The largest public access golf facility in Australia, the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort is situated alongside the Murray River and home to 45 holes of golf. The club was founded in Victoria in 1897, but moved across the Murray and into New South Wales during the early 20th century when farmland at Mulwala enabled them to expand their golf course to a full 18. That course was redesigned by Sam Berriman in the 1950s, and later again by Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge in the 1980s. Thomson and Wolveridge also added the Murray Course in the 1980s, and a 9-hole Executive course.
All 45 holes at Yarrawonga Mulwala are generally well maintained, and interchangeable with each other as the nines all have a consistent feel across the property. The Murray Course gets closest to the River and is certainly the best regarded of the courses, although it’s river interactions are somewhat limited and separated from the water by the towering river gums that line the banks. The best holes here incorporate wetlands and the tall trees into the design, and feature simple green sites that reward golfers able to drive nearest the fairway hazards. The mid-length 3rd and 4th holes are good, as is the famous 5th whose 500-yard fairway gets closest to the Murray River and winds through a series of gum trees.
With perfect year-round weather for golf, the Murray River is a popular destination for Australian golfers and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort an ideal base for those wishing to stay several days and fill up on numerous rounds of golf.