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Playing Golf in Australia

If you are an avid golf player and you want to combine your next holiday with a more special and tailored according to your needs golf holiday, then Australia is definitely a place worth considering. The country offers golf courses of outstanding architectural design and has a very well developed golf tourism network accessible on the Internet. Two things worth considering are the facts that the country has reverse seasons and that the official language is English, which makes it a nice and accessible destination for a winter golf break. In addition, Tasmania and the other group of Australian islands offer an exotic golf environment that could be really well combined with other holiday activities such as yachting, paragliding, or simply enjoying the beautiful pacific nature.

History of golf in Australia

A significant contribution to spreading and supporting the development of golf in Australia has the Australian Golf Union (AGU). The structure that was formed in 1898 has its headquarters in South Melbourne in a Victorian building known as the Golf Australia House, which also hosts a museum of the organization. AGU supports and represents golf in Australia on all levels by outlining and spreading the current rules of golf, organizing and supporting important amateur and professional golf championships, standing behind golf teams, etc. Since 2006 AGU has merged with Women’s Golf Australia to form what is currently Golf Australia.

In 1982 a Golf Society of Australia was formed with the intent to research and preserve the golf history of the country. The society now manages the Golf Australia museum and library collection and collects data pertaining to golf course location.

Australia organizes plenty of nationwide amateur golf tournaments on annual basis and there are tournaments with different target age groups – from children to seniors. Australia is the homeland of the outstanding professional golf player Adam Scott who won 2013’s Master Tournament and keeps winning prestigious international golf championships. This year the 33-year-old Scott was ranked second in the Official World Gold Ranking following the ultimate golf star Tiger Woods.

Golf courses in Australia

Among Australia’s best golf courses for 2012 ranked by the Australian Golf Digest Magazine are Royal Melbourne East and West, Kingston Health, Ellerston, Barnbougle Dunes, New South Wales, Lost Farm, the National Moonah, Victoria and Metropolitan.

With its more than 1500 golf courses Australia accounts for 4% of the global sites for golf, coming 5th after the USA, UK, Japan and Canada.

Golf real estate in Australia has been offering to home buyers to live on the grounds of a golf course or resort for a decade now. These types of golf resorts that allow long-term indwellers are called Integrated Tourism Resorts. They attract homebuyers through scenic landscapes and serene environment. The biggest number of such golf resorts is in Queensland, Australia’s third most populated area situated in the north-east of the country and bordered by Coral Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

In golf packaged tourism, there are events packages and features such. While the former are concerned with participation or observance of particular golf tournaments, the latter are focused on tasting the thrill of playing on different golf-courses. As long as the features packages are concerned, Australia offers interesting in topography and architecture, mainly coastal resorts in public access golf courses. A three-day packaged golf holiday (they usually last between 3 and 8 days) costs between USD 300 at average resorts to USD 500 at a more luxurious, but still accessible golf sites.

Climate and specialties of Australia

The first thing that should be reminded when speaking about Australian weather is that unlike Europe and Northern America, the country is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, which makes its seasons reverse to what we are used to. In other words the Australian summer stretches between December and February, and the winter – between June and August. This should definitely be considered when planning a golf holiday in Australia.

The climate of this unique continent country is mild and temperate. The weather in the northern states is usually warm and mild throughout the year, while in the southern regions the temperatures could go considerably down, especially in the winter. The Australian climate is relatively dry, with considerably lower levels of rainfall compared to Europe and the United States.

It should also be kept in mind that the country of Australia stretches not only over the continent of the same name, but also over the island of Tasmania and several other small islands. The country’s official language is English, its capital is Sidney. Australia is definitely suited to adventurous golf lovers who like combining their golf holidays with sightseeing and nature tours. As we all know, Australia is famous for its indigenous people and for its interesting animal and plant species that exist nowhere else on world. So if you want to swing your club and go to a hike to see a hoping kangaroo or a sweet koala bear afterwards, Australia is the place for you.

Golf Club Name City State / Province
Royal Military College Golf Club Campbell Australian Capital Territory
Fairbairn Golf Club Fairbairn Australian Capital Territory
Magpies Belconnen Golf Club Holt Australian Capital Territory
Murrumbidgee Country Club Kambah Australian Capital Territory
Capital Golf Club Narrabundah Australian Capital Territory
Gold Creek Country Club Nicholls Australian Capital Territory
Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club Nicholls Australian Capital Territory
Federal Golf Club Red Hill Australian Capital Territory
Royal Canberra Golf Club Yarralumla Australian Capital Territory
Kangaroo Valley Golf and Country Resort Moss Vale Kangaroo Valley
Aberdeen Golf Club Aberdeen New South Wales
Merewether Golf Club Adamstown New South Wales
Adelong Golf Club Adelong New South Wales
Albert Golf Club Albert New South Wales
Calderwood Valley Golf Course Albion Park New South Wales
Illawarra Golf Course Albion Park Rail New South Wales
Commercial Golf Resort Albury Albury New South Wales
Ardlethan Golf Club Ardlethan New South Wales
Waratah Golf Club Argenton New South Wales
Ariah Park Golf Club Ariah Park New South Wales
Kogarah Golf Club Arncliffe New South Wales
Ashford Golf Club Ashford New South Wales
Rosnay Golf Club Auburn New South Wales
Avalon Public Golf Course Avalon New South Wales
Balgowlah Golf Club Balgowlah New South Wales
Balranald Golf & Sports Club Balranald New South Wales
Club Banora Golf Club Banora Point New South Wales
Baradine Golf Club Baradine New South Wales
Barellan Golf Club Barellan New South Wales
cluBarham Golf & Sports Barham New South Wales
Cobram-Barooga Golf Club Barooga New South Wales
Barraba Golf Club Barraba New South Wales
Catalina Country Club Batemans Bay New South Wales
Bathurst Golf Club Bathurst New South Wales
Batlow Golf Club Batlow New South Wales
Castle Hill Golf Club Baulkham Hills New South Wales
Pennant Hills Golf Club Beecroft New South Wales
Bega Country Club Bega New South Wales
Bellata Golf Club Bellata New South Wales
Bellingen Golf Club Bellingen New South Wales
Beresfield Golf Course Beresfield New South Wales
Bermagui Country Club Bermagui New South Wales
Coolamatong Country Sports Club Berridale New South Wales
Berrigan Golf & Bowling Club Berrigan New South Wales
Canterbury Public Golf Course Beverly Hills New South Wales
Bigga Golf Club Bigga New South Wales
Terranora Lakes Golf Club Bilambil Heights New South Wales
Binalong Golf Club Binalong New South Wales
Bingara Sporting Club Bingara New South Wales
Binnaway Golf Club Binnaway New South Wales