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GOLF: Suggested Touring Itinerary A true golf lover could spend several weeks playing all the courses along the Murray, or you can easily make shorter trips linking two or more courses. This 10 day itinerary from Albury to Mildura covers the highlights of golfing on the Murray and can be followed in either direction or tailored to meet your time and budget. DAY 1-2 The Albury Wodonga region boasts a number of excellent courses, making it a great place to start your tour. The Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge designed Thurgoona Country Club Resort, 10km north of the centre, is perhaps the pick here with a 6372m layout that will challenge golfers of all abilities. Closer to town, the award- winning Commercial Golf Club is a highly-regarded course, with broad tree-lined fairways and immaculate greens. DAY 2-5 Travelling downstream, stop for a round at the beautiful Howlong Country Golf Club en route to the historic town of Corowa. The 27 hole Corowa Golf Club is home course of PGA and European Tour pro Marcus Fraser. Next stop is the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, renowned as the largest club on the Murray at 45 holes, spread over three courses wedged between the Murray and Lake Mulwala. With water hazards at every turn and well bunkered greens, the challenging layouts here favour the confident straight hitter. Of the many spectacular holes, the par 5 on the Murray Course is impressive, with the fairway running along the north side of the Murray River. While you're here, plan a round at the brand new 5938m Black Bull Golf Club, beautifully designed by Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett and nestled on the Yarrawonga side of Lake Mulwala. Further west, the Cobram Barooga Golf Club boasts the famous 6176m Old Course with its traditional design and fast greens, or the modern links style West Course with wider fairways but tricky hazards. A short drive further down river brings you to the excellent dual 18 hole championship courses at Tocumwal Golf Club, one of the Murray's top rated courses among golfers in the know. DISTANCES: Albury – Howlong: 30km, 23 mins Howlong – Corowa: 27km, 20 mins Corowa – Yarrawonga: 44km, 35 mins Yarrawonga – Cobram Barooga: 40km, 30 mins Cobram Barooga – Tocumwal: 16.5km, 18 mins DAY 6 Detour north of the Murray to the Deniliquin Golf Club, with 18 holes magnificently situated between town and a state forest. The signature 17th hole, a difficult par 4, will test most golfers with a dogleg right and a tricky water hazard. Echuca Moama, with its historic port area, beautifully restored paddlesteamers and wide range of accommodation and dining, is a justifiably popular Murray destination. In Moama, Rich River Golf Club is an outstanding 36 hole resort with the challenging East and the established West (redesigned by Peter Thomson in 1998) courses and excellent resort facilities. DISTANCES: Tocumwal – Deniliquin: 80km, 54 mins Deniliquin – Echuca: 80 km, 1 hour Tocumwal – Echuca : 121km, 1.5 hours DAY 7 Cohuna Golf Club is a welcoming local course set among the River Red Gums on Gunbower Island. You'll be playing in the talented footsteps of nine time PGA winner Stuart Appleby – this is his home course! Detour off the Murray Valley Hwy here to CluBarham on the NSW side of the Koondrook-Barham twin towns, where the Ross Watson designed championship course is set in natural bushland and boasts slick greens. DISTANCES: Echuca – Cohuna: 65 kms, 45 mins Cohuna – Barham: 25kms, 28 mins DAY 8 Swan Hill is a scenic, historic river town and just 5km north is the outstanding Murray Downs Resort and Golf Club, consistently rated among the top Murray River courses. The flowering gums, artificial lakes, magnificent greens and challenging layout make it a pleasure to play, though the signature fifth hole, a par 3 requiring a big tee shot to carry over a lake, might keep you awake at night! DISTANCES: Barham – Swan Hill: 85 kms, 1 hour 22

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