The Mornington Peninsula is an idyllic coastal destination just over 60-minutes’ drive from Melbourne, Victoria. Rolling hills descend into sand dunes the further south you go, and world-class golf courses can be found throughout. Considered by many to be the hidden-gem of Australia’s golf scene, it is rare to get many of the country’s best golf courses packed into a 30-minute radius, and only 60-minutes from the Melbourne Sandbelt region. Combine that with the Peninsula’s famous wine scene, and you’ve got a supreme holiday destination. Stay in the middle of it all, right around the corner of the 5-star Jackalope Resort, stay at the Merricks North Retreat, a 5-acre property in close proximity to the beach, the region’s wineries and just a half-hour drive to each world-renowned golf course in the package.
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Robert Trent Jones Jnr designed The National Golf Club’s Old Course in what was a monumental effort of will. Etched into the side of Cape Schanck, with innumerable elevation changes, gigantic bunkers and undulating greens, the course is hard on the best of days. Playing the course is, despite being difficult, ultimately exhilarating and a pleasure to play even if it’s only for the course’s sublime natural surroundings, numerous kangaroos and tranquil setting. A ‘dramatic test of golfing abilities’ is the best way to describe the Trent Jones Jnr’s golf course.
National Golf Club Moonah Course
The National Golf Club’s Moonah Course was designed by The Shark, Greg Norman. The layout is set amongst the Southern Mornington Peninsula’s rolling sand dunes and resembles the great Irish and Scottish links golf courses. The bunkers are world-class, appearing as if they have been there for thousands of years, and the greens are true. Wide fairways offer fair tee-shots, but anything off the fairways is increasingly difficult to rectify. If the wind is up, the course is tough, if it’s down, the course is purely fun.
The Dunes has been ranked amongst Australia’s Top 20 Golf Courses for the last 20 years, and the entire complex regularly maintains its reputation as Australia’s premier public-access golf facility. Designed by Tony Cashmore, the Dunes Course offers a modern links layout on very sandy soil that drains well and is open year-round. The Dunes consistently ranks as Victoria’s best public access course and in the Top 3 public access courses Australia wide.
St Andrews Beach Golf Course is nestled along the south-western coast of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, near the thundering surf of Gunnamatta Beach and Bass Strait. Designed by world-renowned course architect, Tom Doak, the St Andrews Beach Gunnamatta Course weaves across a spectacular stretch of land evoking the famous links courses of Scotland and Ireland, with a quality that is on-par with the nearby famous Sandbelt golf courses of Melbourne. It has been voted Australia’s 9th best golf course and has been open for public access to play since 2009. It has since maintained their position as the best public access course on the Australian mainland.
The Open Course at Moonah Links is a championship golf course that has been constructed to make best use of the land in which it lies. The modern links course has naturally-draining sandy soil that allows golf to be played year-round. It is was made for The Australian Open and is the first course ever to be built and prepared for a national championship to give one an idea as to the calibre of course that was established on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Legends Course is set amongst rolling sand dunes which combine with wild moonah forests that spring out of the sand and give the landscape an other-worldly feel. The course is more forgiving than its sibling, The Open Course, in that it offers more generous fairways and large greens that are less undulating. The main challenge in terms of obstacles are the bunkers on the Moonah Links Legends Course. They are deep, bold and beautiful, and will wreak havoc both on the fairways and around the greens if you enter them too often so the best advice is to stay well clear.
The Merricks North Retreat
Ideally located on the Mornington Peninsula, just over an hour from Melbourne, this classic country Retreat resides in the rural wine region of Merricks/Red Hill. The property is close to magnificent beaches, vineyards, cellar doors and dozens of restaurants. Merricks North Retreat is situated on 5 acres of land surrounded by neighbouring farmland and pastures. The Retreat is incredibly spacious and features a 12.5m fully tiled pool, Pool-House, Swedish hot tub and full-sized tennis court with overhead lights. The house is around a 90-minute drive from Melbourne Airport.
Inside the Retreat you will find an elegant mix of classic decor, modern furniture and luxury amenities throughout the open plan kitchen, living areas, reading room and bedrooms. French doors adjoin the courtyard and bedroom wings, allowing for a relaxed and open atmosphere, while the glass walk-way and large panoramic windows ensure the rural views never leave your sight. The entire property is private, and you will enjoy full use of the house. The open-plan kitchen allows you to cook your own meals each day, but the house is set in the middle of one of Australia’s best gastronomy and wine destinations so there are numerous world-class options to dine within a 20-minute drive.
The Merricks North Retreat sleeps 13 people, with room for 5 couples and 3 singles, or 6 couples and 1 single. There are 6 double or king beds, 1 split king, and 1 single bed – a total of 7 bedrooms.
Enjoy an afternoon after golf visiting some of Australia’s best wineries to get a taste of what the Mornington Peninsula’s best grapes offer. With so many wineries to choose from, the choice is yours and the tour can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Being based on the Mornington Peninsula, the Voyages.golf team enjoys easy access to many of the local wineries and can service your winery tour without the hassle of a third-party company. Visit some amazing wineries and cellar doors, including Montalto, Quealy Wines, Panton Estate, Merricks Estate, Polpero Winery and Eldridge Estate.
St Andrews Beach Brewery
St Andrews Beach Brewery likes to keep things simple and uncomplicated. The 38-hectare property was once home to one of Australia’s premier horse training facilities and has a 1,200 metre grassed race track that is now utilised as a fruit and vegetable growing area. The horse training facility housed up to 80 thoroughbred horses and produced over 100 Group One winning horses, including multiple Melbourne Cups, Caufield Cup, Cox Plate Golden Slipper winning horses. Their mission these days is simple, making great beer serving delicious food, and providing visitors to the Mornington Peninsula an experience to remember.
Bass & Flinders Gin Distillery
Bass & Flinders Distillery is a small scale, locally owned Mornington Peninsula distillery located in Dromana. They offer a masterclass where you will delve into the world of gin for a 2-hour session run by one of their experienced Botanical Advisors. Topics covered include a detailed history of gin and an explanation of the distillation process. A touch, smell and taste of some of gin’s finest traditional and native botanicals, with a taste of Bass & Flinders products. Hands on gin blending to create your own gin recipe, a cheese platter, a 500ml bottle of your bespoke gin to take home, plus the added bonus of having your gin recipe kept on file so you can re-order your own gin to enjoy or become one of the most unique gifts you can give.
You can choose a self-led package with a rental car option, or an escorted tour with a member of the Voyages.golf travel team (an escorted tour must have a minimum group number of 16 people and book at least 6 months prior to travel and is subject to tour host availability)
You can choose from the following:
· 1 bus with a driver
· Escorted by Voyages.golf team member(s)