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GOLF Course Guide DESIGN Rankings 2023 (2024 Guide)

Course Design (40% weighting): How each hole presents an enjoyable, even thrilling challenge to golfers of all abilities from scratch markers to high handicappers and shorter hitters. The variety of different holes that make up the course, and the variety of shots that they require to test every facet of your game. How well the course exploits the ‘best’ set and sequence of holes the land offers, and how well the routing takes the golfer on a journey of discovery. The strategic design of each hole - where hazards come into play, reward for risk takers of an easier subsequent shot, with a more difficult shot or possibly an additional stroke for those who choose to play safely.

Courses that offer higher handicappers an exciting test will find themselves rated better in this Guide, and courses that are really only playable by low markers will be ranked lower. Courses with two separate 18s considered as two courses; where 27 holes available, the “best” 18 selected.

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

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