The Mornington Peninsula ticks just about every box in the most demanding golfer’s checklist. It would be hard to find such great diversity in so small an area: 15 clubs with 19 links, parkland and resort courses, with an easy drive of 10 - 20 minutes between each.
The golf is truly year round, with a mild maritime climate, sand dunes providing naturally contoured challenges and fast-draining sandy soils. Play ranges from social golf to the very demanding Open course at Moonah Links, which designer Peter Thomson calls the ‘Leviathan’ as it’s “one of the largest creatures on the planet”.
Golf amid wineries
In the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, designer golf courses and public fairways are tucked amid wineries and fern gullies. Top courses include two championship courses at The Heritage Golf and Country Club in Wonga Park designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Cashmore, and an 18-hole course at Stonelea Country Estate.
The Warburton Golf Club is a hidden gem nestled amongst the ranges, with excellent greens, deceptive length and picturesque surroundings. Along the highway at Yering Meadows is a 27-hole course. Take your clubs if you're travelling to the Dandenongs and stop at small public courses to practice your swing.
At the 18-hole Phillip Island Golf Club, green fee players, children and tour groups are welcome. The club house has views over the course, and there’s a permanent exhibition by the Phillip Island Art Society.