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Australia's Top 100 Golf Courses - Golf Digest

2016 Rankings  - Golf Digest Magazine

golf digest CAPE WICKHAM debuts at No. 3 in Golf Digest's 2016 list. A huge call by this magazine for a course so young, and as with Golf Australia Magazine, it would seem that the panel voted despite the published criteria that demand a certain weighting be allocated to conditioning of greens and fairways. The GOLF Course Guide went to press before the course was officially opened, but noted that judges who previewed the King Island Wonder were unanimous in awarding top spots for its Design and Aesthetics. One can only salivate at how much further Cape Wickham can improve once its beautiful fescue playing surfaces mature.

ROYAL MELBOURNE WEST remains entrenched at the top of the list, this gem of a design is possibly Mackenzie's best work, combined with a wondrous site, superb construction, and supreme conditioning. The Legend fairways have been presented by Superintendant Richard Forsyth to permit the ball to bounce and roll thus preserving the architect's intent, where the clever doglegs mitigate much of the long hitter's advantage. The firm fecue surrounds brilliantly enhance the fun of the running approach shot to greens that can be presented as the firmest and fastest in the world.

VICTORIA continues its rise to No. 8 and THE AUSTRALIAN also improves 3 spots to No. 12, the beneficiary of tournament driven expenditure .

LAKE KARRINYUP down 6 places at No. 15 will surprise some who have not witnessed issues with Poa in greens at this Perth venue.

Many who admire the pure Sandbelt architecture on COMMONWEALTH's best holes will applaud its move up 6 places to #22.

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Course Name 2016   2014
ROYAL MELBOURNE WEST 1   1
KINGSTON HEATH 2   2
CAPE WICKHAM 3   new
NEW SOUTH WALES 4   5
BARNBOUGLE DUNES 5   4
ELLERSTON 6   3
ROYAL MELBOURNE EAST 7   7
VICTORIA GOLF CLUB 8   11
LOST FARM 9   6
NATIONAL OLD 10   10
NATIONAL MOONAH 11   8
THE AUSTRALIAN 12   15
METROPOLITAN 13   13
ROYAL ADELAIDE 14   12
LAKE KARRINYUP 15   9
THE LAKES 16   14
JOONDALUP - QUARRY/DUNES 17   17
THE DUNES 18   16
NEWCASTLE 19   20
ST ANDREWS BEACH 20   21
WOODLANDS 21   18
COMMONWEALTH 22   28
MAGENTA SHORES 23   26
ROYAL QUEENSLAND 24   27
BROOKWATER 25   32
KOOYONGA 26   22
BARWON HEADS 27   25
THIRTEENTH BEACH - BEACH 28   29
MOONAH LINKS - LEGENDS 29   19
KENNEDY BAY 30   23
HAMILTON GOLF CLUB 31   37
ROYAL SYDNEY 32   24
BONVILLE 33   42
HUNTINGDALE 34   33
THE GRAND 35   44
MOONAH LINKS - OPEN 36   31
HOPE ISLAND 37   41
NATIONAL OCEAN 38   30
GLENELG 39   39
PENINSULA - NORTH 40   34
TERREY HILLS 41   46
THE CUT 42   35
THE VINTAGE 43   45
GRANGE WEST 44   43
SANCTUARY COVE - PINES 45   52
ELANORA 46   38
GRANGE EAST 47   40
SANCTUARY COVE - PALMS 48   63
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN 49   50
YARRA YARRA 50   48
GLADES 51   57
CONCORD 52   59
SPRING VALLEY 53   53
PACIFIC DUNES 54   55
BONNIE DOON 55   nr
LAKELANDS 56   68
LINKS LADY BAY 57   61
CAPRICORN - CHAMPIONSHIP 58   56
PELICAN WATERS 59   58
PACIFIC HARBOUR 60   51
KALGOORLIE 61   60
PORTSEA 62   54
LONG ISLAND 63   79
COTTESLOE 64   78
AVONDALE 65   66
SORRENTO 66   72
STONECUTTERS RIDGE 67   67
ST MICHAELS 68   75
MOUNT LAWLEY 69   64
PALMER COOLUM 70   47
RIVERSIDE OAKS - BUNGOOL 71   new
SETTLERS RUN 72   65
TWIN CREEKS 73   71
THIRTEENTH BEACH - CREEK 74   77
RANFURLIE 75   74
SECRET HARBOUR 76   76
SANCTUARY LAKES 77   69
MEADOW SPRINGS 78   70
PORT FAIRY 79   73
HERITAGE - ST JOHNS 80   62
MURRAY DOWNS 81   84
HEALESVILLE (RACV) 82   80
EYNESBURY 83   81
INDOOROOPILLY - WEST 84   89
NAROOMA 85   88
KOOINDAH WATERS 86   91
FEDERAL 87   97
CASTLE HILL 88   82
CRANBOURNE 89   87
ROYAL PINES - AROONA/BINNOWEE 90   nr
MONASH 91   90
MACQUARIE LINKS 92   100
PARADISE PALMS 93   85
ALICE SPRINGS 94   92
ARALUEN 95   86
BRISBANE 96   nr
RIVERSDALE 97   95
THE VINES - LAKES 98   93
TASMANIA 99   83
HORSHAM 100   98