Australia remains somewhat of an underestimated golfing paradise when compared to the traditional golf tourism hotspots of the UK, Ireland and the US. However that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to offer up some truly world-beating scenery, course architecture together with natural splendour. Part of Australia’s golfing charm lies in its variety of courses — from the rocky links courses gaining global acclaim in Northern Tasmania to the manicured-yet-distinctive sand belt golf courses of Victoria. All of this choice makes Australia a treasure trove of courses for any passionate golfer.
Here are some of our top picks.
Sheltered among the wild, immense coastal landscape of Tasmania’s north-eastern coast is one of the country’s top golf courses. Showcasing beautiful rugged and untouched surrounds, Barnbougle Dunes is a real secret gem. The course was inspired by traditional Scottish and Irish links and offers up sensational golfing with even better views. As well, you can play and stay at Barnbougle thanks to its excellent accommodation.
Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club
Magenta Shores is a gorgeous, wild and desirable golf course. The bunkers are hairy and deep while the greens are hard. The fairways meander between grassy dunes. This dune-side devil will test your golf!
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is without a doubt one of Australia’s most recognised golf club. Comprising two courses – The East and West – tomes have been written about the breath-taking landscape and conditioning of Royal Melbourne.
In 1926, from the sandy loam subsoil of the Melbourne Sandbelt, the respected Scottish architect Dr Alister MacKenzie carved out The Royal Melbourne West Course. Strategically designed based upon the average members’ ages and handicaps, MacKenzie designed a course which was fun and challenging for golfers of all abilities. Just after finishing the masterpiece of the West Course, MacKenzie hired former Australian Open champion Alex Russell to finish the East Course.
Bondi Golf & Diggers Club
Golfers regard the 9-hole course at Bondi Golf & Diggers Club as one of the most stunning golf courses in Australia. There, players can putt around while submerging themselves in the spectacular surrounds of Bondi Beach and taking in the fresh sea air. Open all-year-round, the club has been serving Sydney golfers since it opened its doors in 1926 with its great course and impressive views.
Ocean Dunes boasts beautiful rolling dunes that face the sea. In addition, the course features lush green grass as well as a thriving wildlife that includes swans, wallabies and sea eagles.
A somewhat easy course for players of all skill levels, the best part of the experience is the visual spectacle that is sure to be remembered fondly. Players need to pay a fee to play and have to book the course in advance, so if you don’t do this you may end up with more time to check out FIFA betting tips than you anticipated.
Cape Wickham Links
Cape Wickham Links is a course like none other you’ve ever played on before. With a perfect cool breeze that hits you while you play, the picturesque spectacle of this course is what brings it up to par with some of the absolute best courses in the country.