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Stay and Play at Victoria Golf Club

After his breakthrough U.S. Open victory this year, Geoff Ogilvy went home to Australia and the familiar confines of Victoria Golf Club. Nowhere in the world can you find a larger cluster of courses designed or influenced by Alister MacKenzie, the great English architect, than in the Melbourne Sandbelt: Victoria is one of four within a ten-mile stretch (joining Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath and Yarra Yarra)—all of them distinguished by their sweeping use of the native sand. What’s more, Victoria has fifteen double rooms for overnight guests on the top floor of its stately clubhouse, making it the perfect base for a Sandbelt sojourn. Each room has a private bath, and most offer views of the course. Unlimited golf, as well as breakfast and dinner each day, is included in the modest price of a stay. The golf course resonates with charm. Both nines close with back-to-back par fives, the best being the ninth, where the fairway rolls like a sea swell toward the green. Ogilvy, a member since age fifteen, is the second major champion to have groomed his game at Victoria, following Peter Thomson, who won five British Opens between 1954 and ’65. If you’re fortunate enough to pay a visit, keep an eye out as you walk the grounds: You just might brush shoulders with a world-class golfer, present, past or future.

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