Melbourne Sandbelt
Yarra Yarra Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6082 M


Yarra Yarra Golf Club is prestigious private golf club on Melbourne's famed sandbelt.

Playing opportunities are available for members and their guests, along with interstate and overseas golfers, members of reciprocal clubs and corporate guests.

Established in 1898 Yarra Yarra is one of Melbourne’s most prestigious golf clubs, boasting an immaculately presented Sandbelt golf course accompanied by a heritage listed Clubhouse.

Yarra Yarra is one of the eight Melbourne Sandbelt golf courses, which collectively possess a worldwide reputation among golfers as being on the ‘must play’ list.

The course is accompanied by a driving range, putting green and short-game area that will satisfy even the most serious golfers.

8 Reviews

Played Yarra Yarra for the first time this past January for the Aussie Amateur and thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and nuances the course had to offer. An old style traditional sand belt course which forces you to hug hazards off the tee to get the correct angle coming into the large, undulating greens. The course was playing very tricky, with difficult pin positions and not really many scoring opportunities presenting themselves. This is clearly evident on the par 3's which dictate from the word go that Yarra is not to be taken advantage of, you need to golf it to score here, any misses will be magnified. The 1st for the members is a brutal start at 202m (3rd for the tournament) with a small green well bunkered on either side, take par and run. The short 116m 5th has a fantastic setup, pitching back towards the tee severely with large and deep bunkering waiting to eat up any poor short iron, however is the only real birdie opportunity of any of the short holes. The 11th is a 175m visually intimidating par 3, with an angled 40m long slither of a green with 3 distinct levels favouring a left to right shape. The bunkers short of this green are no easy feat due to being so far below the level of the green and the bunker long left is an absolute penalty regardless of pin position. It is such a severe green that only the perfect shot will give you a realistic chance at birdie. If the 11th was intimidating the 160m 15th is worse, with a 42m long narrow green that curls around a little to the left at the back left corner. It's 2 tier putting surface is as severe as it gets in the sand belt and the surrounding bunkers on the left and right make for the most difficult of sand saves. 

The 2 nines are stakely different with the front being the scoring opportunity side with holes 8&9 being reachable par 5s with good tee shots, but being beautifully protected from tee to green with bunkers. 

The back nine on the other hand is one where you are more than happy to get through it at even par, especially since 16&18 were 440m par 4s for the event, in which both play as par 5s for the members, and unfortunately the 16th green was simply not condusive to a par 4 green, too shallow and firm even with 6-9 irons in for the long hitters. A back right pin there was virtually inaccessible. But still, a lot of great holes at Yarra that force you to play your best golf around it in order to score, it is a mental grind, one that eeks every bit of patience out of you because some of those pins can be utterly perilous. 

A wonderful venue with an absurd clubhouse facility and some lovely members have made me want to come back and get my revenge. 

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The setting for the course is phenomenal, but for some reason the course just didn't grab me. Some brilliant holes like the iconic par 3 11th but some holes are strategically unremarkable (the short par 5 18th leaps to mind) albeit immaculately presented. There are courses with better questions to ask of a player's shotmaking that rate lower on top 100 lists than Yarra Yarra on the difference in presentation alone.
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Played here 2 weeks ago in a twighlight 9 holes with a member. It was a shame I couldn't play 18. I have played other renowned sand-belt courses around Melbourne such as Royal Melbourne and Victoria, but I rate this (although I only played 9 holes) higher than the other two. The condition of the course was emaculate, with the fairways spongy, like carpet - not one bad lie to be found. The course was preparing for the upcoming division 1 pennant, so the greens were almost at their toughest. They were extremely firm and very quick, about 12-13 on the stimpmeter. I only played 2 of the par 3's but 11 and 15 were 2 of the best I had ever played. The bunkering was superb, as are the bunkers on all holes and right around the courses on the sandbelt. They were tough to avoid and found myself in them on both of these holes. I nearly got up and down for par on both. Yarra Yarra was an absolute pleasure to play, with the course presented as well as it possibly could. If you get the chance, you will be a fool to pass it up. I'm still waiting to play the other nine and am looking forward to it! 4.5/5 couldn't give it 5 as I only played 9!
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With winter being wetter this year I've taken it upon myself to rate some of the better courses, with the mindset of current playability. A number of the "better courses" are suffering and have either been closed or roped off in a number of areas. Today I played at Yarra Yarra and I have to say that it is slightly better condition than Commonwealth. (Played last Monday - See rating) I played out of a lot of bunkers and I rarely saw one without a decent amount of sand, and not packed down from the rain. The fairways were consistent and the greens were excellent. The opportunity for difficult position placement were endless with some of the greens having big humps in the middle and slopes which will take your ball off the green if it catches one of those. Unfortunately at the time of the year it appears to be the time for improvements as the 3rd & 4th hole were having major works done. (It looks like the 3rd green has been moved from it's original position to a straighter shot away from the houses. This hole is temporarily a par 3 to a 'fairway green' at about 110 mts) The 4th hole was also turned into a par 3, 160 mts but you played from a fairway tee to the original green. The rest of the course played as it normally does and with a bit of wind picking up today, there weren't too many scores better than our groups handicaps. (45 odd players) Apart from my golf, the conditions were not attributable to the bad scoring. A very enjoyable course to play with a number of challenging holes. The amenities in the club house have been upgraded and it's very nice to walk the corridors and look at the memorbilia on show. Unfortunately I can't rate it as high as 5 star in it's current condition (due to works) but come summer I'm sure it would easily get there.
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Played here the week Tiger came for the masters and found that the course condition was as good as Kingston Heath. The greens were fast and true and the fairways were like carpet, no one bad lie to be found. There were a couple of easy par 5's which gave me some eagle puts without too much effort, but some really challenging holes as well. All in all a must play when in Melbourne.
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I had a wedding at Yarra Yarra recently and managed to snag a round. It certainly lives up to the reputation and it's now understandable why there is such a long waiting list to get in.

The condition of the fairways are immaculate and the greens are in pristine condition.a credit to the grounds staff. Agree with Baboon in that difficulty does vary during the round but it still makes you think about each shot before playing.

Only criticism is the variable bunkers. Sometimes they are soft and full of sand, other times they are rockhardsomething that would be easily remedied.

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Golf Course Details
567 Warrigal Road, East Bentleigh
Melbourne Sandbelt, VIC 3165, Australia
Proshop: 0395750595
General: 0395750575