Ranking all 6 Australian states by the quality of their golf courses


Australian golfers will tell you that the experience of playing golf in the country can vary as wildly as the experiences of anyone else across the vast country.

We won’t be ranking the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) because it is too small, even though it does have quite a few quality courses to check out.

The Northern Territory, meanwhile, isn’t really a golfers’ paradise – despite being large, its sparse population means the expense of maintaining courses makes it not really a worthwhile endeavour.

But here are the six states ranked by the quality of their golf courses.

6 Queensland

Queensland isn’t a traditionally strong golfing state and has been hampered by a lack of investment in courses.

The state does have a course carrying the Royal prefix at Eagle Farm, and the Brookwater Golf Club also has a great course, but with fewer courses, there are less options to play here.

Also, the state’s best courses are some way off, being close to being the best in the nation.

5 Western Australia

Some might see it as an indictment of Queensland that Western Australia has snuck ahead of them here.

Not a traditional golfing stronghold by any means, Western Australian golf has seen a number of promising recent developments.

Even though the state has many new courses, its finest is still the historic Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

4 South Australia

They don’t have the density of options that the states above them sport, but around Adelaide, South Australia can certainly offer some good golf.

The jewel in their crown is Royal Adelaide herself which has been the state’s foremost course for much of its over 100-year existence.

Kooyanga and Glen Elg are the other pair of courses in and around Adelaide that demand international recognition.

3 Tasmania

Tasmania’s unique micro-climate makes it one of the most exceptional yet underrated golfing destinations in the world.

It isn’t the most accessible place in the world, of course, but once you get there the concentration of superb golf is unparalleled on the mainland.

In Cape Wickham and Barnbougle Lost Farm they have two courses esteemed among the ten best in all of Australia.

2 New South Wales

Headlined by the New South Wales Golf Club, those from the state will likely want to dispute the No.2 ranking, even more so with Victoria being the ones to pip them to the post.

New South Wales has the reputation of being the pooling point for brilliance in all walks of life for Australians and they have got some stunners to play.

Ellerston, The Lakes, Magenta Bay and many more make an expanded golfing trip to New South Wales attractive.

1 Victoria

It is a tight run thing, but Victoria, in particular the Greater Melbourne area, probably has the finest golf in Australia.

Royal Melbourne is the standout among the state’s many fine golf courses and is worthy of almost any must-play list.

It is also home to the excellent Kingston Heath, Victoria Golf Club’s terrific course, Peninsula Kingswood’s North course and Gunnamatta to name a sampling.