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GOLF Course Guide Stay & Play Rankings 2013

from the GOLF Course Guide 2013
We present the most comprehensive assessment of Australia’s Stay & Play Resorts – our judges’ rankings for Accomodation, Food and Beverage, and Other Facilities.

2013 RESORT (Course Rank) 2012
RANK RANK
1 PALMER COOLUM (22) 1
2 SANCTUARY COVE (24,34) 2
3 TWIN WATERS (43) 3
4 ROYAL PINES (64) 4
5 JOONDALUP (4) 6
6 MIRAGE (100) 7
7 CAPRICORN (21,95) 9
8 HERITAGE (nr,nr) 12
9 MAGENTA SHORES (10) 11
10 COUNTRY CLUB TAS (nr) 5
11 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM (2) 17
12 THE CUT (11) 8
13 MOONAH LINKS (6,12) 10
14 WOLLONGONG (nr) 21
15 THE VINES (26,68) 20
16 KOOINDAH WATERS (42) 15
17 NOOSA SPRINGS (36) 14
18 BONVILLE  (15) 22
19 SEATEMPLE  (70) 18
20 HOPE ISLAND (16) 13
21 CRESWICK FOREST RESORT (71) 19
22 THE VINTAGE (32) 24
23 SANDS TORQUAY (51) 16
24 BARWON HEADS (7) 23
25 PENINSULA (nr, nr) 26
26 CYPRESS LAKES (74) 25
27 STONELEA (nr) 27
28 THIRTEENTH BEACH (9,35) 30
29 PARADISE PALMS (45) 29
30 YARRAWONGA (53,nr) 31
31 PELICAN WATERS (19) 32
32 LINKS LADY BAY (54) 35
33 MT BROUGHTON (96) 34
34 SANCTUARY RESORT WA (nr) 33
35 DUNTRYLEAGUE (75) 39
36 BARNBOUGLE DUNES (2) 36
37 CAPE SCHANCK (46) 38
38 MOSS VALE (nr) 41
39 EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) (57) 40
40 HORIZONS (69) 43
41 RICH RIVER (nr, nr) 42
42 ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB (59,88) 37
43 MURRAY DOWNS (48) 44
44 NAROOMA (40) 45
45 TOCUMWAL (81,90) 46
46 THURGOONA (nr) 50
47 TALLWOODS (80) 49
48 COROWA (nr) 47
49 COBRAM BAROOGA (67,99) 48
50 SHEPPARTON (66) nr
     

To qualify for our list, destinations must offer a fully integrated resort environment including at least overnight accommodation and dining facilities for three daily meals. The accommodation may not be owned by the Golf Course, but there must be the option to book a “Stay and Play” package. Be sure to check out the GOLF Course Guide 2013 to access exclusive savings offered at many of these resorts.

As with our course rankings, we have aimed for clear criteria and presented individual assessments in each category so that users can decide for themselves whether they are seeking better quality food and beverages or additional non-golf activities.

The overall Resort Ranking is the result of combining our scores for Accommodation, Food & Beverage and Other. Each element was weighted equally (ie one third of total score for each).

Golf Course rankings are shown in brackets as an item of interest, they do not affect Resort Rankings.

Once again this year, the list is dominated by Queensland – a legacy of the excesses of the 1980s.

Accommodation Rankings

Accom RESORT  Accom
Rank13 Rank12
1 MAGENTA SHORES 2
2 PALMER COOLUM 1
3 SANCTUARY COVE  3
4 JOONDALUP  7
5 NOOSA SPRINGS  8
6eq KOOINDAH WATERS 9
6eq THE CUT 13
8eq MIRAGE 5
8eq HERITAGE  19
8eq PARADISE PALMS 10
11 ROYAL PINES  11
12 MOONAH LINKS 6
13 SANDS TORQUAY 15
14 VINTAGE 16
15 COUNTRY CLUB TAS 14
16eq SEATEMPLE   18
16eq FOREST RESORT CRESWICK 12
18 HOPE ISLAND  4
19 WOLLONGONG 20
20 TWIN WATERS  17
21 THIRTEENTH BEACH  22
22 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 24
23 THE VINES 21
24 CYPRESS LAKES  25
25 SANCTUARY RESORT WA 27eq
26eq DUNTRYLEAGUE 27eq
26eq LINKS LADY BAY 27eq
26eq STONELEA 27eq
26eq MOSS VALE 27eq
30 PENINSULA 34
31 YARRAWONGA  35
32eq BONVILLE   38
32eq BARWON HEADS 36
34 CAPE SCHANCK 32
35eq PELICAN WATERS 33
35eq MT BROUGHTON  39
35eq ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB 26
38 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 37
39eq CAPRICORN  40
39eq TALLWOODS 41
41eq HORIZONS 49
41eq TOCUMWAL 46
41eq NAROOMA  43
44 MURRAY DOWNS  47
45 RICH RIVER 50
46eq EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) 42
46eq THURGOONA 48
48 SHEPPARTON 45
49eq COROWA  44
49eq BARHAM nr

Accommodation: The quality of the rooms, the range of suite sizes, appointments, room service and in-room facilities; accessibility to golf and dining.

Food and Beverage Rankings

  RESORT   
Rank13 Rank12
1 PALMER COOLUM 1
2 BONVILLE   11
3 BARWON HEADS 3
4 SANCTUARY COVE  2
5 STONELEA 7
6 PENINSULA 8
7 ROYAL PINES  5
8 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 10
9 JOONDALUP  6
10 TWIN WATERS  9
11 THE CUT 4
12 HERITAGE  16
13 MAGENTA SHORES 15
14 COUNTRY CLUB TAS 12
15 MOONAH LINKS 13
16 SANDS TORQUAY 14
17 PARADISE PALMS 18eq
18 SEATEMPLE   17
19 CAPRICORN  18eq
20 WOLLONGONG 22
21 FOREST RESORT CRESWICK 21
22 MIRAGE 25eq
23 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 20
24 MOSS VALE 25eq
25 CYPRESS LAKES  24
26 LINKS LADY BAY 28
27 THIRTEENTH BEACH  23
28 PELICAN WATERS 29
29 EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) 27
30 LAGUNA WHITSUNDAYS - closed 32
31 THE VINES 33
32 VINTAGE 35
33 MT BROUGHTON  30
34 HOPE ISLAND  37
35 YARRAWONGA  31
36 KOOINDAH WATERS 36
37 CAPE SCHANCK 41
38 NAROOMA  39eq
39 NOOSA SPRINGS  38
40 SANCTUARY RESORT WA 34
41 COROWA  42
42 ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB 39eq
43 TOCUMWAL 43
44 MURRAY DOWNS  44
45 RICH RIVER 45
46eq DUNTRYLEAGUE 48eq
46eq HORIZONS 48eq
46eq THURGOONA 48eq
46eq BARHAM 47
50 SHEPPARTON nr

Food and Beverage: Quality, choice and service in restaurants/clubhouse/on course (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Resorts that do not offer full meal service 7 days were penalized, even where there were nearby restaurants.

In 2013 Bonville became the first Golf Course in Australia to be awarded a prestigious ‘hat’ by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, influencing their elevation into second spot. The “Flooded Gums Restaurant” truly is an unmatched combination of setting, atmosphere, food and wine as it overlooks the most beautiful golf course on the mainland.

Other Facilities Rankings

  RESORT   
Rank13 Rank12
1 CAPRICORN  1
2eq TWIN WATERS  3
2eq PALMER COOLUM 2
4 SANCTUARY COVE  4
5 ROYAL PINES  5
6 MIRAGE 6
7 COUNTRY CLUB TAS 7
8 HERITAGE  8
9 JOONDALUP  11
10 HOPE ISLAND  9
11 NOOSA SPRINGS  10
12 KOOINDAH WATERS 12eq
13 THE VINES 14
14 BONVILLE   15
15 YARRAWONGA  17
16 MOONAH LINKS 16
17 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 18
18 PELICAN WATERS 19
19eq THE CUT 12eq
19eq MAGENTA SHORES 20eq
19eq SEATEMPLE   20eq
19eq WOLLONGONG 20eq
19eq CYPRESS LAKES  20eq
19eq VINTAGE 20eq
19eq MT BROUGHTON  20eq
19eq RICH RIVER 20eq
19eq DUNTRYLEAGUE 20eq
19eq HORIZONS 20eq
29 EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) 34
30 FOREST RESORT CRESWICK 31
31 BARWON HEADS 33
32 PENINSULA 35
33 CAPE SCHANCK 36
34 SANCTUARY RESORT WA 20eq
35 LINKS LADY BAY 40eq
36 COBRAM BAROOGA  38
37 THIRTEENTH BEACH  39
38 STONELEA 40eq
39 MURRAY DOWNS  42
40 SANDS TORQUAY 30
41 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 43
42 TOCUMWAL 44
43 ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB 37
44 TALLWOODS 45
45eq PARADISE PALMS 46eq
45eq MOSS VALE 46eq
45eq NAROOMA  46eq
45eq THURGOONA 46eq
45eq SHEPPARTON 46eq
50 COROWA  nr

Other: Quality and range of on site activities - tennis, pool, spa, beach, gym, barbecue, gaming, shopping, walking, fishing etc. For resorts featuring more than 18 holes of golf a small bonus was applied in this category. Services that may be available from nearby providers were NOT considered. Golf practice facilities were NOT rated.