Top Aussie golf holiday spots

22:00, Apr 21 2013
Tourism chiefs hope Adam Scott's win at the US Masters will raise interest in playing golf in Australia.

Teeing off at Adam Scott's favourite Australian courses could be high on the to-do list for overseas golfers after his US Masters win, tourism chiefs say.

Tourism Australia hopes the 32-year-old Queenslander's win at the Augusta National will see more tourists heading Down Under for golf holidays.

Scott, a tourism ambassador, says his top spots to play golf in Australia are Melbourne, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and Barnbougle in Tasmania.

Andrew McEvoy, Tourism Australia managing director, says Scott's win has the potential to position the country as one of the world's leading golf tourism destinations.

"We're well positioned to take advantage of the lucrative global golf tourism market - internationally savvy golf enthusiasts seeking world-class experiences," Mr McEvoy said.

Six Australian golf courses have made US Golf Magazine's top 100 courses of the world list.



1. Melbourne, Victoria

If you're able to organise it, play at Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath golf courses, two of the best in the world. Classic designed courses with great tournament history and a treat to play. Do the trip in January and take in the Australian Open tennis at the same time. Have a great steak at Vlados in Richmond, and take in The Stokehouse at St Kilda Beach for a meal with a view.

2. Sunshine Coast, Queensland

A fantastic part of the world. Great beaches, cafes and restaurants at Noosa, Eumundi market is around the corner and the hinterland areas are a great drive and just beautiful. Golf at Hyatt Coolum, Twin Waters and Peregian Springs in the morning, surf in the afternoon and nice al fresco eatery for dinner.

3. Barnbougle, Tasmania

Two classic links golf courses not to be missed. They are as good as anything in the world. The new course at Lost Farm has great accommodation, spa and the like. Head down the road to try some wonderful Tasmanian wines, perhaps some lovely vintage Kreglinger champagne.

4. Gold Coast, Queensland

Golf courses everywhere, every imaginable style of accommodation, shopping centres, beaches and a casino. Pretty easy to find, plenty to do after or before a round of golf. Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island are good courses to play, stay at the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove and enjoy the village and marina a short walk away. Hire a car to drive to the casino to lose the money you won on the golf course.

Sydney Morning Herald