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Australia's finest golf courses

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13 April 2011 by Luke McCormick

Each week Luke McCormick, Wexas Channel Editor, provides an inside look at the latest headlines and gives his independent, expert comment.

This week: a guide to playing Australia's finest golf courses.

Melbourne

Melbourne SandbeltThe famous Melbourne Sandbelt offers one of the finest groupings of clubs anywhere in the world. This spiritual home of Australian golf, just 20 minutes from Melbourne's CBD, should be a consideration for any serious golf visitor.

You'll be rewarded with phenomenal bunkering and heritage. The Sandbelt has five of Australia's top ten ranked clubs, including the country's leading club, Royal Melbourne.

Top courses:
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Kingston Heath Golf Club
The Metropolitan Golf Club
The Victoria Golf Club
Commonwealth Golf Club

Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington PeninsulaThe rugged Mornington Peninsula coastal region provides access to brilliant links conditions and some of the Australia's finest wines.

The region is an 80-minute drive south of Melbourne and one the area's best courses, Moonah Links, will soon be the official headquarters for Australian golf, becoming the new home of the Australian Golf Union and Australian Golf Musuem. It will also host the Australian Open every three years.

Top Courses:
The National
The Cape
The Dunes Golf Links
Portsea Golf Club
Moonah Links

Sydney

SydneyThe spectacular harbour city offers plenty of attractions for visitors and a wealth of courses to choose from, including the country's oldest club, The Australian. Sydney has some excellent world-class courses and all are well located fairly close to the city centre.

Top courses:
The Royal Sydney Golf Club
NSW Golf Club
The Australian Golf Club
The Lakes Golf Club

Gold Coast

Gold CoastThe Gold Coast is home to Australia's best resort golf, with many excellent courses complemented by superb stay-and-play facilities. The Gold Coast has more golf courses per head of population than anywhere else on the planet, so you're sure to find something to suit your tastes.

Top Courses:
Brookwater Golf and Country Club
Links Hope Island
Glades Golf Club
The Pines, Sanctuary Cove
The Palms, Sanctuary Cove 
Lakelands Golf Club

Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North QueenslandTropical North Queensland is a brilliant golfing and holiday region. The area is blessed with a tropical climate, the Great Barrier Reef, and miles of untouched beaches and rainforests.

Top courses:
Laguna Whitsundays Turtle Point
The Links Port Douglas
Sheraton Mirage Country Club
Paradise Palms Country Club

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