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RANKING: Australia’s Top-100 Courses for 2022

RANKING: Australia’s Top-100 Courses for 2022

After two years of uncertainty brought by pandemic lockdowns and border closures, here is the most comprehensive ranking of the nation’s finest layouts. 24 Jan 2022
13-year-old Amelia Harris shines at Sandbelt Invitational

13-year-old Amelia Harris shines at Sandbelt Invitational

“Have you seen this 13-year-old girl play?” asked Sandbelt Invitational Tournament Director Mike Clayton. “She doesn’t miss a shot.” 22 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational getting by with a little help from its friends

Sandbelt Invitational getting by with a little help from its friends

Playing golf for a living might seem a pretty easy deal. 21 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational – Royal Melbourne

Sandbelt Invitational – Royal Melbourne

The second round of the inaugural Sandbelt Invitational at Royal Melbourne was a tough affair, even for major champions and Tour stars. Here are the best shots from Australia's premier course. 21 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational – Kingston Heath

Sandbelt Invitational – Kingston Heath

The opening day of the inaugural Sandbelt Invitational at Kingston Heath was one to remember. Here are the best shots from on the grounds of the famed course. 20 Dec 2021
Ogilvy: ‘We will showcase the Melbourne Sandbelt, something we haven’t really done for the last 20 years.’

Ogilvy: ‘We will showcase the Melbourne Sandbelt, something we haven’t really done for the last 20 years.’

First things first. When my fellow Golf Australia columnist, Mike Clayton, mentioned to me that we should try to set up what has since become the ‘Sandbelt Invitational’, we were both aware that this was not a new idea. 17 Dec 2021
Honouring defence personnel and first responders through golf

Honouring defence personnel and first responders through golf

Huntingdale Golf Club on the Melbourne Sandbelt is hosting a Thank You Day for ADF (Australian Defence Force) and First Responders Golf Day at the club on Monday November 15. 4 Nov 2021
Review: Yarra Yarra Golf Club

Review: Yarra Yarra Golf Club

Years of tinkering saw this Melbourne Sandbelt gem lose much of its original spirit. Here’s how Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design restored the iconic Alex Russell layout to its former glory. 25 Jan 2021
Inside Golf Australia January 2021

Inside Golf Australia January 2021

Our biennial ranking of Australia’s Top-100 Public Access Courses means more than ever this year, with international travel restrictions likely to be in place for the foreseeable future. 17 Dec 2020
Public flocks to new Sandy Golf Links

Public flocks to new Sandy Golf Links

Sandy Golf Links is a hot ticket for all of Melbourne’s golf loving community. 11 Dec 2020
Top-100 Spotlight: Commonwealth Golf Club

Top-100 Spotlight: Commonwealth Golf Club

A century after being established, one of the Melbourne Sandbelt’s finest layouts is looking to tweak its design to better reflect its origins. 27 Oct 2020
Join A Club: Woodlands Golf Club

Join A Club: Woodlands Golf Club

Woodlands Golf Club is one of the Melbourne Sandbelt’s oldest clubs and since 1913 it has established a reputation as one of the finest courses in the region. 23 Jul 2020
Morri: McIlroy’s Australian Open motivation

Morri: McIlroy’s Australian Open motivation

If we played the Australian Open on the Sandbelt every year, would the world’s best players flock to be a part of it? 18 May 2020
RANKING: Australia's Top-100 Courses for 2020

RANKING: Australia's Top-100 Courses for 2020

After two years of judging, here is the most comprehensive ranking of the nation’s finest 100 layouts in the land. 10 Feb 2020
Travel: Take your clubs to the Presidents Cup

Travel: Take your clubs to the Presidents Cup

The 13th edition of the biennial matches between the Internationals and the United States returns to Royal Melbourne in December. If you’re planning to be there, make sure to take your gear and sample 14 of the best layouts in the sandbelt. 12 Sep 2019
Inside Golf Australia July 2019

Inside Golf Australia July 2019

The Open Championship returns this month to Northern Ireland and Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. 20 Jun 2019
New Course: The ‘re-gen’ of Peninsula Kingswood

New Course: The ‘re-gen’ of Peninsula Kingswood

The biggest course redevelopment in Australian golfing history is set to propel Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club’s North and South Courses onto the world stage. 4 Jun 2019
REVIEW: Spring Valley Golf Club

REVIEW: Spring Valley Golf Club

The star of arguably the most underrated course on the Melbourne Sandbelt has started to rise. 7 Dec 2018
REVIEW: Commonwealth Golf Club

REVIEW: Commonwealth Golf Club

The simplest values of strategic course design are being rediscovered by one of the star courses of the Melbourne Sandbelt and the golf is more interesting for it. 29 Jul 2018
REVIEW: Woodlands Golf Club

REVIEW: Woodlands Golf Club

Occasionally overlooked in appraisals of the elite Sandbelt courses of Melbourne, Woodlands is a club on the rise thanks to a supreme layout and savvy approach. 31 Aug 2016
My Favourite Courses: Matt Griffin

My Favourite Courses: Matt Griffin

The former Victorian Open champion stays loyal to his roots while including a pair of American ‘bucket list’ gems among his top-ten layouts. 28 Apr 2016