Barossa Golf Tour [3 days]
A guest submission from Chris Linden, General Manager, Vine Inn Barossa.
The Vine Inn Barossa offers the best value golf package in the region. We work with our local clubs to offer discounted rates and you will find the hospitality at all clubs to be welcoming and friendly. The Vine Inn offers packages from one night to as many as your golf swing can cope with, including continental buffet breakfast and discounted golf rates.
We recommend a morning hit off at Barossa Valley Golf Club which is located a quick ten minute drive from Nuriootpa. This innocuous looking course has no shortage of traps for unwary players and at the right time of year is reputed to have the best greens in the Barossa. There are currently around thirty kangaroos that live on course and you can get quite close to them provided you just walk past and don’t try to interact with them. The course can be easily completed in 3 ½ hours which leaves plenty of time to have a relaxing drink in the clubhouse before venturing back to the Vine Inn for check in. A quick shower and it’s off to Maggie Beer’s for a look around the Farm Shop. We suggest that you then head off to Whistler Wines to meet the Pfeiffer family and to taste their sensational Riesling, Shiraz and if you’re lucky, their fabulous fortified. Next stop would have to be Heritage Wines which is just 2 km away. Here’s your chance to meet one of the Barossa’s great characters, Steve Hoff. You will find Steve welcoming, informative and sincere. Once again, if you’re really lucky he may let you try some of his Rossco’s Shiraz. Magnificent!!!! Just a few metres down the road in the heart of Marananga you’ll find Greenock Creek Wines, and a sample of some of their fine product is worthwhile. Next stop could be the recently and fabulously updated Seppeltsfield Winery. What they have created out there is really worth seeing and if you love your Para Port, this is the spot to taste and buy. Then you’ll probably need to stop for the day, so it’s back to the Vine Inn for dinner and a relaxing sleep.
After a hearty breakfast you can take a leisurely drive through Tanunda toward Rowland Flat to play Tanunda Pines Golf Course. Another challenging course and worth the hire of a cart. The course undulates quite a bit and by the time you’re finished playing, you will know you’ve played a full round if you walk the course. The signature Par 3 11th is a great little hole and really challenging as you can’t always feel the wind, plus it’s seriously downhill to the green, so correct club selection is imperative. I’ve used everything from an 8 iron to a 5 wood. There are some variables on the some of the greens, particularly on the back 9 as they have used two different types of grass and the speeds can vary greatly. They have a nice little club house and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. On the way back to the Vine Inn, you can drop in to the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre for a taste of their fine wines. They also have snacks and platters available if needed. I would recommend a trip down Para Road, Tanunda on the way back to “Nuri” as this road features Langmeil and Peter Lehmann Wines. Once you get back to Nuriootpa, we suggest that you park your car and you can then walk to Penfolds or Elderton Wines. What the heck!! Just do them both! Once again, it’s dinner and an early night (if you want).
A leisurely start and a late breakfast. Check out of the hotel at 10am and head toward Angaston to meet the fabulous Victoria McClurg at the Barossa Valley Cheese Co. Victoria hand makes 21 different varieties of the most sensational cheeses you will ever taste and has won heaps of awards. The Washington Washrind has won Aust-wide awards and I also highly rate all of her soft cheeses. If you feel like a coffee after your cheesefest, you can drop next door to Wanera and say hello to Jess and her team for a coffee and snack if you need one. Time to leave for Sandy Creek Golf Club which is about a fifteen minute drive from Angaston. Sandy Creek used to be called the Gawler Golf Club and is quite tough. The greens tend to be lightning fast and there are some really long holes to contend with. Some like the challenge – others don’t - but that’s golf and golfers!
After three days of golf, visits to some of Barossa’s Northern end wineries and some of the food delights, you’ll probably need another holiday. So why not come back again and just do a leisurely visit with wineries and restaurants, as there is still heaps to eat, drink and see!