club


The Melbourne Sandbelt is comprised of 8 clubs all in near proximity and most have at some stage have held a world top 100 ranking or hosted National championships. 

The courses include: Royal Melbourne West, Royal Melbourne East, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, Victoria, Yarra Yarra, Commonwealth, Huntingdale & Woodlands. The two courses at Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan & Victoria all feature in world top 100 calculations


Victoria GC- hole 14Victoria GC- hole 14

Metropolitan GC- 10th holeMetropolitan GC- 10th hole

Commonwealth GC- hole 18Commonwealth GC- hole 18


Kingston Heath GC- hole 10Kingston Heath GC- hole 10

Royal Melbourne- West Course- hole 5Royal Melbourne- West Course- hole 5



Melbourne has so much to offer other than golf- world famous wine regions on it’s doorstep (Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula) iconic sightseeing ( The Great Ocean Road, The Fairy Penguins) , and a lively multi cultural dining offering comparable to the world’s great cities.

And Melbourne claims to be the sporting capital of the world! Come and experience AFL football, The Australian Open Tennis, Test cricket…

There is so much to do in Melbourne!


Vineyards on The Monrington PeninsulaVineyards on The Mornington Peninsula

 See also:

Escorted Tour: Sydney & Melbourne

The Melboune Sandbelt Tour

The Melbourne Sandbelt & The Mornington Peninsula



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