Let’s say you have some international guests on their way and they want to play five Australian golf courses that will leave a lasting impression. Not necessarily Australia’s best golf courses, but Australia’s “must-play” courses. Which courses would you take them to?
Here are Aussie Golfer’s five must-play golf courses in Australia to get the ball rolling. What do you think? Any other courses that should be on the list?
Hamilton Island (Qld)
Hamilton Island Golf Club
is Australia’s only championship island golf course and is one of the newest golf courses in the country. The views here are spectacular. Peter Thomson designed this gem which is actually situated on Dent Island, a short boat ride from Hamilton Island. If you ever thought a holiday in the Whitsunday Island’s was perfect last time, wait until you get a look at this golf course.
Kingston Heath (Vic)
Playing golf in Melbourne’s world famous sandbelt is obviously something that must be done but narrowing it down to one, is a difficult task. I consulted Doogs, a native Victorian and blogger at On Par
“If I was recommending one course to play on the Sandbelt to an international or interstate member it would have to be Kingston Heath
, the layout is everything the Sandbelt is about, McKenzie bunkering, undulating fairways of perfect green carpet, slick greens, teatrees, and some brilliant short holes. Of course, access is not easy.” - Thanks Doogs!
The Cut (WA)
If you find yourself out west, don’t miss The Cut
. About an hour and 15 minutes drive south of Perth, the course has only been open since 2005 but has already been rated Western Australia’s number one golf course in 2008 and 2009. The Cut is a true links golf course sitting between the Indian Ocean and the Harvey Estuary. It is full of up-turned saucers, down-turned bowls, and rolling fairways that leave your ball wanting to roll on and on and on.
Like any links golf course, you may hope the wind doesn’t blow when you play The Cut. But that’swould be cheating. Hope it blows hard, keep it low and experience links golf at its finest.
Bonville Golf Resort (NSW)
Always boasting as Australia’s version of Augusta National, it is not too far from the truth with a distinctly Australian touch. Most holes at Bonville Golf Resort
are completely isolated from one another giving the impression you are the only golfer on the course. The flooded gums which line the fairways look spectacular and even the drive from green to the next tee is gorgeous as you wind your way through sub-tropical rainforest.
Some golfers question the layout of Bonville but I don’t understand that sort of talk, the place is a lush, golf experience – provided you have plenty of balls.
Barnbougle Dunes (Tas)
By now you’ve all heard about Barnbougle Dunes
in Tasmania. From your mate that won’t stop talking about it at the golf club to here at Aussie Golfer. I’ll let some more photos do the talking and just remind you once again – go there and play it as soon as possible!
+1 Nullarbor Links (SA/WA)
It wouldn’t be Australia without some strange oddity that twists the standard idea of something on its head. Nullarbor Links
claims to be the world’s longest golf course
. Stretching across 1400 kilometres, 18 holes have been sprinkled here and there on the drive from Ceduna in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. Some holes are separated by several hundred kilometres giving you plenty of time to mark your card. It is a bizarre concept but certainly one you won’t forget.