Monday, July 24, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

10 Best Golf Courses in Australia

It’s hard to pick just a few good golf courses in Australia, but we’ve tried to narrow our selection down to the best of the best. Australia’s golf history goes back many decades, and its classic historic courses bear testament to the many years that this sport has delighted the country. Join in this Australian tradition when you visit any of these top Australian courses! We guarantee you’ll love each one, from the manicured suburban greens to the rugged coastal fairways.
 
1    Royal Melbourne Golf Club, West Course

Located in Black Rock, Victoria, this course was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie way back in 1931. Today, it still earns the number one ranking now and then. No too shabby for a course over 80 years old! The course is used for the Australian Open, the World Cup, the Bicentennial Classic, and The President’s Cup, proving its value as an excellent course for even the pros. The course’s design has a foundation in the sandy rolling hills of the area, which have provided the perfect soil for the turf and a delightful canvas for the rugged art that makes up the course’s appearance. The tough 6th hole is interesting and challenging enough to delight the best professional golfers.
 
Royal Melbourne Golf Club, West Course
2    Kingston Heath Golf Club

Cheltenham is home to another excellent Victoria golf course. This one is even older, since it was designed by Dan Soutar and Dr. Alister MacKenenzie in 1925 and 1926! It has seen a bit of change since then, but it’s still a classic beauty. This is one of the longest golf courses from its era, with only two par 3s and plenty of par 5s. This course has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments, and it’s popular for its challenging 15th hole, which is short but forces one to play around the winding sand traps.
 
Kingston Heath Golf Club
3    Cape Wickham Links

Tasmania’s beautiful landscape is perfectly captured in this King Island golf course. You can play in a well-kept course while also being surrounded by the nature and beauty of the great outdoors. This is a newer course, designed in 2015 by Mike De Vries and Darius Oliver.
 
Cape Wickham Links
4    New South Wales Golf Club

Head to La Perouse to play this stunning course. Another 1920s classic by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the course is ever updated by the current designer, Greg Norman. This clifftop course overlooks the bay where Captain Cook dropped anchor when he found Australia, bringing history and sport together in an incredible way. The real challenge to this course is making a shot with the sea breeze against you.
 
New South Wales Golf Club
5    The National Golf Club, Moonah Course

Victoria’s Cape Schnack is home to this beautiful golf course. It was designed in 2000 by Greg Norman and Bob Harrison. This course rolls with the natural landscape, set in the softly rolling hills against a backdrop of thick trees. This course is challenging, but not so difficult that less experienced players can’t enjoy it.
 
The National Golf Club, Moonah Course
6    Metropolitan Gold Club

Take a trip to South Oakleigh, Victoria for a chance to play a course that’s over a hundred and ten years old. J.B. MacKenzie designed this course way back in 1906, and it’s just as fantastic a course now as it was then. Perhaps even better, actually! This course offers pristine greens alongside rugged sand traps and rolling hills.
 
Metropolitan Gold Club
7    Barnbougle Lost Farm

While this golf course’s name sounds like a cross between a kid’s show and Indiana Jones, it’s actually an awesome course to play if you’re visiting Bridgeport, Tasmania. Lined with green trees and full and tricky sand traps, this course is anything but boring. It’s also beautiful—it’s built right on the shore of the ocean, so you can enjoy the view and the game at the same time. This course has an unusual 20 holes, and it offers an interesting game to players of all ability levels.
 
Barnbougle Lost Farm
8    Barnbougle Dunes

Another Bridgeport golf course to enjoy is Barnbougle Dunes, which was established in 2004. It’s very different from its neighbor, Barnbougle Lost Farm. This is a seaside course with beautiful ocean views, but it’s challenging enough that you may not even notice the view, you’ll be so focused on the game! Accented with coastal grass and smelling of salt air, this course is a refreshing way to relax and reset mind and body.
 
Barnbougle Dunes
9    Royal Adelaide Golf Club

This club has existed since 1870, but it wasn’t until 1904 that this open links course found its current home. It is characterized by crater-like sand traps dotting the grass and wide open spaces. The third hole, an excellent par four, is what this course is famous for. It has also hosted countless Championships of Australia matches.
 
Royal Adelaide Golf Club
10    Victoria Golf Club

This perfectly manicured course is located in the suburban area of Cheltenham, Victoria. Golfers of any skill level enjoy this course and its excellent bunkering. The course hosts tournaments frequently and has seen many classic moments in golfing history. This course is famous for its meandering greens and meticulously cared for landscaping, but it is also known for the club’s hospitality and friendly atmosphere.
 
Victoria Golf Club
These best golf courses in Australia range from classic MacKenzie designs to modern Greg Norman updates. Whether you live in Australia or are planning a visit, you can play everything from historic golf courses to fun and funky links overlooking the sea.
 

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