Top 100 Golf Courses of Australia 2012

23 January 2012 Respond to this article

Top 100 Golf Courses of Australia 2012

23rd January 2012

Top 100 Golf Courses updates its Australian golf course rankings

Royal Melbourne's West course remains at No.1Top 100 Golf Courses, the most informed and dedicated ranking website, presents its Australian golf course rankings for 2012. Five years ago, we compiled our first Top 50 listing of courses in Australia then it took until 2010 before we doubled the size of our table.

We recently refined our procedure for capturing credible ranking data from Down Under by polling a number of the respected golfing fraternity that have actually played the best Australian golf courses and their valued opinions have been factored into the first update of our Top 100 for Australia.

Barnbougle Lost FamThere are a dozen new courses in our revamped Australian rankings, the highest of which, Barnbougle Lost Farm, hurtles into our chart at the astonishingly high position of number 5. This stellar 20-hole links is located adjacent to Barnbougle Dunes (up one place to number 3) on Tasmania's north east coast and we think these two world-class courses will become permanent fixtures in the World Top 100.

Hamilton IslandVictorian architect Michael Clayton worked in partnership with Tom Doak on the Dunes layout and Healesville, one of the courses that Mike totally revamped in 2008, enters our rankings at the admirably strong position of 35. An exciting Queensland offshore development, the Thomson & Perrett-designed Hamilton Island course, is another very highly regarded new entry at number 41.

Further down the listings, another couple of Thomson & Perrett courses – Sandhurst (Champions) and Sandhurst (North) – debut at 73 and 92, whilst a pair of old Sam Berriman designs at Cranbourne and Keysborough gain national recognition with new placements of 74 and 84.

Three more Victorian tracks – Thirteenth Beach (Creek), Cape Schanck and Sands Torquay – enter at number 71, 79 and 81 respectively, whilst the century-old course at Royal Perth (at number 88) and Queensland's Sanctuary Cove (Palms) (at position 100) completes the list of new entrants.

St Andrews BeachIn the upper reaches of our Top 100, significant upward movers include St Andrews Beach (climbing thirteen to 13), Commonwealth (rising eleven to 14), Peninsula (North) (up thirteen to 15) and Royal Queensland (advancing eleven to 22). In the bottom half of the table, the 70-year old Long Island layout leaps up a healthy twenty eight places to number 69.

Of course, for all the ups, there has to be a number of downs and there are some spectacular fallers, unfortunately. A couple of regal tracks, Royal Sydney (down sixteen to 30) and Royal Canberra (Championship) (down 20 to 38), tumble out of our top 20 standings. Both courses at Vines – Lakes (down twenty five to 55) and Ellenbrook (down twenty nine to 85) – suffer spectacular drops whilst the biggest faller of all, St Michael's in Little Bay, Sydney, plummets thirty one spots to 90.

For the curious, the courses that dropped out of our rankings are: Laguna Whitsundays (Turtle Point), Macquarie Links, Araluen, Arundel Hills, Southern, Noosa Springs, Albany, North Lakes, Castle Hill, Tallwoods, Bunbury and Kooindah Waters.

We always welcome criticism at Top 100 Golf Courses as your feedback lets us know what we're doing well and what we're not doing so well. Are there any Australian courses that are too high or too low in the standings? Is there an 18-hole layout in our chart that really has no right to be anywhere near a Top 100 ranking position? Please let us know what you think as we value your opinions.

Top 100 has never claimed to be "definitive" but we do think we are the most "informed" golf course rankings in the market place. If you've played one of our featured courses in Australia, we'd be only too pleased to find out what you think of it, so please share your thoughts by posting a course review.

Jim McCann
Editor
www.top100golfcourses.com

Rank

Move

Course

1

No Change

Royal Melbourne (West)

2

No Change

Kingston Heath

3

Up 1

Barnbougle Dunes

4

Down 1

New South Wales

5

NEW

Barnbougle Lost Farm

6

Up 1

National (Moonah)

7

Down 2

Royal Adelaide

8

Up 2

Ellerston

9

Down 3

Royal Melbourne (East)

10

Down 1

Victoria

11

No Change

Lakes

12

Down 4

Metropolitan

13

Up 13

St Andrews Beach

14

Up 11

Commonwealth

15

Up 13

Peninsula (North)

16

Up 1

Lake Karrinyup

17

Up 3

Woodlands

18

Down 3

Kennedy Bay

19

Down 6

National (Old)

20

Down 8

Newcastle

21

Up 6

Barwon Heads

22

Up 11

Royal Queensland

23

Up 1

Dunes

24

Down 8

Australian

25

Down 6

Kooyonga

26

Up 5

Joondalup (Quarry & Dune)

27

Up 2

Thirteenth Beach (Beach)

28

Up 8

Peninsula (South)

29

Down 6

Moonah Links (Legends)

30

Down 16

Royal Sydney

31

Up 13

Grange (West)

32

Up 5

Cut

33

Up 1

Yarra Yarra

34

Down 12

Brookwater

35

NEW

Healesville

36

Down 4

Magenta Shores

37

Up 2

Portsea

38

Down 20

Royal Canberra (Championship)

39

Down 18

Moonah Links (Open)

40

Up 2

Hope Island

41

NEW

Hamilton Island

42

Down 2

Glades

43

Up 28

Spring Valley

44

Down 3

Huntingdale

45

Down 7

National (Ocean)

46

Up 8

Glenelg

47

No Change

Coolum

48

Up 7

Terrey Hills

49

No Change

Pelican Waters

50

No Change

Port Fairy

51

Down 8

Elanora

52

No Change

Amstel (Ranfurlie)

53

Up 5

Heritage (St John)

54

Down 9

Grand

55

Down 25

Vines (Lakes)

56

Up 16

Sanctuary Lakes

57

Down 11

Vintage

58

Down 7

Settlers Run

59

Down 2

Sanctuary Cove (Pines)

60

Down 12

Concorde

61

Up 8

Tasmania

62

Down 9

Bonville International

63

No Change

Pacific Harbour

64

Up 10

Meadow Springs

65

Up 16

Cottesloe

66

Up 10

Heritage (Henley)

67

Down 2

Western Australian

68

Down 6

Mount Lawley

69

Up 28

Long Island

70

No Change

Grange (East)

71

NEW

Thirteenth Beach (Creek)

72

Down 12

Links Lady Bay

73

NEW

Sandhurst (Champions)

74

NEW

Cranbourne

75

Up 10

Horsham

76

Down 9

Lakelands

77

Up 19

Eynesbury

78

Down 17

Capricorn (Championship)

79

NEW

Cape Schanck

80

Down 1

Royal Hobart

81

NEW

Sands Torquay

82

Down 14

Pacific Dunes

83

Up 12

Avondale

84

NEW

Keysborough

85

Down 29

Vines (Ellenbrook)

86

Down 11

Twin Creeks

87

Down 4

Riversdale

88

NEW

Royal Perth

89

Down 25

Alice Springs

90

Down 31

St Michael's

91

Down 5

Murray Downs

92

NEW

Sandhurst (North)

93

Up 6

Yering Meadows

94

Down 3

Sorrento

95

Down 8

Indooroopilly (West)

96

Down 30

Secret Harbour

97

Down 13

Twin Waters

98

Down 25

Paradise Palms

99

Down 19

Narooma

100

NEW

Sanctuary Cove (Palms)


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