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Australia’s Top 16 Golf Courses of 2021

Australia's Top 16 Golf Courses of 2021. Hamilton Island Golf Club, Queensland. Photographed by Reuben Nutt. Image supplied via Tourism and Events Queensland

Perfect your swing and get a hole in one at these best golf courses in Australia.

Grab your clubs, some balls and tee as we’ll be swinging the perfect shot at some of Australia’s top golf courses.

Golf, it’s the perfect game where you can tee together some mates and enjoy a lush green. Whether you’re a self-confessed Tiger Woods or just a beginner, nothing beats a golf course with a picturesque view. So, read on through for the Australia’s top 16 golf courses you must play at in 2021.

The Best Golf Courses in New South Wales:

Bonville Golf Resort
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Bonville Golf Resort

Hidden amongst the tree-lined Coffs Harbour coastline lies the Bonville Golf Resort. It is renowned as one of the worlds most beautiful resorts – not only because of the stunning scenery, but also because of its well-maintained golf course. Stop by the charming federation style clubhouse for a lavish snack and wine after your game.

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N Bonville Rd, Bonville, NSW 2441
Long Reef Golf Club
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Long Reef Golf Club

Found under a 40-minute drive north out of Sydney’s CBD, Long Reef Golf Club is one of many beachfront courses, but the stunning unsurpassed views from the Central Coast to Manly is something special. One of the top golf courses in Australia you must visit, here you can head to the White Rock Cafe after your game for a tasty meal and potential whale-spotting. As for those seeking a prestigious venue for an upcoming event or wedding, look no further as the Long Reef Golf Club which makes for the perfect destination.

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Anzac Ave, Collaroy, NSW 2097

The Best Golf Courses in Australian Capital Territory:

Federal Golf Club
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Federal Golf Club

Federal Golf Club is a championship 18-hole golf course for professionals and learners alike. It’s a members golf course that is open to visitors at certain times, however, bookings are required. Set in beautiful bushland with grand views of the Brindabella Ranges, the Federal Golf Club is also perfect for weddings and other special occasions.

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Gowrie Dr, Red Hill, ACT 2603
Gold Creek Country Club
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Gold Creek Country Club

Ready for a hole in one? Gold Creek Country Club boasts a championship-level 18-hole golf course, indulgent dining experiences, swimming pool, tennis courts and a gymnasium. Still need some convincing? The club is open to members as well as social visitors wanting to test their swing. Finish your afternoon at Trevinos for a hearty meal.

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50 Curran Dr, Nicholls ACT 2913

The Best Golf Courses in Victoria:

13th Beach Golf Links
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13th Beach Golf Links

Perched on the gorgeous Bellarine Peninsula, 13th Beach is home to the Victoria Open and two courses: one alongside the brisk waves of 13th Beach, and the other inland surrounding a creek. While you can feed your growling stomach or host an upcoming wedding at the modern clubhouse alongside panoramic views, you can also stay overnight in onsite lodgings where every room has a view.

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1732 Barwon Heads Rd, Barwon Heads, VIC 3227
Peppers Moonah Links Resort
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Peppers Moonah Links Resort

Peppers Moonah Links Resort is one of Australia’s longest golf courses at 6783 metres. It also houses two championship golf courses, both as challenging and fun as the other. The onsite restaurant, Pebbles, has sprawling views of the course and luxury accommodation. If you’d like to make things a little more permanent and become a member, Moonah Links also have a medallion program for members to unlock unlimited playing rights to the stunning course. Talk about a top golf course title.

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55 Peter Thomson Dr, Fingal, VIC 3939

The Best Golf Courses in Tasmania:

Cape Wickham Golf Links
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Cape Wickham Golf Links

Not only do you get a wonderful oceanic backdrop, you also get a lighthouse as a beacon. Cape Wickham has been named as one of the top public golf courses in Australia. Enjoy the sounds of crashing waves as you tee off, and take a stroll along the coastline of Cape Farewell to play your way around the first five holes. If you’re up for a challenge, head up the dramatic dune-scape to complete the first leg of 13 holes. After your golfing journey, refuel at Cape Wickham Clubhouse with a selection of King Island’s local beef, seafood and cheese produce.

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Cape Wickham Rd, Wickham, TAS 7256
Barnbougle
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Barnbougle

Tasmania loves to show off. Which is exactly why Birdport houses two top-contending golf courses in Australia, the Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links and the Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Resort. And, of course, we couldn’t decide between the two. They both showcase amazing views of Bass Strait as well as pristine courses to challenge your skills, and they are within a kilometre of each other. Have a picturesque feast after your game at the Lost Farm Restaurant or warm your loins at the adjacent sports bar.

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425 Waterhouse Rd, Bridport, TAS 7262

The Best Golf Courses in South Australia:

Links Lady Bay
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Links Lady Bay

South Australia, you’re up! Links Bay is surrounded by a small town and pristine slopes, and offers an opportunity to play a serene and uninterrupted game of golf. One of the best golf courses in Australia, here you can stay at the resort while indulging in lavish food and relaxing at their day spa. The icing on the cake is the wonderful surrounding scenery to explore.

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73 St Andrews Blvd, Normanville, SA 5204
Mount Compass Golf Course
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Mount Compass Golf Course

Whether you’re a local or only visiting, Fleurieu Peninsula is a must-see, especially as one of South Australia’s best golf courses calls the Peninsula home. Welcome to Mount Compass Golf Course, featuring a wonderful par 72 course measuring 6100 metres in length, accompanied by four par three holes, 10 par four holes and four par five holes over a gently undulating landscape. One golf course you must play at, here you can celebrate your score afterwards at the bar and feed on tasty mains at their restaurant, The Range.

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1 George Francis Dr, Mount Compass, SA 5210

The Best Golf Courses in Western Australia:

The Cut Golf Course
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The Cut Golf Course

As we’ve noted, a great golf course doesn’t just need a great course. At The Cut Golf Course, near Mandurah in Western Australia, you’ll be treated to the vibrant sounds of crashing waves and the occasional seagull as you tee off on their 18-hole course. With fine-dining options available at the beautiful Pyramids restaurant, or a more relaxed feel at the Brasserie and the Terrace, all your dining desires can be fulfilled. One of the best golf courses in Western Australia, The Cut Golf Course is also a perfect option to host your next function or wedding.

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69 Country Club Dr, Dawesville, WA 6211
Joondalup Resort
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Joondalup Resort

With 27 holes to stimulate your senses, along with a varied backdrop that changes as you progress, Joondalup Resort is a worthy contender on this list. With versatility on the playing field comes versatility at the clubhouse. Choose from an array of dining and imbibing options, including a British-style pub, a cafe and a bistro. A must-visit in 2021.

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Country Club Blvd, Connolly, WA 6027

The Best Golf Courses in Northern Territory:

Alice Springs Golf Club
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Alice Springs Golf Club

Even in the centre of Australia you can find a wonderful golf course. And, this is one golf course you must visit at least once. At Alice Springs Golf Club you’ll play 18 skill-testing holes surrounded by an oasis in a desert climate. Celebrate your score at the bar and satisfy your belly at Range View Restaurant onsite.

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Cromwell Dr, Desert Springs, NT 0870
Gardens Park Golf Links
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Gardens Park Golf Links

Darwinians can also test their golfing skills at their very own course. At the Gardens Park Golf Links, visitors and members have the luxury of a luscious course set on 55 acres on the fringe of Darwin’s CBD. It may only be nine holes, but they sure pack a punch for golf enthusiasts.

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1 Chin Quan Rd, The Gardens, NT 0820

The Best Golf Courses in Queensland:

Hamilton Island Golf Club
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Hamilton Island Golf Club

Be careful where you hit your ball on this island golf course ― it may end up gone forever! One of the best golf courses in Australia you must play at at least once in your lifetime, this course is located on Dent Island, adjacent to Hamilton Island. Accessible via ferry or helicopter, with 18 challenging holes and a 360-degree view, Hamilton Island Golf Club also serves satisfying lunches in the clubhouse for a post-game degustation.

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Whitsundays, QLD 4803
The Glades Golf Club
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The Glades Golf Club

The prestigious Greg Norman-designed golf club shares a wonderfully challenging par 72 course, as well as the perfect backdrop for your wedding or special occasion. Found less than a 30-minute drive south of the Gold Coast, The Glades Golf Club is also home to the Viva Café & Bar which is perfect for a post-game celebration or to simply unwind.

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1 Glades Dr, Robina, QLD 4226

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Feature image: Hamilton Island Golf Club, Queensland. Photographed by Reuben Nutt. Image supplied via Tourism and Events Queensland.
This article was first published on July 04 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on August 03 2021.
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