With a total of 45 holes available for play here, it might well be that Yarrwonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort is the biggest public access golf complex in all of Australia. Situated a 3-hour drive north of Melbourne on the Murray River, the club operates two 18-hole courses, the Murray and Lake, and a 9-hole executive track.
Golf in the twin towns of Yarrawonga in Victoria and Mulwala in New South Wales goes back to 1886, when a 3-hole course was in play in the centre of Yarrawonga. Founded in 1897, Yarrawonga Golf Club was located at the local racetrack before moving across the Murray River to a dairy farm outside Mulwala in 1923.
The club’s inaugural 9-hole course was expanded to eighteen holes in 1940 before a further one hundred acres were acquired in 1953, allowing the club to plan a new 27-hole set-up. Vern Morcom was contacted initially to design a revised layout but the job fell to Sam Berriman, the curator at Huntingdale.
The new course opened for play on 26 June 1959. Twenty years later, plans for a third nine, designed by Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge, were accepted and the new Gold nine opened on 12 July 1981, with the older 18-hole Berriman course renamed the Blue and Red nines.
More ground was obtained to the west of the property, leading to the construction of the Murray course, which Thomson and Wolveridge fashioned, and this opened on 29 November 1986. Three holes on the Blue nine were lost to the Murray and the other six holes were revamped as a short executive nine, with the Red and Gold nines becoming the Lake course.
Yarrawonga & Border Golf Club – as the club had been renamed – was retitled again as Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort in 2011.
The Lakes course is almost the forgotten little brother of the Murray Course in the same complex. This was once the jewel of the Yarrawonga-Mulwala complex but the Murray course has overtaken it in recent times and the Black Bull (see Victoria) has as well, but that said, this is a wonderful course.
Yarrawonga-Mulwala is the biggest golf expanse is AUS with 45 holes making up the Murray, Lakes & the Executive 9 hole courses. All are more than worth the hit. The club house is beautifully old world country Australia but the facility itself is top notch with chipping and putting area's to get a warm up. If you need a meal after your round then go inside to the massive club and its bar and restaurant. This is a serious golfing complex.
Unlike the Murray course the lakes has elevation changes. This then, at different points, gives great views of Lake Mulwala and the town and complex itself.
The pick of the holes for me is the driveable 8th with its elevated tee box that gives you an opportunity to to score a low number but there is a lake on the left that eats golf balls. The smart play is to take a mid iron and then a wedge to the green.
The 12th hole is a 160 metre par 3 with a valley between the tee box and the green. The green sits well above the valley and anything short will find its way back, maybe even 30 metres away from the target. my move is always an extra club as even the green slopes back to front.
The course is wide and the always well manicured with its well paced greens, crisp fairways and well sanded bunkers the lakes course does offer so much to a golfer of any skill. I would also suggest a cart in the warmer months as it gets over 35 degrees here very often but it is also a good walking course.
If you are on the Border, don't forget this course its a great hit and stands up well against all the other courses in the region. Priced anywhere between $45 to $75 (day and time of year dependent) the value for money is almost unbeatable like the Murray course next door.