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2012 Stay & Play Rankings

from the Golf Course Guide 2012

STAY & PLAY RESORT RANKINGS

2012
    RESORT  (COURSE RANK)    2011

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

* These resorts did not have a golf course ranked in the Public Access Top 100, and were listed separately last year. This year, we have included these courses in our rankings, but we show the course rank to enable golfers to select a resort that offers the quality of course that they seek.

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

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, Dining and Other (see How the Lists were Compiled) but excluding the golf course ranking itself.

Again, little has altered since last year, with four Queensland resorts topping the list, headed by the two Hyatt Regency locations at Coolum and Sanctuary Cove, followed by the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast and the RACV Royal Pines Gold Coast.

Launceston’s Country Club Tasmania (ranked 5) offers fine accommodation and dining with a casino, spa and a host of other options perhaps worthy of consideration for those less concerned about the golf, whilst their partners head north to Barnbougle, or for everyone wanting a rest after a few days of windswept golf.

Accommodation Rankings

2012        Resort                2011
1    COOLUM    1
2    MAGENTA SHORES    2eq
3    SANCTUARY COVE     2eq
4    HOPE ISLAND     6eq
5    MIRAGE    4eq
6    MOONAH LINKS    6eq
7    JOONDALUP     9eq
8    NOOSA SPRINGS     9eq
9    KOOINDAH WATERS    9eq
10    PARADISE PALMS    9eq
11    ROYAL PINES     9eq
12    FOREST RESORT CRESWICK    4eq
13    THE CUT    9eq
14    COUNTRY CLUB TAS    6eq
15    SANDS TORQUAY    9eq
16    VINTAGE    9eq
17    TWIN WATERS     17
18    SEATEMPLE      19eq
19    HERITAGE     19eq
20    WOLLONGONG    22
21    THE VINES    19eq
22    THIRTEENTH BEACH     18
23    LAGUNA WHITSUNDAYS    23
24    BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM     new
25    CYPRESS LAKES     24eq
26    ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB    24eq
27eq    LINKS LADY BAY    28eq
27eq    STONELEA    28eq
27eq    SANCTUARY RESORT WA    28eq
27eq    DUNTRYLEAGUE    28eq
27eq    MOSS VALE    28eq
32    CAPE SCHANCK    28eq
33    PELICAN WATERS    24eq
34    PENINSULA    35
35    YARRAWONGA     36
36    BARWON HEADS    37
37    BARNBOUGLE DUNES    38eq
38    BONVILLE      40eq
39    MT BROUGHTON     38eq
40    CAPRICORN     40eq
41    TALLWOODS    40eq
42    EAGLE RIDGE (NEPEAN CC)    43
43    NAROOMA     44eq
44    COROWA     44eq
45    SHEPPARTON    44eq
46    TOCUMWAL    44eq
47    MURRAY DOWNS     49
48    THURGOONA    28eq
49    HORIZONS    44eq
50    RICH RIVER    50eq


DINING

2012        Resort                2011

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

Other

2012        Resort                2011


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


HOW THE LISTS WERE COMPILED

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

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.

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.

Each element was weighted equally (ie one third of total score for each).

We recognize the subjective nature of our rankings, and suggest their use as a guide only.