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Tee-off with a mid-week golfing adventure on the Murray

Murray Downs Golf and Country Club

3 May 2021

The Murray region is Australia’s home of golf. So why not visit mid-week and enjoy the scenery and variety offered by our world-famous courses? Even in winter, our glorious climate boasts more sunshine than the Gold Coast!

Along the Murray on either side of the New South Wales–Victoria border, there are unforgettable golfing experiences waiting for you. From top-rated Australian courses designed by golfing legends through to well-loved courses in small towns (sometimes even with sand ‘greens’), there’s no shortage of golf to enjoy.

Pack the clubs and head to The Murray for a mid-week golfing escape with this guide.

Tuesday: Yarrawonga

Set off early to arrive in Yarrawonga, located 275 kilometres from Melbourne or 440 kilometres from Canberra.

Check-in for two nights at the lush Sebel Yarrawonga, a golf resort like no other along the Murray. On-site restaurants and top-class facilities will guarantee a comfortable stay.

The Sebel is home to the par 72 Black Bull course, co-designed by British Open champion and golf legend Peter Thomson, which has quickly developed legendary status for its location and layout.

Book in for a relaxing dinner cruise on Lake Mulwala aboard the PS Cumberoona. Enjoy commentary about the history of the lake and surrounding features. You might even catch a spectacular sunset across the lake.

Wednesday: Yarrawonga Mulwala

After breakfast at the Sebel drive six kilometres across the border to New South Wales to tee-off at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort – perched on Lake Mulwala and marked with historic river red gums and native animals.

With 45 holes across three courses to choose from, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club is regarded as one of the top 100 courses in Australia.

After playing the Mulwala course, stop for lunch at the Naked Tree Café and Restaurant – keep an eye out for it on your left-hand side as you cross the bridge and drive along Yarrawonga’s Belmore Street.

Relax in the afternoon and stroll around town or visit a local winery. Cap off the day with a bistro meal at Stonegrill, part of ClubMulwala, just near the bridge.

Thursday: Echuca Moama

Head 137 kilometres west towards Echuca Moama and check into one of the reclaimed timber villas at Perricoota Vines Retreat in Moama.

Drop your bags and drive across the bridge to Echuca for the Wharf to Winery Lunch cruise. Wind up the river and enjoy lunch on the deck (or inside if it’s cool) at Morrison’s Winery.

With early lunch done, it’s time to tee off at Rich River Golf Club in Moama. The club features two lush, classic courses – with the East Course being another of the Murray courses bearing Peter Thomson’s design fingerprints (the third one being at Thurgoona near Albury).

Friday: Swan Hill

Follow the path of the Murray downstream to Swan Hill. The drive is about two hours, so make sure you grab breakfast in Echuca first.

Once in Swan Hill, head around the corner to the Murray Downs Golf and Country Club. It’s another lovely place to stay, and a perfect base for golf and other Swan Hill adventures.

Stroll from your room to the first tee at Murray Downs. A previous winner of Victorian PGA course of the year, this par 72 championship course boasts wide fairways, flat greens and a couple of monster sand bunkers that test the nerve of all who dare to go near. Swan Hill’s climate means you’re almost guaranteed a glorious round under clear skies all year round.

In Swan Hill, dinner at Spoons is not to be missed. With its flavour-filled menu featuring local produce and a glorious riverside location, it’s the perfect evening to toast the end of four wonderful days of golf along The Murray.