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.
Formed in 1897 as Yarrawonga & Border Golf Club, the club started out on the other side of the river in Yarrawonga with a 3-hole course in play at the local racecourse. It’s unclear why it happened, but a move was made to cross the state divide into Mulwala in 1923 and fashion a new course within a former dairy farm on the north side of the river.
Shortly after, Sam Berriman designed the original 18-hole course on the property. Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge redesigned the layout in the early 1980s, creating the Lake course, and they returned several years later to form the 18-hole Murray, with some of the original Sam Berriman holes used for a new 9-hole executive track.
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.