Top 100 Australian golf courses: The 2016 list from Golf Australia Magazine

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Golf Australia Magazine’s list of Australia’s best golf courses have been shook up with a brand new course jumping into the top 5.

golfaustjan2016Disclosure: Along with 23 other judges, I am on Golf Australia Magazine’s golf course ranking panel and contributed to the most recent list of Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses.

Royal Melbourne West has once again retained its crown as Australia’s best golf course according to Golf Australia Magazine‘s latest rankings released in their January 2016 issue (available in newsagents from today).

But the inclusion of a brand new golf course in the top-5 that will create the biggest discussion on the magazine’s biennial list.

Cape Wickham on Tasmania’s King Island only opened in late October but despite has already established itself as one of Australia’s premier golf courses catapulting into fifth place in the 2016 Golf Australia Magazine rankings.

Golf Australia Magazine’s 2016 Top-10 Australian golf courses

#1 Royal Melbourne West
#2 Barnbougle Dunes
#3 Kingston Heath
#4 Barnbougle Lost Farm
#5 Cape Wickham
#6 Royal Melbourne East
#7 New South Wales
#8 Ellerston
#9 The National Moonah
#10 Royal Adelaide

Along with Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm, Cape Wickham’s inclusion in the top-5 now means that Tasmania have three of Australia’s best golf courses and is fast becoming a mecca for Australian (and world) golf travellers. (Ocean Dunes, also on King Island does not have 18 holes open at this stage and was not included in the 2016 rankings).

Kingston Heath on Australia’s famed Melbourne sandbelt round’s out the top-5 in third place with Royal Melbourne’s East just behind in sixth place. NSW Golf Club was ranked seventh, followed by the Packers’ private golf course Ellerston in eighth. The National Moonah course and Royal Adelaide finish the top-10.

To see the full list and an explanation on the rankings process, check out the latest issue of Golf Australia magazine at your local newsagent.