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Australia's Top 25 Public Access/Resort Golf Courses

Golf Australia Jan/Feb 2005

Following hot on the heals of the Golf Course Guide's listing of Australia's Top 100 Public Access courses comes the latest Golf Australia Magazine ranking's. Once again, split into two categories - those Public Access courses with resort facilities and those without.

The criteria for ranking both sets of courses is slightly different with Resort courses judged on design, condition and memorability while the Public Access courses are judged on the above criteria as well as difficulty, aesthetics and playability. Peruse the two lists and feel free to send your thoughts to

In the Public Access list for 2005, the eagerly awaited Barnbougle Dunes debuts at No 1, and there are extensive changes throughout the list as Moonah Links’ accommodation reclassifies it as a Resort Course, The Vintage, St Michael’s, Thirteenth Beach (Creek), Ranfurlie and Kingston Links all debut, whilst Horsham and others disappear from the rankings.

# The Ranking for 2003 is noted in brackets next to the course.

1. Joondalup Country Club, WA (1) 1. Barnbougle Dunes, TAS (debut)
2. Laguna Quays, QLD (3) 2. Brookwater, QLD (1)
3. The Vines (Lakes), WA (4) 3. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay, WA (T2)
4. Moonah Links (Legends), VIC (Debut) 4. The Dunes, VIC (T2)
5. Moonah Links (Open), VIC (Debut) 5. Thirteenth Beach (Beach), VIC (4)
6. The Glades, QLD (2) 6. The Vintage, NSW (debut)
7. The Links, Hope Island QLD (5) 7. Lakelands Golf Club, QLD (7)
8. Hyatt Coolum, QLD (9) 8. Pelican Waters, QLD (T5)
9. Bonville International, NSW (7) 9. Meadow Springs, WA (T9)
10. Sanctuary Cove (Pines), QLD (6) 10. Barwon Heads, VIC (11)
11. Capricorn International (New), QLD (8) 11. Portsea Golf Club, VIC (8)
12. Horizons Resort, NSW (25) 12. Thirteenth Beach (Creek), VIC (debut)
13. Twin Waters, QLD (11) 13. St Michaels, NSW (Debut)
14. The Vines (Ellenbrook), WA (10) 14. Northlakes, QLD (21)
15. The Links Port Douglas, QLD (Debut) 15. Long Reef, NSW (13)
16. Murray Downs, VIC (13) 16. Araluen Country Club WA (18)
17. Narooma, NSW (15) 17.   Camden Lakeside, NSW (14)
18. Cypress Lakes Resort, NSW (17) 18. Amstel (Ranfurlie), VIC (Debut)
19. Links Lady bay, SA (Debut) 19. Indooroopilly (West), QLD (Debut)
20. Rich River (East), NSW (25) 20. Ocean Shores, NSW (19)
21. Mt Broughton, NSW (18) 21. Paradise Palms, QLD (T9)
22. Cobram-Barooga (Old), NSW (21) 22. Port Fairy, VIC (24)
23. Capricorn International (Old), QLD (16) 23. Secret Harbour, WA (12)
24. The Cape (Cape Schanck), VIC (20) 24. Noosa Springs, QLD (20)
25. Yarrawonga & Border (Murray), VIC (23) 25. Kingston Links, VIC (Debut)

Click here for the 2003 Rankings

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