Hunter Valley Golf
With beautifully designed golf courses surrounded by rolling vineyards and spectacular mountain ranges, the Hunter Valley is one of the best golf destinations in the world. The golf resorts are world-class, offering an elegant range of accommodation styles next to the splendid fairways and greens.
You’ll be thrilled with the various championship and nine-hole golf courses in Australia’s oldest wine region, which is two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 50 minutes west of Newcastle Airport. The golf clubs and golf resorts offer superb facilities, and the courses are as challenging as they are beautiful.
There are stay-and-play packages. You’ll find plenty of things to do off the greens, from wine tasting at cellar doors to dining in vineyard restaurants. If time is pressing, helicopter tours from Sydney offer golfers the perfect day trip - a return flight, round of golf and lunch at a winery restaurant.
You’ll tee off on some of the best golf courses in Australia. Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in Pokolbin is ranked among the top resort courses. With great views of vineyards and the Broken Back Range, the Steve Smyers-designed championships course is next to the Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort.
Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club is in the grounds of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in Lovedale, famous for the festive Lovedale Long Lunch. Vineyards and ranges create a splendid backdrop. The championship course is suited to golfers of all levels and the resort features a deluxe hotel and villas.
The Vintage Golf Club in Rothbury features a Greg Norman-designed championship course set alongside undisturbed wetlands, eucalypts and vineyards. The club is set on the tranquil grounds of Chateau Elan, a luxury resort. Golf lessons are available from the Richard Mercer Golf Academy.
You’ll find excellent local courses, too. Stonebridge Golf Club in Cessnock is a Jack Newton-designed course and Easts Leisure is an 18-hole course in Maitland. Lovely nine-hole courses are at Branxton Golf Club, north of Cessnock, Paterson Golf Club in Paterson and Singleton Golf Club in Singleton.