Few countries compete with the golfing opportunities offered in Australia. Its amazingly mild climate allows people to play golf throughout the year. Australia also has great golf courses that you cannot overlook. In fact, it has more than 1,500 courses in the country, including some of the best in the world.
Many Australian golf resorts have luxury accommodation and facilities, including the chance to play on world-class standard courses that compete with the best of the best. Golf resorts are built in wonderful natural locations ranging from fairways winding beside rivers to hillside courses overlooking golden beaches and through gorgeous bushland.
The Australian Golf Club in Sydney and the Royal Melbourne Club are the two clubs that compete for the title of being the oldest Australian golf clubs. Courses range from the manicured sophistication of older established golf courses to the arid, 9-hole layouts in the outback with greens of oiled sand.
Here are the top 10 golf courses in Australia in 2008 according to Golf Australia magazine:
1. ROYAL MELBOURNE (West Course)
Designer: Dr Alister Mackenzie (1931)
2. KINGSTON HEATH
Designer: Dan Soutar (1925)
3. NEW SOUTH WALES
Designers: Alister Mackenzie (1928); Eric Apperly (1937 and 1951); Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge (1985); Jack Newton, Graeme Grant and John Spencer (1993); Greg Norman and Bob Harrison (2000).
4. BARNBOUGLE DUNES
Designers: Tom Doak & Mike Clayton (2004)
5. ROYAL ADELAIDE
Designers: Herbert L. Rymill and C.L Gardiner (1904); Dr Alister Mackenzie (1929); Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge (1979 and 1997).
6. ROYAL MELBOURNE (East course)
Designers: Alex Russell (1932)
7. ELLERSTON (NR)
Designers: Greg Norman and Bob Harrison (2001)
8. THE NATIONAL (Moonah Course)
Designers: Greg Norman and Bob Harrison (2000)
Designers: J.B MacKenzie (1906); Dr Alister Mackenzie (1926); Dick Wilson (1959)
Designers: Oscar Damman, William Meander & Dr Alister Mackenzie (1927); Mike Clayton (2001).
Many Australian golf courses have intricacies and contours related to the country’s terrain. In some courses, you may be distracted by the singing birds or have a face-to-face encounter with grazing kangaroos. Also, you may have to watch out for any croc coming out of the water hazard or circumnavigate a wombat’s hole.
It is relatively inexpensive and easy to play in Australian golf courses. There are private resorts and public courses scattered across the country.