Down tools on your next RDO and explore a world of golf in the Yarra Valley.
RDOs are the perfect time to go a round or two with a set of clubs – you’ll have open fairways and plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely round with your mates. Gather the crew, dust off the clubs and take a roadtrip out of town to a local golf course in the Yarra Valley – there’s everything you need, from challenging ‘designer’ courses to state-of-the-art driving ranges, and of course the best selection of 19th holes in all of Victoria.
Here’s some ideas about how to ‘up the ante’ and share new golf stories on your next RDO – smoko on Monday may just be a celebration of your next hole in one.
Go for the golfer’s marathon
If 18 holes isn’t enough for you, how about a course with 27 holes? The Eastern Golf Club in Yering is a Greg Norman designed course that is listed as a Top 100 course by Australian Golf Magazine and is a challenge that will test your mettle.
If you’re all about making the most of it, make it an early start and play 27 holes at Eastern Golf Course or choose Yering Meadows Golf Club for a different kind of challenge. Yering Meadows also boasts a 27-hole course and if you’re looking to supercharge your golf day, who’s to say you can’t go for broke and do a super ‘golf overnighter’ and play both courses over two days! That sounds like a golf marathon!
Can’t drive past a driving range?
If you can’t go past a driving range without feeling that twang of ‘wish I could stop and hit a bucket of balls’ then make your first destination on your next RDO one of the Yarra Valley’s best driving ranges. At Gardiner’s Run Golf Course in Lilydale, the 250-metre driving range is the perfect spot to refine your swing. There’s also a putting green with not one but two different styles of grass, and plenty of space to hone your putting. As they say you drive for show and put for dough.
At Yarrambat Golf Course, the driving range is also worth the experience with 14 state-of-the-art undercover driving bays (and you can go on and play the Tony Cashmore designed course too). No matter what the weather, you can still swing that club.
#selfie on a Yarra Valley golf course that provides stunning ‘wish you were here’ backdrops that will leave those back home just a little bit jealous! Well worth the drive ‘out of town’ there are two golf courses that are especially Instagrammable. At Warburton Golf Sports Club, undulating hills and forest-edged tees are par for the day, and there is an abundance of wildlife including some friendly kangaroos and wombats.
Further afield the Marysville Community Golf & Bowls Club offers a riverside location – that means the Steavenson River is your ‘water hazard!’ – and for a real bonus, if you’re coming from Melbourne you will get to drive the famous Black Spur road! Done!
Find yourself at the 19th hole
After a great round of golf, it’s pretty much mandatory to head to the 19th. There’s a 19th hole to suit every taste in the Yarra Valley as you linger longer and regale the crowd with your ‘best shot’ story. Celebrate with a feast at the clubhouse – you can go fancy at the RACV Healesville Country Club, shout a pot at The Eastwood Golf Course or make your way to one of the local wineries or townships for a Yarra Valley food and wine fix that will round out your round!
Gather your golf buddies and book a golf course for your next RDO – download the Yarra Valley Golf Trail map and you’ll be right on par!
NB: Always call the golf course and make a booking – some clubs and facilities are members only, or may require a group/corporate booking for access.