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Australia's Top 25 Public Access/Resort Golf Courses

Golf Australia Jan/Feb 2003

Following hot on the heals of the Golf Course Guide's listing of Australia's Top 50 Public Access courses comes the latest Golf Australia Magazine ranking's. Previously the magazine had published one list featuring resort courses but this year have decided to 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

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

1. Joondalup Country Club, WA (4) 1. Brookwater, QLD (debut) (3)
2. The Glades, QLD (7) T2. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay, WA (1)
3. Laguna Quays, QLD (5) T2. The Dunes, VIC (2)
4. The Vines (Lakes), WA (21) 4. Thirteenth Beach, VIC (debut) (12)
5. The Links, Hope Island QLD (8) T5. Pelican Waters, QLD (26)
6. Sanctuary Cove (Pines), QLD (14) T5. Moonah Links (Open), VIC (15)
7. Bonville International, NSW (9) 7. Lakelands Golf Club, QLD (6)
8. Capricorn International (New), QLD (23) 8. Portsea Golf Club, VIC (10)
9. Hyatt Coolum, QLD (11) T9. Meadow Springs, WA (17)
10. The Vines (Ellenbrook), WA T9. Paradise Palms, QLD (13)
11. Novotel Twin Waters, QLD (16) 11. Barwon Heads, VIC (20)
12. Horizons Resort, NSW (25) 12. Secret Harbour, WA (29)
13. Murray Downs, VIC (19) 13. Long Reef, NSW
14. Royal Pines (West), QLD (37) 14. Camden Lakeside, NSW (27)
15. Narooma, NSW T15. Robina Woods, QLD (28)
16. Capricorn International (Old), QLD T15. The Links, Port Douglas, QLD (22)
17. Cypress Lakes Resort, NSW T15. Riverside Oaks, NSW
18. Mt Broughton, NSW 18. Araluen Country Club WA (44)
19. Tallwoods, NSW 19. Ocean Shores, NSW
20. Shearwater Cape Schanck, VIC (34) 20. Noosa Springs, QLD
21. Cobram-Barooga (Old), NSW (49) 21. Northlakes, QLD
22. Royal Pines (East), QLD T22. Links Lady Bay, SA (32)
23. Yarrawonga & Border (Murray), VIC (48) T22. Horsham, VIC (18)
24. Mirage, QLD 24. Port Fairy, VIC (35)
T25. Rich River (East), NSW (43) T25. Coolangatta & Tweed Heads (River), NSW
T25. Sanctuary Cove (Palms), QLD T25. Eagle Ridge, VIC

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