Host venue for the 1963 Australian PGA Championship, Oatlands Golf Club was formed in 1931 when Rupert Black (who assisted Alister MacKenzie during his earlier Australian visit, according to the club) laid out the original incarnation of the club’s course.
Visually stunning, the Palmer Coolum golf course utilises about a third of the resort property, with a mix of links-like holes on the stretch running along the Pacific Ocean.
The Matsushita Investment and Development Company originally developed the Royal Pines Resort in the late 1980s and Japanese architect Tomojiro Maruyama designed the first 27-hole golf course.
Alex Russell designed the course at Riversdale Golf Club and the club organized a match in 1930 to celebrate the official opening.
The Gangurru course at Riverside Oaks is the club’s original layout and it’s the very competent understudy to the highly rated Bungool layout. Undoubtedly one of the country’s best public access layouts, Gangurru has recently upped its game following a bunker refurbishment programme.
The 36-hole Rosebud Country Club has been a golfing destination on the Mornington Peninsula since the early 1960s. Towering pine trees frame the fairways on the North course, where the Australian PGA Championship was held back in 1976.
An 18-hole course was in play at Roseville Golf Club in 1925, two years after the club’s formation. The layout has served the club well but it’s been upgraded in recent years, with architect James Wilcher reconstructing five of the holes.
Although the sea hasn’t bordered the course at The Royal Adelaide for some 10,000 years, it remains, like Royal Lytham & St Annes, more a links than an inland course.
Designed by Commander John Harris, the Westbourne course at Royal Canberra is delightfully routed through the Westbourne Woods arboretum.
One of the few centurion golf clubs to still occupy its original site, Royal Fremantle’s parkland course shows its teeth when the wind is up.