Rating Australia’s Top 9 golf courses

Australian golf writer rates his best Australian golf courses.

Australian golf writer Ben Everill recently listed his Top 9 Australian golf courses for the new Back 9 Network website. These sorts of lists are usually wrought with controversy but by and large, this list by Everill seems to have everyone in agreement (Geoff Shackleford aside).
  1. Royal Melbourne West
  2. Kingston Heath
  3. Barnbougle Dunes
  4. Barnbougle Lost Farm
  5. New South Wales
  6. The National
  7. Royal Melbourne East
  8. Victoria
  9. Metropolitan
Check out the full article at the Back 9 Network for his description of each. What do you think? Has he left any courses out of the list you would include?

10 thoughts on “Rating Australia’s Top 9 golf courses

  • May 22, 2012 at 03:34
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    8 of those 9 are either public or reciprocal for me and I have only played 2. Better get cracking on the others I guess.

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  • May 23, 2012 at 04:20
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    I would have included Ellerston up near the top and dropped Metro from the list. Ellerston is still one of the best courses I have played, but other than that, it is an excellent list of 9.

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  • May 24, 2012 at 03:35
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    Always a contentious one Ellerston. People are reluctant to rate a golf course that very few people have access too.

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  • May 24, 2012 at 03:56
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    Where abouts is Joondalup on the list?

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  • May 24, 2012 at 03:57
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    I would rate the Heath #1 but admit that I haven’t played at RM since all of the presidents cup work and I hear it’s pure.
    I would also rate Kooyonga in adelaide above Metro, but tough choices…

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  • May 24, 2012 at 06:21
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    Love living in WA, we get the best of everything.
    Oh wait, no we don’t.

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  • May 25, 2012 at 08:13
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    I agree with barnie and lost farm outstanding courses heard dent island in the whitsundays is a championship course hope to play there soon…. how does dent island stack up?

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  • May 27, 2012 at 01:30
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    Paula, Hamilton island is spectacular. The views are some of the best you will see. The issue with the course is the greens, they have issues with the greens. In addition the amount of time and the quality of the course, whilst it is good, its not in the top “9” courses in Australia. I i think the list is missing plenty of good courses that are better then a few on this list!

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    • January 16, 2013 at 01:06
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      Hamilton is a good course. They have had trouble with diseased greens for years but hopefully they have that sorted now. The fairways are very punishing, you often find a ball bounding in to rough that was hit close to middle. Wind is a big factor as many holes run across ridges at the top of the island, but the upside is those holes provide spectacular 360 degree views. Not a Top 10 course but definitely Top 50.

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