8 new Australian golf courses to get excited about

Riding the wave of golf’s popularity post-COVID, Australia’s newest courses are reshaping golf.

Amidst a surge in golf’s popularity post-COVID, Australia is witnessing the rise of several new and breathtaking golf course projects. Spanning the scenic terrains of Tasmania to the vibrant cityscape of Sydney, as well as a special South Australian location on Kangaroo Island, these forthcoming golf courses will offer golfers of all levels distinctive and demanding experiences. From weekend hackers seeking leisurely rounds to families searching for fun outings and avid golfers yearning for scenic destinations, these courses cater to a diverse range of players.

Here, we will acquaint you with eight fresh additions to Australia’s golf scene, that should spark excitement among golfers across the country.

7 Mile Beach, Hobart, Tasmania
Mat Goggin and the design team at Clayton, DeVries & Pont have been teasing photos of the construction of this golf course in Hobart, and it has us very excited. The site has been cleared of pine trees and a wonderful-looking links golf course has been laid on the rolling dunes underneath. Early photos of the place look incredible and like many Australian golfers, we really can’t wait to play the very unique 7 Mile Beach which is slated to open early in 2024.

7 Mile Beach golf
Tasmania’s newest golf course, 7 Mile Beach is under construction and already looking incredible. (Photo: 7 Mile Golf Instagram)

Freeway Golf Course, Melbourne, Victoria
We love hearing about public golf success stories and the new Freeway Golf Course in Melbourne appears on track to be just that. In collaboration with a forward-thinking Boroondara council, Peter Vlahandreas, his GreenSpace management team and Pacific Coast Design have transformed the Freeway Golf Course into an incredibly fun place for all golfers to play.

The new course was constructed with the local environment, and future climate changes in mind and now provides a viable, long-term, fantastic, safe place for golfers of all abilities. Go check it out.

Freeway Golf Course in Melbourne has been renovated with some incredibly unique-looking bunkers. (Photo: Freeway Golf Facebook).

Minnippi Golf & Range, Brisbane. Queensland
The opening of the brand new Minnippo Golf & Range is just around the corner and will be the first new public golf course in Brisbane in 70 years.

And it’s not just golf that is planned for Minnippi which has us excited about it becoming a community hub for the people of Brisbane. The new facility is also planning a whole range of activities including outdoor open cinema evenings, bubbles & buckets ladies’ events, Christmas carols, school holiday clinics, special dining experiences, and engaging sporting & fitness activities.

Cammeray Golf, Sydney, New South Wales
The recent transformation of Cammeray Golf carries with it a rich history as a place where many golfers first learned the game. Situated just north of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cammeray Golf Course has long been a familiar name among Sydney’s golfing community, and in response to the nearby freeway upgrade, the course underwent an extensive redevelopment, emerging as a brand new 9-hole par-3 layout.

The eagerly anticipated Cammeray Golf Course has recently had a soft opening with limited tee times to ensure the course has enough space and time to grow in across the coming Spring. This reincarnation is poised to cater to a wide spectrum of golfers, offering families an ideal place for leisurely rounds while presenting a challenging environment for avid golfers honing their short game.

The newly renovated Cammeray Golf Course in Sydney. (Source: Cammeray Golf Facebook)
The newly renovated Cammeray Golf Course in Sydney. (Source: Cammeray Golf Facebook)

The Furrows, Melbourne, Victoria
Perhaps the most difficult golf course to access for most golfers, but this one is too unique not to include. The Furrows is the brand new, short course at Kingston Heath that looks like loads of fun to play. Designed by OCM Golf, the course captures the character of the world-famous golf course it sits alongside while providing a real test for even the best golfers. The sandbelt-style bunkers have been replicated to perfection and make hitting the greens from a short distance a challenging proposition.

The Cliffs Kangaroo Island, South Australia
While still in its early stages with limited progress, The Cliffs on Kangaroo Island holds the promise of a world-class championship golf course. Located on Australia’s third-largest island, its spectacular clifftop setting has the potential to attract golfers and tourists from around the world, further boosting South Australian tourism.

Shortees, Sydney, New South Wales
Formerly the Terrey Hills Par 3 golf course in Sydney, this golf course has a new look, new merchandise and a new name. Shortees is an 18-hole pitch and putt course that is the perfect place to sharpen your short game, day or night. After closing in late 2022, the new owners of this incredibly fun golf facility gave it a spruce up. If it wasn’t a fun place to play golf before, it’s an absolute ripper now. We love the new logo and the look of the t-shirts; “3 Is The Magic Number”.

Shortees Golf in Terrey Hills, Sydney. (Photo source: Shortees Facebook)
Shortees Golf in Terrey Hills, Sydney. (Photo source: Shortees Facebook)

Arm End, Hobart, Tasmania
This brand-new golf course in Hobart has been slow to get off the ground. The OCM Golf design team have recently taken over the project and we’ve yet to see the plans. But with such a highly regarded golf architecture firm on board and on such a spectacular site – on a headland overlooking the Derwent River, we’re confident this will eventually be a must-play Australian golf course.

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