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Golf course offers

MCC members now have privileged access at three of Victoria’s finest golf courses, all of which are ranked in Australia’s top 50.

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links   

Thirteenth Beach LinksTwo outstanding 18-hole championship courses

Thirteenth Beach is located just over an hour from Melbourne set along the scenic coastline of Barwon Heads.  

The boutique golf precinct features two unique courses, clubhouse, restaurant, practice facilities and modern onsite accommodation.

The Beach Course – True Links Design by Tony Cashmore, rated 9th in Australia in The Golf Course Guide 2010

The Creek Course – Parkland layout designed by Sir Nick Faldo (six majors) and Tony Cashmore- rated 24th in Australia in The Golf Course Guide 2010.

Thirteenth Beach is delighted to be able to offer MCC members an exclusive access arrangement.

$50 per player (normally $59)

Weekends and Public Holidays:
$75 per player (normally $89)

Cart Hire:
$30 per cart (normally $40)

All tee times must be pre-booked and MCC membership cards presented upon check-in.

HOW TO BOOK, email or (03) 5254 2922.


St Andrews Beach Golf Course

The magnificent Tom Doak-designed St Andrews Beach Golf Course, recently ranked number 10 by Golf Australia Magazine for 2014, is now offering MCC members special pricing.

This once-exclusive golf course is now the highest ranked “pay to play” golf course on the mainland and is one of Australia’s premier golf courses. 

Peak Period
Weekends, Public Holidays and December 26-January 11
$71 per MCC member (normally $89)

Midweek (excluding peak periods above)
$59 per MCC member (normally $74) plus up to three guests at the same discounted rate

MCC members also  get use of a motorised cart at no cost ($59) on weekdays from May 1-September 30.

Address: 209 Sandy Road, St Andrews Beach
Phone: (03) 5988 6000 or email
Book online:

St Andrew's Beach


Ranfurlie Golf Course

Built in 2002 and designed by Mike Clayton, Ranfurlie is ranked number 42 in Australia and is a true test of golf.

This championship course,  has hosted the PGA Tour School Qualify for the last six years and is part of the Amstel Golf Club located in Cranbourne.

Not only can MCC members obtain access at this private golf course, but also exclusive pricing.

Available Sunday (mornings may be restricted) and Monday-Friday at $59 per MCC member, as well as Ranfurlie Golf Courseup to three guests.

Address: 825 Frankston-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne
Phone: (03) 9788 8288 or email 

Please note: Bookings are available six days in advance and dress regulations apply.


MCC members need  to mention this arrangement at the time of booking and present their MCC membership card on the day of play.