Murray Downs - Victoria - Australia

Murray Downs Golf & Country Club Resort,
Murray Downs Drive,
Swan Hill,
VIC 3585,

  • +61 (0) 3 5033 1427

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  • Ted Parslow

  • Kristian Keily

The Murray Downs resort lies on the flood plain of Australia’s longest river – the “Mighty Murray” – beside the small pioneer settlement and historic township of Swan Hill and the 18-hole course here is widely recognized as one of the most affordable and accessible layouts in the country.

Course architect Ted Parslow – who includes a number of Chinese and Malaysian courses in his portfolio – fashioned the fairways at Murray Downs in the late 1980s with the official opening taking place in 1991.

Parslow had a blank canvas on which to work, as the site chosen for the course was an open, flat and largely featureless piece of land located in a typically harsh outback environment.

After substantial earth moving, the planting of over 16,000 trees and bushes and the installation of several large expanses of water, the architect crafted a wonderful golfing oasis that has matured splendidly over the last couple of decades.

Noted for its prominent sand bunkers, the course also brings water into play on many of the fairways, especially at holes 11 to 18. The signature hole is played early in the round at the long par three 5th where the tee shot must carry a significant water hazard to a green protected by bunkers on the left and a lake to the right.
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Description: Course architect Ted Parslow fashioned the fairways at Murray Downs in the late 1980s with the official opening taking place in 1991. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 1
I played Murray down several times in its early years as part of my Easter time Murray golf course pilgrimage (reminder that is autumn in Australia). I always liked the course and found it rewarding for middle handicap players like me as there were always some birdie opportunities and a few outstanding hole as described - particularly the 5th which is a long par 3, I used to hit 3 wood in, but you can actually bale out short left and avoid most of the water. The bunkers were good sand unlike some other Murray river courses and there was an interesting variety of holes. It was always in good condition at Easter, when the temperatures are not a baking 40+C, which is not uncommon in summer around Swan Hill.
April 03, 2016
5 / 6
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