Yarra Yarra - Victoria - Australia

Yarra Yarra Golf Club,
567 Warrigal Road,
Bentleigh East,
Victoria,
3165,
Australia


  • +61 (03) 9563 7711

  • Peter Vlahandreas

  • Alex Russell

  • Andrew Bertram

Yarra Yarra Golf Club is located on the Warrigal Road south of Melbourne’s city centre, very close to Commonwealth and Metropolitan. Unlike most of its peers in the Sandbelt, there is a distinct shift in scene and strategy between the two nines. The front nine, the first seven holes of which are laid out on land north of the elegant brick clubhouse, are of a more intimate nature.

The 402-metre par 4 5th, which strokes 2 on the card, is a strong hole but the other holes on the nine call for controlled and accurate striking. The second nine is roomier and the fairway targets on the par 4s and 5s are on the generous side. The drama is stored up for the complicated green complexes that have been developed at Yarra Yarra. In your favour are the best putting surfaces in Australia, a dense and compact mat of green and enviable trueness. Here a ball goes exactly where struck and we have cause to envy the members at Yarra Yarra who enjoy this as a matter of course.

The course at Yarra Yarra Golf Club is one of the most memorable golf experiences in the region. Play once and your memory will be indelibly stamped with images of the handsome brick clubhouse, the shifting nature of the nines, the peerless greenkeeping and the flow of holes.

The above passage is a brief edited extract from The Finest Golf Courses of Asia and Australasia by James Spence. Reproduced with kind permission.

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Description: Unlike most of its peers in the Sandbelt, at Yarra Yarra Golf Club there is a distinct shift in scene and strategy between the two nines. Rating: 3.75 out of 6 Reviews: 4

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4 / 6
Yarra Yarra
May 25, 2018


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I had reciprocals at Yarra Yara and played it about 5 times. I found the staff friendly and generally the condition of the course was always good. I agree with the comments about the opening par 3, a slightly downhill 200m hole with a flat open green (at least you can birdie it with a good shot:-). The other par 3s are challenging with many bunkers protecting the elevated green, and you usually approach them at an angle as the tees are not lined up as you would expect but at about 20-30 degrees from the line of the green. Some of the par 4s and 5s are good, and then some are average. Again if you are visiting Melbourne and intend playing all the sand belt courses, you should play it, but it is not RM or Metropolitan or Victoria.
4 / 6
Yarra Yarra
April 03, 2016


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Depending on who you talk to, this is either the best members sandbelt course or just an average collection of holes. To me is it somewhere in between. The opening hole, a long par 3, is completely wrong, especially when you consider the amazing quality of the other par threes - the 11th is rated the best of the sandbelt and amongst the best in the world, and given the competition in the sandbelt, alone, it really has some stiff competition. Perhaps the problem with this course is that the people who designed it and then tinkered with it, never really understood what sandbelt golf was all about, and the opening hole is the perfect example of this lack of awareness. Too many holes simply have a park land feel to them, rather than the sandy, tea tree bracken of native vegetation. Sandbelt golf is all about wide fairways, lines of tees, great bunkering and super fast greens. The rough should be unkempt, sandy waste. Don't get me wrong, it is a fine course, always in top condition and challenging enough, with fast greens and fine bunkering. However, unlike its sandbelt cousins, it never excites. Worth a visit, but only if you are playing other courses in the area.
4 / 6
Yarra Yarra
March 31, 2016


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The opening hole is a par three which (visually) doesn’t fit with how the others are designed, which is not something you say very often in the Sandbelt. The 2nd hole had its tee boxes re-directed away from the boundary line so now they worryingly point directly back at the 1st green. Yarra Yarra 15th holeThe 2nd green was moved away from the houses due to complaints. The 3rd hole is possibly the poorest on the course. Similar to the 2nd hole, Martin Hawtree was engaged to move the green 60 yards to the left, away from the houses, which resulted in the removal of anything worthwhile. The undulating green and surrounding apron doesn’t look like anything else you’ll see on the Sandbelt. You’re now left with a dead straight 290-yard par four with little to no character. It’s far too obvious when Hawtree touched a hole originally created by Alex Russell and I didn’t appreciate that feeling of disconnection with the original fundamentals (refer to 3rd, 4th, 7th and 10th holes). Generally speaking, you should never ever play a hole and immediately identify that another architect created it and that it looks like nothing else on the course. Click the link to read Fergal’s full report on Yarra Yarra
3 / 6
Yarra Yarra
January 15, 2015


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