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The origins of Australian Golf
In Australia a century-old feud has raged between The Australian Golf Club in Sydney and Royal Melbourne Golf Club as to which is the oldest.
The Australian was formed in 1882 but six years later lost its course until 1895. Royal Melbourne was founded in 1891 and technically may be the second oldest club in the land but certainly is the oldest continuous club.
From the classic traditional courses of Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt to the coastal links of The Mornington Peninsula, Australia now boasts over 1,500 golf courses. A golf vacation to Australia is just as exciting and different as any trip down under!
Designed by: Dan
Par 72, 6303 yards
Ranked number two in Australia and 21st in the world,
Kingston Heath has hosted seven Australian Opens
and numerous other championships. This is a very
manicured course with undulating fairways and clever
Designed by: J.B.
Mackenzie, Dr. Alister Mackenzie, Dick Wilson
and Michael Clayton
Par 72, 6400 yards
Featuring firm and fast bent grass greens, there
are a total of 96 bunkers on the course and most
holes are flanked by native Australian trees.
(The Club also attracts many different species
of native birds) This “sandbelt” course
is recognized as one of the best in Australia.
Designed by: Bruce
Devlin and Robert von Hagge
Par 73, 6711 yards
Located 15 minutes outside of Sydney, the Lakes
consists of many water hazards as well as marshes,
trees and bunkers. This course is considered a
classic mix of old fashioned and modern design.
Wales Golf Course
Designed by: Dr.
Par 72, 6323 yards
Ranked in the top 50 in the world, New South Wales
is built on a sand-duned peninsula overlooking
Botany Bay. Featuring spectacular views, the course
layout is bounded by water on both sides with
undulating fairways and small greens. Wind is
also a significant factor.
& Golf Course
Designed by: Robert
Par 72, 6263 yards
Home of the Australian PGA, Coolum consists of
neat fairways, well positioned bunkers and fast
greens, all bordered by national bushland, rainforests
and a private beach.
Designed by: Greg
Par 72, 7020 yards
Built among wetlands and a natural wildlife sanctuary,
this undulating course features classic bunkers
(98 of them) and challenging water holes.
Designed by: Thomas
Par 72, 7033 yards
Set in a tropical rainforest with views of the
Coral Sea from some holes, Mirage features large
greens and fairways and dense, unforgiving rough.
Designed by: Alister
Par 72, 6594 yards
Designed by: Alex
Par 71, 6560 yards
The gem of Australia is Royal Melbourne, rated
as the country’s top course. Royal Melbourne
is home to two world-class golf courses - the
Dr. Alister MacKenzie masterpiece, the West Course,
and the excellent East Course designed by MacKenzie's
partner Alex Russell. The tournament hybrid, or
Composite course, is made up of 12 holes from
the West and 6 from the East and is consistently
ranked among the world's top ten golf courses
(par 72, 6935 yards).