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77. BUNBURY GC

Bunbury, Western Australia DOWN 8  The pretty Bunbury layout is laid out in two loops over great golf terrain. This is not a long course but it grows teeth when the sea breezes pick up and hamper your shot and club selection, particular on exposed holes, like the downhill par-3 10th. The WA PGA Championship called Bunbury home for several years, which is testament to the quality and challenge of the layout. www.bunburygolfclub.com.au

76. PARADISE PALMS RESORT & CC Kewarra Beach, Queensland DOWN 22 

The slide down the ranking continues for this Graham Marsh and Ross Watson-designed par-72 that was once rated in the top-three courses in Queensland. Paradise Palms is a visually spectacular place to play golf, but the condition of the course and tweaks made via a redesign of its iconic 18th hole a few years ago continue to disappoint and have seen it drop 33 places on this list in four years. Couch encroachment continues to make/keep the greens smaller, impacting on a very good design, while many bunkers need renovation. Also, our judges unanimously dislike the new 18th green. www.paradisepalms.com.au

75 wave of changes to the course made by design firm OCCM (Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking and Mead), headed up by Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Clayton. The design team created a masterplan for the course and nearly half of the layout has been redone with plenty of trees removed to open up the playing lines and sandy wasteland exposed next to the new, wider fairways. With more changes on the way, you can expect Sun City’s rise is not done yet. www.suncitycountryclub.com.au

ranking, Albany continues to impress 116 years after the first shots were played on the links course. The par-72 is dominated by holes that cover beautiful rolling sand dunes and are the basis for some of the most natural links holes in the country. Albany is a fun course for all golfers. It’s not overly long, which suits the higher handicapper, while better players can enjoy the challenge of playing a variety of shots from so many different lies during a round. www.albanygolfclub.com.au

Yanchep, Western Australia NEW ENTRY

74. ALBANY GC

73. PALMER GOLD COAST

Sun City has hovered outside the Top-100 of this ranking and others for more than five years. It makes a debut appearance this year on the back of the first

The oldest course in our Public Access Courses

Palmer Gold Coast, previously known as Robina Woods, is carved out of 65 hectares of native woodlands, with undulating fairways lined by seemingly endless stands of towering gum trees. In the past, the shade created by these trees had been blamed for the decline at different stages during the year of some tees and greens. But several of our judges made return visits up to six months later and found rough patches on greens and no grass growth on some tees. That’s a far cry from when it was ranked No.51 on this list four years ago. www.palmergolf.com.au/goldcoast

75. SUN CITY CC

Albany, Western Australia UP 3 

Robina, Queensland DOWN 7 

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72. NORTH LAKES RESORT GC North Lakes, Queensland DOWN 9 

Graham Marsh’s design takes full advantage of the moderately undulating land to produce plenty of holes with both deceptive and slight cambering to the fairways, including holes where a good bounce can help correct a slightly wayward drive or punish it. One of the highlights here is the outstanding TifEagle putting surfaces, which are some of the best greens to putt on in Brisbane, if not Queensland. They make putting a joy and are complemented by well-manicured surrounds. www.northlakesgolfclub.com.au

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ABOVE ALL ELSE, MEADOW SPRINGS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB OFFERS "GOLF AS NATURE INTENDED" Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, the course presents a highly regarded test for players of all levels, but is also renowned for its playability. Just thirty minutes south of Perth, near the coastal resort town of Mandurah, the Meadow Springs golf course promises a unique experience through open bushland. The course winds its way through undulating terrain, the layout dictated by the natural features of the land. Towering 200-year-old Tuart trees line generous fairways and subtly rolling greens that are equal to the best in Australia. Few holes run parallel and all are surrounded by bushland. Other players on the course are often out of view, enhancing the sensation that you are alone in the wilderness. Finally, thanks to its excellent drainage, Meadow Springs is one of the best all-weather courses in the country.

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Meadow Springs Drive, PO Box 657, Mandurah, WA 6210 | Tel 08 9581 6002 | Bookings 08 9581 6360 | Email golf@msgcc.com.au

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