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2011 Stay & Play Rankings

from the Golf Course Guide 2011


STAY & PLAY RESORTS


In Part Two of our annual rankings we assess the facilities at 50 of our finest Stay and Play destinations, and this year, for the first time, we also provide this information broken down into the components ranked by our panel: Accommodation, Dining and Other.

Our aim, as always, is to promote and direct golf tourism within Australia by providing our readers with all the information they require to select for themselves the style of course, the price range and the creature comforts that they require…and to save readers money on both green fees and accommodation costs throughout.

Within our Top 100 Public Access golf courses, we have identified 40 destinations which offer a fully integrated resort environment including at least quality 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.

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, Dining and Other but excluding the golf course ranking itself. Resorts that have a golf course outside the Top 100 were ineligible for this list, but were ranked for the individual components.


2011
    RESORT (course rank)*    2010 
rank 
1    COOLUM                      (18)    1    18
2    SANCTUARY COVE     2    27
3    TWIN WATERS     3    44
4    ROYAL PINES     4    Top 100
5    THE CUT    nr    13
6    CAPRICORN     10    22
7    JOONDALUP     5    4
8    MAGENTA SHORES    9    6
9    KOOINDAH WATERS    7    Top 100
10    HERITAGE     6    20
11    MOONAH LINKS    8    2
12    NOOSA SPRINGS     12    43
13    THE VINES    11    24
14    SANDS TORQUAY    14    Top 100
15    SEATEMPLE      15    Top 100
16    HOPE ISLAND     13    17
17    VINTAGE    17    25
18    LAGUNA WHITSUNDAYS    23    36
19    CYPRESS LAKES     19eq    Top 100
20    PALM MEADOWS (RADISSON)    19eq    Top 100
21    CLUB PELICAN    16    19
22    PARADISE PALMS    18    37
23    THIRTEENTH BEACH     21    9
24    YARRAWONGA     28    Top 100
25    BARWON HEADS    25    8
26    MT BROUGHTON     24    Top 100
27eq    BONVILLE      22    16
27eq    LINKS LADY BAY    27    46
29    CAPE SCHANCK    26    34
30    BARNBOUGLE DUNES    29    1
31    ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB    30eq    Top 100
32    EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC)    30eq    Top 100
33    HORIZONS    30eq    Top 100
34    NAROOMA     36    49
35    MURRAY DOWNS     33    40
36    COROWA     37eq    Top 100
37eq    COBRAM BAROOGA     34eq    Top 100
37eq    TOCUMWAL    34eq    Top 100
39eq    TALLWOODS    37eq    Top 100
39eq    SHEPPARTON    37eq    Top 100


No change at the top of our list, with Hyatt Regency resorts at Coolum and Sanctuary Cove in Queensland taking the honours, each with extensive quality accommodation and dining options plus a host of other leisure activities on site.

Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast and Royal Pines on the Gold Coast retained 3rd and 4th positions, giving Queensland a clean sweep of all four top places.

The Cut on the coast south of Perth, WA which was not considered by our panel last year enters our rankings at No. 5. The three and four bedroom villas are brand new, luxurious and tastefully furnished. They are not economic for only a couple, and so the Accommodation score was marked down accordingly. However, our judges were sufficiently impressed with the Dining and the pool and spa, the surf beach, the tranquility and the views to rank the overall package on this magnificent links very highly.

Topping our list for Other facilities with everything from sailing to horse riding helped Rydges Capricorn Resort into 6th place overall, up 4 places from last year, despite a relatively poor showing for Accommodation which is a little tired in places. Certainly a great family resort with plenty of water activities, spa and beauty treatments.

Accomodation Rankings
(Note: includes accommodation at courses outside Top 100)

1    COOLUM
2eq    SANCTUARY COVE
2eq    MAGENTA SHORES
4eq    MIRAGE
4eq    FOREST RESORT CRESWICK
6eq    MOONAH LINKS
6eq    HOPE ISLAND
6eq    COUNTRY CLUB TAS
9eq    ROYAL PINES
9eq    JOONDALUP
9eq    KOOINDAH WATERS
9eq    NOOSA SPRINGS
9eq    SANDS TORQUAY
9eq    VINTAGE
9eq    THE CUT
9eq    PARADISE PALMS
17    TWIN WATERS
18    THIRTEENTH BEACH
19eq    HERITAGE
19eq    THE VINES
19eq    SEATEMPLE 
22    WOLLONGONG
23    LAGUNA WHITSUNDAYS
24eq    CLUB PELICAN
24eq    CYPRESS LAKES
24eq    ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB
27    PALM MEADOWS (RADISSON)
28eq    CAPE SCHANCK
28eq    LINKS LADY BAY
28eq    STONELEA
28eq    THURGOONA
28eq    SANCTUARY RESORT WA
28eq    DUNTRYLEAGUE
28eq    MOSS VALE
35    PENINSULA
36    YARRAWONGA
37    BARWON HEADS
38eq    MT BROUGHTON
38eq    BARNBOUGLE DUNES
40eq    CAPRICORN
40eq    BONVILLE 
40eq    TALLWOODS
43    EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC)
44eq    HORIZONS
44eq    TOCUMWAL
44eq    NAROOMA
44eq    COROWA
44eq    SHEPPARTON
49    MURRAY DOWNS
50eq    COBRAM BAROOGA
50eq    RICH RIVER


Highly ranked for their range of quality accommodations, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas and Novotel Forest Resort Creswick (equal 4th) have golf courses that ranked just outside our Top 100 and were thus ineligible for overall placings.

Similarly Stonelea Country Estate provides a fine dining experience (equal 5th) but not a Top 100 golf course. Peninsula Country Golf Club ranked equally for dining, and certainly does possess two great golf courses, however they generally require visitors to be members of private golf clubs and hence are strictly not public access.

Dining Rankings
(Note: includes dining at courses outside Top 100)

1    COOLUM
2    SANCTUARY COVE
3    ROYAL PINES
4    BARWON HEADS
5eq    STONELEA
5eq    PENINSULA
5eq    JOONDALUP
8    TWIN WATERS
9    THE CUT
10eq    COUNTRY CLUB TAS
10eq    CAPRICORN
12    HERITAGE
13    MOONAH LINKS
14eq    MAGENTA SHORES
14eq    SANDS TORQUAY
14eq    PARADISE PALMS
14eq    SEATEMPLE 
14eq    MIRAGE
19    WOLLONGONG
20eq    KOOINDAH WATERS
20eq    BONVILLE 
22eq    MOSS VALE
22eq    BARNBOUGLE DUNES
24    FOREST RESORT CRESWICK
25eq    PALM MEADOWS (RADISSON)
`    LAGUNA WHITSUNDAYS
27    THIRTEENTH BEACH
28    THE VINES
29    CYPRESS LAKES
30    YARRAWONGA
31eq    CLUB PELICAN
31eq    ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB
31eq    LINKS LADY BAY
31eq    MT BROUGHTON
31eq    EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC)
36eq    SANCTUARY RESORT WA
36eq    NAROOMA
38eq    NOOSA SPRINGS
38eq    HOPE ISLAND
40    VINTAGE
41    CAPE SCHANCK
42    COROWA
43eq    THURGOONA
43eq    DUNTRYLEAGUE
43eq    HORIZONS
43eq    MURRAY DOWNS
43eq    COBRAM BAROOGA
43eq    RICH RIVER
43eq    BARHAM
43eq    TOCUMWAL


Other Facilities
(Note: includes courses outside Top 100)

1    CAPRICORN
2    COOLUM
3    TWIN WATERS
4    SANCTUARY COVE
5eq    ROYAL PINES
5eq    THE CUT
5eq    COUNTRY CLUB TAS
5eq    MIRAGE
9eq    JOONDALUP
9eq    KOOINDAH WATERS
9eq    THE VINES
9eq    NOOSA SPRINGS
13    HERITAGE
14    YARRAWONGA
15eq    MAGENTA SHORES
15eq    SEATEMPLE 
15eq    WOLLONGONG
15eq    FOREST RESORT CRESWICK
15eq    PALM MEADOWS (RADISSON)
15eq    CYPRESS LAKES
15eq    CLUB PELICAN
15eq    MT BROUGHTON
15eq    SANCTUARY RESORT WA
15eq    HOPE ISLAND
15eq    VINTAGE
15eq    DUNTRYLEAGUE
15eq    HORIZONS
15eq    RICH RIVER
29    MOONAH LINKS
30eq    LAGUNA WHITSUNDAYS
30eq    SANDS TORQUAY
32eq    BONVILLE 
32eq    CAPE SCHANCK
34    EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC)
35eq    STONELEA
35eq    THIRTEENTH BEACH
35eq    LINKS LADY BAY
35eq    COBRAM BAROOGA
39eq    BARNBOUGLE DUNES
39eq    MURRAY DOWNS
41eq    BARWON HEADS
41eq    PENINSULA
41eq    TALLWOODS
44eq    PARADISE PALMS
44eq    MOSS VALE
44eq    ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB
44eq    NAROOMA
44eq    THURGOONA
44eq    TOCUMWAL
44eq    SHEPPARTON



Non-Top 100 Course Resorts

If golf is incidental to your stay, there are excellent accommodation and dining experiences at other courses featured in this Guide.

Topping our list of Stay and Play Resorts with courses that are not ranked in our Top 100 was The Country Club, Tasmania. Here they provide a great range of quality accommodation and dining options, a casino, health centre with heated indoor pools and spa and a range of outdoor activities.

1    COUNTRY CLUB TAS
2    MIRAGE
3    FOREST RESORT CRESWICK
4    WOLLONGONG
5    STONELEA
6    SANCTUARY RESORT WA
7    PENINSULA
8    DUNTRYLEAGUE
9    MOSS VALE
10    THURGOONA
11    RICH RIVER
12    BARHAM