Great Golf Courses of Australia

Australia is a spectacular, diverse continent offering many iconic destinations for an Australian holiday. It's golf courses are just as diverse and offer a multitude of world class golfing experiences.
Great Golf Courses of Australia
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Great Golf Courses of Australia

There are 6 of the world’s best golf courses in Australia and many unique courses across the country.

Great Golf Courses of Australia provides access to Australia’s greatest courses and private clubs. Across Australia from the city to the seaside, the tropical to the temperate, the course layouts will challenge your golf skills; the landscapes will take your breath away; your Australian golfing journey will be unforgettable.

Play the famous Victorian Sandbelt, or on routes that wind through the wild and dramatic dunes of north-east Tasmania, alongside the sandstone sea-cliffs of southern Sydney, or on a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef.

With access to six of the world’s top 100 courses, combined with great weather, and amazing food & wine in spectacular settings, the Great Golf Courses of Australia should be at the top of any serious golfers’ bucket list.

Great golf courses in Victoria

The Royal Melbourne Golf Course, Melbourne, VIC

The Royal Melbourne Golf Course,
Melbourne, VIC

Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Australian ranking: 1

Global ranking: 9

Royal Melbourne Golf Club, is Australia’s highest ranked golf course. Dr. MacKenzie strategically designed the course based on the average members’ ages and handicaps. Shortly after completing the masterpiece of the West Course he appointed Alex Russell to complete the East Course. Royal Melbourne’s infamous 6th hole tilts steeply from back to front and confronts the player with a challenging choice: do you take a risk and drive across the bunkers, or play it safely to the left? It’s no wonder this prestigious course is a preferred venue for golfing tournaments, including the World Cup of Golf, the Australian Open, the Bicentennial Classic and The President’s Cup

Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

Kingston Heath Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

Kingston Heath Golf Club

Australian ranking: 4

Global ranking: 20

Strategically situated along Melbourne’s Sandbelt, The beautifully manicured fairways of Kingston Heath Golf Club have earned the course an enviable reputation for superb conditioning year in, year out, truly delivering golfing at its finest. The 18 hole course has plenty to challenge every level of golfer, with clever use of dips and hollows, along with bunkering and unforgiving grass, tea-tree and sandy scrapes. Kingston Heath’s greens have gone on to host many national and international golfing events, including the Australian OpenAustralian Masters and the Women’s Open.

The National Golf Club, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The National Golf Club,
Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The National Golf Club

Australian ranking: 8

Soon after opening in 1988, The National Golf Cluband its three 18 hole courses became the jewel in the crown of Australian golf. Located on the Mornington Peninsula you’ll need to set aside more than a day to truly experience these courses– all with unsurpassed coastal views. The Old Course, the Moonah Course and the Ocean Course together deliver 54 holes of golfing heaven, each with their own unique design aspects and challenges.

The Victoria Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Victoria Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

The Victoria Golf Club

Australian ranking: 9

Global ranking: 94

The Victoria Golf Club has hosted dozens of world-renowned golfing events over the years, including the Australian Open and the Women's Australian Open. Designed by Oscar Damman and Bill Meader, under the watchful eye of Dr. Alister MacKenzie – the course has continued to evolve and improve. The strategic bunkering, green complexes and effects of the weather make for a challenging and rewarding course. The Clubhouse offers 15 comfortable rooms where you can rest and relax between jaunts on the green.

Metropolitan Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

Metropolitan Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

Metropolitan Golf Club

Australian ranking: 13

Widely recognised as being amongst the finest championship courses in Australia, the Metropolitan Golf Club is littered with 96 bunkers. In 1908, architect J B MacKenzie transformed the original sandy landscape on which Metropolitan lies into lush, green fairways, complete with robust native fauna, including the oldest existing specimen of the native red flowered gum. Now renowned as one of the best-conditioned courses in the country, the Metropolitan is considered amongst the hardest, if not the most difficult of all the championship golf courses clustered throughout the Melbourne Sandbelt.

Woodlands Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

Woodlands Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

Woodlands Golf Club

Australian ranking: 14

Woodlands Golf Club was completed in 1919 and the course has changed very little since. With first class greens surrounded by native trees and greenery, Woodlands Golf Club offers relatively small fairways peppered with excellent bunkering. Spread over 150 acres with over 6000 metres of fairway, the course greens are small, hard and very fast, creating a round that truly tests any golfer’s shot-making ability. Woodlands’ 4th hole is widely regarded as one of the best short par 4s in Australia; tee positioning is vital, as a steep bank on either side protects the green. A challenging but fair course to high handicappers and golf pro’s alike.

The Commonwealth Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Commonwealth Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

The Commonwealth Golf Club

Australian ranking: 16

The Commonwealth Golf Club is one of the eight prestigious clubs that form the famous Melbourne Sandbelt, the course is renowned for its many challenges, including long driving holes and subtle slopes that call for accurate shots. The 15th to 18th holes are considered one of the best closing stretches of any course in Australia. The 16th, a mid-length par four, is particularly well known for its tilting green, which is protected by a large, awe-inspiring bunker.

The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club

Australian ranking: 18

The Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club is a true country club, boasting 52 holes across three expansive courses while providing the ultimate in Australian hospitality. The Club has two Championship courses that test a player’s game every step of the way. Choose between the North Course, which is one that resists scoring by strategy rather than length, or South course, with its wide fairways, large bunkers and big greens.

The Yarra Yarra Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Yarra Yarra Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

The Yarra Yarra Golf Club

Australian ranking: 37

Designed by golfing architect Alex Russell The Yarra Yarra Golf Club’s greens are characterised by fast and undulating plays, extreme slopes and camouflaged bunkers. It’s quite easy to see why the course has hosted many major tournaments in its history, leading to worldwide recognition by amateurs and professionals alike. Many of the world’s greatest golfers have played here, putting amateur and casual players alongside pros like Babe’ Didrickson, Greg Norman, Karrie Web and, of course, Alex Russell himself.

Huntingdale Golf Club, Melbourne, VIC

Huntingdale Golf Club,
Melbourne, VIC

Huntingdale Golf Club

Australian ranking: 51

Huntingdale Golf Club is best known as the ‘Home of the Australian Masters, after hosting the prestigious tournament for 30 consecutive years. Located in the heart of Melbourne's world famous Sandbelt, the course is the only example of English golf architect C.H. Alison’s work in Australia. The course is categorised by its difficult bunker shots and fast and true greens that are kept in top condition year-round. The long 8th hole requires a subtle strategy, resulting in some interesting plays. The green’s design encourages plays to the left, while the bunker is designed so that an incorrect shot almost certainly results in a bogey.

Great golf courses in Tasmania

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links, Bridport, TAS

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links, Bridport, TAS

Barnbougle Dunes

Australian ranking: 2.

Global ranking: 11

The Dunes Course at Barnbougle Links Golf Resort is fast gaining a reputation as one of the world’s most impressive courses. The course is designed by famed modern golf course architect Tom Doak and former pro golfer Michael Clayton. The 4th hole boasts the largest bunker not just in Australia, but in the entire southern hemisphere. Without a doubt, this course has been designed to challenge every player’s skill, strategy and creativity.

Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Links, Bridport, TAS

Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Links,
Bridport, TAS

Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Links

Australian ranking: 3

Global ranking: 23

Barnbougle Lost Farm is one of Australia’s newest and most challenging golfing experiences. Established in 2010 to complement the fairways next door at The Dunes, Lost Farm was inspired by the dramatic landscape of the Anderson Bay coastline. Bill Coore opted to create a decidedly non-traditional 20-hole course, with links dispersed throughout the dunes and along the coastline. Playing the 5th hole beside the Forester River is a particular highlight, with the possibility of a birdie or eagle within sight.

Great golf courses in New South Wales

The NSW Golf Course, Botany Bay, Sydney, NSW

The NSW Golf Course, Botany Bay, Sydney, NSW

New South Wales Golf Club

Australian ranking: 5

Global ranking: 33

The first thing you notice from the Clubhouse after entering the New South Wales Golf Club are the 360 degree views of the surrounding Botany Bay, the Tasman Sea and Sydney’s spectacular CBD skyline. Renowned as a breathtaking course framed by the Pacific Ocean on all sides, the New South Wales Golf Club was strategically designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie. The 5th and 6th holes are renowned as one of the best double acts in the world, particularly the latter hole; played from a rocky outcrop that overlooks the ocean, the 6th hole demands player precision and supreme focus.

The Lakes Golf Club, Sydney, NSW

The Lakes Golf Club,
Sydney, NSW

The Lakes Golf Club

Australian ranking: 15

As one of Australia’s most distinguished private clubs,The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney’s Eastlakes, is a leading major tournament venue, playing host to national and global tournaments including the Johnnie Walker Classic, the Greg Norman International, the PGA Championship and the Australian Open. The 14th hole with its famous water carry is the biggest and wildest green on the course, and is a challenge for every golfing level.

Great golf courses in South Australia

The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Adelaide, SA

The Royal Adelaide Golf Club,
Adelaide, SA

Royal Adelaide Golf Club

Australian ranking: 11

The Royal Adelaide Golf Club has gone through many evolutions over the course’s long history. With a core of outstanding holes and an unmistakably adventurous streak, Royal Adelaide provides a platform for creative shots and an extremely enjoyable golfing experience. The Grange Railway still transects the expansive course, with native flora and fauna protected. Designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the 3rd hole, is said to be one of the best par 4’s in the world. Playing the hole bravely by taking a blind shot from the tee has a high risk of missing the green, but you’ll want to try it at least once!

Great golf courses in Queensland

Hamilton Island Golf Club, Whitsundays, QLD

Hamilton Island Golf Club, Whitsundays, QLD

Hamilton Island Golf Club

Australian ranking: 44

Situated on a small island within the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the Hamilton Island Golf Club delivers the ideal combination of a course that challenges all skill levels, and unforgettable vistas. The course itself, designed by champion pro-golfer Peter Thompson, blends seamlessly into the natural landscape. With holes positioned along ridges and played across steep valleys, the course is a joy to play while the ever-present sea breeze creates an additional challenge. After your round, relax in the stylish Clubhouse and enjoy stunning coastal views of one of the world’s most celebrated natural wonders.

For more information about reservations and golf course etiquette visit Great Golf Courses of Australia.

To find more Australian golf courses and events visit Golf Australia and PGA Australia.

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