The best golf courses in Australia


Golf has become a big part of Australian culture over the past few decades, and it’s hard to find better golf courses than these. Whether you're looking for a public course or one that's more exclusive, you'll find what you're looking for here.

Albert Park Golf Course in Melbourne

The Albert Park Golf Course in Melbourne is a public golf course and one of Australia's most popular. The course was designed by world-renowned golf course architect Alister MacKenzie, one of the most important figures in the development of modern golf architecture.

The Australian Open has been held at Albert Park on 10 occasions since 1949, including the first time it was held outside Europe or North America (in 1954). It is still used as a venue for this prestigious event today.

Albert Park has hosted many other high-profile tournaments over the years such as the Australian PGA Championship and Australian Masters. The course measures 6,719 yards from its back tees but can be played shorter if you're looking for something less demanding!

Ballarat Golf Club

Ballarat Golf Club

Location: Ballarat, Victoria

Course designer: Robert Trent Jones Jnr

Par: 71

Handicap: 70

Year built: 1978 (expanded in 1998)

Holes on current course: 18

A relatively new course, the Ballarat Golf Club opened in 1978 and features a design from one of golf's most prolific designers, Robert Trent Jones Jnr. The course winds through natural bushland with plenty of elevation changes. It also boasts a number of challenging bunkers and water hazards to keep you on your toes.

Cheltenham Golf Club, Melbourne

The golf course at Cheltenham Golf Club was designed by former British Open Champion Peter Thomson and opened in 1990. The course is open to the public, making it an excellent choice for those who live nearby or are planning a getaway to Melbourne.

The two 18-hole courses are named the West Course and East Course. Both feature challenging terrain that will test your skills as a golfer. It's important to note that both courses have their own clubhouse, driving range, and pro shop where you can purchase your equipment before heading out onto the green.

Commonwealth Golf Club, Melbourne

Commonwealth Golf Club, Melbourne

Located just outside of Melbourne, this course offers a scenic and challenging round for golfers at any level. The club was founded in 1891, making it one of the oldest courses in Australia. It is open to the public and welcomes members from all over the world. It has a rating of 74.1, with 6,421 yards of play from its par 70 layout.

Federal Golf Club

Located in the heart of Melbourne, Federal Golf Club is a classic course that has been attracting golfers to its fairways since 1892. The club was established by men who wanted a place to play golf without having to travel far outside of Melbourne. The Federal Golf Club has been continuously operating ever since its establishment and continues to thrive today.

The course is open year-round but does require membership in order for you to play here; however, this can be purchased for as little as $1,000 AUD for an initial year plus an annual subscription fee thereafter or paid monthly at a rate of around $50 per month depending on the length of your term commitment (which can be anywhere from six months up).

The course itself boasts 18 holes with each one measuring over 6,500 yards long—making it one of Australia's longest par-71 layouts—and features two different tees per hole so everyone has an opportunity at playing their way out there when they visit this beautiful country club location!

Metropolitan Golf Club

  • Metropolitan Golf Club

Founded in 1891, the Metropolitan Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Australia. Located in Melbourne, this public course features a par of 71 and a 6,000 yard layout that winds through the city's urban center with challenging hazards and greens. A mix of tree-lined fairways and wide open spaces make for an interesting round on this classic Australian course.

The Grange Golf Club, Adelaide

If you're looking for the best golf courses in Australia, we'd highly recommend the Grange Golf Club. This public course is located in Adelaide, South Australia and has hosted the Australian PGA Championship on five different occasions. In fact, it's considered to be one of Australia's most prestigious clubs with a history that dates back to 1892.

The course itself was designed by Harry Colt (the same guy who created Royal Melbourne Golf Club). It sits at 6,566 yards long (a par 72) and plays through a number of scenic natural landscapes including sand dunes and native woods.

The Lakes and Royal Sydney golf courses

The Lakes and Royal Sydney golf courses are both in Sydney, Australia. The Royal Sydney course is a private club, but you can play the Lakes if you're an Australian citizen or resident. It's especially convenient to play the courses if you're staying at one of the many luxury hotels in the area. Both courses are located just off of Sydney Harbour and offer beautiful views of its famous harbor.

Victoria Golf Club

Victoria Golf Club is a public golf course in Melbourne, Australia. The club hosts two 18-hole courses designed by Alister Mackenzie, one of the most famous golf course designers of all time. In 1976 and 1977, the club hosted the Australian Open.

The first nine holes are known as the East Course and were completed in 1918; they were heavily redesigned in 1930 by Mackenzie to include added bunkers and trees lining fairways. The second nine holes opened three years later and are known as Victoria's West Course or "Old Blue." Both courses are considered challenging with narrow fairways lined with thick trees throughout their length; water comes into play on several holes too!

The East Course also has multiple tee boxes for men and women so you can enjoy your round no matter what your skill level may be!

Some of the best golf courses in Australia are public courses.

Some of the best golf courses in Australia are public courses. Public golf courses can be more challenging than private ones, and they're also often a lot cheaper. If you're looking for a great day out on the course while sticking to your budget, visiting a public course is definitely something to consider.

However, if you have some extra cash floating around and want to get out of your comfort zone with an experience unlike any other—or if you just want access to some of the most beautiful greens in Australia—then a private club may be exactly what you need!


There are so many golf courses in Australia to choose from, which is why we’ve listed just a few of the best ones here. 

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