Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses

Royal Melbourne West Golf

Hot on the heels of the recent release of the World Top 100 by Golf Digest in the United States, Australian Golf Digest has released the hotly anticipated biennial list of Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses.

No surprises at the top with Royal Melbourne remaining at Number 1 in Australia to go along with it’s ranking of number 6 in the World, followed by Kingston Heath at Number 2. Also not surprising, but definitely newsworthy, is the debut of Cape Wickham Links on Tasmania’s King Island at Number 3 in the Top 100. What a way to start, and with King Island’s other course, Ocean Dunes, not far off full completion (15 holes now open), the chances are high that when this list comes out again in 2 years’ time, there may well be 4 Tassie courses in the Top 10 – the same number of Top 10 courses located in Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt region.

If you would like to play any of the wonderful courses on the following list, have a look at our Australian Golf Holidays page which includes some great sample itineraries to get your thoughts started, including one that focuses on some of the amazing courses listed below.

Or simply get in touch by giving us a call on (02) 9555 5311, or email us here and we can provide a custom quote to suit.

The Top 100:

No Course Change from 2014
1 Royal Melbourne (West) No Change
2 Kingston Heath No Change
3 Cape Wickham Links New
4 New South Wales Up 1
5 Barnbougle Dunes Down 1
6 Ellerston Down 3
7 Royal Melbourne (East) No Change
8 Victoria Up 3
9 Lost Farm Down 3
10 The National (Old) No Change
11 The National (Moonah) Down 3
12 The Australian Up 3
13 Metropolitan No Change
14 Royal Adelaide Down 2
15 Lake Karrinyup Down 6
16 The Lakes Down 2
17 Joondalup (Quarry/Dune) No Change
18 The Dunes Down 2
19 Newcastle Up 1
20 St Andrews Beach Up 1
21 Woodlands Down 3
22 Commonweath Up 6
23 Magenta Shores Up 3
24 Royal Queensland Up 3
25 Brookwater Up 7
26 Kooyonga Down 4
27 Barwon Heads Down 2
28 Thirteenth Beach (Beach) Up 1
29 Moonah Links (Legends) Down 10
30 The Links Kennedy Bay Down 7
31 Hamilton Island Up 6
32 Royal Sydney Down 8
33 Bonville Up 9
34 Huntingdale Down 1
35 The Grand Up 9
36 Moonah Links (Open) Down 5
37 Links Hope Island Up 4
38 The National (Ocean) Down 8
39 Glenelg No Change
40 Peninsula (North) Down 6
41 Terrey Hills Up 5
42 The Cut Down 7
43 The Vintage Up 2
44 The Grange (West) Down 1
45 Sanctuary Cove (Pines) Up 7
46 Elanora Down 8
47 The Grange (East) Down 7
48 Sanctuary Cove (Palms) Up 15
49 Western Australian Up 1
50 Yarra Yarra Down 2
51 The Glades Up 6
52 Concord Up 7
53 Spring Valley No Change
54 Pacific Dunes Up 1
55 Bonnie Doon No Ranking
56 Lakelands Up 12
57 Links Lady Bay Up 4
58 Capricorn (Championship) Down 2
59 Pelican Waters Down 1
60 Pacific Harbour Down 9
61 Kalgoorlie Down 1
62 Portsea Down 8
63 The National Golf Club – Long Island Up 16
64 Cottesloe Up 14
65 Avondale Up 1
66 Sorrento Up 6
67 Stonecutters Ridge No Change
68 St Michael’s Up 7
69 Mount Lawley Down 5
70 Palmer Resort Coolum Down 23
71 Riverside Oaks (Bungool Course) New
72 Settlers Run Down 7
73 Twin Creeks Down 2
74 Thirteenth Beach (Creek) Up 3
75 Amstel (Ranfurlie) Down 1
76 Secret Harbour No Change
77 Sanctuary Lakes Down 8
78 Meadow Springs Down 8
79 Port Fairy Down 6
80 The Heritage (St John) Down 18
81 Murray Downs Up 3
82 RACV Healesville Down 2
83 Eynesbury Down 2
84 Indooroopilly (West) Up 5
85 Narooma Up 3
86 Kooindah Waters Up 5
87 Federal Up 10
88 Castle Hill Down 6
89 Cranbourne Down 2
90 RACV Royal Pines No Ranking
91 Monash Down 1
92 Macquarie Links Up 8
93 Paradise Palms Down 8
94 Alice Springs Down 2
95 Araluen Down 9
96 Brisbane No Ranking
97 Riversdale Down 2
98 The Vines (Lakes) Down 5
99 Tasmania Down 16
100 Horsham Down 2

 

Golf Digest World Top 100 Courses

Royal-County-Down-Golf

Golf Digest has released its’ always anticipated biennial ranking of the World’s Greatest 100 Golf Courses. Apart from the big news that Royal County Down in Northern Ireland has replaced Pine Valley as the highest ranked course in the world, Australia as a country has improved in the rankings with 9 courses now included on the important list, up from 7 when the rankings were previously compiled in 2014.

In addition to the improvement of our top rated course with Royal Melbourne (West) moving from number 9 to number 6 on the list, Cape Wickham, the stunning new course on Tasmania’s King Island has debuted in the rankings at number 24! Congratulations to Cape Wickham’s creators, Aussie Darius Oliver and American Mike DeVries, on such a rapid, but deserved, elevation into the World Top 100. And with Tasmania now hosting 3 World Top 100 courses, it surely has become one of the truly great golfing destinations in the world.

If you would like to play any of the amazing courses on the following list, whether at home or abroad, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance in organising your golfing holiday!

Here’s the list:

1     – Royal County Down (Northern Ireland)
2     – Augusta Georgia (United States)
3     – Pine Valley (United States)
4     – Cypress Point (United States)
5     – Royal Dornoch (Scotland)
6     – Royal Melbourne, West (Australia)
7     – Shinnecock Hills (United States)
8     – Old Course St Andrews (Scotland)
9     – Muirfield (Scotland)
10   – Merion, East (United States)
11   – Oakmont (United States)
12   – Pebble Beach (United States)
13   – National Golf Links of America (United States)
14   – Winged Foot, West (United States)
15   – Fishers Island Club (United States)
16   – Cape Kidnappers (New Zealand)
17   – Sand Hills (United States)
18   – Kingston Heath (Australia)
19   – Cabot Cliffs (Canada)
20   – Golf De Morfontaine (France)
21   – Hirono (Japan)
22   – Turnberry, Ailsa (Scotland)
23   – Sunningdale, Old (England)
24   – Cape Wickham (Australia)
25   – Portmarnock (Ireland)
26   – Carnoustie (Scotland)
27   – Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland)
28   – Seminole (United States)
29   – Ellerston (Australia)
30   – New South Wales (Australia)
31   – Crystal Downs (United States)
32   – Chicago Golf Club (United States)
33   – Barnbougle Dunes (Australia)
34   – Muirfield Village (United States)
35   – Royal Birkdale (England)
36   – Oak Hill (United States)
37   – Shanqin Bay (China)
38   – Oakland Hills, South (United States)
39   – Pacific Dunes (United States)
40   – Barnbougle Lost Farm (Australia)
41   – St George’s (Canada)
42   – The Country Club, Clyde/Squirrel (United States)
43   – The Links at Fancourt (South Africa)
44   – The Ocean Course @ Kiawah (United States)
45   – Royal St George’s (England)
46   – Yas Links (UAE)
47   – Royal Porthcawl (Wales)
48   – Wade Hampton (United States)
49   – Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand)
50   – North Berwick (Scotland)
51   – Whistling Straits (United States)
52   – Diamante, Dunes (Mexico)
53   – Friar’s Head (United States)
54   – Trump International Golf Links (Scotland)
55   – Royal Melbourne, East (Australia)
56   – Casa De Campo, Teeth of the Dog (Dominican Republic)
57   – Riviera (United States)
58   – Sentosa GC, Serapong (Singapore)
59   – Prairie Dunes (United States)
60   – Los Angeles CC, North (United States)
61   – Swinley Forest (England)
62   – The Alotian Club (United States)
63   – Pinehurst, No 2 (United States)
64   – Kawana Hotel, Fuji (Japan)
65   – Lahinch, Old (Ireland)
66   – National Golf Club of Canada (Canada)
67   – Southern Hills (United States)
68   – Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club (United States)
69   – Kingsbarns (Scotland)
70   – Cabo del Sol, Ocean (Mexico)
71   – Valderrama (Spain)
72   – The Honors Course (United States)
73   – Shadow Creek (United States)
74   – The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip (Vietnam)
75   – Spring City, Lake Course (China)
76   – Punta Espada (Dominican Republic)
77   – Olympic Club, Lake (United States)
78   – Memphremagog Golf Club (Canada)
79   – The Club at Nine Bridges (South Korea)
80   – Peachtree Golf Club (United States)
81   – San Francisco (United States)
82   – Royal Lytham & St Annes (England)
83   – The Els Club Teluk Datai (Malaysia)
84   – Nirwana (Indonesia)
85   – Tokyo (Japan)
86   – Sheshan (China)
87   – The National GC, Old Course (Australia)
88   – Leopard Creek (South Africa)
89   – The Golf Club (United States)
90   – Bandon Dunes (United States)
91   – Machrihanish (Scotland)
92   – Sunningdale, New (England)
93   – Cabot Links (Canada)
94   – Sebonack Golf Club (United States)
95   – Emirates GC, Majlis (UAE)
96   – Naruo GC (Japan)
97   – Jumeirah GC, Earth (UAE)
98   – Querencia GC (Mexico)
99   – Gary Player GC (South Africa)
100 – Olgiata GC, West (Italy)

Best Places to Stay at The US Masters

Augusta National Golf Club

One of the most anticipated weeks in the golfing calendar is almost upon us and it takes place in a town that explodes with excitement in the first full week of April every year … Augusta, Georgia.

Attending the US Masters is a pilgrimage that most avid golfers want to make at some point in their life and so the question for them is, what is the best way to experience one of the world’s greatest sporting events?

For a city that welcomes almost as many visitors as regular inhabitants one week per year, hotel accommodation can be tough to procure and for that reason, many people choose to stay in surrounding towns. There certainly are some beautiful towns not far from Augusta, including over the state border in South Carolina, however during Masters Week the concept of ‘not far’ takes on a different spin when you consider the significant increase in traffic in and around Augusta. For what is a once in a lifetime experience for many, spending hours and hours in traffic just means less time spent soaking up the experience –  not just of Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters Tournament, but of the city of Augusta itself – a city which is overwhelmed with Masters fever during that very special week in April.

One option unknown to many, but one that is becoming increasingly popular is the option of renting private residences, many of which are literally within a short walking distance of Augusta National. If you have a group of 3 or 4 or more, choosing a private residence not only provides large bedrooms, most with their own bathroom and TVs, but also great shared spaces for your group to socialize in, from large living rooms, to great BBQ areas, Jacuzzis and swimming pools. The Masters experience is often also very much about who you experience it with, and there is no better way to share the experience than in a large house with your friends and family a matter of a few hundred metres from the gates of the most beautiful golf course in the world!

If the idea of staying in a house in Augusta interests you, or whether you still prefer to stay in a hotel, our team can help you plan your Masters trip. Our packages are flexible so you can choose exactly how long you stay, which days you want to attend The Masters and which days you would like to play some games of golf yourself on some of the best private courses in Augusta and surrounding areas.

For more information on our US Masters packages, click here, call us on (02) 9555-5311 or email us here and we can provide a custom quote to suit.