When one thinks of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, golf isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind.

Famed for its spas, food and wine offerings, many are surprised to discover that the region is a hidden golf mecca.

Three kilometres from Daylesford, you’ll find the Hepburn Springs Golf Club, one of the prettiest and best conditioned courses in the area. It’s short but challenging, with undulating couch grass fairways, beautiful greens, tree-lined fairways, water features and the biggest mob of kangaroos you’ll see on a course. It’s worth the trip just to see them.

Twenty kilometres away is the charming town of Trentham. The picturesque 18 hole Trentham Golf Club is challenging for all skill levels and features lovely, tree-lined fairways with excellent grass greens and a welcoming clubhouse.

For a slightly different experience, Creswick is where you’ll find the RACV Goldfields Resort golf course, which has an amazing bush setting that will challenge every aspect of your game. This 18 hole, 72 par championship course was designed by renowned golf course architect Tony Cashmore, following the natural peaks and troughs of the land.

Over on the Macedon Ranges side, there are more lovely courses: Kyneton Golf Club offers 18 holes in a bush-like setting, and Woodend Golf Club is home to some of the most undulating holes of golf in Victoria. One hole has a drop of 100 metres and plays as a par 3 of 165 metres. Not surprisingly, the views of the surrounding countryside are pretty spectacular from here.

History and nature combine at the 9 hole Mt Macedon Golf Club, which was first established in the 1920s. Further south, the Gisborne Golf Club is recognised as one of the best in the area. This attractive, yet challenging course features fully watered legend couch fairways and traditional links-style bunkering. The course is also home to a wild population of over 200 eastern grey kangaroos.

To top it off, after all this golf, you’re in the perfect location to treat yourself to some of those aforementioned spa, food and wine experiences.

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Woodend Golf Course