Australia’s best public access golf courses

Barnbougle Dunes rated #1 public access course in Australia Image source

AusGolf has released its list of the top 100 public access golf courses in Australia for 2010.

The great Tassie links course Barnbougle Dunes once again maintains its top spot followed by the Moonah Links Legends course.

There will always be debate with these lists. It is interesting to see WA’s Kennedy Bay jump up into the Top 10 after reopening last year and personally I’m not sure The Coast deserves a spot despite its sweeping ocean vistas.

Any comments of your own? It is hard to comment unless you’ve played the golf courses but pick a couple you’ve played and tell me if you think they have them in the correct order.

Here’s the Top 50 and the full list is here at the AusGolf website.

2010 COURSE 2009
1 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 1
2 MOONAH LINKS – LEGENDS 2
3 JOONDALUP – QUARRY/DUNES 4
4 KENNEDY BAY nr
5 THE DUNES 3
6 MAGENTA SHORES 5
7 MOONAH LINKS – OPEN 7
8 BARWON HEADS 8
9 THIRTEENTH BEACH – BEACH 10
10 PACIFIC HARBOUR 9
11 THE CUT 6
12 PORTSEA 12
13 BONVILLE 15
14 BROOKWATER 11
15 HOPE ISLAND 14
16 CAPRICORN – CHAMPIONSHIP 20
17 GLADES 17
18 CLUB PELICAN 16
19 COOLUM 18
20 LAKELANDS 21
21 VINES – LAKES 22
22 VINTAGE 23
23 HERITAGE – ST JOHNS 19
24 THIRTEENTH BEACH – CREEK 33
25 MEADOW SPRINGS 25

26 PORT FAIRY 30
27 EYNESBURY 34
28 ST MICHAEL’S 32
29 RANFURLIE 50
30 SANCTUARY COVE – PINES 24
31 PACIFIC DUNES 27
32 HORSHAM 28
33 ROBINA WOODS 26
34 CAPE SCHANCK 35
35 PARADISE PALMS Top 100
36 SORRENTO 31
37 LAGUNA – TURTLE POINT 13
38 LINKS LADY BAY 29
39 MURRAY DOWNS 40
40 NOOSA SPRINGS 41
41 TWIN WATERS 43
42 SANDS TORQUAY 39
43 LONG REEF 46
44 KOOINDAH WATERS 42
45 ROYAL HOBART 37
46 ALICE SPRINGS 36
47 BONNIE DOON 38
48 HERITAGE – HENLEY 47
49 NAROOMA 48
50 CRANBOURNE 49

3 thoughts on “Australia’s best public access golf courses

  • January 8, 2010 at 21:24
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    You know, I’d really love to understand how they rate these courses. I mean, the Glades and Lakelands are okay, but I don’t really think they provide a great challenge or interesting layout compared to some of the other public access courses around.

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  • February 23, 2010 at 09:14
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    Yea i would also like to know that!!! because i recently played at sanctuary lakes course in vic and it was an magnificent course, the members should be very happy, the greens & fairways are quick and you do get punished if your not accurate off the tee because the rough is thick which makes it challenging, it was a very neatly kept course.

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  • May 10, 2010 at 11:16
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    I have to agree with Malcom – I’ve played both the Glades and Lakelands – not much of a challenge – remonds me of Club Banora.

    Even Ocean Shores was more fun.

    Come to think of it I cant remember the last time I played a course that I thought Man that was great can’t wait to play there again – maybe I just dont play enough gold these days.

    Playing Banora again in the morning – ah well

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