Australia’s best public access golf courses for 2015 – Golf Australia Magazine

Golf Australia magazine have released their biennial list of the best public access courses in Australia.

Golf Australia magazineThe January 2015 issue of Golf Australia magazine has been out for some time now but if you haven’t got yourself a copy then maybe you should, as they’ve listed the best public access golf courses in Australia for 2015.

The judging panel for this year’s list was made up of Golf Australia magazine editors and 22 loyal readers who based their golf course rankings on a specific set of criteria: Design (50%), Condition (40%) and Visual Appeal (10%).

2015 Top 10 Public Access Golf Courses in Australia

1 Barnbougle Dunes
2 Barnbougle Lost Farm
3 Links Kennedy Bay
4 St Andrews Beach
5 Joondalup
(Quarry/Dune Course)
6 Thirteenth Beach
(Beach Course)
7 Barwon Heads
8 The Dunes Links
9 Newcastle
10 Bonville

As with any subjective list, there will be plenty of debate about the rankings but the best thing about this particular list of golf courses is that any golfer can play them all.

And to give you some help in doing so, the magazine has included a fold out checklist of all 100 courses with quick information to the website for each golf course, green fee information, and a check box so you can track how many of these courses you have played.

My initial thoughts
Much of the list is close to how I would rank them, and I love that many of the top golf courses are not only accessible to all golfers, but playable too.

With this in mind (and despite visual appeal only afforded 10% of the criteria) I’d argue that a few golf courses are listed higher than they should be based on their aesthetic appeal rather than playability across all golfer skill levels.

I’m amazed Mt.Broughton and Fleurieu didn’t make the top-100, although they are listed in the ‘next 25’.

But don’t take my word for it, check out your local newsagent for Golf Australia Magazine’s full top-100 list, go and play them for yourself and tell us what you think!

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