I had the privilege of playing the Australian Masters here at the Victoria Golf Club in 2011. I wish my memories were fonder on the scoreboard, but I did not have a good week. Scorecard numbers aside, this is without a doubt one of the finest golf courses in Australia and has ranked consistently inside the country’s top 10 courses for decades. I know many of Australia’s greatest courses well, as I was born and raised in Adelaide. I can definitely see why Victoria Golf Club has maintained this ranking.
As with many of the finest courses in Australia and particularly the Melbourne sandbelt, the property is landlocked. The yardage on face value is short from the championship tees, just under 7,000 yards. And yes, this is another of the gems touched by the great architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie during its development in 1927. Bunkers litter the course, all perfectly placed to gobble up tee shots and approaches into the treacherous greens which demand the utmost precision and respect. The perched greens with their very firm, very fast surfaces are what I remember being the most challenging aspect of this magnificent golf course.
If you have the chance to check out Victoria Golf Club, I would highly recommend doing so! But of course I am partial to many of the sandbelt courses.
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