What are you dreaming of doing after coronavirus lockdowns are lifted? If you love to golf, you're in luck, as the naturally solitary sport has been made a special exception during the pandemic.
IGS has put a list together of some outer city golf courses that will be sure to give you some space, freedom & some great golf.
Golf courses in some Australian states have been allowed to stay open to offer locals a valuable workout option during lockdown, as long as clubs and players follow new hygiene rules. With social distancing expected to remain in force for some time after lockdowns are lifted, golf is the perfect fit.
If you're looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air again after COVID-19, a golf holiday could be just the thing! Here are our recommendations for the best golf courses in some Australian states.
State & regional covid19 restrictions will be lifted soon, so what better way to get your next golf fix.
Best golf courses in Perth & Western Australia
Perth isn't the first place that comes to mind when most people think about golf in Australia, but it's the gateway to some of the nation's best courses. October to May are the peak months for Western Australia golf holidays, but mild winters and summer mornings also make for ideal year-round conditions.
Below are some outer city golf courses that would please any avid golfer.
Araluen Golf Resort
Each of the 18 holes at Araluen Country Club's championship course has been skilfully designed by Roger Mackay and Michael Coate to challenge golfers of all abilities. Set in the picturesque Perth Hills, overlooking state forest and the Canning River, Araluen is just 40 minutes from Perth.
The Cut Golf Club
Famous for its panoramic views of the ocean and sand dunes, The Cut is a favourite in WA and ranked among the ten best golf courses in Australia. Located near Mandurah, it's an 60 minute drive from Perth CBD.
The 27 holes at Joondalup Country Club offer plenty of variety for an unforgettable day's golf. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the course incorporates lakes, dunes and bushland just off the beach and 20 minutes from Perth.
The Links Kennedy Bay
This par 72 championship course offers a true links experience, 50 minutes south of Perth. The 18 holes at Kennedy Bay are surrounded by dramatic sand dunes and bushland with views over Warnbro Sound and the Indian Ocean.
Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club
The sister course of Joondalup Resort, Meadow Springs near Mandurah offers the same wild golfing experience through open bushland. 50 minutes south of Perth, the course is renowned for its playability for golfers of all levels.
Best golf courses in Tasmania
All serious golf fans need to visit Tasmania, home to some of the best links layouts in the world as well as the Australasian Golf Course Museum in Bothwell village. Summer is the most popular season for golf holidays in Tasmania, with warm days in the mid 20s to 30s – but make sure you still pack for wet weather!
The 18 holes at Barnbougle Dunes rival the best links courses in the UK and Ireland. Winding between sand dunes along Tasmania's north east coast, this championship course challenges casual and professional golfers alike.
Barnbougle Lost Farm
Located next to Barnbougle Dunes, Lost Farm is the more diverse of the two courses. Its 20 holes take in the scenic coast and lush hinterland, all in the same round.
Country Club Tasmania
On the outskirts of Launceston, Tasmania's best known golf course has been challenging golfers of all abilities since 1982. After a day on the fast greens, players can enjoy the true country club experience with dining, entertainment and a casino.
Best golf courses in Victoria
From Australia's self-proclaimed sporting capital Melbourne to the ever-expanding range of courses along the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria golf holidays offer plenty of variety. With more than 400 courses across the state – some of them ranked among the best in the world – it's no wonder players keep coming back year after year.
The Dunes Golf Links
In the heart of the Mornington Peninsula's 'Cups Country,' The Dunes offers a choice of two courses – an 18 hole links style championship course to challenge even the most ardent golfer and a more relaxed 9 hole layout for casual players.
One of Australia's longest courses, Moonah Links Open Course was purpose-built for national championships. With multi-tier greens and undulating fairways dotted with pot bunkers, this course on the Mornington Peninsula is ideal for experienced golfers who want to test their abilities.
The National Golf Club
Located a short drive from Melbourne at Cape Schanck, The National offers a choice of four courses to appeal to different players. The Old Course, with its hills and ocean views, has been one of Australia's most popular golf courses since it opened in 1988.
Portsea Golf Club
Located next to Point Nepean National Park on the Mornington Peninsula, the layout of Portsea Golf Club was dictated by the existing landscape of deep valleys and tea tree scrub, making for a wild and varied golfing experience.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Looking down over the Southern Ocean and Port Phillip Bay from a dramatic coastal headland, RACV Cape Schanck Resort combines an idyllic setting with a challenging par 70 course, just 75 minutes from Melbourne.
Sorrento Golf Club
One of the original clubs that put the Mornington Peninsula on the golfing map, Sorrento's 18 distinctive holes have been enjoyed by generations of golfers. Designed after the private Royal Melbourne Golf Club, its manicured greens and generous fairways make it one of Australia's favourite coastal courses.
St Andrews Beach Golf Club
One of the most celebrated courses in Mornington's Cups Country, St Andrews Beach can be reached in just 80 minutes from Melbourne CBD. Designed by renowned course architect Tom Doak, it incorporates natural hazards for a unique and dramatic golfing experience.
Best golf courses on the Gold Coast
It's no surprise that Australia's favourite holiday spot is a popular golf travel destination too, with plenty of options for all skill levels. You'll recognise some of the famous courses here, designed by world champions to challenge even the most experienced golfers.
Hope Island Resort
British tradition meets Gold Coast weather at Hope Island Resort, just 45 minutes from Brisbane. This classic 18 hole links course was designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and features two loops of nine holes each.
Palm Meadows Golf Course
Designed by Aussie golfing legend Graham Marsh, this par 72 course occupies 350 hectares of former bushland on the banks of the Nerang River, just 10 minutes' drive from Surfers Paradise. With 14 holes, 82 sand bunkers and 11km of cart paths, the course is playable all year round.
RACV Royal Pines Resort
Home of the ANZ Ladies Masters, Royal Pines Resort has a choice of challenging courses set against the Nerang River, manicured gardens or wild native vegetation, just 12 minutes from Surfers Paradise.
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