TEE­ING OFF:

BREN­DAN JAMES

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WHAT makes a golf course find its way onto your list of favourites? Is it the pris­tine con­di­tion it is gen­er­ally pre­sented in, or are you be­sot­ted by qual­ity de­sign that forces you to think your way across the jour­ney?

For many, their favourite course is prob­a­bly the one they try to con­quer ev­ery week play­ing along­side their mates. So it’s not al­ways about the golf, some­times it might be the so­cial as­pect of play­ing at a course that you en­joy. That said, you might re­ally like a course sim­ply be­cause the half­way house has the best ba­con and egg rolls you’ve ever eaten

No mat­ter what the rea­son, we’ve all got our list of favourite cour­ses we love play­ing.

I’m of­ten asked for my favourite Aus­tralian course and I start rat­tling off a list as long as your arm. I’ve worked on rank­ing lists based on course de­sign and con­di­tion­ing etc. for many years but un­til now I’ve never ac­tu­ally sat down and tried to, at least men­tally, split my most favourite cour­ses to play.

I think, if pushed, I’d prob­a­bly plump for Royal Mel­bourne West course, by a nose from Barn­bougle Dunes. I al­ways walk to the 1st tee of both with a smile. But I’d also throw in Na­rooma, on the NSW South Coast, be­cause I have so many happy mem­o­ries of play­ing there.

And then, be­fore you know it, there’s a grow­ing list. It’s hard to play favourites.

For many, it would seem, Bonville Golf Re­sort (pic­tured) is their favourite. The NSW North Coast course has been voted Aus­tralia’s Favourite Course for the past two years. Will it make 2018 a three-peat? Dur­ing the next three months we are giv­ing you the chance to VOTE for your favourite cour­ses and, just for telling us, you’ll go into the run­ning to be fit­ted out – head to toe – like a Call­away Golf tour staff pro­fes­sional.

Vot­ing for Aus­tralia’s 50 Favourite Golf Cour­ses opens on Au­gust 23 and all you have to do is visit our web­site, www.gol­faus­tralia.com.au, and vote for your top-three cour­ses, from your favourite down to your third favourite. It’s that easy. When the poll closes in late Novem­ber, we’ll col­late the votes and you’ll be able to see if your favourite course makes our top-50, which will be pub­lished in a spe­cial edi­tion of our weekly dig­i­tal mag­a­zine, Golf Aus­tralia Ex­press. But more im­por­tantly, we might be get­ting in touch with you as the new owner of a Call­away equip­ment pack­age worth $5,000.

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