Top 100 Golf Courses of Australia 2014

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Top 100 Golf Courses of Australia 2014

Top 100 Golf Courses updates its Australian golf course rankings

Top 100 Golf Courses has been ranking golf courses in Australia since 2006 and we’re still developing the process across a country that is not only vast but also jam-packed with quality golf courses. The process of defining our latest Top 100 was the toughest yet.

Stonecutters Ridge Golf CourseThere are only half a dozen new entries in our revised Australian rankings, the highest of which, Stonecutters Ridge, debuts at position 64. Constructed by Medallist Developments, Stonecutters Ridge has the distinction of being the first Greg Norman course in Sydney and it finally opened its doors to golfers in September 2012, after almost five years of permitting and building delays.

Kalgoorlie Golf CourseThe outback town of Kalgoorlie was founded during the Yilgarn-Goldfields Gold Rush in the early 1890s and it lies amidst harsh, somewhat inhospitable, desert terrain in the centre of Western Australia. Goldfields Golf Club members established a primitive course in 1899 so golf has been played in these parts for well over a century. The club is still going strong, operating nowadays from the new Graham Marsh-designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course, which opened in 2010 and is a new entry at position 73.

Bonnie Doon Golf CourseIn 2011, the new design partners of Mike Clayton and Geoff Ogilvy began work on stage one of a three-phase extensive redesign at Bonnie Doon. In late April 2014, play began on six new holes, marking the completion of the second stage of the redesign. Although the final phase is still to complete, which includes tweaks to a few holes that were redesigned in phase 1, we’re pleased to welcome Bonnie Doon back to the Australian Top 100 at position 80. We fully expect that the third oldest club in Sydney will only rise rather higher in subsequent Aussie rankings when the finishing touches are completed.

Three further courses return to our 2014 Top 100 after narrowly missing the cut last time round. Kooindah Waters, Castle Hill and Araluen enter the table at positions 91, 94 and 98 respectively.

For the curious, the courses that dropped out of our rankings are: Cape Schanck, Keysborough, Vines (Ellenbrook), Sandhurst (North), Croydon - Yering Meadows and Twin Waters.

This unique Australian ranking list involved gathering, analysing and processing data from a multitude of sources. If you have an opinion and would like to help shape our future rankings please get in touch. If you’ve played any of our featured Australian courses, we’d be delighted to know what you think, so why not contribute now and post a course review or two?

Keith Baxter
Editor-in-Chief
www.top100golfcourses.com

2014

Course

Move

1

Royal Melbourne (West)

No change

2

Kingston Heath

No change

3

Barnbougle Dunes

No change

4

Barnbougle Lost Farm

Up 1

5

New South Wales

Down 1

6

National (Moonah)

No change

7

Ellerston

Up 1

8

Royal Melbourne (East)

Up 1

9

Royal Adelaide

Down 2

10

Victoria

No change

11

Metropolitan

Up 1

12

Lake Karrinyup

Up 4

13

St Andrews Beach

No change

14

Dunes Golf Links

Up 9

15

Newcastle

Up 5

16

National (Old)

Up 3

17

Lakes

Down 6

18

Woodlands

Down 1

19

Australian

Up 5

20

Barwon Heads

Up 1

21

Peninsula (North)

Down 6

22

Moonah Links (Legends)

Up 7

23

Joondalup (Quarry & Dune)

Up 3

24

Royal Queensland

Down 2

25

Thirteenth Beach (Beach)

Up 2

26

Kennedy Bay

Down 8

27

Commonwealth

Down 13

28

Kooyonga

Down 3

29

Royal Sydney

Up 1

30

Cut

Up 2

31

Brookwater

Up 3

32

Magenta Shores

Up 4

33

National (Ocean)

Up 12

34

Elanora

Up 17

35

Peninsula (South)

Down 7

36

Yarra Yarra

Down 3

37

Glenelg

Up 9

38

Hope Island

Up 2

39

Grange (West)

Down 8

40

Moonah Links (Open)

Down 1

41

Huntingdale

Up 3

42

Bonville International

Up 20

43

Glades

Down 1

44

Spring Valley

Down 1

45

Hamilton Island

Down 4

46

Portsea

Down 9

47

Vintage

Up 10

48

Pelican Waters

Up 1

49

Pacific Harbour

Up 14

50

Royal Canberra (Championship)

Down 12

51

Heritage (St John)

Up 2

52

Sanctuary Cove (Pines)

Up 7

53

Meadow Springs

Up 11

54

Concord

Up 6

55

Sanctuary Lakes

Up 1

56

Grange (East)

Up 14

57

Lakelands

Up 19

58

Settlers Run

No change

59

Western Australian

Up 8

60

Eynesbury

Up 17

61

Capricorn (Championship)

Up 17

62

Terrey Hills

Down 14

63

Grand

Down 9

64

Stonecutters Ridge

NEW

65

Murray Downs

Up 26

66

Mount Lawley

Up 2

67

Coolum

Down 20

68

Healesville

Down 33

69

Port Fairy

Down 19

70

Pacific Dunes

Up 12

71

Avondale

Up 12

72

Thirteenth Beach (Creek)

Down 1

73

Kalgoorlie

NEW

74

Sanctuary Cove (Palms)

Up 26

75

Links Lady Bay

Down 3

76

Amstel (Ranfurlie)

Down 24

77

Long Island

Down 8

78

St Michael's

Up 12

79

Vines (Lakes)

Down 24

80

Bonnie Doon

NEW

81

Cottesloe

Down 16

82

Cranbourne

Down 8

83

Sorrento

Up 11

84

Tasmania

Down 23

85

Heritage (Henley)

Down 19

86

Twin Creeks

No change

87

Indooroopilly (West)

Up 8

88

Narooma

Up 11

89

Riversdale

Down 2

90

Horsham

Down 15

91

Kooindah Waters

NEW

92

Secret Harbour

Up 4

93

Royal Perth

Down 5

94

Castle Hill

NEW

95

Paradise Palms

Up 3

96

Sands Torquay

Down 15

97

Royal Hobart

Down 17

98

Sandhurst (Champions)

Down 25

99

Araluen

NEW

100

Alice Springs

Down 11


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