As voted by Golf Tourism Australia clients
Since 2001 we have asked our clients to rank their favourite golf courses whilst in Australia. Below is the top 10.
1. The National Golf Club - Old Course:
The original National course (Old Course) was open for play in 1988 and was designed by leading golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr. Trent Jones Jnr recently visited The National to look back on his creation and how it has improved over time. This course is a generally hilly course combining amazing coastal views, challenging ball carries and slick, undulating putting surfaces into a test of golf not previously seen in Australia. A number of holes provide spectacular views with the standout hole in terms of beauty being the 7th hole. A par 3 of 135 metres, it plays over a cavernous ravine to a large green which runs from left to right. The backdrop to this hole is the coastline of the Mornington Peninsula heading down to Portsea.
2. Royal Melbourne Golf Club - West Course:
Founded in 1891, Royal Melbourne is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious golf club. Its West and East courses are respectively ranked number 1 and 6 in Australia. The West course is a course to rival the best in the world. The clubs initial routing was altered by the great golf course architect, Alister Mackenzie in 1926. (no cart)
3. Kingston Heath Golf Club:
Kingston Heath is one of Australia’s premier golf clubs. located in the world-renowned sandbelt region in the south east suburbs of Melbourne, it is almost universally regarded as the second best course in the country and is ranked 27th in the world. Its superb conditioning is the envy of many a rival club. (no cart)
4. Metropolitan Golf Club:
Situated in Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt, Victoria Golf Club is one of Australia’s top ten golf courses. It has hosted many events over the years including the Australian Open and the Women’s Australian Open. (no cart)
5. New South Wales Golf Club:
Known to many as ‘La Perouse’, this Alister Mackenzie layout is a shining jewel amongst Australia’s golfing gems and a must-play course if you are visiting Sydney. It offers everything you would expect from a world-class links course – plenty of undulation, excellent well-paced greens and spectacular sea views. (inc shared golf cart)
6. Cape Wickham Golf Links:
The golf course at Cape Wickham has captured the attention of international golf critics and has already been ranked #3 course in Australian & #24 in the world rankings. the golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze embraces golfers, plotting their way around one of the world’s most natural golf courses. one of the great features of the course is the variability in playing conditions depending on the time of day you are playing the course. the mornings tend to offer windless playing experiences with often crisp cloudless days whereas in the afternoon the wind tends to pick up and provides challenges on many of the closing holes.
7. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Club:
Rated number 2 Golf Course in Australia by Australian Golf Magazine and Number 11 in the World by U.S. Golf Digest, The Dunes, with its spectacular vistas of Tasmania’s North East Coast, is a spectacular example of traditional Links golf. The 18 hole championship layout was designed by course architects Tom Doak and Mike Clayton. (inc pull cart)
8. The Lost Farm Golf Club:
Ranked #2 public course in Australia by Golf Australia Magazine, and #23 in the World by US Golf Digest, the Lost Farm course is an exciting challenge for Golfers of all levels. The sand dunes on which Lost Farm is located are steeper and more dramatic than those of Barnbougle Dunes, making it a remarkably different course. (inc pull cart)
9. Royal Adelaide Golf Club:
The Royal Adelaide is one of Australia’s most famous golf courses. This traditional ‘links’ course has been the venue for many international and interstate matches and championships for over 100 years.
10. Kooyonga Golf Club:
Kooyonga Golf Club is a wonderful example of a championship golf course in undulating sand hills just 15 minutes from the central business district of Adelaide. After your round of golf, Kooyonga Golf Club will serve you with Rockford Basket Press Shiraz, a famous Shiraz from Rockford Wines, a Halliday five-star winery in the Barossa. You’ll also enjoy an antipasto and cheese platter.