great golf road trip
Not far from Sydney lies an enviable golf road trip.
From Wollongong in the north, all the way down to Batemans Bay, this two-and-a-half hour stretch of driving is only part of the New South Wales South Coast but takes in memorable golf courses, landscapes, small country towns and some typical Australian fauna.
The NSW South Coast is our latest Genesis Great Golf Road Trip.
Mention the Western Australian town of Margaret River and you’re mind is readily filled with images of world class wine - but it’s also an unheralded holiday spot to build a golf trip around and the only world-class wine region in the nation that sits alongside breathtaking coastline.
Did we mention there’s a collection of underground limestone caves dating back 50,000 years to marvel at nearby? Surely a worthwhile attraction for any non-golfers in your car, and enough to earn you an extra 18-holes on your trip.
If you’re searching for a destination that’s got everything, it’s hard to go past Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The stretch of beaches and hinterland that officially runs from Pelican Waters in the south to Tewantin in the north boasts some of Australia’s most beautiful natural landscapes, beaches – and of course, some outstanding golf.
In two hours, you can escape Sydney’s CBD and find yourself in the spectacular Hunter Valley, home to the nation’s oldest wine region and, not coincidentally, exceptional golf courses including three of the NSW’s best which make the Hunter Valley the perfect destination for our next Genesis Great Golf Road Trip.
There might be no better introduction to the appeal of the Mornington Peninsula as a Genesis Great Golf Road Trip destination than the home page of the local tourist association website.
“Grab the keys,” it says, “and set out on a self-drive tour to see every bit of the Mornington Peninsula, postage stamp-sized but chock-full of breathtaking coastal scenery, charming villages, wineries and championship golf courses.”
With the year’s first major just around the corner the minds of golfers everywhere are turning to Augusta, Georgia, and the famed US Masters.
In the heart of the deep south, this part of America is not only home to one of the game’s most revered tournaments but boasts more than its fair share of American history.
Wine and golf go hand-in-hand.
The latter is one of the ultimate leisure exercises and the former one of the most relaxing ways to unwind afterwards.
Few places on the entire planet boast the breadth of world-class wineries on hand in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and it just so happens that the region is home to one of Australia’s most underrated and tranquil golf courses.
By their very nature great golf courses tend to be in out of the way places and, more often than not, located on or near a scenic drive. Here we continue our series of some great golf road trips from around the globe, journeys where both the driving and the golf are eagerly anticipated in equal measure, especially when taken in the luxurious Genesis from Hyundai.