The greatest golf courses have more than just a great course.
According to many polls, the best public golf courses can be found sprawling across northern Tasmania. But with only half a million people calling Tassie home, and with a whole country to explore, we’ve decided to unveil the best golf courses around Australia. We’ve studied each state and territory to find the top spots for a swing; from lush greens and surrounding seas to lunch destinations and courses with a picturesque view, we’ve found them all. Get your clubs ready and let’s go!
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Be careful where you hit your golf ball on this island course ― it may end up gone forever! The course is located on Dent Island, adjacent to Hamilton Island. As well as 18 challenging holes and a 360-degree view, Hamilton Island Golf Club also serve satisfying lunches in the clubhouse for a post-game degustation.
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. The Glades Golf Club is also home to the Viva Café & Bar, perfect for a post-game celebration or to simply unwind.
New South Wales
Bonville Golf Resort
Hidden amongst the tree-lined Coffs Coast lies the Bonville Golf Resort. It is one of Australia’s most beautiful resorts, not only because of the stunning scenery but also to the well-maintained golf course itself. Stop by the charming federation style clubhouse for a lavish snack and wine after your game.
Long Reef Golf Club
Long Reef Golf Club is one of many beachfront courses, but the stunning unsurpassed views from the Central Coast to Manly are something special. Head to the White Rock Cafe after your game for a tasty meal and potential whale-spotting. For those seeking a prestigious venue for an upcoming event or wedding, look no further as the Long Reef Golf Club makes for the perfect destination.
13th Beach Golf Links
Perched on the gorgeous Bellarine Peninsula, 13th Beach is home to the Vic 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.
Moonah Links is one of the country’s longest courses at 6,783 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.
Cape Wickham Links
Not only do you get a wonderful oceanic backdrop, you also get a lighthouse as a beacon. Cape Wickham has been voted 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 5 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.
Bridport houses two top contending golf courses in Australia, the Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links and the Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Resort. 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.
Links Lady Bay
Lady Bay is surrounded by a small town and pristine slopes, and offers an opportunity to play a serene and uninterrupted game of golf. On top of that, 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.
Whether you’re an Adelaide local or only visiting, Fleurieu Peninsula is a must-see, especially as one of the state’s best golf courses calls the Peninsula home. Welcome to Mount Compass, featuring a wonderful par 72 course measuring 6100 metres in length, accompanied by four par 3 holes, ten par 4 holes and four par 5 holes over a gently undulating landscape. Celebrate your score afterwards at the bar and feed on tasty mains at their restaurant, The Range.
The Cut, WA
As we’ve noted, a great golf course doesn’t just need a great course. At The Cut, 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. The Cut is also a perfect option to host your next function or wedding.
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.
Alice Springs Golf Club
Even in the centre of Australia can you find a wonderful golf course. 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.
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 CBD. It may only be 9 holes, but they sure pack a punch for golf enthusiasts.
Australian Capital Territory
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.
Gold Creek Country Club
Gold Creek Country Club boasts a championship-level 18-hole golf course, indulgent dining experiences, swimming pool, tennis courts and gymnasium. 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.