Out of 1600+ golf courses in Australia, the Bellarine alone features 4 of it’s own courses in the recently rated Top 100, via The Golf Course Guide 2016.
The guide presents the most comprehensive assessment of where to play golf in Australia, ranking courses via Design, Conditions and Aesthetics. Our courses meet and excel the criteria with the added bonuses of amazing views, coastal air and the occasional wildlife experience.
The publication has been running for 22 years so it’s got a lot of merit behind it.
Coming in at lucky No 7: Barwon Heads Golf Club.
What they say: "Nestled amongst the coastal dunes just metres from the spectacular Thirteenth Beach Surf Coast, this exceptional course offers 18 holes of genuine links golf. Undulating fairways, strategic bunkers, slick greens and testing winds all combine to present both a challenge and a visual delight. Stylish rooms, extensive facilities available for house guests including tennis courts, billiards room, bar and award winning dining."
What we say: The magnificent clubhouse, listed by Heritage Victoria and the National Trust, is famed for its ambiance and old world charm. House guests can enjoy the open balconies in summer or the luxurious open fires during the cooler months.
Coming in at No 8: Thirteenth Beach Golf Links
What they say: "A 36 hole layout. The Beach Course features spectacular par 3's and natural wildlife. The course is dry all year round, cutting through the abundant sand dunes and winding around Murtnagurt Lagoon with 3km ocean frontage. The Creek Course has the feel of the very best of Melbourne's sandbelt through its gently rolling terrain and broadly separated fairways. Includes a fully licensed bar and bistro"
What we say: They have moved up one notch in the ranking from 2015. That's great news!
The course has been selected to host the Oates Vic Open until 2018 with over 20,000 people attending the event.
Coming in at No 66: Curlewis Golf Club
What they say: Large, true grass greens, heavily undulating couch fairways in excellent year round condition. Sandy base provides dry playing surface in any weather, fully watered fairways and greenside bunkering. Bar and meals available. Great social club.
What we say: They have the coolest new thing.. GolfBoards. This exciting concept has taken the international golf scene by storm and Curlewis is the only club in south western Victoria to have gained access. They are now available for hire from the Pro Shop.
Coming in at No 83: Portarlington Golf Club
What they say: "Gently undulating, excellent grass greens, well timbered, automatic watering, moderately bunkered, easy walking, challenging layout. Fully licensed members and visitors lounge, bistro and TAB."
What we say: Portarlington Golf Club is listed for the first time with a great effort for first timers at 83! The courtesy bus is a great offer as well if staying in town.
So, don't quite have the skills for the big 18 holes yet? Take a more relaxed approach with some mini golf ;)