For decades, golf has been a major Murray drawcard. And the tradition continues: the region was voted Australia’s Number One golfing destination in 2016. With almost 40 courses dotted along both sides of the river, there are some amazing experiences to be had.
Whether you’re staring down a par five in Yarrawonga with the mighty Murray River running the length of the fairway, or facing up to a daunting par three in Swan Hill with a large lake separating tee and green, you’re in for a golfing trip as fun, challenging and varied as any other.
Courses range from links style resorts, many architect designed, to smaller local courses. Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson helped design courses at Thurgoona, Yarrawonga and Echuca.
In this well-watered region, fairways are lush, often bordered by spectacular Murray River red gums, while greens are well-bunkered and challenging. Add to this welcoming clubhouses, on-course accommodation and a fine year-round climate, all set against the wonderful backdrop of Australia’s greatest river, and you have a golfer’s paradise.
Murray courses offer something for players of all abilities and handicaps. Each has its own unique features but most are reasonably flat with broad couch-grass fairways and fast but true greens, while hazards, such as water traps and strategically placed bunkers the size of small beaches, present challenges for even the most experienced golfer.
Stay and Play
Green fees are reasonable compared with metropolitan courses, but the real value is with ‘stay and play’ packages at resort courses, where you can score great deals including on course accommodation, a round of golf, cart hire and meal vouchers. Most of these courses also offer bowls, tennis courts, swimming pools, spas, and of course, poker machines, so there’s plenty for non-golfers and families too.
With more hours of sunshine than the Gold Coast and without the strong winds you’ll find on coastal courses, the Murray is a fabulous year-round golfing destination with a course to suit everyone.