Reds, Whites and Greens

Welcome to Reds, Whites and Greens.

Through this blog I will take you to some of my favourite getaways – stunning golf courses that also happen to be close to fabulous wineries and breweries.

I was a late comer to golf, and while I have always enjoyed a tipple of wine, I didn’t appreciate good vino until I was a little more ‘aged’ myself.

My aim is to play as many of the top 100 golf courses in Australia as I can, with those well positioned near vineyards, at the top of my list. In the blog I will feature a number of fantastic courses, both in and out of the top 100, that fit my golf and wine weekend criteria, with a focus on regional areas.

From the country to the coast

It may seem cliché to say it, but we do live in the lucky country. I am a country girl at heart, but I also love the smell of salt water and sand between my toes and in this blog, I am going to share some of my favourite spots in the Illawarra region and Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

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Washington DC—A capital place for golf, food and more

My visit to DC was historic in more ways than one. It was my first overseas trip since COVID-19 began, my first-time playing golf in the USA and I achieved a long-time golfing goal! I didn’t visit any wineries, but I dine dine at great restaurants, visit famous landmarks, experience a game of baseball and tour amazing museums and galleries. First, to golf.

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Mornington Peninsula: great golf and wine in any conditions

“I love playing golf in the rain, because no one can see that I’m crying,” is a quote that summed up my game at The Dunes on the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria. It wasn’t just any rain; it was the most torrential downpour I have ever played in. It was a true links, Scottish weather golfing experience and one that made me want to return and play this amazing course on a sunnier day.

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Canberra’s hidden gems

There’s no place like home. This phrase has encapsulated life for most of us over the past two years. With little or no interstate and overseas travel many people rediscovered their own backyards. I took the opportunity to play my favourite Canberra golf courses, starting with Yowani Country Club.

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Barnbougle – Tassie’s golf paradise

Go hard or go home is my usual approach to golf, but at Barnbougle Dunes my resolve was tested when I was faced with the prospect of chipping over the most terrifying bunker I have ever encountered or taking the safe route around the fairway.

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Hunter Valley, New South Wales

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region and with 150 vineyards visitors are spoiled for choice with offerings from big names like Tulloch, McGuigan’s, Peterson’s and Mount Pleasant to boutique wineries like Ivanhoe, Saddlers Creek, Cockfighters Ghost and Savannah Estate. While the first vines were planted in the early 1820s, the Wonnarua were the first inhabitants of the Hunter Valley, with the Worimi inhabiting the north-eastern shores and Awabakal the south-eastern shores. Most people associate the Hunter Valley with wine and romantic getaways, but the region also boasts some superb golf courses, and in this blog, I will share…

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Narooma Golf Club, South Coast New South Wales

Welcome to the first edition of Reds, Whites and Greens I was fortunate, pre COVD-19, to play some amazing golf courses and today I am taking you to Narooma Golf Club on the south coast of New South Wales. Narooma has some of the most beautiful views you will ever see on a course in Australia, with the front holes hugging the rugged coastline of the Tasman Sea, while the back nine takes you into forests and bushland. Hole 3, or Hogan’s Hole, is the signature hole of the course. Players will love the challenge of hitting over the ocean…

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