I have just returned to Perth after hosting a golf tour to the Mornington Peninsula, a two hour drive south of Melbourne, Victoria. The group of 18 golfers were mainly from my private golf club in Perth, Melville Glades and we travel away each year to a different golfing destination. In 2018 we visited Mornington Peninsula, and it was such an enjoyable trip, we returned this year! This year we again based ourselves at Rye at the 4-star Moonlight Bay Resort, and played some of the excellent courses in the region called the “Cups” for its range and quality of links courses.
This year, we returned to play The Dunes and the Legends course at Moonah Links which are favourites of this group as well as St Andrews Beach and the Old Course at National Golf Club. They are all excellent golf courses, however the standout this year was the round at the National Golf Club. This was my first experience of the National, and it did not disappoint. It is a quite exclusive Club, with a magnificent Clubhouse overlooking the Bass Strait and three championship courses to choose from. Both the Ocean and Moonah courses are rated highly however, the Old Course is just a spectacular feast for the golfing eyes!
A Robert Trent Jones Junior classic design, every hole seemed to run in a different direction with wild elevation changes, dense bush surrounding the fairways and subtle and strategic design elements that made a round at the Old Course both memorable and praise-worthy. When we return to the Mornington Peninsula again, the National Golf Club will be #1 on the list of courses to play.
A great golf trip with a top bunch of guys, who are keen to head back to a different golfing destination in 2020. The coastal golf courses of the Sydney Eastern Suburbs including NSW Golf Club and St Michaels are on the list, as is a return to Barnbougle Dunes in Northern Tasmania. Whichever it is, travelling away on a golf tour with a great bunch of guys with a common interest of golf is a great experience.
If you are interested in a short-break “great golfing experience” in Australia, you cannot do any better than the golf courses around the Mornington Peninsula. Speak to the guys at IGS for itinerary and golfing concepts that will ensure a memorable golfing trip for you and your golfing mates.Return