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Best Golf Courses in Australia

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Looking to play the best golf courses in Australia? picks out the top courses to play in Australia.

Australia is an immense country, one of the largest in the world in terms of geographical size, and home to more than 1800 golf courses.

The peak of the country’s golf season is from September to May, yet, you have to expect some variance within the country due to how large it is.

Plan ahead and research specific regions when planning a golf vacation to Australia with golf seasons different in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth among other cities.

In general, you can expect a tropical influence in the north and a cooler climate in the south.

In our list, we’ve been partial to public courses as these are the ones that casual golfers can have the easiest time accessing. However, we’ve included one private course and something that’s a little different than most.

Below is our list of the best golf courses in Australia.

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Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s West Course

Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Australia doesn’t have the old courses that you find in some parts of the world. Historically speaking, the nation-state is new relative to its European counterparts.

But the Royal Melbourne Golf Club‘s West Course still dates back to 1931 and today, it plays as a par-72 test at a length of 6,645 total yards.

Alistair Mackenzie and the legendary Tom Doak are the architects most closely associated with this course, whether historically or more contemporarily.

The West Course was top-ranked in Australia, according to Golf Digest in 2018 with Royal Melbourne a host venue to the 2019 Presidents Cup, Australian Open and Women’s Australian Open.

Golfers should expect sandy soil, a pure look, difficult bunkers, and a second course, the East Course, that should tempt many for an extended stay in the area.

Barnbougle Dunes – The Dunes Course

Barnbougle Golf

The Dunes Course at Barnbougle opened in 2004, and is a Tom Doak and Mike Clayton creation.

The course is another located in Tasmania, an island off the southern coast of Australia.

A par-71, the course’s total yardage is just 6,724 yards and accessibility to the public course is good at The Dunes Course as it is located at a golf resort.

It has been ranked as high as number seven for the best golf resorts in the world. Such a distinguished ranking placed it in the same ballpark as more famous courses, like Pinehurst and Gleneagles.

There is a second course at the resort called “Lost Farm,” one that has a stellar reputation as well.

Kingston Heath Golf Club

Kingston Heath Golf Club

Kingston Heath Golf Club is located in Cheltenham, Victoria in the greater Melbourne area and is one of Australia’s premier courses.

Host of the Australian Masters since 2009, the year Tiger Woods won the title, as well as the World Cup of Golf in 2016, Kingston Heath is widely acclaimed as one of the best tests.

The final five hole stretch at Kingston Heath is regarded as the most impressive.

The course is one of the oldest in Australia, dating back to 1909. It is also the lengthiest too with the Dan Soutar and Alister MacKenzie creation playing as a par-72 course at total yardage of 7,087 yards.

It is a private venue with some hoops to jump through in order to get a tee time, but when you do it is more than worth it.

New South Wales

New South Wales Golf Club

New South Wales Golf Club is a stunning 18-hole venue and one of the best courses in the greater Sydney region of Australia.

Located in the Botany Bay National Park, around 20 miles outside of Sydney, the NWS Golf Club was opened in 1926 and designed by the renowned Alister MacKenzie.

Interestingly, MacKenzie designed the four par-fives and four par-three holes so that one of each points north, south, east and west for the ultimate test regardless of wind direction.

A par-72 course measuring 6800+ yards, the New South Wales boasts some picturesque holes including two overlooking Botany Bay.

The closing six-hole stretch is regarded among the best in Australia, and the course has played host to the world’s best players as an Australian Open venue.

Cape Wickham Golf Links

Cape Wickham Golf Links

The Cape Wickham Golf Links golf course is the most modern one to appear on our list. Having opened in 2015, this Mike De Vries creation is a par-72 course at a length of 6,726 yards.

Located at the north end of King Island in the Bass Strait, it is a public course that tourists to Australia or visitors to Tasmania should be targeting for play. The island location on the Apple Isle means it is a little difficult to get to.

The conditions are often windy on this course, not a surprising fact given that ocean views are aplenty. This course boasts at least one on every hole.