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Top 100 Golf Courses of Australia 2014

07 July, 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.

There 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.

The 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.

In 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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