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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 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?


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.

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