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Australia's Top 50 Golf Courses 2008 (Golf Australia)

The following is a list of Australia's Top 50 Golf Courses according to Golf Australia magazine in their January 2008 rankings. Judges include Michael Clayton, Ross Perrett, Darius Oliver, Bob Harrison, Andrew Langford-Jones and Brendan James.

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HOW THEY RANKED

1. ROYAL MELBOURNE (West course) (1)
Designer: Dr Alister Mackenzie (1931)

2. KINGSTON HEATH (2)
Designer: Dan Soutar (1925)

3. NEW SOUTH WALES (3)
Designers: Alister Mackenzie (1928); Eric Apperly (1937 & 1951); Peter Thomson & Mike Wolveridge (1985); Jack Newton, Graeme Grant & John Spencer (1993); Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2000).

4. BARNBOUGLE DUNES  (5)
Designers: Tom Doak & Mike Clayton (2004)

5. ROYAL ADELAIDE  (4)
Designers: Herbert L. Rymill & C.L Gardiner (1904); Dr Alister
Mackenzie (1929); Peter Thomson & Mike Wolveridge (1979 & 1997).

6. ROYAL MELBOURNE (East course) (6)
Designers: Alex Russell (1932)

7. ELLERSTON (NR)
Designers: Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2001)

8. THE NATIONAL (Moonah course) (7)
Designers: Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2000)

9. METROPOLITAN   (8)
Designers: J.B MacKenzie (1906); Dr Alister Mackenzie (1926);
Dick Wilson (1959)

10. VICTORIA (10)
Designers: Oscar Damman, William Meander & Dr Alister Mackenzie (1927); Mike Clayton (2001).

11. NEWCASTLE (11)
Designer: Eric Apperly (1937)

12. THE GOLF CLUB, ST ANDREWS BEACH (Gunnamatta course) (9)
Designer: Tom Doak (2005)

13. KOOYONGA (13)
Designers: Herbert L. Rymill (1922)

14. THE GOLF CLUB, KENNEDY BAY (12)
Designers: Michael Coate, Roger Mackay & Ian Baker-Finch (1998)

15. WOODLANDS (18)
Designers: J.D Scott & Rowley Banks (1913); Sam Bennett (1917); Mick Morcom (1928)

16. COMMONWEALTH (14)
Designers: Sam Bennett (1921); Charles Lane (1926); Sloan Morpeth (1962);  Kevin Hartley (1992).

17. THIRTEENTH BEACH (Beach course) (16)
Designer: Tony Cashmore (2001)

18. MAGENTA SHORES (Debut)
Designer: Ross Watson (2006)

19. THE DUNES LINKS (17)
Designer: Tony Cashmore (1997)

20. BARWON HEADS (23)
Designer: Victor East (1921)

21. BROOKWATER (15)
Designers: Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2002)

22. ROYAL SYDNEY  (24)
Designers: Carnegie Clark (1921), Peter Thomson & Mike Wolveridge (1987); Ross Watson (2002)

23. YARRA YARRA (21)
Designer: Alex Russell (1928)

24. THE NATIONAL (Old course) (20)
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jnr (1987)

25. PENINSULA (North course) (19)
Designer: Sloan Morpeth (1969); Mike Clayton (2002)

26. THE AUSTRALIAN (22)
Designer: Jack Nicklaus (1977)

27. MOONAH LINKS (Legends course) (27)
Designer: Ross Perrett (2003)

28. PORTSEA (26)
Designers: Jock Young (1926); Sloan Morpeth & Jack Howard (1965); Mike Clayton (2000)

29. PENINSULA (SOUTH COURSE) (50)
Designer: Sloan Morpeth (1967), Mike Clayton (2007)

30. THE LAKES (30
Designers: Tom Howard & Eric Apperly (1928); Bruce Devlin &
Robert Von Hagge (1970); Jack Newton, Graeme Grant & John Spencer (1995);  Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge & Ross Perrett (2000)

31. JOONDALUP (Quarry/Dunes course) (28)
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jnr (1985)

32. LAGUNA WHITSUNDAYS (Turtle Point) (25)
Designers: David Graham & Gary Panks (1992)

33. LAKE KARRINYUP (32)
Designer: Alex Russell (1928)

34. THE NATIONAL (Ocean course) (29)
Designers: Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge & Ross Perrett (2000)

35. THE GRAND (35)
Designers: Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (1997)

36. THE CUT, PORT BOUVARD (36)
Designer: James Wilcher (2004)

37. MOONAH LINKS (Open course) (33)
Designers: Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge & Ross Perrett (2001)

38. THE GLADES (31)
Designers: Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2000)

39. ROYAL CANBERRA (1-18) (34)
Designers: James Herd Scott (1945); John Harris (1962); Peter Thomson & Michael Wolveridge (1984)

40. PACIFIC HARBOUR (Debut)
Designer: Ross Watson (2006)

41. THE VINTAGE (46)
Designers: Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2003)

42. PORT FAIRY (44)
Designers: Club members (1963); Kevin Hartley (1989); Mike Clayton (2000)

43. THE VINES (Lakes course) (38)
Designers: Graham Marsh & Ross Watson (1989)

44. CLUB PELICAN (39)
Designers: Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2000)

45. THE GRANGE (West course) (41)
Designer: Vern Morcom (1956)'

46. CONCORD (43)
Designers: Dan Soutar (1916), Ross Watson (1998)

47. BONVILLE INTERNATIONAL (37)
Designers: Terry Watson & Ted Stirling (1992)

48. ROYAL QUEENSLAND (NR)
Designers: Carnegie Clark (1920); Dr Alister MacKenzie (1926); Mike Clayton (2007 and ongoing)

49. HOPE ISLAND (40)
Designers: Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge & Ross Perrett (1993)

50. AMSTEL (Ranfurlie course) (42)
Designer: Mike Clayton (2002)

Australia's Top 50 Golf Courses - Golf Australia January 2008
Judges Lists

The following are the rankings from each of the judges on the 2008 Golf Australia Top 50 rankings.

BRENDAN JAMES
Editor, Golf Australia magazine

1. Barnbougle Dunes
2. Kingston Heath
3. Royal Melbourne (West course)
4. New South Wales
5. The National (Moonah course)
6. Royal Adelaide
7. Ellerston
8. Royal Melbourne (East course)
9. Victoria
10. Metropolitan
11. Moonah Links (Legends course)
12. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)
13. The Golf Club, St Andrews Beach
14. Newcastle
15. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)
16. Brookwater
17. The National (Ocean course)
18. The Dunes
19. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay
20. Royal Sydney
21. Kooyonga
22. Magenta Shores
23. Laguna Whitsundays
24. The National (Old course)
25. Moonah Links (Open course)
26. The Lakes
27. Bonville International
28. The Cut, Port Bouvard
29. Pacific Harbour
30. Commonwealth
31. Barwon Heads
32. The Vintage
33. The Australian
34. Peninsula (North course)
35. Royal Queensland
36. Hope Island
37. Lake Karrinyup
38. The Vines (Lakes course)
39. Terrey Hills
40. Yarra Yarra
41. Portsea
42. Woodlands
43. Club Pelican
44. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)
45. The Glades
46. Glenelg
47. Royal Canberra (1-18)
48. Elanora
49. Huntingdale
50. The Heritage (St Johns course)

DARIUS OLIVER
ausgolf editor & Author of PLANET GOLF

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. New South Wales

3. Kingston Heath

4. The National (Moonah course)

5. Royal Adelaide

6. Barnbougle Dunes

7. Victoria

8. Ellerston

9. Royal Melbourne (East course)

10. Commonwealth

11. Peninsula (North course)

12. Newcastle

13. Woodlands

14. Peninsula (South course)

15. Metropolitan

16. The Golf Club, St Andrews Beach

17. The Dunes

18. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

19. Kooyonga

20. Yarra Yarra

21. Portsea

22. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

23. Barwon Heads

24. The Grand

25. The National (Old course)

26. Moonah Links (Legends course)

27. The National (Ocean course)

28. Brookwater

29. Royal Canberra (1-18)

30. Royal Sydney

31. Moonah Links (Open course)

32. The Cut, Port Bouvard

33. The Lakes

34. Lake Karrinyup

35. The Glades

36. The Australian

37. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)

38. Club Pelican

39. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

40. The Grange (West course)

41. Laguna Whitsundays

42. The Vines (Lakes course)

43. The Heritage (St Johns course)

44. Spring Valley

45. Hope Island

46. The Vintage

47. Hyatt Regency Coolum

48. Terrey Hills

49. Huntingdale

50. Sanctuary Cove (Pines course)


MIKE CLAYTON
Golf Australia Playing Editor & head course designer,
Mike Clayton Golf Design

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Barnbougle Dunes

3. Kingston Heath

4. New South Wales

5. Royal Adelaide

6. The National (Moonah course)

7. The Golf Club, St Andrews Beach

8. Royal Melbourne (East course)

9. Ellerston

10. Victoria

11. Metropolitan

12. Peninsula (South course)

13. Woodlands

14. The Grange (West course)

15. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

16. Peninsula (North course)

17. Newcastle

18. Royal Queensland

19. Portsea

20. Lake Karrinyup

21. Commonwealth

22. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

23. Kooyonga

24. Port Fairy

25. Hope Island

26. Barwon Heads

27. The National (Old course)

28. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)

29. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

30. Royal Sydney

31. Moonah Links (Legends course)

32. The Australian

33. The Glades

34. The Cut, Port Bouvard

35. The Dunes

36. The National (Ocean course)

37. Yarra Yarra

38. The Lakes

39. Glenelg

40. The Grange (East course)

41. Moonah Links (Open course)

42. Terrey Hills

43. Huntingdale

44. The Heritage (St Johns course)

45. Brookwater

46. Laguna Whitsundays

47. Spring Valley

48. Sanctuary Lakes

49. The Vines (Lakes course)

50. Twin Waters


ANDREW LANGFORD JONES
Director of Tournaments
PGA Tour of Australasia

1. Kingston Heath

2. Barnbougle Dunes

3. Royal Melbourne (West course)

4. New South Wales

5. Metropolitan

6. Victoria

7. Kooyonga

8. Royal Adelaide

9. The Golf Club, St.Andrews Beach

10. The National (Moonah course)

11. Newcastle

12. Royal Melbourne (East course)

13. Barwon Heads

14. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

15. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

16. The Dunes

17. Woodlands

18. Brookwater

19. Commonwealth

20. Peninsula (North course)

21. The National (Old course)

22. Yarra Yarra

23. The Australian

24. Portsea

25. The Lakes

26. Moonah Links (Legends course)

27. The National (Ocean course)

28. Lake Karrinyup

29. Laguna Whitsundays

30. Joondalup (Quarry/Dune course)

31. Royal Sydney

32. Huntingdale

33. Moonah Links (Open course)

34. Sorrento

35. The Glades

36. The Cut, Port Bouvard

37. Hope Island

38. Royal Queensland

39. The Vines (Lakes course)

40. Peninsula (South course)

41. The Grand

42. Bonville International

43. Club Pelican

44. The Grange (West course)

45. The Heritage (St Johns course)

46. Port Fairy

47. Hyatt Coolum

48. Glenelg

49. Sanctuary Lakes

50. Concord


TOM RAMSEY
Veteran News Limited
golf journalist

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Kingston Heath

3. Barnbougle Dunes

4. Ellerston

5. New South Wales

6. Laguna Whitsunday

7. The National (Moonah course)

8. Royal Melbourne (East course)

9. The Golf Club, St Andrews Beach

10. Royal Adelaide

11. The Vintage

12. The Glades

13. Brookwater

14. Magenta Shores

15. Metropolitan

16. Newcastle

17. Victoria

18. Woodlands

19. Club Pelican

20. Pacific Harbour

21. The Lakes

22. Kooyonga

23. The National (Old course)

24. Elanora

25. Peninsula (South course)

26. The Dunes

27. Thirteenth beach (Beach course)

28. Moonah Links (Legends course)

29. Portsea

30. Barwon Heads

31.The Australian

32. Yarra Yarra

33. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

34. The Grange (West)

35. Lake Karrinyup

36. Royal Canberra (1-18 holes)

37. Bonville

38. Moonah Links (Open course)

39. The Grand

40. Huntingdale

41. Capricorn International (C’ship course)

42. The Cut, Port Bouvard

43. The Vines (Lakes course)

44. Amstel (Ranfurnlie course)

45. Hope Island

46. Royal Sydney

47. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

48. Terrey Hills

49. Peninsula (North course)

50. Commonwealth


TREVOR GRANT
Senior journalist Melbourne Herald-Sun

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Royal Melbourne (East course)

3. Kingston Heath

4. New South Wales

5. Royal Adelaide

6. Barnbougle Dunes

7. Victoria

8. Woodlands

9. The Golf Club, St Andrews Beach

10. Yarra Yarra

11. Kooyonga

12. Metropolitan

13. The National (Moonah course)

14. The Lakes

15. Portsea

16. Port Fairy

17. Newcastle

18. The Dunes

19. Royal Sydney

20. Barwon Heads

21. Peninsula (South course)

22. Brookwater

23. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

24. Lake Karrinyup

25. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

26. Moonah Links (Legends course)

27. Commonwealth

28. The Australian

29. The National (Old course)

30. Links Lady Bay

31. Laguna Whitsundays

32. Peninsula (North course)

33. Moonah Links (Open course)

34. Huntingdale

35. The Glades

36. Royal Canberra (1-18)

37. The National (Ocean course)

38. The Coast

39. The Grange (West course)

40. Royal Queensland

41. St Michaels

42. Club Pelican

43. Horsham

44. Bonville International

45. Concord

46. Royal Hobart

47. Hope Island

48. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)

49. Tasmania

50. The Heritage (St John’s course)


ROSS WATSON
Head designer Ross Watson Golf Design

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Kingston Heath

3. New South Wales

4. Barnbougle Dunes

5. Royal Melbourne (East course)

6. Victoria

7. Metropolitan

8. Royal Adelaide

9. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

10. Newcastle

11. Royal Sydney

12. Magenta Shores

13. Kooyonga

14. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

15. The National (Moonah course)

16. Commonwealth

17. The Golf Club St Andrews Beach

18. The Dunes

19. The Australian

20. The Vines (Lakes course)

21. Brookwater

22. Woodlands

23. The Lakes

24. Yarra Yarra

25. Peninsula (North course)

26. Portsea

27. Barwon Heads

28. The National (Old course)

29. Laguna Whitsundays

30. Pacific Harbour

31. The Glades

32. Royal Canberra (1-18)

33. Glenelg

34. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

35. Port Fairy

36. The National (Ocean course)

37. Concord

38. The Cut, Port Bouvard

39. The Grange (West course)

40. Moonah Links (Legends course)

41. Avondale

42. Hyatt Regency Coolum

43. Hope Island

44. Huntingdale

45. Moonah Links (Open course)

46. Kooindah Waters

47. Terrey Hills

48. The Heritage (St Johns course)

49. Sanctuary Lakes

50. Links Lady Bay


CRAIG PARRY
Tour player and part-time course designer

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Kingston Heath

3. Barnbougle Dunes

4. Metropolitan

5. The Australian

6. Royal Melbourne (East course)

7. New South Wales

8. Royal Adelaide

9. Ellerston

10. Victoria

11. Royal Sydney

12. Royal Canberra

13. Kooyonga

14. The National (Old course)

15. Newcastle

16. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

17. The National (Moonah course)

18. Lake Karrinyup

19. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

20. Commonwealth

21. Laguna Whitsundays

22. Brookwater

23. Woodlands

24. The Vines (Lakes course)

25. Peninsula (North course)

26. Hope Island

27. Concord

28. The Lakes

29. The Cut, Port Bouvard

30. Hyatt Regency Coolum

31. Yarra Yarra

32. Kooindah Waters

33. Terrey Hills

34. Barwon Heads

35. The Dunes

36. Bonville International

37. Sanctuary Cove (Pines course)

38. The Vintage

39. Portsea

40. The Grange (West course)

41. Meadow Springs

42. Tasmania

43. Royal Queensland

44. The National (Ocean course)

45. Pennisula (South course)

46. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

47. Secret Harbour

48. Royal Perth

49. Mt Lawley

50. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)


NEIL CRAFTER
Former Eisenhower Cup player & course designer Golf Strategies

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Kingston Heath

3. Royal Melbourne (East course)

4. Royal Adelaide

5. New South Wales

6. Barnbougle Dunes

7. Metropolitan

8. Yarra Yarra

9. Victoria

10. Kooyonga

11. The National (Moonah course)

12. Newcastle

13. The Australian

14. Barwon Heads

15.The Golf Club at Kennedy Bay

16. Commonwealth

17. Royal Sydney

18. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

19. Woodlands

20. The Dunes

21 The National (Ocean course)

22. Magenta Shores

23. Lake Karrinyup

24. Moonah Links (Open course)

25 The National (Old course)

26 Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes)

27 Glenelg

28. The Vines (Lakes course)

29. Brookwater

30. Portsea

31. The Lakes

32. Lakelands

33. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)

34. Laguna Whitsundays

35. Peninsula (North course)

36. Concord

37. Moonah Links (Legends course)

38. The Glades

39. Royal Queensland

40. The Heritage (St Johns course)

41. Pelican Waters

42. North Lakes

43. Hope Island

44. Sanctuary Cove (Pines course)

45. Terrey Hills

46. Sanctuary Lakes

47. The Vintage

48. Huntingdale

49. Port Fairy

50. Hyatt Regency Coolum


MATTHEW MOLLICA
The Travelling Golfer

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Barnbougle Dunes

3. Kingston Heath

4. New South Wales

5. Royal Melbourne (East course)

6. Royal Adelaide

7. The National (Moonah course)

8. The Golf Club, St. Andrews Beach

9. The Cut, Port Bouvard

10. Woodlands

11. Kennedy Bay

12. Victoria

13. Newcastle

14. The National (Old course)

15. Commonwealth

16. Metropolitan

17. Yarra Yarra

18. Brookwater

19. Peninsula (North course)

20. Peninsula (South course)

21. Barwon Heads

22. Magenta Shores

23. Portsea

24. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

25. Kooyonga

26. The Grand

27. The Grange (West course)

28. Laguna Whitsundays

29. The Dunes

30. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)

31. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

32. Royal Canberra (1-18)

33. The Glades

34. Port Fairy

35. The Vines (Lakes course)

36. Royal Sydney

37. The Heritage (Henley course)

38. The Australian

39. Huntingdale

40. Hyatt Regency Coolum

41. Hope Island

42. Club Pelican

43. Pacific Dunes

44. Moonah Links (Legends course)

45. The Lakes

46. Sanctuary Lakes

47. The National (Ocean course)

48. The Heritage (St. John course)

49. Moonah Links (Open course)

50. Lakelands


ROSS PERRETT
Course designer Thomson & Perrett

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. Kingston Heath

3. New South Wales

4. The National (Old course)

5. Royal Adelaide

6. Moonah Links (Open course)

7. Moonah Links (Legends course)

8. The National (Moonah course)

9. The National (Ocean course)

10. Metropolitan

11. Barnbougle Dunes

12. Victoria

13. Royal Melbourne (East course)

14. Newcastle

15. Commonwealth

16.Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

17. The Golf Club Kennedy Bay

18. The Dunes

19. The Australian’

20. Magenta Shores

21. Barwon Heads

22. Yarra Yarra

23. Peninsula (North course)

24. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

25. Royal Sydney

26. Woodlands

27. The Lakes

28. Portsea

29. Sandhurst (North course)

30. Hope Island

31. Lake Karrinyup

32. Kooyonga

33. Sea Temple

34. The Heritage (St Johns course)

35. The Glades

36. Twin Waters

37. Laguna Whitsundays

38. Royal Canberra (1-18)

39. Huntingdale

40. The Vines (Lakes course)

41. Port Fairy

42. Brookwater

43. Peninsula (South course)

44. The Sands, Torquay

45. Hyatt Regency Coolum

46. The Cut, Port Bouvard

47. Bonville International

48. Twin Creeks

49. Long Reef

50. Glenelg


BOB HARRISON
Head designer, Greg Norman Golf Design

1. Royal Melbourne (West course)

2. New South Wales

3. The National (Moonah course)

4. Ellerston

5. Kingston Heath

6. Commonwealth

7. Newcastle

8. Royal Adelaide

9. Barnbougle Dunes

10. Royal Melbourne (East course)

11. Brookwater

12. Metropolitan

13. Kooyonga

14. Royal Sydney

15. The Grand

16. Barwon Heads

17. The Dunes

18. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

19. Club Pelican

20. The Golf Club, St Andrews Beach

21. The Glades

22. The Australian

23. The National (Old course)

24. Victoria

25. Moonah Links (Legends course)

26. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

27. Peninsula (North course)

28. Port Fairy

29. The National (Ocean course)

30. The Lakes

31. Laguna Whitsundays

32. Portsea

33. The Vintage

34. The Cut, Port Bouvard

35. Woodlands

36. Yarra Yarra

37. The Grange (West course)

38. Sanctuary Lakes

39. Moonah Links (Open course)

40. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

41. St Michaels

42. Lake Karrinyup

43. Hope Island

44. Amstel (Ranfurlie course)

45. Bonnie Doon

46. Horizons

47. Hyatt Regency Coolum

48. Lakelands

49. The Heritage (St Johns course)

50. Terrey Hills


JAMES WILCHER
Head designer Golf By Design

1. New South Wales

2. Royal Melbourne (West course)

3. Kingston Heath

4. Royal Adelaide

5. Metropolitan

6. Royal Melbourne (East course)

7. The National (Moonah course)

8. Barnbougle Dunes

9. Commonwealth

10. The Cut, Port Bouvard

11. The Golf Club, Kennedy Bay

12. Newcastle

13. Kooyonga

14. Victoria

15. Moonah Links (Legends course)

16. The National (Old course)

17. Brookwater

18. Ellerston

19. Thirteenth Beach (Beach course)

20. Woodlands

21. Barwon Heads

22. Peninsula (North course)

23. The Dunes

24. Yarra Yarra

25. Royal Sydney

26. The Glades

27. Lake Karrinyup

28. The Lakes

29. Joondalup (Quarry/Dunes course)

30. Royal Canberra (1-18)

31. The Golf Club, St Andrews Beach

32. Elanora

33. Laguna Whitsundays

34. The Grange (West course)

35. Club Pelican

36. The National (Ocean course)

37. Moonah Links (Open course)

38. Hyatt Regency Coolum

39. Magenta Shores

40. The Grand

41. Mt Lawley

42. Port Fairy

43. Terrey Hills

44. Hope Island

45. Huntingdale

46. Pacific Dunes

47. Glenelg

48. Secret Harbour

49. Twin Creeks

50. Portsea