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Melbourne has the largest number of championship golf courses in Australia.

Albert Park Golf Course. Four kilometers (2½ mi) south of the city, Albert Park Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-72 course beside Albert Park Lake, where the Formula 1 Grand Prix is held in March. Greens fees are A$20 (9 holes, weekdays only) and A$30–A$33 (18 holes). Queens Rd., Albert Park, Melbourne, VIC, 3206. 03/9510–5588. www.albertparkgolf.com.au.

Brighton Public Golf Course. The 18-hole, par-67 Brighton Public Golf Course has lovely scenery, with trees and wetlands, but is quite busy on weekends and midweek mornings. Club rental is available. Greens fees are A$20 (9 holes), A$27 (18 holes). 230 Dendy St., Brighton, Melbourne, VIC, 3186. 03/9592–1388. www.brightongolfcourse.com.au.

Sandringham Golf Links. Five minutes from the beach, Sandringham Golf Course is one of the better public courses, and one of several in Melbourne's renowned (coastal) Sand Belt. Sandringham is an 18-hole, par-72 course. Greens fees are A$30 (18 holes) and A$18.50 (9 holes). Cheltenham Rd., Sandringham, Melbourne, VIC, 3191. 03/9598–3590. www.sandringhamgolfcourse.com.au.

Yarra Bend Golf Course. Despite being just 4 km (2½ miles) northeast from the city, this challenging course seems a world away, due to long length and surrounding parkland. Ten thousand bats have also made it their home on the back 9. A newly built golf range is ideal to practice your game before the round. Greens fees are A$31 (weekdays) and A$37 (weekends). Yarra Bend Rd., Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, 3078. 03/9481–3729. www.yarrabendgolf.com.

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