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Stay & Play Rankings 2014

We present the most comprehensive assessment of Australia’s Stay & Play Resorts – The GOLF Course Guide judges’ rankings for Accomodation, Food and Beverage, and Other Facilities.

To qualify for our list, destinations must offer a fully integrated resort environment including at least 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.

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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, Food & Beverage and Other. Each element was weighted equally (ie one third of total score for each).

There are some considerable movements up and down the various tables this year – partly as a result of fewer or different judges visiting different venues, and also because many resorts offer different room standards and dining choices within the complex, so that personal experience and preferences play an important role – probably more so than in course evaluations where we have honed our criteria over the years.

Thus Capricorn has jumped into 4th place as our judges elevated the Dining experience from 19th to 2nd place. Palmer Sea Reef climbs to No. 12 overall with an accommodation ranking of 4, whilst Palmer Coolum has fallen from top spot in the Dining ranks to No 15. Creswick Forest Resort was ranked No. 13 (up from 21) with accommodation rank of 8 and a better Food & Beverage score than last year.

We would caution about absolute values. The chef may have a night off. Please treat all rankings as a general guide only.

  2014
RANK
RESORT  2013
RANK
  1 SANCTUARY COVE  2
  2 PALMER COOLUM 1
  3 ROYAL PINES  4
  4 CAPRICORN  7
  5 TWIN WATERS 3
  6 JOONDALUP  5
  7 COUNTRY CLUB TAS 10
  8 HERITAGE  8
  9 MIRAGE 6
  10 NOOSA SPRINGS 17
  11 MAGENTA SHORES 9
  12 PALMER SEA REEF 19
  13 CRESWICK FOREST RESORT 21
  14 MOONAH LINKS 13
  15 BONVILLE   18
  16 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 11
  17 KOOINDAH WATERS 16
  18 PARADISE PALMS 29
  19 HOPE ISLAND 20
  20 THE CUT 12
  21 SANDS TORQUAY 23
  22 THE VINES 15
  23 WOLLONGONG 14
  24 BARWON HEADS 24
  25 THE VINTAGE 22
  26 STONELEA 27
  27 PENINSULA 25
  28 CYPRESS LAKES 26
  29 THIRTEENTH BEACH  28
  30 YARRAWONGA  30
  31 PELICAN WATERS 31
  32 MT BROUGHTON 33
  33 LINKS LADY BAY 32
  34 CAPE SCHANCK 37
  35 DUNTRYLEAGUE 35
  36 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 36
  37 MOSS VALE 38
  38 SANCTUARY RESORT WA 34
  39 RICH RIVER 41
  40 THURGOONA 46
  41 ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB 42
  42 COROWA  48
  43 MURRAY DOWNS 43
  44 HORIZONS 40
  45 EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) 39
  46 TOCUMWAL 45
  47 COBRAM BAROOGA  49
  48 NAROOMA 44
  49 TALLWOODS 47
  50 SHEPPARTON 50

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Accommodation

The quality of the rooms, the range of suite sizes, appointments, room service and in-room facilities; accessibility to golf and dining. 

 

  Accom
Rank14
RESORT  Accom
Rank13
  1 MAGENTA SHORES 1
  2 SANCTUARY COVE  3
  3 PALMER COOLUM 2
  4 PALMER SEA REEF 16eq
  5 JOONDALUP  4
  6 NOOSA SPRINGS 5
  7 PARADISE PALMS 8eq
  8 CRESWICK FOREST RESORT 16eq
  9 HERITAGE  8eq
  10 KOOINDAH WATERS 6eq
  11 MOONAH LINKS 12
  12 ROYAL PINES  11
  13 MIRAGE 8eq
  14 SANDS TORQUAY 13
  15 COUNTRY CLUB TAS 15
  16 THE VINTAGE 14
  17 THE CUT 6eq
  18 THIRTEENTH BEACH  21
  19 HOPE ISLAND 18
  20 WOLLONGONG 19
  21 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 22
  22 TWIN WATERS 20
  23 THE VINES 23
  24 CYPRESS LAKES 24
  25 LINKS LADY BAY 26eq
  26 DUNTRYLEAGUE 26eq
  27 MOSS VALE 26eq
  28 SANCTUARY RESORT WA 25
  29 BONVILLE   32eq
  30 PENINSULA 30
  31 BARWON HEADS 32eq
  32 YARRAWONGA  31
  33 ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB 35eq
  34 STONELEA 26eq
  35 CAPE SCHANCK 34
  36 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 38
  37 CAPRICORN  39eq
  38 PELICAN WATERS 35eq
  39 MT BROUGHTON 35eq
  40 TALLWOODS 39eq
  41 COROWA  49eq
  42 THURGOONA 46eq
  43 MURRAY DOWNS 44
  44 RICH RIVER 45
  45 NAROOMA 41eq
  46 TOCUMWAL 41eq
  47 HORIZONS 41eq
  48 EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) 46eq
  49 COBRAM BAROOGA  51
  50 SHEPPARTON 48

 

Food and Beverage:

Quality, choice and service in restaurants/clubhouse/on course (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Resorts that do not offer full meal service 7 days were penalized, even where there were nearby restaurants.

 

  Dining
Rank14
RESORT  Dining
Rank13
  1 BARWON HEADS 3
  2 CAPRICORN  19
  3 SANCTUARY COVE  4
  4 STONELEA 5
  5 BONVILLE   2
  6 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 8
  7 ROYAL PINES  7
  8 JOONDALUP  9
  9 PENINSULA 6
  10 HERITAGE  12
  11 PARADISE PALMS 17
  12 COUNTRY CLUB TAS 14
  13 PALMER SEA REEF 18
  14 TWIN WATERS 10
  15 PALMER COOLUM 1
  16 THE CUT 11
  17 CRESWICK FOREST RESORT 21
  18 SANDS TORQUAY 16
  19 MOONAH LINKS 15
  20 MAGENTA SHORES 13
  21 WOLLONGONG 20
  22 MIRAGE 22
  23 MOSS VALE 24
  24 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 23
  25 PELICAN WATERS 28
  26 NOOSA SPRINGS 39
  27 EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) 29
  28 THIRTEENTH BEACH  27
  29 THE VINES 31
  30 CYPRESS LAKES 25
  31 MT BROUGHTON 33
  32 LINKS LADY BAY 26
  33 HOPE ISLAND 34
  34 THE VINTAGE 32
  35 KOOINDAH WATERS 36
  36 CAPE SCHANCK 37
  37 YARRAWONGA  35
  38 COROWA  41
  39 SANCTUARY RESORT WA 40
  40 ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB 42
  41 MURRAY DOWNS 44
  42 TOCUMWAL 43
  43 THURGOONA 46eq
  44 NAROOMA 38
  45 RICH RIVER 45
  46 DUNTRYLEAGUE 46eq
  47 HORIZONS 46eq
  48 COBRAM BAROOGA  51
  49 SHEPPARTON 50
  50 BARHAM 46eq

 

Other

Quality and range of on site activities - tennis, pool, spa, beach, gym, barbecue, gaming, shopping, walking, fishing etc. For resorts featuring more than 18 holes of golf a small bonus was applied in this category. Services that may be available from nearby providers were NOT considered. Golf practice facilities were NOT rated.

 

  Other
Rank14
RESORT  Other
Rank13
  1 CAPRICORN  1
  2 TWIN WATERS 2eq
  3 PALMER COOLUM 2eq
  4 SANCTUARY COVE  4
  5 ROYAL PINES  5
  6 COUNTRY CLUB TAS 7
  7 MIRAGE 6
  8 NOOSA SPRINGS 11
  9 JOONDALUP  9
  10 HERITAGE  8
  11 HOPE ISLAND 10
  12 THE VINES 13
  13 KOOINDAH WATERS 12
  14 BONVILLE   14
  15 CRESWICK FOREST RESORT 30
  16 YARRAWONGA  15
  17 MOONAH LINKS 16
  18 PALMER SEA REEF 19eq
  19 RICH RIVER 19eq
  20 PELICAN WATERS 18
  21 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 17
  22 MAGENTA SHORES 19eq
  23 WOLLONGONG 19eq
  24 CYPRESS LAKES 19eq
  25 MT BROUGHTON 19eq
  26 THE VINTAGE 37
  27 THURGOONA 42
  28 DUNTRYLEAGUE 19eq
  29 HORIZONS 19eq
  30 CAPE SCHANCK 33
  31 BARWON HEADS 31
  32 MURRAY DOWNS 39
  33 THE CUT 19eq
  34 COBRAM BAROOGA  36
  35 SANDS TORQUAY 40
  36 PENINSULA 32
  37 STONELEA 38
  38 THIRTEENTH BEACH  45eq
  39 PARADISE PALMS 45eq
  40 COROWA  50
  41 LINKS LADY BAY 35
  42 SANCTUARY RESORT WA 34
  43 TOCUMWAL 42
  44 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 41
  45 EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC) 29
  46 ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB 43
  47 TALLWOODS 44
  48 BARHAM nr
  49 MOSS VALE 45eq
  50 NAROOMA 45eq