Australia is full of incredible golfing experiences
Journey out beyond the major east coast cities and you will find a bewildering array of golf courses. From courses located on remote and wind swept islands, to hidden country gems and courses that seem to channel every possible golfing vista and challenge. There are far too many to do them all justice on this page, but here are just a few. We have much more detailed information about specific regions and types of courses, so please get in touch.
Tasmania and King Island
Tasmania’s golf courses have previously gone under the radar until they burst into global prominence when both Barnbougle Dunes and the Lost Farm courses became recognised in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses. Both courses feature layouts that follow the contours of the underlying dunes and of Tasmania’s north east coast. They provide a true links challenge. King Island, sitting in between the Australian mainland and Tasmania hosts two stunning courses of its own. Cape Wickham in a fabulously natural oceanside setting with breathtaking scenery, and Ocean Dunes on the wind exposed and rugged but spectacular west coast of King Island.
Newcastle and the Hunter Valley
Located a short drive to the north of Sydney, this region has some of the best golf and wine in Australia. Newcastle Golf Club is currently ranked 20th in Australia, with the iconic 5th hole rated in the best 500 golf holes in the world. Featuring couch fairways, and carpet like poa greens, the championship links layout boasts gently undulating holes set in natural bushland. Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club is a traditional links course overlooking the Pacific Ocean has been ranked the number one resort course in NSW. The Vintage Golf Club, in the scenic Hunter Valley wine region, has 36 Holes with huge bent grass greens. The course is gently undulating with many lakes, and you are almost guaranteed to see kangaroos and lots of Australia’s unique wildlife.
Perth and Western Australia
Western Australia is by far the biggest state in Australia and really is a place of big sky and wide-open spaces. It also has some incredible golf. Joondalup Golf Club is an immaculate course with a challenge for golfers of all levels. The course moves you through three diverse natural landscapes of bush, dunes and quarry providing a distinct array of backdrops. Lake Karrinyup Golf & Country Club is among the top 10 courses in Australia. This wonderful bush setting is home to an abundance of native flora and fauna. More than fifty species of birds have been identified in the wetlands around the huge natural lake. Kangaroos abound amongst the eucalyptus trees and shrubs.
The golf in and around Adelaide stands up with any of Australia’s other major capitals. The jewel in the Adelaide crown is Royal Adelaide. Majestic is one word often used to describe the course. Woven through the red sand dunes and wind sculpted cypress pines, the course presents exciting and varied experiences on every hole. The natural undulation of the land, judicious application of strategic bunkering and the ever-present sea breeze, creates the perfect challenge. Glenelg Golf Club offers a true world class challenge, recognised as one of Australia’s premier golfing facilities. Distinct course complexity, strategic design elements and impeccable turf quality provide a memorable challenge for all players.
Queensland’s often quoted mantra is “Beautiful one day, perfect the next”. The courses found throughout the north of the state live up to this statement. The Hamilton Island course has some of the most spectacular views of any course in the world. It is the only 18 hole golf course on its own island in Australia. Designed to challenge all levels of golf enthusiasts, from novice to professional golfers. With varied course elevation, restricted landing areas and ever-present breezes, the course is quite challenging from the back tees, and more predictable from the forward marks. The island’s natural, mountainous landscape provides stunning 360-degree views across secluded coves and beaches, adjacent passages and islands, and the mainland beyond. The Mirage Country club at Port Douglas offers a different but no less exciting golf experience. It boasts a luxurious resort style golf course set in tropical rainforest with hole backdrops ranging from tropical mountain forests to palm lined beaches.