Your guide to Corporate Golf in Victoria
BY Inside Golf | 30 Apr 2012
Corporate Golf events are still one of the best ways to reward loyal clients, engage with potential clients, or simply have a fun day out with employees and colleagues. As golf is one of Australia’s highest participant sports, it’s a good bet that the majority of your business contacts will include some golf lovers. And spending 4-5 uninterrupted hours on the course with a client can translate to a better business relationship in the future.
Choosing the right venue / course is paramount to success. By carefully matching the course to the skill level and preferences of your players – and taking care of all the little details and finer points along the way – you can ensure a successful event for everyone.
While most courses have some sort of package or offering for corporate events, here are a few featured venues:
* REGION: MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Eagle Ridge Golf Course
The stunning Clubhouse, facilities and championship golf course at Eagle Ridge make it the quintessential Corporate Golf venue. The entire facility was designed with corporate golf events in mind, and they have the ability to host corporate golf events for groups of all sizes (from 8 to a full field of 100). Their 50-strong cart fleet, combined with the brand-new, high quality practice area make it ideal for events both large and small. They have designed packages from a relaxed-style outdoor barbeque inclusion, to a three-course luncheon in their beautiful ballroom. Eagle Ridge’s clients come back year after year, often with the encouragement of clients and staff who love their golf events at Eagle Ridge. Each year, Eagle Ridge holds the ‘Corporate Cup’, which includes old and new clients and their guests to compete with a fantastic lunch and presentations afterward. A key aspect of their corporate golf events are their themed holes. Of particular interest recently has been the ‘Skippysteak & Burgundy’ stop between Holes 13 and 14, where each team is treated to a hunk of steak and glass of wine, served by a waiter, on the landing of the Pumphouse overlooking one of their lakes. “I have been to and organised many a corporate golf day, but I have never seen such great themed holes as the ones on offer at Eagle Ridge! They are a real standout and add that little extra to each event,” says Lyn Deutrom, Corporate Sales Executive at Eagle Ridge. According to Wayne Lucas, General Manager, booking an event at Eagle Ridge eliminates the hassles that many event organisers often encounter with a corporate day. “We are the best at what we do. Our clients tell us consistently that we take the stress out of their day by organise everything for them, allowing them to simply enjoy their day with clients and staff on the course.”
Eagle Ridge Golf Course
Browns Road, The Cups,
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, 3939
03 5988 6341
03 5988 6033
golf @ eagleridge.com.au" www.eagleridge.com.au
With superb, fast-draining couch fairways and fast and true bent-grass greens, Portsea is a fantastic golf course for corporate or social events. The compact and hilly course is noted for tricky, short par-4’s and superb par-3’s. It is also well protected from the weather, thus it retains its playability in the wet and hosts a surprisingly large number of events during winter. While a private members course, Portsea warmly welcomes visiting golfers to its classic layout. In particular they welcome corporate groups and social groups of golfers who respect and care for their highly-rated course. Many of their regular groups return year after year, booking well in advance. The fully-stocked pro shop has all the top brands and equipment, while the bar and restaurant serve high quality local foods and beverages at value prices.The course can cater for specific requirements and assist with competition management, prizes and many other necessities for a successful corporate golf day. Corporate golf events are played on Mondays and Fridays, with either morning or afternoon play available to suit your needs. Numbers under 60 will be allocated a 2 tee start; all numbers over 60 will be a shotgun start with play from holes allocated by the club.
Portsea Golf Club
Portsea, Victoria Australia 3944
(03) 5984 3521 www.portseagolf.com.au Contact: Lisbeth Harbinson
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Located on the southern-most tip of the stunning Mornington Peninsula, RACV Cape Schanck Resort is just a leisurely 75-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD. The Resort’s magnificent 18-hole, par 70 championship golf course is consistently rated among Australia’s best 100 courses, and offers incredible golfing value. Designed by renowned course architect, Robert Trent-Jones Jnr, the course has huge greens with large open bunkers, tree-lined fairways and spectacular ocean views on eleven holes. The superbly maintained course is fantastic for both experienced and new golfers. RACV Cape Schanck Resort is a very popular venue to hold Corporate Golf Days, as it is playable for golfers of all levels. The course is equipped with a full range of practice facilities, ideal for a pre-game golf clinic, or for warming up your back swing. There are 60 golf carts available with the ability to carry up to 120 players around the fully signposted course. You’ll find friendly golf shop staff on hand and ready to escort players to the tee for a shotgun start, and process competitions ready for presentation. You’ll also find the golf shop extremely well stocked with all your golfing needs and prizes for purchase. RACV Cape Schanck Resort’s Presentation Rooms provide the ideal setting for hosting presentation luncheons and dinners while enjoying restaurant quality dining. With each room hosting a full range of audio/visual facilities, whether you’re entertaining a small group, or hold a large corporate function, they can tailor a combination to meet your requirements. And should you wish to spread your event over two or more days there are fifty ocean rooms and twelve 2 and 3 bedroom villas to house both you and your guests in style and comfort.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Trent Jones Drive (via Boneo Road)
Cape Schanck, Victoria, 3939 racv.com.au/resorts 03 5950 8000
One of the premier Golf Resorts in Victoria, Moonah Links Resort offers two world-class championship golf courses, each boasting superior course conditions which assure year-round playability. Since opening in 2003 Moonah Links Resort has achieved global recognition and acclaim having hosted five major tournaments: the 2003 and 2005 Australian Open Golf Championships and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Moonah Classic. The Open and Legends courses have been voted the No. 1 and No. 2 Best Conditioned Golf Courses in Australia (2008-2011), respectively. Complementing the course facilities are a driving range and practice facilities designed to Australian Institute of Sport specifications and one of the foremost elite training facilities in world golf – The Moonah Links Golf Academy – home to Golf Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport elite player development programs. Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD, Moonah Links Resort is easy to access for your guests, and provides all the facilities to ensure a successful event. With the largest fleet of motorized golf carts in Victoria, a comprehensive pro shop, On-course food & beverage cart, 89 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, restaurant, spike bar, extensive banquet and conference facilities, day spa and ancillary recreational facilities such as a swimming pool and tennis courts, Moonah Links Resort constitutes one of the finest, most comprehensive Golf Resorts in the country.
55 Peter Thomson Drive
Fingal, Victoria 3939
Hotel enquiries 03 5988 2000
Golf enquiries 03 5988 2047 www.peppers.com.au/moonah
* REGION: SANDBELT & EAST
Huntingdale Golf Club
As a premium private Golf Club that is consistently rated as one of Australia’s best golf courses (and was host to the ‘The Australian Masters’ from 1979-2008), a corporate golf day at Huntingdale offers an exclusive, unique experience that is simply not available to the public golfer. Huntingdale has a dedicated Corporate Golf Manager that will assist you with the planning and coordinating of every aspect of your golf day to ensure the day is a success. The Club offers a number of packages, ensuring that you stay within your budget and with Huntingdale’s award winning Executive Chef George Skaliotis on board, your guests are guaranteed to be in for a culinary delight. Huntingdale also offer superb facilities for your pre and post golf functions. Each of Huntingdale’s function rooms boast picturesque views of the course and surrounding gardens and are suitable to entertain groups up to 200 guests. From a relaxed barbecue on the outdoor terrace overlooking the world famous 18th hole, to a formal buffet in the Members Dining Room…the options are endless. Huntingdale is currently offering a complimentary ‘Premium Wine & Gourmet Cheese Hole’ for any corporate golf day booked before March 31 (min 72 players). “Huntingdale is the ideal place for a Corporate Golf Day. From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave, nothing is too much trouble! The course is always presented in immaculate condition and the food is amongst the best around. We have held many golf days at Huntingdale and would strongly recommend the club as an ideal Corporate Golf venue.”- Gary Lisbon–GOLFSelect.
Huntingdale Golf Club
Windsor Avenue South Oakleigh, Vic 3167 www.huntingdalegolf.com.au Contact: Michael Burgess (03) 9579 4622
Melbourne Golf Academy
For those looking for a Corporate Golf day that is a bit different, then consider an outing at Melbourne Golf Academy. The recent host of the Victorian Putting Championships, The Melbourne Golf Academy is one of Melbourne’s premium public practice facilities. But it is also a great location to host Corporate Events, Meetings, parties and more. Overlooking the massive 18th hole putting green, the MGA function room caters for groups of 10 -150 guests in stylish and modern surroundings. Their purpose-built private meeting room, professional service and a wide variety of catering options makes the facility a great choice for hosted golf activities, staff meetings and product launches. Their great staff and fun golf options can result in a spectacular golf day, with a difference.The 350m practice fairway is long enough for the biggest of hitters to show off their skills, while the 10 target greens give players a chance to fine-tune their long and short irons (or, say, have mini competitions like nearest to the pin, etc). The undercover, private bays have soft-feel practice mats, club racks, drink holders and, best of all, brand-new, shiny range balls recently put into play. Plus, the range is floodlit at night, allowing you to host your event into the later hours. MGA also features an impressive short game area, where your event guests can go head-to-head in putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shot competitions. If you’d like to give your guests some instruction, then the instructors at MGA are top-notch. MGA’s Vaughan Somers, for example, is rated one of the top 50 coaches in Australia. His mastery of identifying a golfer’s “swing personality” has proved to be exactly what some golfers need to turn their game around.
Melbourne Golf Academy
Open 7 days a week
385 Centre Dandenong Road
03 9558 3477 www.mgagolf.com.au
Functions & Events Manager
0417 694 797
Green Acres Golf Club
Nestled on the banks of the Yarra River, Green Acres Golf Club in Kew offers a world of seclusion just 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD. This “Hidden Gem” of Melbourne’s Yarra Courses is a peaceful and relaxing option for a corporate golf event, giving golfers a feeling of tranquillity and seclusion. A private course with a long history, Green Acres is presented in immaculate condition all year round with couch fairways and bent grass greens. With a brand-new, state-of-the-art clubhouse due for completion in the coming months, it will prove to be an ideal venue for Corporate events and functions, and should reinforce Green Acres’ position as a premier corporate golfing facility in the Melbourne area. A dedicated Functions Co-ordinator will be available to facilitate your whole day, from event and competition co-ordination, to golf and catering packages, to event management templates, team sheets & results, golf trophies and prizes. Their in-house chefs, with an extensive menu selection and full bar facilities also means that there is a variety of catering options to suit your needs. On course competitions such as Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive and Beat the Pro can all be arranged. Ambrose or individual stableford competitions can be run from a two-tee or siren start and are recommended for corporate days in order to maximise the enjoyment of your guests.They can also supply clinics and on-course teaching by qualified PGA teaching professionals, as well as organise professional photography, entertainment bookings, on-course corporate signage and more. Green Acres Golf Club is available for corporate golf days subject to application and availability on Mondays, Thursdays (pm only) and Fridays.
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove
Kew East, Vic 3102
03 9859 1294
* REGION: BELLARINE PENINSULA & WEST
The Sands Torquay
The Sands Torquay is one of the region’s premier private courses, a links style course that winds its way through the dunes on the northern headland of Torquay. Offering spectacular views of Torquay’s world renowned beaches, The Sands is the first Stuart Appleby-designed course with 5 tee positions to suit all levels of golfers. If you’re looking to leave a lasting impression at your next corporate golf day, Peppers The Sands Resort, Torquay offers a number of corporate golf packages to suit all sized golf events. You can also get their experienced team to tailor a package built around your own personal needs. Featuring a private function space for “sit down” events, catering for player numbers of 16 – 130 , function space to cater for groups of up to 380 guests and a world-class course, the venue is sure to be a hit with your players and guests. There is also world-class accommodation on site. Peppers The Sands Resort balances first class golf with first class leisure facilities, offering 112 beautifully appointed accommodation rooms with breathtaking views over the course, tennis courts, heated indoor lap pool, health club and gymnasium. The resort’s signature restaurant, Hanners Restaurant and Bar is positioned directly overlooking the course and is one of the region’s most desired dining destinations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, Peppers The Sands Resort makes for the ideal location for any occasion.
Peppers The Sands Resort
2 Sands Boulevarde
Torquay VIC 3228
03 5264 3333
Corporate Golf Contact:
03 5264 3301
Sanctuary Lakes Club
Sanctuary Lakes Club is a high-quality Greg Norman-designed Championship golf course rated number 52 in Australia. It was also the home of the Victorian PGA Championship for five years, so it is in good company among corporate golf venues. Located just 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, Sanctuary Lakes Club boasts a beautiful clubhouse overlooking the 18th green with views of the City and Port Phillip Bay. With a fleet of 24 motorized carts (and access to more), as well as a dedicated team of professionals, it is an ideal location for a corporate golf day event. The Club’s experienced and professional corporate golf team will ensure all of your options are explored and delivered, and the Club is more than happy to tailor packages to your needs. Nothing is ever too difficult for their team: They strive to impress and this is shown with their high level of service and event management skills. Corporate golf is all about leaving a lasting impression on clients and staff in order to achieve your objectives for hosting your event. Sanctuary Lakes can provide many extra features to enhance the events’ style: Golf Professionals: Having a golf professional assisting you throughout the round can be very beneficial. Not only can you include his or her shot as part of your team, it is great to watch how professionals conduct themselves on the course and be in awe of some of their shots (which to them are simply second nature). Contributing to the team via a nearest the pin or longest drive or playing an entire hole with a group is a terrific experience and add-on for the event. Promotional giveaway: House of Golf, Sanctuary Lakes provides a wide variety of merchandise for prizes and promotional materials. They can guide you in getting the best value on your branded or promotional gear to suit your needs. Competitions: On- and off-course competition ideas and novelties make your corporate day stand out. The club has experienced and created many additional competitions to value add the day for fundraising or simply extra chances for players to win a prize.
Sanctuary Lakes Resort
Greg Norman Drive
Sanctuary Lakes, VIC 3030 www.sanctuarylakes.com.au
(03) 9395 2888
Corporate Golf Co-ordinator
03 9395 2888
* REGION: YARRA VALLEY
Heritage Golf and Country Club
Located in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, about a 45-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, The Heritage Golf and Country Club provides the perfect backdrop for your next corporate golf day. Framed by the spectacular mountains of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, the Yarra Valley is a special part of Victoria. Home to one of Australia’s most successful wine producing regions, the valley itself boasts incomparable rural scenery. The facility comprises two championship-standard golf courses. The St John course is a traditional treed environment based on the American parkland-style courses. It is the only private course in Australia designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Henley course is a traditional links course designed by Tony Cashmore in consultation with Nicklaus Design. Tony Cashmore is well-known as the designer of The Dunes course at Rye, Kingston Links and the Beach and Creek courses at 13th Beach at Barwon Heads. The Clubhouse, Pro-shop, Heritage Retreat & Day Spa, Bars and Restaurants all complement the vision of Jack Nicklaus and Tony Cashmore. Adjacent to the Clubhouse is The Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley, a superbly appointed boutique 4.5 star hotel offering 102 deluxe rooms and suites, including a state-of-the-art convention centre and full conference facilities for up to 400 delegates. On-course activities for your corporate golf day can include Pre golf Clinic, Roving Golf Professional, Neck, Back & Shoulder Massage and Novelty Hole Competitions, while you can also get great On-Course Catering Stations including burgers, local wine tasting, pancakes, lattes and more. Corporate Gifts & Merchandise can be organized with either your logo or the Heritage logo, including polo shirts, caps, golf balls, towels and a variety of other golf items. The team can even coordinate Photography, signage, Celebrity MC’s, Competition Prizes, Video / DVD’s and other services.
The Heritage Golf and Country Club
Chirnside Park, Vic 3116
03 9760 3300
Corporate Golf Contact:
03 9760 3356
03 9760 3304
0413 136 298
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