Australia boasts a huge range of golf course styles and challenges, from windswept links to manicured greens and tropical conditions. Whether you live in the north, south, east or west, there’s bound to be a great course that suits you. Rather than listing our favourite Australian courses, we’ve chosen a course from each Australian state that we feel represents the huge range of Australian golfing experiences.
- 1. Western Australia boasts a winning golf combination: a sunny climate and varied courses. Joondalup is an immaculate course offering a challenge at every tee. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., it offers a breathtaking mix of diverse landscapes, wildlife and birds. Offering glimpses of ocean, the course is known for its dramatic bunkers—including one with an access ladder—and its stunning quarry.
- 2. The Northern Territory is the only state not to have a course on the Australian Golf Digest’s famous top-100 list. Despite this, Darwin Golf Club offers an almost unique experience. This tropical 18-hole course prides itself on being accessible and is a great place for novices. They even offer completely free practice ranges. The course might not be as manicured as some, but it’s time golf took off in the Northern Territory and if you live nearby, this would be a great place to start.
- 3. In Queensland, the Greg-Norman-designed The Glades is rightly recognised as one of Australia’s greatest. You can take a round here as part of one of Teed Up’s Queensland Australian golf tour packages and it is no wonder the course is so popular with our Pro guides. There is a nine-hectare natural wetland in the heart of this championship course and the bent grass greens are always kept in beautiful condition.
- 4. Residents of New South Wales are spoilt for choice, especially in and around Sydney. St Michaels offers stunning views. Nestled on the cliffs above Botany Bay, the location is exceptional and the links play at times challenging. A perfect course to play as part of a holiday, St Michaels enables the visitor to enjoy a top-quality round of golf while making the most of Australia’s biggest city.
- 5. Victoria is the home of Australian golf. The Royal Melbourne is rightly considered Australia’s best and a round here is at the heart of our Victoria golf packages. The West course was designed by McKenzie and makes the most of naturally undulating land. Private and exclusive, this is a world-class course that any golf enthusiast feels privileged to play on.
- 6. Tasmania, despite its size, is home to some of the best courses in Australia. Royal Hobart is a tight course built on sloping sandy soil. A challenge for novices, it delights in beautiful natural bush, gentle contours and beautifully kept greens.
- 7. Famous for its relaxed, laidback lifestyle, South Australia’s golf courses reflect the local temperament, especially at Kooyonga. Located 15 minutes from the heart of Adelaide, Kooyonga has hosted an array of championships on its beautifully maintained rolling greens.
After taking on the challenge of these seven courses, you might well decide to venture further afield. Take a look at the US Masters Tour package for 2015 to whet your appetite for a golfing holiday in the USA, or get in touch today to arrange an Australian golfing holiday tailor-made for you.