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GOLF Course Guide DESIGN Rankings 2020

Course Design (40% weighting): How each hole presents an enjoyable, even thrilling challenge to golfers of all abilities from scratch markers to high handicappers and shorter hitters. The variety of different holes that make up the course, and the variety of shots that they require to test every facet of your game. How well the course exploits the ‘best’ set and sequence of holes the land offers, and how well the routing takes the golfer on a journey of discovery. The strategic design of each hole - where hazards come into play, reward for risk takers of an easier subsequent shot, with a more difficult shot or possibly an additional stroke for those who choose to play safely.

Courses that offer higher handicappers an exciting test will find themselves rated better in this Guide, and courses that are really only playable by low markers will be ranked lower. Courses with two separate 18s considered as two courses; where 27 holes available, the “best” 18 selected.

2020 DES RANK COURSE 2019 DES RANK
1 CAPE WICKHAM 2
2 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 1
3 OCEAN DUNES 6
4 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 3
5 THE DUNES 5
6 ST ANDREWS BEACH 4
7 KENNEDY BAY 7
8 BARWON HEADS 9
9 NEWCASTLE 8
10 JOONDALUP - QUARRY/DUNES 11
11 THIRTEENTH BEACH - BEACH 10
12 MAGENTA SHORES 12
13 MOONAH LINKS - LEGENDS 13
14 THE CUT 21
15 BONVILLE   14
16 LINKS HOPE ISLAND  16
17 SANCTUARY COVE - THE PINES 18
18 PACIFIC DUNES 24
19 PORTSEA  22
20 HAMILTON ISLAND 17
21 PELICAN WATERS 19
22 BROOKWATER 33
23 STONECUTTERS RIDGE 26
24 MOONAH LINKS - OPEN nr
25 PORT FAIRY 25
26 SANCTUARY LAKES 20
27 GLADES  31
28 KOORALBYN 23
29 THE VINES - LAKES 30
30 RIVERSIDE OAKS - BUNGOOL 15
31 SANCTUARY COVE - THE PALMS 32
32 LINKS LADY BAY 34
33 CURLEWIS 42
34 MEADOW SPRINGS  28
35 SETTLERS RUN 27
36 CRANBOURNE 37
37 HERITAGE - ST JOHN 38
38 THE VINTAGE 41
39 ST MICHAEL'S 46
40 THIRTEENTH BEACH - CREEK nr
41 CAPRICORN  29
42 SUN CITY  45
43 PACIFIC HARBOUR 40
44 RANFURLIE nr
45 TASMANIA 39
46 BLACK BULL 36
47 ROYAL PINES - GREEN/GOLD 44
48 MOUNT COMPASS nr
49 NOOSA SPRINGS  48
50 MURRAY DOWNS  35

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