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Monday, February 8, 2010

Golf on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is one of the best places in Australia to play golf on some of the best courses in the world. The golfing gods surely must have smiled when they spied this land with its emerald landscape as green as the great golf courses in Britain, sand dunes that would create naturally contoured challenges, fast draining soils and cool refreshing sea breezes. The area offers superb quality of golf that has been likened to the Monterey Peninsula in California and Fife in Scotland. There are many reasons to play golf on the Mornington Peninsula. First, is the price; you can play many of the courses here for less than $50 a round. Then there is the convenience; there are more than 20 courses located within a 30 minute drive of each other. Most of the courses are open to the public and the Mornington Peninsula boasts 8 of Australia's top 50 courses. The following courses are some of the best the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.

Moonah Links Golf Course (Rye)
Moonah Links has two courses: The Open designed by 5 time British Open Champion, Peter Thompson, and The Legends, designed by Ross Perrett. The Open course is a long testing championship layout that has hosted the Australian Open twice in 2003 and 2005. You need to be a reasonable player to handle this course. The Legends was designed to be more user friendly and not as challenging as The Open course. Play 18 holes for $95, $50 after 3pm or from May 1, $75 and $50 after 2pm.

St Andrews Beach (Rye)
St Andrews Beach close to Moonah Links has only just re-opened after a brief period of closure. This stunning links style layout was designed by legendary American designer Tom Doak and offers quite reasonable green fees. Play 18 holes for $49 on weekdays, $39 after 1pm, or $69 on weekends, $49 after 1pm.

Eagle Ridge Golf Course (Boneo)
Eagle Ridge Golf Course located in Boneo just outside of Rye is a resort style championship course with competitive green fees. This course is often described as the Royal Melbourne of the Mornington Peninsula. The stunning clubhouse showcases views of the magnificent course, landscaped grounds and ornamental lakes. Play 18 holes for $50 on weekdays or $55 on weekends. From May 1 it's $35 and $45 respectively.

The Dunes Golf Links (Rye)
The Dunes also located in Rye is rated as one of the nation`s finest and the green fees are more than reasonable. Set on 300 acres of gently rolling sand dunes the facility offers 27 holes of golf. Play 18 holes for $52 on weekdays or $69 on weekends.

Portsea Golf Club (Portsea)
Portsea is a wonderful golfing experiences and can be played cheaply. The course is rated one of Australia`s best and is set amongst a superbly maintained links style layout with rolling sand dunes and coastal vegetation adjoining Point Nepean National Park.

The National Golf Club (Cape Schanck)
The National boasts 3 championship courses all listed in Australia`s top 50. The Old course designed by legendary American designer Robert Trent Jones jnr, The Moonah designed by Greg Norman and the Ocean desgned by Peter Thomson with partners Wolveridge & Perrett. All 3 courses are remarkably unique and all offer the most incredible golfing experience.

Flinders Golf Club (Flinders)
Flinders Golf Club was founded over 100 years ago and is one of the most scenic and accessible golf courses on the Mornington Peninsula. Built along a stunning stretch of cliff top land overlooking Bass Strait and Westernport Bay.

Devilbend Golf Club (Moorooduc)
Devilbend Golf Club in Moorooduc is a challenging 18 hole 5998m course set amidst a flora and fauna reserve. This is a very picturesque course with lots of birdlife set amongst Moorooduc plains.

The Ultimate Guide To Golf.

Mornington Peninsula top 10 Golf Courses

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