Golf is a sport close to my heart here at Travels in Gippsland. I spent a large part of my youth, late 30’s and early 40’s swing the big stick at a little white ball on the Gold Courses of Gippland Australia.

To say I was spoiled for choice was an understatement. You could find me anywhere within a few hours for a round of golf with a couple of mates either on the weekend or in the summer months after work. Gippsland Golf Courses pose some amazing challenges for golfers of all abilities, from your weekend hacker to your serious competitive player, there is a course for everyoe to enjoy.

Due to the popularity of the game, you can find a competition every day of the week somewhere in Gippsland for you to play in and challenge your skills. You can go with some mates or at times you can join a group at the course on the day. Today we are going to have a look at 5 of my favourite Gippsland Golf Course.

Maffra Golf Course

Where:  Fultons Road, Maffra.

Contact Details: / Phone: 03 5147 1884

The Course: Maffra is a par 72 course with your typical layout of 4 par three’s, 4 par fives and 10 par fours on the course.

Playing golf in Gippsland at Maffra Golf Club
Maffra Golf Club from
Photo courtesy of Maffra Golf Club Website

Standout Hole: For me the standout Par 4 is the third hole. A short dog leg to the left protected from tee to green by a channel down one side with a bunker on the dig leg corner. A long iron or short wood will put most golfers in a great spot for an approach to the smallish green ringed on one side with bunkers A good drive should see you hitting anything from a 7 iron to pitching wedge into the green.

Adittional information : 

Maffra Golf Club is known to have some of the best greens on the Gippsland side of Melbourne. Rv and caravan parking are available at the back of the club house for a small fee.

Weekly Competition days:

  • Wednesday Men
  • Members – $10      Visitors – $20
  • Thursday Ladies
  • Members – $8        Visitors – $15
  • Saturday Men & Ladies
  • Members – $10      Visitors – $20
  • Sunday Men & Ladies
  • Members – $8        Visitors – $15
  • Seniors Event
  • 1st Tuesday of the month
  • Members & Visitors – $8

Sale Golf Course

Where: Rosedale – Longford Road, Longford

Contact Details: / Phone: (03) 5149 7293

The Course: Sale Golf Club is a par 70 layout. You will find 4 par three’s, 2 par fives and 12 par fours to challenge you.

Par 3, 6th at Sale Golf Club
The 6th Hole Sale Golf Club
Golfing in Gippsland at Sale Golf Course
One of Gippsland Golfs finest

Standout Hole: The par 3 sixth hole measuring a healthy 167 meters off the back blocks provides a massive challenge for those that don’t hit it straight at the green. On the right side lies a deepish bunker not too far from that bunker lies an out of bounds fence. On the left-handed side, the hole falls away steeply into a grassy ravine. You will be able to play your ball from down there but it provides a challenging chip when you can’t see the flagstick.

Additional Information: If you are coming to the Sale Golf club from the Melbourne direction it is best to turn off at Rosedale on the Rosedale- Longford road which takes you straight past the course.

Weekly Competition Days:

  • Tuesday Ladies competition
  • Wednesday Mens competeion
  • Saturday Mens and Ladies competion
Where to stay in Sale

Bairnsdale Golf Course

Where: Paynesville Road, Eagle Point.

Contact Details: / Phone: 0351566252

The Course: Bairnsdale Golf club in East Gippsland is a par 71 course. You will find 4 par three’s, 11 par fours and 3 par 5 on this great Gippsland Golf Course.

Bairnsdale golf course
Bairnsdale Golf Course is a real challenge

Standout Hole: The best hole at Bairnsdale would have to be the par 5 13th hole. Measuring a gut-busting 503 meters long. A few things to know about this hole are that there is an out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. If you can get a good drive away down the fairway your eyes will light up with the opportunity of reaching this hole in two. The last 200 odd meters falls down hill sharply. Protecting fairway and greenside bunkers lie waiting. More than one fool has been caught out going for glory here by putting the ball out of bounds after overswinging. A good birdie chance awaits those who set up the hole with a good second shot.

Additional Information: The course is also home to the Bairnsdale Bowls Club for those that like to go hunting for the jack aswell as the pin.

Weekly Competition Days:

  • Men: Thursday and Saturday
  • Ladies: Wednesday and Saturday
  • Mixed: Tuesday (18 holes and 9 holes) & Sunday
  • Ladies beginners golf over 9 Holes is held on Tuesdays

Where to stay near Bairnsdale Golf Course:

Lakes Entrance Golf Course

Where: 142 Golf Links Road Lakes Entrance Victoria 

Contact Details: / 03 5155 2832

The Course: The Lakes Entrace Golf Course is a par 72 course. It has a traditional layout of 4 par threes. 4 par fives and 10 par fours.

Standout Hole: This was hard there are just so many good holes at Lakes Entrance. For me, the standout hole is the 7th. Its a par 4 monster measuring 418 meters. It’s referred to locally as the Khyber Pass. You tee off from an elevated position with views of the ocean and the sounds of the waves crashing in. You will need to smash a big drive into a good position down the right-hand side to set up an approach shot. This is where the hole gets difficult. The hole narrows significantly with sand dunes on either side before opening back up around the green. A bad tee shot will require you to draw/hook or fade/slice your second shot into the green. A true test of your golfing skill awaits you here

Golf club waiting by the tee.
Getting ready to golf

Additional Information: Lakes Entrance is the furthermost course East we will feature. It runs alongside the 90 Mile Beach and was once the site of the original entrance where the sea meet the lakes at lakes Entrance

Weekly Competition Days:

  • Wednesday
  • Ladies Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Thursday 
  • Men’s Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Saturday
  • Men’s Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Ladies Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
  • Sunday
  • First Sunday of each month will be scheduled a Medley 18 Hole Stableford event.

Places to stay in Lakes Entrance

Yarram Golf Club

Where: 42 Golf Links Road, Yarram, 3971

Contact details: Ph: 03 5182 5596

The course: Yarram Golf Course is an 18 hole par 72 course. The course is a sandbelt course set in bushland.

Standout Hole: The 10th at Yarram is a 453-meter par 5 downhill with a right angle dogleg right near the green. You tee off from an elevated position with out of bounds running all the way down the left. A good drive to a wide fairway will set you up for 3 things. An easy bar, a great birdie chance or a disaster. You can play this hole easy with a driver, mid iron and wedge for a par. You can also play this hole for an easy birdie with a driver mid-iron to the green. To do this you need to hit a blind second shot over the dog leg which contains a water dam. No guts no glory, with a good drive, go for the green here. With a bad drive put your second down to corner and fire at the pin with a wedge from 50-100 and hope to make par.

Additional Information: There are 4 caravan sites at the course for golfing nomads. Pull up, stay a few nights and play one of Australia’s premier volunteer-run courses.

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Visit Gippsland today for some of the best golf courses in Victoria. Gippsland Golf course will provide any level of golfer a real challenge. Why not make a Gippsland weekend of it and stay a night. You could easily play 2 of these courses over a weekend in Gippsland