Golf.com have released their latest list of the top-100 golf courses in the world and eight Australian golf courses have made the cut.
Pine Valley has once again come out on top of the latest list of the world’s best golf courses followed by Cypress Point and St. Andrews Old Course.
The latest Top-100 golf courses list from Golf.com also includes eight Australian golf course with Royal Melbourne West again featuring high on the list.
Compiled by a team of 80 “well-traveled course raters”, GOLF magazine gave them the task of assigning values to a list of more than 430 eligible courses to come up with the final ranking.
The list has created some controversy this year with a slide in the rankings of some of the world’s most famous golf courses. Augusta National, for example, has dropped four places from 5th to 9th and Pebble Beach has fallen out of the top-10 (to 11th).
Australian Golf Courses on GOLF’s Top-100 courses in the world
7. Royal Melbourne West (up 4)
22. Kingston Heath (down 2)
35. Barnbougle Dunes (up 3)
46. New South Wales (down 3)
60. Cape Wickham (up 12)
T77. Ellerston (down 15)
89. Barnbougle Lost Farm (down 1)
96. RM East (new)
There is always a lot to discuss, argue and comment on with these types of lists so I’ll mostly leave that to you.
The only comment I’d get off my chest here is that I’d argue Lost Farm is a better (more fun, playable, strategic) golf course than Ellerston. But when you’re separated by 12 spots on a list of the world’s best golf courses, that’s not a big difference anyway.
And perhaps the biggest question anybody has after looking at this list is: Can actually I play these courses?
That was answered in this follow up piece at Golf.com listing the courses in the top-100 that are open for anyone to play.