Here is a selection of some of Australia’s great golf courses, that you may not have heard of before.
Australia is spoiled for choice when it comes to golf courses. There are enough courses nestled in all parts of the country that you really don’t have to travel overseas to experience the full range golf courses and conditions.
You want resort, target-style golf? We have it. Maybe some laid back, fun and friendly parklands golf? Yep, tick. How about some traditional links golf in cold, windy conditions that will have you thinking you’re in Scotland? We have that too.
Here in no particular order, are eight great Australian golf courses you may not have heard of before. These are hidden gems scattered around the country and well worth adding to your list of must-play Australian golf courses.
1. Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club, Cairns, Queensland
I’m amazed more people don’t know about this golf course but situated about 20mins drive out of Cairns, it can be overlooked by many golfers. The resort style course winds its way through lush rainforest and gives the golfer plenty of thinking to do. Lots of fascinating dog-leg holes with danger lurking just at that point you wanted to smash it to off the tee. This beautiful golf course is only just outshone by its clubhouse, one of the finest ever built in Australia.
2. Narooma Golf Club, Narooma, NSW
Situated on the south coast of NSW in the quiet, southern coastal town of Narooma, this golf course is a beauty. Starting off tamely, the course shows its teeth with one of the scariest par-3’s in Australia. Hogan’s Hole is a 120 metre par-3 with a tee shot over a portion of the Pacific Ocean. It can be a five club difference depending on the wind direction.
The back nine is a real surprise with the course winding its way through mangroves and lush bushland. I could easily play this course week in, week out.
3. Kalgoorlie Golf Course, Kalgoorlie, WA
This Graham Marsh designed course is a brand new Australian golf course. Officially opened just a few months ago, this is literally a golfing oasis. Constructed in the mining town of Kalgoorlie, the colour contrast of the green fairways and the red dusty earth looks spectacular. The city has been working for decades to establish a grass golf course and by all reports they’ve unearthed a gem that is fast shooting up the list of one of Australia’s best golf courses.
4. Barwon Heads Golf Club, Bellarine Peninsula, Vic
Barwon Heads is rated very highly by some but still largely unknown in most golfing circles. A traditional links layout set in dunes; put this golf course ‘must-play’ list. Never mind all the new links golf courses built around Australia, this course has been here for nearly 90 years. Short, interesting and a golf course so natural it looks like it was always been there.
5. Fleurieu Golf Course, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
The Fleurieu Golf Course is a great local secret about a one hour drive south of Adelaide. It is an links style layout that is a real test of golf which can be punishing when the wind, rough, (or both) is up. This course is still underrated and unknown to many including those that live in Adelaide. At less than $40 a round, it is an absolute steal and you won’t regret a round of golf here.
6. Carbrook Golf Club, Brisbane, Qld
Located on the banks of the Logan River south of Brisbane, here is a golf course on the rise. The layout around the wetlands is very good with some par-4’s not to be missed. This golf course has improved greatly over the past few years and is fast becoming one of Brisbane’s best courses. Just be careful if you hit wayward shots out here. The sharks in the water hazard have proven to be 100% true. Who needs Greg Norman?!
7. Mount Broughton Golf Club, Southern Highlands, NSW
Nestled in the Southern Highlands (not far from Bowral) lies this shy beast of a golf course that would look equally at home in the Scottish Highlands. The exquisite manor style clubhouse belies the danger of this golf course. At 6300m Mt Broughton is a long golf course. From the back tees it is over 6600m and becomes a bloody long golf course. This course sits in its natural terrain perfectly and is a huge challenge for any golfer.
8. Lost Farm, Bridport, Tasmania
Ok, so if you are a regular reader of Aussie Golfer you’ll know this course well but despite the hype, I’m still surprised that many golfers are yet to hear of it. Admittedly it only recently opened but this Tasmanian golf course is set to rival its next-door neighbour Barnbougle Dunes. Set among huge dunes on the Tasmanian northern coastline, this looks like some of the great Scottish golf links courses. Play here and you’ll have played one of the world’s best. More photos of Lost Farm here.