“Down Under” – Melbourne and New Zealand

Price
From€24.500
  • From 28/01/2025- 10/02/2025
  • Guests: Min. 12 - Max. 16
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*Price is based on shared double room with separate beds. Supplement for single room of 7.600€

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Tour description

Melbourne’s famous “Sandbelt region” boasts a fabulous group of golf courses that epitomise the golden age of golf architecture. These highly ranked layouts are built on land in the southeast suburbs ideal for golf and conveniently located within a short distance of each other. A rich vein of sandy loam subsoil in the region provides the rare opportunity to construct incredible green complexes defended by bunkers with quite heavy lips, while the fairways are covered with a base grass of couch noted for its firmness and year-round vibrancy. The temperate climate around Melbourne is perfect for producing bent grass putting surfaces.

With natural terrain and beauty that you cannot find anywhere else in the world, New Zealand is home to some of the most stunning golf courses on earth. Golfers that play in New Zealand can uniquely experience 18 holes against a variety of jaw-dropping vistas that include snow-covered mountains, rolling lush hillsides, breathtaking rock formations and majestically blue ocean water that stretches as far as the eyes can see, making the country a special destination for the great game.

Hotels
The Langham Melbourne

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, The Langham Melbourne boasts one of the most enviable locations in the city. Surrounded by an abundance of al fresco restaurants, cafes and bars and only a short stroll away from the Botanical Gardens, National Gallery of Victoria and Federation Square. Designed to replicate a Victorian mansion, this luxury hotel offers elegant guestrooms all with marble bathrooms, restaurants and bars, spa, fitness and swimming pool. You’ll be staying in the Deluxe River rooms (King or Twin beds)

Park Hyatt Auckland

Overlooking Waitematā Harbour, Park Hyatt Auckland is a sophisticated, waterfront residence that enriches guests with authentic and intimate experiences. Stylish and spacious guest rooms incorporate Maori accents, such as custom designed tukutuku panels and rugs, made from New Zealand wool. The hotel’s dynamic culinary spaces are purposefully designed for guests to socialise, dine and relax alongside panoramic water views. After a busy day of golf, you can relax and unwind at the spa and 25 m infinity pool with sweeping views of Auckland Harbour. You’ll be staying in Harbour View rooms (King or Twin beds)

Kinloch Manor & Villas

Perfectly placed on a 254ha spectacular setting above the shores of Lake Taupo New Zealand, heart of an adventure and wilderness playground, is one of the countries newest and most design awarded luxury lodges, Kinloch Manor & Villas. The Lodge’s wild adventure is close to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, world class fly-fishing, white water rafting, winter skiing, forest and lakeside hiking and cycling tracks. Lodge guests enjoy spectacular views from the Great Room, Bar and Kinloch Restaurant, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course to Lake Taupo and snow-capped mountains. Lodges cuisine philosophy is, ‘Estate to Plate’ with organic and 100% pesticide free produce produced from the owners’ private estate – 2500 acres of pristine wilderness. Complementing the championship golf course is an on site Wellness Spa and tennis courts. You’ll be staying in Junior Suites (King or Twin beds)

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Situated high above the Pacific Ocean with stunning 180 degree views of ocean, pasture-land and golf course, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a place where you can relax, far away from the pressures of everyday life and go undisturbed for hours on end; lounge by our infinity edge pool, soak in the Jacuzzi, enjoy a range of spa treatments in the luxurious spa. The main lodge overlooks the working farm, golf course and Pacific Ocean, and houses the guest lounge, library, wine cellar and snug, providing a variety of options of dining locations. You’ll be staying in Hilltop Suites (King or Twin beds).

Program

SundayArrival at Melbourne International Airport

Individual arrival at Melbourne International Airport and private transfer to The Langham Melbourne. Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant near the hotel.

MondayGolf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Royal Melbourne Golf Club (East and West, 36 holes), lunch served in between the two rounds.

TuesdayGolf at The Yarra Yarra Golf Club

The Yarra Yarra Golf Club (18 holes) followed by lunch.

WednesdayGolf at Kingston Heath Golf Club

Kingston Heath Golf Club (18 holes) followed by lunch. 

ThursdayGolf at The National Golf Club

The National Golf Club (Gunnamatta and Moonah, 36 holes), lunch served in between the two rounds.

FridayGolf at Victoria Golf Club

Victoria Golf Club (18 holes) followed by lunch. 

SaturdayCheck out and transfer to Melbourne International Airport and flight to Auckland International Airport

Check-out from the hotel and transfer by plane from Melbourne to Auckland, NZ (approx. 4 hours) and check-in at the Park Hyatt Auckland. 

SundayGolf at Te Arai Links

Te Arai Links (18 holes) followed by lunch. 

MondayGolf at Kauri Cliffs Golf Club

Kauri Cliffs Golf Club (18 holes) followed by lunch. Transfers by helicopter!

TuesdayGolf at Titirangi Golf Club and transfer to Kinloch Manor

Check-out from the hotel, Titirangi Golf Club (18 holes) followed by lunch. After the lunch, transfer to Kinloch Manor (approx. 3½ hours with a VIP bus) and check-in at the hotel. Gourmet dinner in the evening. 

WednesdayGolf at Kinloch Golf Club

Kinloch Golf Club (18 holes) followed by lunch. Gourmet dinner in the evening.

ThursdayCheck-out and transfer to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Check-out from the hotel and transfer to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (approx. 2½ hours with a VIP bus) and check-in at the hotel. Gourmet dinner in the evening.

FridayGolf at Cape Kidnappers and farewell dinner

Cape Kidnappers (18 holes) followed by lunch. Farewell dinner in the evening. 

SaturdayCheck-out and departure day

Check-out from the hotel and transfer to Napier Airport (approx. 40 mins. with a VIP bus) and flight to Auckland Airport (approx. 1 hour).

Golf course descriptions
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
The Yarra Yarra Golf Club
Kingston Heath Golf Club
The National Golf Club
Victoria Golf Club
Te Arai Links (South Course)
Kauri Cliffs
Titirangi Golf Club
Kinloch Golf Club
Cape Kidnappers

 

Royal Melbourne Golf Club is a 36-hole golf club. This golf course was founded 129 years ago in 1891 and is one of the oldest golf courses in Melbourne. Royal Melbourne consists of two courses – the West Course and the East Course. Dr. Alister MacKenzie designed the West Course, and Alex Russell designed the East Course.

The West Course (currently ranked no. 1 in Australia and no. 4 in the World by Golf Digest)
Volumes have been written on the qualities of the West Course but put simply it’s a combination of the greatest land, greatest design and greatest construction ever seen in this country. Full of dramatic undulation, fertile sandy soil and with a natural rugged appearance, it was a gift from the golfing gods. Picking out West Course highlights is difficult. The bold bunkering is visually spectacular while the rough areas around the tees and bunkers are a mix of native grasses which naturally frame each hole, providing great definition and contrast without distracting from the strategy. The greens are simply brilliant and for decades have consistently provided the finest putting surfaces in Australia. Large and beautifully contoured they are built to accommodate approaches from a number of angles with each progressively more difficult the further the tee shot strays from the perfect line.

The East Course (currently ranked no. 6 in Australia and no. 19 in the World by Golf Digest)
The East Course starts and finishes on the main site alongside its more famous sibling, with these seven ‘home paddock’ holes the highlight. The bunkering is superb while the greens, though smaller than the West’s, are as beautifully constructed and intricately sloped.

 

 

The architect of this renowned Sandbelt course was Alex Russell who, in 1926, formed a partnership with the famed Dr Alister MacKenzie during his visit to Australia. Today, the course remains substantially the same as the original layout and like all great golf courses, has stood the test of time. The superb greens and bunkers are the highlight at Yarra Yarra and as good as many of MacKenzie’s own creations. Typically large, fast and undulating, the greens feature some of the most extreme slopes in Melbourne, while the bunkers are constructed to blend naturally with their surrounds and are intrinsic to the strategy of each hole. The course has been the scene of many major tournaments in its history, leading to world-wide recognition by amateurs and professionals alike.

 

Kingston Heath Golf Club is ranked by Golf Digest as the number 2nd best course in Australia and the 11th best course in the world, and enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round. The 18 holes were built on only 50 hectares (most courses in the modern era are built on over 100 hectares), it is perfectly manicured and its bunkering and clever use of dips and hollows visually fools the non-observant golfer. If you wildly deviate from the fairway, the rough (comprising long grass, ti- tree and sandy scrapes) will test your ability to get the ball back into play. A staggering 128 bunkers dot the course and surround nearly every green – meaning that, in the words of the great Shooter McGavin, you’re likely to spend more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff. Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open 8 times (7 men’s & 1 women’s) as well as hosting the 2009 Australian Masters.

 

The National Golf Club has three highly regarded 18-hole golf courses at Cape Schanck, the Old Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, The Moonah designed by Greg Norman and Bob Harrison, and the newly opened Gunnamatta Course designed by Tom Doak. All three courses are amongst Australia’s top-20 according to Golf Digest.

Situated on spectacular seaside farmlands The National Golf Club’s Moonah 18-hole links course is a modern treasure built on breathtaking coastal dune land with indigenous trees scattered throughout its rugged rolling hills. The key to Moonah’s success is its outstanding bunkers and greens and the par 72 layout is considered the pick of the club’s three tracks and one of the world’s most exciting modern creations.

The Old course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr is a unique and spectacular layout. Since its inception in 1987, the Old course is regarded as one of a kind. Currently ranked number 10 in Australia, the Old features narrow fairways winding through the rugged and thick native vegetation. With tiered Mackenzie Bent greens and sharp bunkering the Old course certainly provides a wonderful test for all golfers.

 

The Victoria Golf Club was founded in 1903 and the club moved to its current location in 1927 and the new course was designed by Oscar Damman and Bill Meader with the assistance from the doyen of course architects, Dr Alister Mackenzie. The Victoria Golf Club throws its hat in the ring as yet another
world-class golfing institution in the Melbourne Sandbelt. The Victoria holds up against its famous
comrades and is an excellent addition to this cluster of improbably superb golf courses. Small, lightning fast greens favour sharp-shooting, careful club selection and an immaculate short game;
professional and amateur alike come unstuck in the imposing bunkers hard against the collars of
the greens. Of all the best golf courses Melbourne has to offer, the Victoria Golf Club may just be
the toughest challenge out there.

 

Te Arai Links South course is designed by Coore and Crenshaw, the most in-demand designers in world golf, and opened in August 2022.The designers picked the landscape at Te Arai, and the interesting terrain will make for a golf course with plenty of character. Te Arai Links settles beside the golden windswept coastline of New Zealand’s North Island. The course consists of heaving sand ridges and meandering valleys; the contours of the fairways will remind you of classic links’ courses found in Scotland. The designers have created a creative golf course, and each hole offers a different feel from the next. There is an equal mix of both traditional golf holes and quirky modern short pars 4’s. The Oceanside holes will be as visually spectacular as the next. Key Feature: 16 holes have Ocean Views, and eight holes are bordering the sea.

 

Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,139 yards / 6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #26 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.

 

Titirangi is ranked as one of New Zealand’s top courses and is the only one in the country designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1927. MacKenzie’s designs are notable for their sensitivity to the nature of the original site and he is admired for producing holes that offer an ideal balance of risk and reward. The par 71 course features elevated tees and greens, challenging bunkers and slick greens with pronounced undulations. Its par 3s face the four points of the compass so no matter what the weather conditions, you experience a different test on each hole.

 

Golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kinloch Club is often compared to the classic link courses in Scotland and Ireland. However, instead of traditional sea views, this world-class championship Par 72 course is positioned between panoramic views of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest fresh-water lake, and the natural beauty of rugged rural farmland. The only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course to be built in New Zealand, Kinloch showcases a design philosophy that aims to enhance the natural environment, allowing the surroundings of the stunning Taupo region to shape each hole. Players should not come to this course thinking that they will play under their handicap. This course plays at close to 7400 yards and is certainly one of the toughest tests of golf in the country. Playing from the tips will challenge the best players in the world, as the greens are well protected and accuracy for the approach shot is paramount. This course requires thinking and execution even in the fairways, as the undulations throughout can really move your ball on the ground.

 

Designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,147 yards (6,569 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs.

With cliff-edge fairways perched 140 meters above sea level and with surface that remains firm and fast, this course offers holes unlike anything you find elsewhere in the world. While every hole has a spectacular view of the Bay, some play cautiously alongside deep ravines as others intimidate golfers with deep cliff top bunkers and sheer drops off the very edge of the earth.
Cape Kidnappers is currently ranked no. 2 in New Zealand and no. 21 in the World by Golf Digest.

Video of golf courses
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Kingston Heath Golf Club
Te Arai Links
Kauri Cliffs
Kinloch Golf Club
Cape Kidnappers
What's included
  • 6 nights at The Langham Melbourne, Junior Suite Beachfront, incl. breakfast
  • 3 nights at Park Hyatt Auckland, Harbour View rooms, incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights at Kinloch Manor, Junior Suite, incl. breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hilltop Suite, incl. breakfast and dinner
  • Lunch every day at the respective golf clubs
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner, plus 3 additional dinners
  • 12 x 18 holes of golf with private caddie, forecaddie or in shared buggies
  • Flight from Melbourne Airport to Auckland Airport and flight from Napier Airport til Auckland Airport
  • All local transportation and cold beverages in a VIP bus
  • Golfhost available 24/7 on location
  • Complimentary golf accessories
Not included
  • International flights are not included, due to individual preferences.
  • All dinners, except Welcome- and Farewell dinner.
Golf host

Lars Svensson

Golf host

Lars has a very international background from the hotel, restaurant, and event management industries, and has lived in Denmark, UK, France, and Germany, and speaks all these languages more or less fluently. Lars is also a passionate golfer (hcp. 7,4) and has arranged multiple golfing trips over the years for both smaller and bigger groups. Lars will be the host and golf concierge on all Eagle Club Travel’s trips.

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