Victoria is perhaps my favourite Sandbelt course, just ahead of the Royal Melbourne West and Kingston Heath. It really deserves to be ranked a bit higher and is appreciably better than the Royal Melbourne East, which is far too high in these rankings, and Victoria is better than The Metropolitan in my opinion and is far more enjoyable for most handicap golfers than Moonah. Victoria’s bunkering is the best of the Sandbelt and while it may not be laid out on such a grand scale as Royal Melbourne its rolling topography is simply delightful, especially around the turn. Many people criticize Victoria for the back-to-back par fives that conclude both the outward and homeward nines. Granted, this is an unusual configuration but the 8th and the 18th represent genuine birdie opportunities and the 9th and 17th are pure three shotters for the vast majority of golfers. I simply love Victoria and would choose to be a member here over any other club in Australia.
Date: November 11, 2011