OUR RANKING CRITERIA
DESIGN ( 60%)
Judges were instructed to ask the following questions to themselves to determine where a course stands in the list.
• Is there a good balance of par-3s, 4s and 5s?
• Is there a good variety of long and short par-4s?
• Is risk-and-reward a factor on many holes?
• How fair is the course for all players?
• Does the design offer a wide selection of shots based on length of holes and routing of holes bringing any variation of wind direction into play?
• How memorable are individual holes and the course as a whole?
Judges were instructed to consider:
• The overall condition of playing surfaces. Take into consideration elements out of control of course staff, like drought, bushfire and flood.
• Are the fairways cut to be well-defined from semi-rough and rough?
• Have the bunkers been wellpresented?
VISUAL APPEAL (20%)
Visual appeal is an important factor in not only attracting golfers but also getting those same golfers to play the course again and again. Judges were asked to consider:
• How aesthetically pleasing is the course to look at?
• Are there many holes that have ‘wow’ factor?
• Does the course bIend well with its surrounds?
HOW THE RANKING WORKS
Each of the 25 judges submits their list of courses, descending from No.1. Judges can submit a list of as many courses as they like but it must exceed 30 courses.
Once the judges have presented their personal ranking, the lists are examined and points allocated to each course on their list. Their No.1 course receives 100 points, their second course receives 99 points and so on.
The final ranking point attributed to each course in the ranking is an average based on the total points received divided by the number of judges that voted for that course. This fi nal ‘score’ determines where the course falls in the final ranking.