If the game of golf had a Mecca, it might just reside somewhere in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Some of the best golf courses Melbourne has to offer are indeed some of the finest\u00a0anywhere in the world. Several of the standouts cohabit the famed Melbourne Sandbelt, a rich vein of sandy subsoil that has proven particularly adept at supporting extraordinary golf courses. Six of the courses on this list rank in the top 20 golf courses in Australia; three are in the top 10. If you ever get the chance to play at one of these courses, we suggest you jump at the opportunity.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\n10 Best Steak Restaurants in Melbourne\r\n14 Best Boxing Gyms in Melbourne\r\nBest Outdoor Gyms in Melbourne\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRoyal Melbourne Golf Club\r\nA universal icon of golf, this is certainly not the first list the Royal Melbourne has topped. 36 holes make up a trio of championship courses. The West Course continually ranks among the top 10 golf courses in the world; it was recently named No.1 in Australia and No.3 in the world by Golf Digest. Not to be outshone by its exalted neighbour, the East Course listed in the top 20 by the same Golf Digest ranking and features one of the most underrated par 3s in any of the best golf courses Melbourne has to offer. Taking 12 holes from the West Course and six from the East, the world-renowned Composite Course merges to form a whole greater than the sum of its parts, the best eighteen holes of golf in the country and the greatest mash-up since Linkin Park and Jay-Z.\r\n\r\nCheltenham Road, Black Rock, Victoria, 3193.\r\nRoyal Melbourne Golf Club\r\n\r\nKingston Heath Golf Club\r\nA seven-time host to the Australian Open, Kingston Heath Golf Club offers an outstanding layout and some of the best bunkering around. Kingston Heath is lauded as one of the finest courses in the world by many of golf\u2019s greats \u2013 Tiger Woods himself sung its praises when he took out the Australian Masters tournament there in 2009. One of the most exclusive clubs in the country, achieving membership requires referrals from several established members and a lengthy wait \u2013 which, I dare say, is worth it once you step onto this revered course.\r\n\r\nKingston Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192.\r\nKingston Heath Golf Club\r\n\r\nVictoria Golf Club\r\nThe Victoria Golf Club throws its hat in the ring as yet another world-class golfing institution in the Melbourne Sandbelt. The Victoria holds up against its famous comrades and is an excellent addition to this cluster of improbably superb golf courses. Small, lightning fast greens favour sharp-shooting, careful club selection and an immaculate short game; professional and amateur alike come unstuck in the imposing bunkers hard against the collars of the greens. Of all the best golf courses Melbourne has to offer, the Victoria may just be the toughest challenge out there.\r\n\r\nPark Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192.\r\nThe Victoria Golf Club\r\n\r\nMetropolitan Golf Club\r\nSharing a common origin with the Royal Melbourne and widely regarded as one of the finest championship courses in Australia, the Metropolitan exemplifies why the golf courses of the Melbourne Sandbelt are regularly touted among the best in the world. Fairways with the smoothness and uniformity of carpet are carved from the contrasting ragged native scrub, and strategically-placed bunkers border every green and hinge every bend in the freeway. No stranger to hosting championship tournaments, the Metropolitan will host the PGA World Cup of Golf in 2018.\r\n\r\nGolf Road, South Oakleigh, Victoria 3167.\r\nMetropolitan Golf Club\r\n\r\nWoodlands Golf Club\r\nFeaturing all the hallmarks shared by the best golf courses Melbourne offers, the rolling freeways, ominous bunkers and elevated greens at Woodlands lay down a challenge any serious golfer would relish. A certain finesse is required to navigate the narrow freeways\u00a0and troublesome bunkers\u00a0successfully\u00a0\u2013 the careless slugger will not fare well with Woodlands' many challenging nuances. Visitors satisfying the handicap and club membership requirements are welcome to sample the delights at Woodlands, a rarity among the Sandbelt courses which frequently require guests to be accompanied by a member.\r\n\r\n109 White St, Mordialloc Victoria 3195.\r\nWoodlands Golf Club\r\n\r\nCommonwealth Golf Club\r\nAnother member of the illustrious group of courses that reside on the Melbourne Sandbelt, the Commonwealth Golf Club is revered for its strategic layout and tricky, narrow freeways. With origins that trace back to 1914, the early designers showed remarkable foresight in carefully selecting and nurturing native eucalypts that, over the century, have grown into the towering sentinels that now guard the freeways and the gently sloping greens. The stately clubhouse enjoys commanding views over the course, with the upper balcony one of the better spots to enjoy a post-game beverage.\r\n\r\nGlennie Ave, Oakleigh South, Victoria 3167\r\nCommonwealth Golf Club\r\n\r\nHuntingdale Golf Club\r\nConsistently rated among the best golf courses Melbourne has to offer along the famed Sandbelt - until 2008 Huntingdale was recognised as the \u2018Home of the Australian Masters\u2019,\u00a0having hosted the event for thirty consecutive years. The meticulously manicured greens are kept in Masters condition throughout the year, and the carefully considered bunkering placement synonymous with courses in the area ensures an equally challenging and rewarding round. Abandoning the grand old clubhouse aesthetic ubiquitous with well-aged golf courses, the Huntingdale in 2014 sunk $12 million into a sophisticated, award-winning clubhouse.\r\n\r\nWindsor Avenue, Oakleigh South, Victoria 3167\r\nHuntingdale Golf Club\r\n\r\nYarra Yarra\u00a0Golf Club\r\nDeveloped under some of the greatest course architects of the twentieth century, the Yarra Yarra Golf Club has recently appointed modern-age master architects Renaissance Golf Designs to restore the subtleties and intent of the original design. Already considered one of Melbourne\u2019s preeminent Sandbelt courses with several holes renowned around the globe, the restoration of the Yarra Yarra will be one to watch. The goal of the club's executives in appointing this upgrade is simple, restore the Yarra Yarra Golf Club to its rightful position as a world-class golf course.\r\n\r\n567 Warrigal Road, Bentleigh East, Victoria 3165\r\nYarra Yarra Golf Club\r\n\r\nSpring Valley Golf Club\r\nRecently taking out the\u00a043rd position in Golf Australia\u2019s 2018 best courses in the country and rounding out the top ten best golf courses Melbourne has to offer; the Spring Valley Golf Club is the hidden gem in the Sandbelt collection. With such eminent company in its immediate vicinity, it\u2019s easy to discount Spring Valley. To do so, however, would be to ignore an underrated and well-designed course that is emerging from the shadows of its grand neighbours as a worthy test of golfers of all abilities.\r\n\r\n619 Heatherton Road, Clayton South, VIC 3169\r\nSpring Valley Golf Club\r\n\r\nPeninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club\r\nThe Peninsula Country Golf Club and the Kingswood Golf Club made history in 2013 as the first merger of two golf clubs in Australia. Now known as the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club, it is home to three Championship courses, each with something to please golfers from all walks of life. The North course favours the strategic, while the South and the Kingswood with their long, wide fairways and big greens allow the long-hitters to bring out the big guns.\r\n\r\nKingswood Site: Centre Dandenong Rd, Dingley Village, Victoria 3172\r\n\r\nPeninsula Site: Skye Rd, Frankston, Victoria, 3199\r\nPeninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club\r\n \r\nBONUS\r\n\r\nAlbert Park Golf\r\nWhile it might not be as esteemed as others on this list, the convenience of its location makes it worth a mention. Situated at Albert Park, home to the F1 Grand Prix, is Albert Park Golf, a public course right in the heart of the city, and one of Melbourne's best public golf clubs. Located in the heart of Melbourne, this public course is ideal for mid-week escapes from the office to smack a few balls while the boss isn't looking, or a great place to practice your game without having to travel far.\r\nAlbert Park Golf\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\n10 Best Steak Restaurants in Melbourne\r\n14 Best Boxing Gyms in Melbourne\r\nBest Outdoor Gyms in Melbourne\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? You can also follow us on\u00a0Facebook,\u00a0Twitter,\u00a0Instagram, and\u00a0YouTube.