Golf Courses in Australia
1. Kingston Heath Golf Club:
Widely regarded as Australia’s best golf course, Kingston Heath is built on 50 hectares in Moorabbin, Victoria. While it is smaller than most modern courses, it offers players an interesting mix of dips and hollows upon immaculate greens. According to Kingston Heath, the 14th hole is a longish par 5 that can tempt the golfer into reaching the green for 2 depending on the wind direction. The three par 3 holes are a feature of Kingston Heath and show off the course’s classic, natural bunkering. An uphill par 3 of moderate length, the path to the hole is surrounded by a myriad of deep. Kingston Heath has hosted the Australian Open eight times, as well as the Australian Masters in 2009.
2. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links:
Rated as the favorite public course in Australia, Barnbougle Dunes sits upon 200 acres of coastal dunes on the island of Tasmania. The course is strong enough to test exceptional golfers, yet fair enough to be enjoyed by the average player. The 18 hole championship layout stands up against the great courses of Britain and Ireland.
3. Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course):
Designed in 1926 by the renowned Scottish golf architect, Dr. Alister MacKenzie, this course is world-renowned for its swift putting greens, massive bunkers and tea tree shrubs that pepper the fairways.
4. New South Wales Golf Club:
Surrounded by National Park, NSW Golf Club is located at Cape Banks on the northern headland of Botany Bay approximately 20 minutes from the Sydney CBD. The character of the course is unique, a links style course set amongst the hills and valleys that hug the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline boasting magnificent ocean views as backdrop.
5. Royal Sydney Golf Club:
The Royal Sydney Golf Club is one of Australia’s foremost social and sporting institutions. A combination of 27 holes of golf, lawn tennis courts, bowling greens all draped in the large number of major golf tournaments held at Royal Sydney have helped to sustain the Club’ national and international reputation.
6. Victoria Golf Club:
Located in the seaside town of Cheltenham in Melbourne, the strikingly landscaped par 72 course boasts a tea tree landscapes, deep bunkers and lush greens. The JBWere Masters Tournament was held here in 2010.
7. The Australian Golf Club:
This is the oldest—and generally regarded as the most exclusive—golf course in Australia. Though it was founded in 1882 in Sydney, the current course is dotted with water hazards, flat greens and large bunkers. There are a few spots where you get picturesque views of Sydney’s CBD.
8. The National Golf Club (Moonah Course):
The National Golf Club in Victoria boasts 54 holes on three unique courses, but the Moonah Course is generally regarded as the best. Designed by Greg Norman, it’s only eleven years old and features four challenging par 3 holes, 14 par 4's ranging in length from 280 meters to over 420 meters.
9. Lake Karrinyup Country Club:
Though this is the only course on the list located in Western Australia, it is widely regarded the most challenging in the state. Just outside of Perth, the course features cushy fairways and manicured Bent grass greens are set around a large natural lake.
10. The Dunes Golf Links:
Located on the Mornington Peninsula, unpredictable weather from the Bass Strait make this course both challenging and fun. It is one of the very few “links style” courses in Australia, and many of the Championship course’s 18 holes are played among sand dunes.