Oceania

Map of Oceania

Geographically, Oceania covers a vast four and a half million square miles of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing Australia, New Zealand and the many islands, reefs and atolls that are situated in the ecozones of Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia (excluding Hawaii). Whilst rugby union and rugby league are two of the more popular sports amongst the forty million inhabitants of this continent, cricket, association football and Australian Rules football also attract plenty of supporters. Outside Australia and New Zealand, golf struggles to make an impact, though we do profile a dozen courses in the smaller island nations.

Fiji is said to have sixteen courses in play and we have details on the best three of these. Samoa and Guam are collectively reputed to have around a dozen courses in operation and we highlight two from each island. Solitary 18-hole layouts are featured for French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

With more than 1,600 courses to choose from, we first established a Top 100 chart for Australia in 2010. The following year, we selected a Top 50 for New Zealand from over 400 courses located on the North and South Islands. We reckon that combined together, we profile the top 7% of all the golf facilities in the two counties. And, looking at the crème de la crème of these antipodean courses, seven of the Aussie layouts and one Kiwi track currently feature in our World Top 100 listing.


In the Oceania region, 24 new golf facilities opened between 2010 and 2016. At the end of that period, a further 29 were under development, with many of the new golf projects connected to a resort and/or real estate project. Australia's 1,591 courses makes it by far the the biggest golfing country in a region where 94% of all facilities are open to the public. This data comes from an R&A report entitled “Golf around the World 2017”. To see the full report, click this R&A link then download the appropriate free publication.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Oceania

Royal Melbourne (West)

1st Oceania Ranking

The West course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club is generally acknowledged as the best course in Australia and one of Doctor Alister MacKenzie's finest designs.

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Description: The West course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club is generally acknowledged as the best course in Australia and one of Doctor Alister MacKenzie's finest designs. Rating: 5.6 out of 6

Kingston Heath

2nd Oceania Ranking

Kingston Heath Golf Club pushes Royal Melbourne – and in some opinions exceeds it – as the premier course in Australian golf.

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Description: Kingston Heath Golf Club pushes Royal Melbourne – and in some opinions exceeds it – as the premier course in Australian golf. Rating: 5.7 out of 6

Barnbougle Dunes

3rd Oceania Ranking

Barnbougle Dunes is a memorable golf course made by enthusiasts for enthusiasts; it's the closest thing to a seaside links as exists in Australia.

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Description: Barnbougle Dunes is a memorable golf course made by enthusiasts for enthusiasts; it's the closest thing to a seaside links as exists in Australia. Rating: 5.9 out of 6

Tara Iti

4th Oceania Ranking

Exclusivity has finally arrived on New Zealand’s formerly inclusive golfing shores in the shape of Tom Doak’s Tara Iti Golf Club which is routed in a wide and grand scale along the east coast of the North Island.

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Description: Exclusivity has finally arrived on New Zealand’s formerly inclusive golfing shores in the shape of Tom Doak’s Tara Iti Golf Club which is routed in a wide and grand scale along the east coast of the North Island. Rating: 6 out of 6

New South Wales

5th Oceania Ranking

New South Wales Golf Club is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Australia and it’s one of the toughest tests in the country.

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Description: New South Wales Golf Club is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Australia and it’s one of the toughest tests in the country. Rating: 5.6 out of 6

Cape Kidnappers

6th Oceania Ranking

If you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points of the golf course at Cape Kidnappers are the bunkers and the greens.

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Description: If you can keep your eyes off the cliff top views, the main golfing points of the golf course at Cape Kidnappers are the bunkers and the greens. Rating: 5.4 out of 6

Cape Wickham

7th Oceania Ranking

It’s said that respected author Darius Oliver was instrumental in convincing businessman Duncan Andrews to develop the remote Cape Wickham site...

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Description: It’s said that respected author Darius Oliver was instrumental in convincing businessman Duncan Andrews to develop the remote Cape Wickham site... Rating: 6 out of 6

Barnbougle Lost Farm

8th Oceania Ranking

The 20-hole Barnbougle Lost Farm links opened for play in December 2010 and commentators already think this new golf course is equal to its world-beating neighbour.

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Description: The 20-hole Barnbougle Lost Farm links opened for play in December 2010 and commentators already think this new golf course is equal to its world-beating neighbour. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Victoria Golf Club - Australia

9th Oceania Ranking

There is clearly something about Victoria Golf Club that renders it even better than the sum of its very impressive parts.

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Description: There is clearly something about Victoria Golf Club that renders it even better than the sum of its very impressive parts. Rating: 5.8 out of 6

Ellerston

10th Oceania Ranking

Ellerston is the course that Greg Norman built for the flamboyant Australian media magnate Kerry Packer, the country's richest man, who sadly died in December 2005 at the age of 68.

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Description: Ellerston is the course that Greg Norman built for the flamboyant Australian media magnate Kerry Packer, the country's richest man, who sadly died in December 2005 at the age of 68. Rating: 6 out of 6