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FITNESS CENTRES

There are two major commercial gym chains in Melbourne, Fitness First and Genesis. Both have a multitude of locations around Melbourne, are well-equipped and well-priced. Full membership pricing will depend on the length of your contract, but averages at around $80-$120 per month. As both chains have a generous number of locations, check their website to find one closest to you.

Fitness First
Multiple locations across Melbourne
http://www.fitnessfirst.com.au

Genesis Fitness
Multiple locations across Melbourne
http://www.genesisfitness.com.au/

For a more unique, local feel, the following clubs have long histories among the Melbourne sporting and fitness community. All have been refurbished in the last ten years and offer up to date equipment and facilities, but tend to be more crowded than the big chains.

Melbourne City Baths
420 Swanston Street
03 9663 5888
http://www.melbournecitybaths.com.au/
In a unique, heritage-listed building, the Melbourne City Baths offers the largest swimming pool in the CBD, a range of training classes, and a central location.

South Pacific Health Club
10 - 18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
03 9593 8228
http://www.stkildaseabaths.com.au/gym.php
On the beach in Saint Kilda, this more upscale, exclusive health club includes not only a well appointed gym, but relaxation and massage therapy. A favourite of those with time and money to spend on their bodies.

Women Only Fitness Centres

Major chain Fernwood saw a niche need for a gym exclusively for women - and business is booming. Despite, or perhaps because of, their legal wrangles over gender discrimination laws, women flock to Fernwood and the feedback has been extremely positive. If you’re a woman that likes to work out without the voyeurism (sorry guys), try one of Fernwood’s centres.

Fernwood Women's Health Club
Multiple locations across Melbourne
http://www.fernwoodfitness.com.au

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GOLF

Golf is hugely popular in Melbourne. If you are an aficionado looking for world-class links, head to the ‘sandbelt region’ of Melbourne’s South-Eastern suburbs. About half an hour’s drive from the city, there are plenty of courses to choose from. Most clubs in this area are private, but if a golfer is a member of an international golf club that has reciprocal membership, then it is possible to play on some of these courses. Golf tour operators can also access some of the private sandbelt courses, provided players meet clubs’ strict requirements.

Private Clubs

Royal Melbourne Golf Course
Cheltenham Rd, Black Rock
03 9598 6755
East course par 72; 6,030 metres
West course par 72; 6,023 metres http://www.royalmelbourne.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml

Commonwealth
Glennie Avenue, South Oakleigh
03 9575 0444
http://www.commonwealthgolf.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml
Par 73; 6,380 metres

Huntingdale
Windsor Avenue, South Oakleigh
03 9579 4622
http://www.huntingdalegolf.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml
Par 72; 6,367 metres

Kingston Heath
Kingston Road, Cheltenham
03 9551 1955
http://www.kingstonheath.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml
Par 72; 6,336 metres

Metropolitan Golf Club
Golf Road, South Oakleigh
03 9579 3122
http://www.metropolitangolf.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml
Par 72; 6,345 metres

Peninsula Country Golf Club
Skye Road, Frankston
03 9789 2222
http://www.peninsulagolf.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml
South course – par 72; 6,318 metres
North course – par 72; 6,032 metres

Victoria Golf Club
Park Road, Cheltenham
03 9584 1733
http://www.golfselect.com.au/armchair/courseView.aspx?course_id=350
Par 72; 6,174 metres

Yarra Yarra
567 Warrigal Road, Bentleigh East
03 9563 7711
http://www.yarrayarra.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml
Par 72; 6,102 metres

Public Courses

If the courses above are out of your league, there are many other public courses located close to the city that are well maintained. They range from resort-style layouts through to challenging suburban courses. Many have public access and cater for all handicaps and levels of experience.

Albert Park Golf
Queens Road, Melbourne
03 9510 5588
http://www.golfvictoria.com.au/
Par 72; 5,743 metres

Brighton Golf Club
Dendy Street, Brighton
03 9592 1388
http://www.brightongolfclub.com.au/
Par 67; 4,885 metres

Cheltenham Golf
Victor Avenue, Cheltenham
03 9583 6419
http://www.cheltenhamgolf.com.au
Par 70; 5,505 metres

Growling Frog Golf Course
Donnybrook Road, Yan Yean
03 9217 2157
http://www.growlingfroggolfcourse.com.au/
Par 72; 6,200 metres

Hidden Valley Country Club
189 Hidden Valley Boulevard, Wallan
03 5783 0200
http://www.hiddenvalleygolf.com.au/
Par 72; 6,515 metres

Kingston Links Golf
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