The Takeaway: A treasure on the Sandbelt and a must-play when visiting Melbourne. The back nine is incredibly compelling and stands as one of the finest inwards nines in Australia. From start to finish, few places require you to display equal balances of distance, accuracy, and finesse in your game like Victoria does. Grade A
Designer: Oscar Damman & Bill Meader in 1927 with Alister MacKenzie consulting
Cost: Private Private with visitors welcome (green fees vary) Click for membership information
Phone Number: 61 3 9583 1170
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Victoria Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Park Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192
Accolades: Ranked 8th in Australia by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: Located next door to Royal Melbourne on the famed Australia Sandbelt, the historic Victoria Golf Club is simply one of the finest courses in the Southern Hemisphere. The club has an old school feel with a vintage clubhouse that features accommodations on the second story and absolutely should be a priority to stay in when making a visit to Victoria. Outside the clubhouse is a life size statue of Australia’s most accomplished golfer, Peter Thompson, who won the Open Championship five times including three times in a row (1954 - 1956). When it comes to the golf you will find beautiful bunkering paired with greens that went through a restoration and rejuvenation with outstanding results. While there are great holes throughout the layout, the back nine is flat out world class with superior movement in the terrain and more compelling hole designs than the front. Interestingly, Victoria starts with one of the most unique openers on a championship level course, a short 255 yard par four, and then finishes each nine with back-to-back par fives. The collection of par threes are perhaps the biggest standout with the par fours providing excellent variety and engagement. Lastly, players are expected to walk the course and the routing makes it a very enjoyable stroll with terrain that has enough movement to be interesting without being overly taxing. A day at Victoria is a day well spent.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 1st Hole – 255 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 14th Hole – 155 Yards –
Best Par 4: 11th Hole – 405 Yards –
Best Par 5: 17th Hole – 576 Yards –
Birdie Time: 15th Hole – 316 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 13th Hole – 429 Yard Par 4 –