Golf Courses

Australia’s Top Ranked Golf Courses

Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne - Rank 1 World 1

Australia's foremost golf club. For more than 100 years the club has been at the pinnacle of the game in this country, its golf courses the most celebrated in the Southern Hemisphere. The site remains one of the finest ever found in world golf, full of dramatic undulation. West designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie. East by Alex Russell. Home of the 2011 Presidents Cup

Kingston Heath Golf Club - Rank 2 World 27

One of the jewels in the Melbourne Sandbelt, Kingston Heath enjoys an enviable reputation for its superb conditioning all year round. Since the 1948 Australian Open, Kingston Heath has regularly hosted national and international tournaments, including seven Australian Opens and one Women's Open. Having first played at Elsternwick in 1909, the club marked its centenary in 2009 with a new clubhouse and by staging the Australian Masters, won by Tiger Woods.

Barnbougle Dunes - Rank 4 World 41

At Barnbougle, golf is an experience that strikes all the senses. With the sun on your back, the wind in your hair, the whiff of sea salt and the roar of the ocean you'll be captivated by all that Mother Nature has to offer. Golf at Barnbougle is a game of strategy, where each shot requires tactical thought, and a little creativity can be very rewarding. It's strong enough to test gifted golfers, yet fair enough to be enjoyed by the average player.

New South Wales Golf Club - Rank 5 World 34

Situated on the rugged cliffs at La Perouse, New South Wales Golf Club overlooks Botany Bay where Captain James Cook first sailed into Australia on the SS Endeavour in 1770. For golfers, however, it was the visit of another intrepid British pioneer, which gives the site its historical significance. This is more than just a golf course – it is an unforgettable experience of nature. To play golf at NSW Golf Club is to play golf how the game was intended to be played – at the complete mercy of Mother Nature and the golfer's ability.

Barnbougle Lost Farm - Rank 6 World 82

Located on the north-east coast of Tasmania, Barnbougle Lost Farm is situated adjacent to the Barnbougle Dunes Course. It was designed and constructed by world renowned US golf course design company, Coore & Crenshaw, and officially opened in December 2010. Lost Farm features 20 holes, all of which are playable during any given round. The layout of holes at Lost Farm also offers a more diverse routing compared to Barnbougle Dunes, with fairways that roll both along the coast and inland

The National Golf Club - Rank 7

Located on the Mornington Peninsula coastline, The National ranks as one of the best pieces of golf real estate in the country. The Old Course designed in 1988 features spectacular ocean views. The Moonah Course is a links style that debuted in the Top 10 courses in Australia. The Ocean Course combines the vast knowledge of links golf of its designers and is based on the great links of Scotland and Ireland.

Victoria Golf Club - Rank 9

The Club has an incredible history in world golf and in 1954, perhaps one of the most remarkable feats in world golf occurred. VGC Club Members, Doug Bachli and Peter Thomson set the Club on the world stage when Bachli won the British Amateur Championship and Thomson won the first of his five British Open Championships. It is still unmistakably a course featuring all of the design characteristics of a traditional Sandbelt course.

Metropolitan Golf Club - Rank 10

Tucked away quietly in Melbourne's south-east, just fifteen minutes from the CBD, The Metropolitan Golf Club is one of the renowned Sandbelt courses and for almost a century has been regarded as one of the finest championship courses in Australia. Throughout its rich history Metropolitan has challenged the best players in the world. In total the Club has hosted seven Australian Opens, five Australian PGAs, ten other professional tournaments and in 2001 hosted the Australian Amateur Championship for the fifth time.

Lake Karrinyup Golf Club Western Australia - Rank 11

Lake Karrinyup Country Club is widely acknowledged as Western Australia's premier golf club, and is now home to the Perth International Golf Championship. Just 13km north of Perth's CBD, Lake Karrinyup is a tranquil botanical haven for wildlife including native birds and kangaroos

Royal Adelaide Golf Club - Rank 13 World 85

A one-of-a-kind course, Royal Adelaide has changed substantially over the years. 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. Royal Adelaide has been the venue for many international and interstate matches and championships. The Club has hosted nine Open Championships of Australia and sixteen Amateur Championships of Australia.

The Lakes Golf Club, Sydney - Rank 14

"The Lakes" has always had a compelling sound to the ear of the Australian golfer. Indeed, from its very beginnings back in 1928, it has been an innovator among clubs in this country and a layout almost every golfer has wanted to play. You'll enjoy a game at The Lakes, a course quite often at the mercy of the wind.

The water is well in evidence on the homeward stretch; with the picturesque innocent looking lakes thirsting for miss-hit golf balls. It demands patience and precision from the tee and deft second shot accuracy to find the greens.

Moonah Links (Legends Course) - Rank 15

"The Legends Course stands as a tribute to past champions who have contributed to the rich history of Australian golf." "In contrast to the Open Course, which was purpose built to challenge the modern champion, the Legends Course will be a more friendly golfing experience for players of all ages and abilities. The course is a loop of 18 holes that generally follow the valleys through a variety of landscapes ranging from ancient Moonah woodlands to open links land. The fairways are generous and the putting surfaces gentle, but the bunkering style is bold and wild in appearance.

The Dunes Golf Links - Rank 16

Set amidst more than 150 hectares of rolling coastal sand hills in 'The Cups' region of the Mornington Peninsula, The Dunes 18 hole championship course has been designed to exploit the natural beauty of the terrain, while providing a true test of skill and judgment for golfers of every level.

The abundant charm of the par 72 layout is dramatically enhanced by the technical merit of the course. At 6,464 meters in length, the sloping fairways meander through undulating knolls and ridges, leading to expansive greens that are typically sheltered in a natural amphitheatre or exposed on elevated promontories to the full force of the elements. Course re-designed by renowned Golf Course Architect- Tony Cashmore

The Australian Golf Club - Rank 17

The Australian is one of Australia's most exclusive golf clubs and is perhaps also one of the oldest golf clubs having been founded in the early 1880's. The Australian Golf Club has hosted many Australian Open's, including the first tournament in 1904. In 1966 the western boundary of the property was effected by the construction of a freeway to Sydney Airport, necessitating alterations to the golf course. This work was carried out by New Zealand Golf Course Architect, Sloan Morpeth. The current layout, featuring moderated undulations and water hazards was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1977, following an approach to the club by Mr Kerry Packer, who generously agreed to meet the costs of the work.

Woodlands Golf Club - Rank 19

Largely unheralded outside of Melbourne, the Woodlands Golf Club is yet another exceptional example of classic Australian golf course architecture. It is also one of the few private golf clubs that remains on its original site. Woodlands is a typical first class championship course with relatively small greens and tees. Befitting a course of its class, it has hosted a number of professional events and numerous State and National championships.

Other top ranked golf courses in Australia

Golf CourseStateRank
Newcastle Golf Club New South Wales 20
Royal Sydney Golf Club New South Wales 21
Barwon Heads Golf Club Victoria 22
The Links Kennedy Bay Western Australia 23
Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (Beach Course) Victoria 24
Brookwater Golf & Country Club Queensland 25
Kooyonga Golf Club South Australia 26
Magenta Shores New South Wales 27
St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course) Victoria 28
Royal Queensland Golf Club Queensland 29
Peninsula Country Golf Club (North Course) Victoria 30
Commonwealth Golf Club Victoria 31
The Cut Golf Club Western Australia 32
Moonah Links (Open Course) Victoria 33
The Yarra Yarra Golf Club Victoria 34
Links Hope Island Queensland 35
The National Golf Club (Ocean Course) Victoria 36
Royal Canberra Golf Club Australian Capital Territory 37
Huntingdale Golf Club Victoria 38
Hamilton Island Golf Club Queensland 39
Glenelg Golf Club South Australia 40
Peninsula Country Golf Club (South Course) Victoria 41
Elanora Country Club New South Wales 42
The Grand Golf Club Queensland 43
Portsea Golf Club Victoria 44
Palmer Coolum Resort Queensland 45
Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club New South Wales 46
Grange Golf Club (West) South Australia 47
Bonville Golf Resort New South Wales 48
Glades Golf Club Queensland 49
The Vintage New South Wales 50

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