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GOLF Course Guide CONDITIONS Rankings 2023 (2024 Guide)

Course Conditions (40% weighting): Year round playing conditions (from best to worst season) and course maintenance of greens (greatest weighting), fairways, tees, roughs and hazards. 

In contrast with other lists, this weighting was arrived at by listening to Guide readers – Green Fee players – who dictated that conditioning was important for an enjoyable round.
Mackenzie decreed that “The course should be equally good during winter and summer, the texture of the greens and fairways should be perfect, and the approaches should have the same consistency as the greens”. More than just firm greens and smooth fairways – our players agree with the good Doctor: “There should be a complete absence of the annoyance and irritation caused by the necessity of searching for lost balls”, they feel that balls should not plug in a bunker face, or be held up by thick rough on the edge of a bunker.

All these aspects of an enjoyable round are taken into account under Conditions.

2023 COND RANK COURSE 2022 COND RANK
1 BARNBOUGLE DUNES 2
2 BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM 1
3 BOUGLE RUN 16
4 BARWON HEADS 4
5 CAPE WICKHAM 3
6 MOONAH LINKS - LEGENDS 6
7 JOONDALUP - QUARRY/DUNES 5
8 MOONAH LINKS - OPEN 7
9 THE DUNES 8
10 ST ANDREWS BEACH 11
11 THIRTEENTH BEACH - BEACH 9
12 NEWCASTLE 18
13 MAGENTA SHORES 13
14 OCEAN DUNES 15
15 SANCTUARY COVE - THE PINES 17
16 SANDY LINKS 10
17 BONVILLE   12
18 THE CUT 19
19 LINKS HOPE ISLAND  14
20 LAKELANDS  20
21 THIRTEENTH BEACH - CREEK 24
22 LONSDALE LINKS 27
23 PORTSEA  21
24 SECRET HARBOUR   57
25 KENNEDY BAY new
26 MOUNT COMPASS 37
27 BLACK BULL 23
28 NOOSA SPRINGS  22
29 SANCTUARY LAKES nr
30 KALGOORLIE nr
31 MAROOCHY RIVER  25
32 SUN CITY  26
33 ROSEBUD - NORTH 46
34 PORT FAIRY 28
35 BROOKWATER 29
36 HAMILTON ISLAND 31
37 SANCTUARY COVE - THE PALMS 32
38 CRANBOURNE 36
39 THE VINTAGE nr
40 MURRAY DOWNS  47
41 NAROOMA  nr
42 CLUB MANDALAY 30
43 CAPE SCHANCK 42
44 PALMER COOLUM 50
45 MEADOW SPRINGS  nr
46 PACIFIC DUNES 34
47 CURLEWIS 33
48 LINKS LADY BAY 44
49 WARRNAMBOOL nr
50 KOORALBYN VALLEY 38

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