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Australia has hun­dreds of nine-hole courses that offer fun and af­ford­able golf. Here are 30 of the best in the coun­try.

In Australia, nine-hole courses ac­count for ap­prox­i­mately 31 per­cent of the 1,530 courses across the coun­try. They rarely grab the spot­light away from the 18-holers but you don’t have to look too hard to find one that o ers fun, a ord­able golf.

In most cases, the courses fea­tured here o er al­ter­nate tees as a sec­ond nine op­tion, while some we found have a few ex­tra greens to mix things up a bit for those play­ers look­ing to trek 18 holes.

Over the fol­low­ing pages we show­case the nine-hole courses we reckon you will en­joy so much you might want to head out for a sec­ond nine.

NEW SOUTH WALES LORD HOWE IS­LAND GC

Lord Howe Is­land is a world-her­itage listed par­adise that can be reached in less than two hours fly­ing from Syd­ney, Bris­bane or Port Macquarie. Char­ac­terised by sandy beaches, sub­trop­i­cal forests and crys­tal clear wa­ters, the is­land also boasts a ter­rific nine-hole golf course.

With the tow­er­ing Mt Lidg­bird and Mt Gower on one side and the blue Tas­man Sea on the other, this par-33 is one of the most pic­turesque nine-holers in Australia.

The lay­out me­an­ders through a lush ken­tia palm for­est and out into the gen­tly un­du­lat­ing fair­ways along the ocean fore­shore. This not only brings the beach into play but the wind o ers its own chal­lenges. www.lord­howe­golf.com.au

BONDI GC

Founded in 1935, the course is a se­cret trea­sure of ar­guably the most fa­mous beach­side sub­urb in Australia.

Perched high on the cli tops at North Bondi, there are breath­tak­ing views in ev­ery di­rec­tion – the iconic beach to the south, the Pa­cific to the east and the Syd­ney sky­line to the west – while the course is an en­joy­able one to play for golfers of all stan­dards.

The par-28 has only one par-4 but the eight par-3s are all di er­ent, not only in dis­tance but the shots they call

for to make par. The most mem­o­rable tee shot, espe­cially in the wind, comes at the 150-me­tre par-3 4th hole. Perched near a cli ’s edge, the tee o ers in­cred­i­ble ocean views and you had bet­ter be on your game to find the green be­yond two bunkers in front. www.bondigolf.com.au

ROYAL SYD­NEY GC ( Cen­te­nary course)

Royal Syd­ney also o ers a short nine-hole lay­out called the Cen­te­nary Course, which was com­pletely re­built to cel­e­brate the club’s 100th an­niver­sary in 1997. The course was designed to utilise ev­ery golf club in the bag and fea­tures tight fair­ways and small con­toured greens. Wa­ter also comes into play on six of the nine holes.

It is un­der­stood the Cen­te­nary lay­out will change as part of the re­design be­ing over­seen by ac­claimed Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect Gil Hanse. www.rsgc.com.au

CAMMERAY GC

Lo­cated five min­utes’ drive from the Syd­ney CBD, Cammeray was formed in 1906 when its sur­rounds were far more tran­quil than to­day.

The free­way ap­proach to the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge skirts the edge of the course and forced the lay­out to be re­designed in the late 1960s. To­day, it is a lush golf­ing oa­sis bor­der­ing the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city.

Boast­ing tree-lined fair­ways and small greens de­mand­ing pin­point iron shots, Cammeray’s holes wind up, down and across the side of a hill be­neath the club­house. www.cam­mer­ay­golf­club.com.au

MOLLYMOOK GC (Beach­side course)

Mea­sur­ing an easy-walk­ing 2,102 me­tres from the tips, Mollymook’s Beach­side lay­out cov­ers un­du­lat­ing ter­rain be­tween beau­ti­ful Mollymook Beach and the equally stun­ning Collers Beach in­let.

While hard­core golfers tend to make a bee­line for the Top-100 ranked Hill­top course, the par-33 Beach­side lay­out is per­fect for a fun hol­i­day hit with the kids or ca­sual golf­ing friends. www.mol­ly­mook­golf.com.au

TEVEN VAL­LEY GC

Set on 10 hectares of stun­ning North­ern Rivers land, Teven Val­ley was es­tab­lished as a pri­vate course back in the 70s.

The nine-holer, 20 min­utes’ drive west of By­ron Bay, was sold in 2015 with for­mer Monash Coun­try Club course su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Gum­ble­ton part of the new own­er­ship. So it should be no sur­prise that this par-31 is not only

chal­leng­ing but is beau­ti­fully main­tained.

The lay­out, known lo­cally as Royal Teven, winds across gen­tly un­du­lat­ing land skirt­ing some rain­for­est in parts and bring­ing two creeks into play on four holes. www.teven­val­ley­golf­course.com.au

HARRINGTON WA­TERS GC

Opened for play in 2006, Harrington Wa­ters is re­garded as one of the best con­di­tioned lay­outs on the NSW lower-north coast.

Lo­cated a mid-iron from the banks of the Man­ning River, the par-36 has 18 sep­a­rate tees that cre­ate diƒer­ent an­gles to the gen­er­ous couch fair­ways and man­i­cured 328 couch greens. With wa­ter on most holes, the course is home to a wide va­ri­ety of birdlife. www.har­ring­ton­wa­ters­golf­club.com.au

TUROSS HEAD CC

Framed by hun­dreds of Nor­folk pines and en­chant­ing wa­ter views in all di­rec­tions, Tuross Head is one of the most scenic courses on the South Coast.

The lay­out fea­tures 18 tees to add va­ri­ety to the nine holes that weave across the side of a hill and oƒer pic­turesque ocean views, espe­cially from the 4th and 5th holes. www.thcc.net.au

TATHRA BEACH CC

Tathra Beach CC is a hid­den nine-holer to be found on the NSW South Coast, be­tween Ber­magui and Mer­im­bula.

Designed by Kel Na­gle and Mike Cooper, Tathra is a nine-holer but fea­tures 12 greens and al­ter­nate tees laid out on flood­plain ad­join­ing the Bega River. This rolling sandy ter­rain cre­ated an ideal can­vas for build­ing golf holes and sub­tly slop­ing greens. www.tathrabeach­coun­tryclub.com

YARRAWONGA MULWALA GC RE­SORT (EX­EC­U­TIVE COURSE)

As the largest pub­lic ac­cess golf com­plex in the coun­try with two na­tion­ally ranked 18-holers – the Mur­ray and Lakes lay­outs – Yarrawonga Mulwala’s Ex­ec­u­tive Course can some­times be over­looked by vis­it­ing golfers.

The par-33 plays shorter than any nine of the neigh­bour­ing courses and is ideal for be­gin­ners and those golfers look­ing for a fun hit in a beau­ti­ful set­ting. www.yarragolf.com.au

QUEENS­LAND COOKTOWN LINKS

Con­structed on nat­u­ral rolling sand hills, Cooktown Links was carved from trop­i­cal bush­land be­tween Walker Bay and the An­nan River, about 10 min­utes’ drive south of town.

The im­pos­ing Mount Cook is a con­stant back­drop to the lay­out, which is the north­ern­most golf course on the Aus­tralian east coast. The beauty of the sur­rounds, and its iso­la­tion, make it a must-play for those trav­el­ling golfers keen to get oƒ the beaten track.

Cooktown is not long but the wind blows here, par­tic­u­larly from the south east, at around 20 knots on most days mak­ing a real chal­lenge.

An ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem added in re­cent times has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved the year-round pre­sen­ta­tion of the course, mak­ing the $20 nine-

hole green fee great value for money. www.cook­town­golflinks.com.au

BOWEN GC

Bowen Golf Club will cel­e­brate its 90th an­niver­sary next year and still most read­ing this fea­ture will never have heard of it.

This small nine-holer lies right on the edge of the beau­ti­ful wa­ters of Queens­land’s Whit­sun­days, with sev­eral holes run­ning right along the wa­ter’s edge. Like­wise, the club­house with its huge ve­ran­dah over­looks the sea and all its glory.

The par-35 is an easy-walk­ing lay­out but the chal­lenge ramps up when the wind whips in from the ocean, pro­vid­ing a strong cross­wind on most holes. www.bowen­golf­club.com.au

BOOMERANG FARM

Boomerang Farm could be a mil­lion miles away from the beat­ing hub of the Gold Coast when, in fact, it’s just a 30-minute drive into the Hin­ter­land.

Spread over al­most 20 hectares on what used to be a dairy farm, the lay­out winds through vast ar­eas of sub-trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion and fea­tures sev­eral el­e­vated tees that add some mem­o­rable moments to a round. www.boomerang­farm.com.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA COPPERCLUB PORT HUGHES

Copperclub is a Greg Nor­man-designed lay­out that was meant to be an 18-hole cham­pi­onship course but fi­nan­cial set­backs with the de­vel­op­ment see it fea­tured on this list of qual­ity nine-holers.

There re­mains a strong pos­si­bil­ity that those re­main­ing holes will be added in fu­ture years, but for the mean­time the nine holes, with 18 al­ter­nate tees, at Copperclub will ex­cite. It is a links-style lay­out that opens with a reach­able par-5, with plenty of sand short of the green just tempt­ing you to take them on.

The 294-me­tre par-4 2nd is ar­guably the best risk-and-re­ward hole on the lay­out. A huge sandy waste­land bunker hogs the left edge of the fair­way, while dra­matic and deep bunkers are cut into the front-right half of the an­gled putting sur­face. These el­e­ments of the de­sign make you con­sider your strat­egy thought­fully. www.copperclub.com.au

TAS­MA­NIA LLANHERNE GC

Llanherne GC oc­cu­pies sim­i­lar sandy ter­rain to its neigh­bour Royal Ho­bart.

Peter Too­good cre­ated the lay­out in 1994 and was ob­vi­ously in­spired by the heath­land and links courses of Eng­land and Scot­land.

The par-4s and 5s ask ques­tions from the tee and there are at least two playing lines o”ered on each. This as­pect of the de­sign makes it a fun course to play.

Llanherne’s pret­ti­est hole is the par-3 4th hole, where your tee shot must fly over the edge of a lake to reach the wide green pro­tected by a bunker right. www.llan­herne­golf­club.org.au

TAS­MAN GC

Lo­cated five min­utes’ drive south of the Port Arthur His­toric Site, Tas­man Golf Club is a tight driv­ing, un­du­lat­ing nine-hole course where the fair­ways are lined by coastal ti-tree scrub.

Skirt­ing the sea cli”s at Point Puer, the course o”ers breath­tak­ing views of the Great South­ern Ocean and dra­matic Tas­man Penin­sula coast­line. The view is at its best on the tee at the 124-me­tre par-3 8th where you must hit your tee shot across the wa­ters of Point Puer to a green on the other side of a rocky gorge. No website avail­able

WYNYARD GC

Wynyard Golf Club is wedged be­tween Bass Strait to the north and the Inglis River to the south about 30 min­utes’ drive west of Burnie on the Tassie north coast.

This is a true links course and the short par-4 3rd is rem­i­nis­cent of some of the great Scot­tish courses that hug the North Sea. The 275-me­tre journey be­tween tee and green is not in­tim­i­dat­ing but the dog­leg right fair­way slop­ing down to the beach and ocean presents some con­cerns espe­cially for the right-handed slicer. Into the

pre­vail­ing west­er­lies, this hole can play up to 100 me­tres longer. www.wyn­yard­golf­club.com.au

KING IS­LAND GOLF & BOWL­ING CLUB

Long be­fore the ar­rival of the courses, Ocean Dunes and Cape Wick­ham, which put King Is­land on the in­ter­na­tional golf­ing map, there was the is­land’s orig­i­nal nine-hole lay­out.

Lo­cated just south of Cur­rie’s main street, there are many who be­lieve the course of the King Is­land Golf and Bowls Club is one of, if not, the best nine-hole lay­out in the coun­try.

Es­tab­lished on its cur­rent site in 1932, King Is­land fea­tures 12 greens as well as al­ter­nate tees for both nines cover­ing rolling sand dunes.

Main­tained by a small but pas­sion­ate crew of vol­un­teers, the course has changed very lit­tle in the past few decades. A few greens were added in the early 90s, while some tees were moved in­clud­ing the 1st tee, which was repo­si­tioned next to the club­house that is perched high above the links lay­out. This was a stroke of ge­nius by the club’s com­mit­tee, as the new tee oŠers a far more chal­leng­ing open­ing tee shot that must fly over the 9th fair­way to reach the di­ag­o­nally set 1st fair­way which pitches and rolls sev­eral times en route to the small am­phithe­atre set green.

Where the first hole is played through a val­ley, the 2nd is played, for the most part, along the line of a ridge and is laid bare to the in­flu­ences of the wind.

With the open­ing of the new King Is­land courses two years ago, the joys of the orig­i­nal King Is­land course are be­com­ing more widely ap­pre­ci­ated. www.gol in­g­is­land.com

GREENS BEACH GC

Laid out on sandy ter­rain just a pitch­ing wedge from Bass Strait and about 60 min­utes’ drive north of Launce­s­ton, Greens Beach is re­garded as one of the most chal­leng­ing nine-holers in Tas­ma­nia.

Very lit­tle earth was moved when the course was cre­ated in 1950, in­stead the nat­u­ral bumps and swales of the prop­erty were ex­ploited to craft some mem­o­rable holes. A favourite hole would have to be the 273-me­tre par-4 8th with its crum­pled fair­way lead­ing to a putting sur­face sur­rounded by hum­mocks and hol­lows with Bass Strait to be seen oŠ in the dis­tance. www.greens­beach­golf.com.au

QUAMBY ES­TATE

Quamby Es­tate is a mag­nif­i­cent home­stead built in 1838 and boasts ten fully re­stored guest rooms within the am­bi­ence of a bou­tique guest­house, less than 30 min­utes’ drive from Launce­s­ton.

Sur­round­ing the home­stead is a nine-hole course designed by one of Australia’s great­est ever am­a­teurs, Peter Too­good, which was built in the 1990s.

Ar­guably the best of the holes here is ac­tu­ally its short­est oŠer­ing and the only par-3 at Quamby – the 158-me­tre 2nd, which plays eight me­tres shorter as the 11th hole. The tee shot here must carry the edge of a pic­turesque lake and a huge bunker stretched across the front edge of the large putting sur­face. www.quam­byestate.com.au

WEST­ERN AUSTRALIA BINNINGUP GC

Binningup Golf Club is a mag­nif­i­cent nine-hole course carved from nat­u­ral bush­land with holes emerg­ing from the bush to beach dunes oŠer­ing great ocean views.

For a town with a pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 peo­ple, more than 150km south of Perth, Binningup can lay claim to be­ing a ‘hid­den golf­ing gem’ that punches well above its weight in terms of de­sign and pre­sen­ta­tion.

Designed by Michael Coate and opened

for play in 1986, Binningup is one of the best courses fea­tured among those show­cased here. If Binningup was an 18-hole lay­out, chances are it would enter the con­ver­sa­tion as one of the best courses in WA … the land is that good for golf.

The nine is laid out in a clockwise rout­ing around rugged sandy scrub­land. There are two long par-5s in the first three holes, with the 568-me­tre 3rd be­ing an ab­so­lute brute in the af­ter­noon when the south-west­erly breeze picks up. The walk from the 3rd green to the 4th tee brings the In­dian Ocean into view.

The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th holes are very ter­rific holes and go a long way to de­fy­ing the com­mon held be­lief of ‘se­ri­ous golfers’ that only 18-hole courses can be chal­leng­ing or pos­sess de­sign merit.

Per­haps the best of this quar­tet is the first of the par-4s, the 4th hole. You can cut the cor­ner of the dog­leg right here to find a wide fair­way and leave your­self a much shorter sec­ond shot. But it can be a risky play with wild scrub and sandy dune waste­land to be found right on the in­side of the dog­leg. Hit in here and there’s a good chance of a reload.

Be­yond the de­sign, Binningup fea­tures well­p­re­sented bent­grass greens and win­ter­green fair­ways that would be the envy of many city courses. www.binningup.com.au

SEA VIEW GC

Lo­cated in the beach­side sub­urb of Cottes­loe, north of Perth, Sea View Golf Club dates back to 1908 when for­mer Bri­tish Am­a­teur Cham­pion P.C An­der­son laid out nine holes on nat­u­ral un­du­lat­ing ter­rain op­po­site the beach.

Back then the course was home to the Cottes­loe Golf Club and be­came the Sea View Golf Club in 1931.

To­day, it is a pri­vate course but visi­tors are wel­come to play the lay­out out­side com­pe­ti­tion times. www.seav­iew­golf­club.com.au

MOS­MAN PARK

Orig­i­nally built in 1961, Mos­man Park com­mis­sioned a re­design by ac­claimed ar­chi­tect Michael Coate in 2007 and the changes have raised the stan­dard of the pic­turesque course.

Lo­cated 20 min­utes from the Perth CBD near the bank of the Swan River, the course opens with one of its most di˜cult tests – a long par-4 which plays 391 me­tres from the tips, and 414-me­tres from an al­ter­nate tee on the back nine. The fair­way is pinched in at the driv­ing zone by a bunker on the in­side of the dog­leg right. As the fair­way turns right, it climbs grad­u­ally to­ward the green, which slopes dra­mat­i­cally from back to front.

A high­light of a round here is the 5th-14th holes where the shared fair­way reaches a fork, with the 5th green played to the left and the 14th green to the right. The right edge of the fair­way ošers the best ap­proach into the 5th green while the op­po­site ap­plies on the 14th.

The un­du­lat­ing to­pog­ra­phy com­bined with the good pre­sen­ta­tion makes Mos­man Park a fun course to play for golfers of all stan­dards. www.mos­man­park­golf­club.com.au

NEDLANDS GC

Founded in 1932, Nedlands is a well-es­tab­lished nine-holer laid out across 43 acres of beau­ti­ful land that a ords golfers sweep­ing views to­ward Matilda Bay and the Swan River.

Nedlands is a sub­ur­ban oa­sis with holes flanked by beau­ti­ful Tuarts, Redgums and Banksias.

Two sets of tees (the out­ward nine fea­tures white tees) o er va­ri­ety of dis­tance and an­gles on most of the holes. Ar­guably the best hole at Nedlands is the short, drive­able par-4 6th. With out-of-bounds to the right and the pre­vail­ing sea breeze blow­ing from the left there is al­ways the po­ten­tial of los­ing a ball onto ad­join­ing Melvista Av­enue.

Nedlands is a pri­vate club but visi­tors’ tee times are avail­able. www.ned­lands­golf­club.com.au

VIC­TO­RIA BARWON HEADS GC (Par-3 course)

Barwon Heads is ranked in­side the top-20 courses in the na­tion. But there is more golf on o er than what the cham­pi­onship course can present.

Barwon Heads has a ter­rific par-3 course, which has been re­designed in re­cent times by the highly-ac­claimed de­sign team of Neil Crafter and Paul Mog­ford of Golf Strate­gies.

The win­ter­green couch putting surfaces are set up to roll slower and ac­com­mo­date the un­du­lat­ing greens, which re­ally add to the en­joy­ment of a round. The most mem­o­rable hole here is the 8th, which was in­spired by the fa­mous Dell hole at Lahinch in Ire­land, and fea­tures a thin green squeezed be­tween high mounds. www.bar­won­heads.golf

SPRING PARK

Spring Park not only o ers fun golf, but the nine­hole walk is like ven­tur­ing through a set­ting that is part botan­i­cal gar­den, part typ­i­cal Sand­belt, which is not sur­pris­ing given its location.

The par-33 is in the Mel­bourne Sand­belt, so it should come as no sur­prise that the fair­ways and large greens are well-main­tained, while each hole is lined by rough that o ers sandy lies, not deep im­pos­si­ble to es­cape lies.

Spring Park’s open­ing hole sets the tone for the round. The 287-me­tre par-4 plays slightly up­hill and there is some risk in tak­ing a driver from the tee. The fair­way nar­rows be­tween gum trees about 200 me­tres from the tee, so lay your tee shot back to leave a full wedge into the putting sur­face pro­tected by two bunkers in front.

The pret­ti­est hole on the course is also its short­est. The 105-me­tre par-3 7th fea­tures wa­ter, sand and trees be­tween tee and green, so its no pushover. A small pond lies in front of the tee,

while tall gums also ob­scure the view of the left edge of the green. A typ­i­cal deep Sand­belt bunker lines most of the right side of the putting sur­face. It might be short but this diminu­tive o er­ing is a gem. www.spring­park­golf.com.au

PETERBOROUGH GC

The par-32 is about 30 min­utes’ drive east of War­rnam­bool en route to the world-fa­mous Twelve Apos­tles on the Great Ocean Road. It is a links with fast-run­ning and un­du­lat­ing fair­ways, while the greens fea­ture wide frontages al­low­ing you to bump and run your shots be­neath the wind. The 140-me­tre tee shot across a cli on the par-3 6th hole is one of the high­lights of a round here. No website avail­able

CHELTENHAM GC

Lo­cated in the heart of the Mel­bourne Sand­belt, Cheltenham has a rich his­tory dat­ing back to 1930.

Vast ar­eas of ti-tree and bracken were cleared to cre­ate a de­sign over­seen by Frank Len­nox, the then cu­ra­tor of the Vic­to­ria Golf Club next door. Len­nox’s cre­ation has filled out around each hole over the years but the essence of his work, in­clud­ing the rout­ing, re­mains.

The greens are small for the Sand­belt and the fair­ways rel­a­tively nar­row, so this course de­mands accuracy, not dis­tance. As a re­sult, Len­nox’s de­sign has al­ways been a chal­lenge and has gained a rep­u­ta­tion over the years for pro­duc­ing high qual­ity ju­nior golfers, who have gone on to pro­fes­sional ca­reers in­clud­ing the likes of Ste­wart Ginn, US Open Cham­pion Geo Ogilvy and Matt Gri’n.

Two short par-4s open the round and any gains made here, can be eas­ily lost on the 8th and 9th holes – a pair of lengthy two-shot­ters that run north and south and are eas­ily in­flu­enced by the pre­vail­ing winds no mat­ter what the time of year.

If you’re look­ing for a great value for money Mel­bourne Sand­belt ex­pe­ri­ence, Cheltenham is the course. www.chel­tenham­golf.com.au

THE DUNES ( Cups course)

The Dunes on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula is not only home to the highly-ranked links course, it also boasts a su­perb par-33 nine-hole course known as The Cups.

Cover­ing sim­i­lar ter­rain to its fa­mous neigh­bour, The Cups o ers a shorter, fun and more for­giv­ing links ex­pe­ri­ence. As you might imag­ine, wind is cer­tainly a fac­tor and a chal­lenge to club se­lec­tion, espe­cially on the four par-3s. www.the­dunes.com.au

FRANKSTON GC

Some­times re­ferred to as the ‘Mil­lion­aires’ club, it is safe to say this is not an ex­trav­a­gant golf­ing re­treat but has hosted prom­i­nent busi­ness­man, politi­cians and even royalty in its 104-year his­tory.

Of all the courses fea­tured here, this is the most pri­vate and re­quires an in­vite from a mem­ber to play. If you do ever get the chance, you’ll love the ex­pe­ri­ence of this hid­den Sand­belt gem. Few holes are bet­ter than the opener though. The short down­hill par-4 a ords play­ers a view of Port Philip Bay in the dis­tance as the fair­way de­scends to the bunkered green.

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AUSSIE GOLF RANCH

The Aussie Golf Ranch is a par-3 course that is the brain­child of PGA pro­fes­sional Ro­han Walker, who dreamed of a course where he could teach kids the ba­sics of the game whilst also pro­vid­ing a chal­leng­ing lay­out for golfers of all abil­i­ties.

He found 23 acres of coastal dunes, about 100 me­tres from a se­cluded sandy beach on Red Rocks Bay and just a few min­utes’ drive west of Cowes on Phillip Is­land. Ac­claimed course de­signer Ross Wat­son was com­mis­sioned to de­sign the nine-hole par-3 course and his dream to strike a bal­ance for ju­niors and ac­com­plished play­ers was achieved.

The links course, with holes be­tween 103 and 183 me­tres, has nearly 20 bunkers, wa­ter on many holes and grass-cov­ered mounds sur­round­ing each green. The G2 bent­grass greens have plenty of move­ment and are su­perbly kept. www.aussiegol­franch.com

KINGS COVE GC

The lake­front res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity at Kings Cove Me­tung was once graz­ing land but has been trans­formed dur­ing the past two decades with more than 15,000 trees planted and sev­eral wet­lands re­gen­er­ated.

The Kings Cove Golf Club – a nine-hole course designed by Ted Parslow – was cen­tral to this de­vel­op­ment.

As one might ex­pect from a mod­ern course, the green­scapes here are a lit­tle more dy­namic with big putting surfaces giv­ing rise to some dra­matic slopes and tiers. Parslow has used bunker­ing spar­ingly in his de­sign, espe­cially along the fair­ways, but they cer­tainly play their role in pro­tect­ing most greens. www.kingscov­eclub.com.au

GEE­LONG GC

Three years af­ter re-open­ing, the ‘new’ Gee­long Golf Club is thriv­ing.

The orig­i­nal club was founded in 1892 but af­ter 112 years the 18-hole lay­out was forced to close.

But a decade on, the club be­gan its new life with a su­perb nine-hole cre­ation designed by Gra­ham Pap­worth.

There is a mod­ern look to this stun­ning course, with well-man­i­cured Santa ana couch fair­ways and bent­grass greens, punc­tu­ated by strate­gi­cally placed bunker­ing.

A favourite hole is the 282-me­tre par-4 3rd hole which plays slightly up­hill and de­mands an ac­cu­rate tee shot to avoid trees and bunkers. Fair­way bunkers left are eas­ily reached but longer hit­ters may choose to blast a drive to­wards the green. But be wary, it is guarded in front by a scheme of five bunkers.

Given the green fee here is just $20 for nine holes, a round at Gee­long presents great value for money. www.gee­long­golf.com.au

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