The 10 Top-Ranking Golf Courses in Australia
Golf courses across Australia are consistently lauded for their world-class design, spectacular setting, and proximity to major cities, and it’s no secret that this country hosts some of the best courses on the planet. There is a course to suit every player and below you will find the top-reviewed courses.
#10 – The Lakes Golf Club
The Lakes Golf Club, established in 1928, is one of Sydney’s most prestigious private golf clubs and is located 15 minutes from the CBD. Owing to bordering the Botany Aquifer and Wetlands areas, the Lakes showcases incredible views and an abundance of wildlife, making it one of Australia’s great courses.
#9 – Metropolitan Golf Club
Situated a mere 15 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, the Metropolitan Golf Club is neatly tucked away in the south-east of the city. Renowned as one of Sandbelt courses, the club has been regarded as one of the finest championship courses in Australia for close to a century.
#8 – Victoria Golf Club
Victoria Golf Club offers a golfing experience on par with the world’s best and makes the most of its surroundings in the beachside suburb of Cheltenham. The beautifully crafted courses is designed to challenge amateur and professional golfers alike, and it’s one of the regions more difficult courses.
#7 – Royal Adelaide Golf Club
The original Royal Adelaide Golf Club was founded in 1870, but barely survived a few years, and the current club – founded in Glenelg in 1892 – moved to the sandy craters and dunes of Seaton in 1904. The Royal Adelaide retains the distinctive character of a comparatively open links course despite its many alterations.
#6 – National Golf Club
This course has plenty to keep you occupied when taking a break from greyhound racing betting! Located a short drive south of Melbourne at Cape Schanck on Victoria’s breath-taking Mornington Peninsula, the National Golf Club – founded in 1985 – has 3 exceptional and highly regarded 18-hole golf courses – the Old Course, the Moonah Course, and the Ocean Course.
#5 – New South Wales Golf Club
Carefully situated on the craggy cliffs at La Perouse, the New South Wales Golf Club overlooks Botany Bay. Legendary designer Dr Alister MacKenzie descended upon La Perouse in 1926 and was immediately enthused at the prospect of building a legendary course, and the New South Wales Golf Club was opened in 1928.
#4 – Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Links
With a reputation for minimalist course design, head architect Bill Coore created the 20-hole Lost Farm with the philosophy in mind that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding. He did an incredible job of complementing the natural canvas provided by the epic Anderson Bay coastline.
#3 – Kingston Heath Golf Club
Completed and ready to play in 1925, the Kingston Heath Golf Club is considered to be one of the jewels in the Melbourne Sandbelt and enjoys the enviable reputation of year-round superb conditioning. The club marked its centenary in 2009 with a new clubhouse and by hosting the Australian Masters.
#2 – Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links
A traditional links course located on the seemingly untouched coastline of north-east Tasmania, the Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links was completed in 2004. The 18-hole course is an incredible combination of the area’s natural beauty and the innovation and craftsmanship of the course designers.
#1 – Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Consistently ranked as the best course in Australia, the original Royal Melbourne course was laid out near the Caulfield Racecourse in 1891 and players enjoyed the grounds for 10 years before the historic move took place which marked the birth of the now world famous Melbourne Sandbelt.