It makes sense that one of Australia’s most spectacular stretches of coastline has a decent golf course or two along its route, with the courses along the Great Ocean Road sure to satisfy. If you have a golfer in your crew of people heading to explore the Great Ocean Road this year, make a note of these great courses, just in case anyone needs a bit of a golf fix.
Torquay Golf Club
A challenging par 66, this course is a tough go when the wind is blowing, making it a challenge for even the most skilled links players. Consisting of well-maintained, wide-open fairways, and with the backdrop of famous Jan Juc and Torquay beaches, for $20 a round, this is another stop well worth making on your Great Ocean Road adventure. Equipped with a bar and restaurant, this pretty little course is a guaranteed great day away from the crowds on the coast.
Anglesea Golf Club
One of the best golf courses in the area, for more experienced golfers this is sure to be just what you’re looking for. A long par 73 course that makes the most of the natural beauty of the area, expect to be joined on any early morning or late afternoon hit by a mob of kangaroos. Well equipped with multiple practice facilities including greens, fairways, chipping areas and nets, a round at Anglesea will be just the thing to scratch that golfing itch before you head back to the Great Ocean Road. Green fees are around $50 per adult for 18 holes.
Pepper The Sands Resort
Designed by champion Australian golfer Stuart Appleby, this championship-style course is beautifully set into the natural Surf Coast landscape, forming part of the gorgeous, modern and sleek Pepper The Sands Resort. There are a host of practice facilities including a driving range and elaborate practice putting greens, and with 110 bunkers located around this challenging circuit, you’d better practice your bunker shots before you head out too. With ‘stay and play’ package deals available through the resort, and being located an easy day trip from Melbourne, this is the perfect gift for any golf-mad loved one.
Another reason to stop in Lorne, Thirteenth Beach consists of two magnificent courses set on the fabulous Bellarine Peninsula; the Beach Course voted one of Australia’s top 25 golf courses in 2009. While both the Beach Course and Creek Course are both challenging and beautiful layouts, if you like more water challenges, try the Beach option first. Green fees are usually $79 for an adult weekend round and $59 for 18 holes during the week.
Even bad golf can be fun if you play the right courses, as it’s hard to get too frustrated with your game when you’re in a paradise setting. Whether you’re a talented golfer or just like the occasional hit, make sure you check out the courses along this coast, as they are likely some of the best you’ll play anywhere in Australia. So when you’re choosing your Great Ocean Road day tour, consider one that includes at least nine holes of golf.