Australian courses holding their own in Top 100
The Americans don’t surrender their golf course rankings to any ‘foreigners’ without a fight.
So when Golf.com released their rankings of the world’s top 100 courses, it was a real feather in the cap of golf ‘Down Under’ that there was a liberal sprinkling of Australian and New Zealand courses among their rankings.
Cape Wickham’s stunning seaside 17th hole (Credit: Cape Wickham)
Most of the best courses are easy to pick…and it’s no surprise they are among the most revered layouts on the planet. You can guess most of them – Pine Valley was No 1, Cypress Point No. 2, St Andrews No. 3 and so on.
But there was plenty of good news for our golfers too with Royal Melbourne (West) coming in at No. 7.
The course that frequently threatens to knock RM off its perch in Australia, Kingston Heath came in at No. 22 in the world while Barnbougle Dunes (35) and New South Wales (46) also earned their stripes among the elite courses of the world.
Other Aussie courses to figure included Cape Wickham at 60, Ellerston at 77 and Lost Farm (Barnbougle) at No. 89 while Royal Melbourne (East) also crept in at No. 96.
And the Kiwis can take plenty of heart too. One of their newer courses, Tara Iti in Te Arai New Zealand came in at No 27 while Cape Kidnappers was at No 44 with Kauri Cliffs and Jacks Point two notable omissions that might find themselves there when next the rankings are done.
And for those looking to follow in the footsteps of the lucky people that get to rank these courses so highly…well, the list is complied by no less than 80 course raters they describe as “well-travelled” and GOLF magazine gives them the task of assigning values to a list of about 430 eligible courses to come up with their rankings.
Naturally the list always creates some controversy and is a great talking point as some improve and others drop their rankings from the previous year.
The US puts enormous store on where their courses are ranked and usually you’ll find a plaque indicating their ranking at the front gate.