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switch of nines a few years ago helped speed
up play, while flipping more of the better
holes to the front half.
79RACV HEALESVILLE 3
Highest ranking: 79 (2018)
Proof that bigger isn’t better, the pint-sized
Healesville course with its sub-5,000 -metre,
par-68 course (the only layout ranked here
to boast such numbers) makes a small
gain to match its small dimensions. Since
entering the Top 100 four years ago, the
Mike Clayton/Mike Cocking design has
maintained a steady position.
78AMSTEL (RANFURLIE) 3
Highest ranking: 72 (2012)
A layout that divides opinions – few courses
yield such disparate scores across our
judging panel – it has mostly retained a
place in the upper regions of the bottom
quarter of the list since debuting in 2004. In
a region of Melbourne where the stature of
its neighbouring courses makes it difficult
to stand out, Ranfurlie continues to keep a
Highest ranking: 77 (2018)
A debut a long time in the making, Curlewis
finally cracks the list and does so with gusto.
Part of an impressive collection of courses
on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, it has the
Overall, our judging panel lodged 1,106 scores for nearly 200 different courses across
the country. They visit and score courses on seven criteria:
SHOT VALUES (SCORE OUT OF 20): How well do the holes pose a variety of risks
and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse?
RESISTANCE TO SCORING (OUT OF 10): How difficult, while still being fair, is
the course for a scratch player from the back tees?
DESIGN VARIETY (OUT OF 10): How varied are the holes in differing lengths,
configurations, hazard placements, green shapes and green contours?
MEMORABILITY (OUT OF 10): How well do the design features provide
individuality to each hole yet a collective continuity to the entire 18?
AESTHETICS (OUT OF 10): How well do the scenic values of the course add to the
pleasure of a round?
CONDITIONING (OUT OF 10): How firm, fast and rolling were the fairways, how
firm yet receptive were the greens and how true were the roll of putts on the day you
played the course?
AMBIENCE (OUT OF 10): How well does the overall feel and atmosphere of the
course reflect or uphold the traditional values of the game?
To arrive at a course’s final score, we total its averages in the seven categories,
doubling Shot Values to create a score out of 80.
This is the first year the Resistance to Scoring, Aesthetics and Ambience criteria
have been included, something of a nod to our colleagues at US Golf Digest, who
also compile various world rankings. More of the Golf Digest global affiliates using
the same methodology improves the accuracy of the world lists.
For their time and input, we thank our national panel of judges: Selwyn Berg, Andrew
Bertram, Ross Bishop, Tony Bradley, Tim Browne, David Chantrell, Rohan Clarke, Alex
Cleave, Brad Clifton, Chris Croker, Grant Dodd, Paschal Flynn, Rod Hammond, Doug
Hannaford, Phil Heads, Ross Hildebrand, John Hopkins, Loren Justins, Steve Keipert,
Rahim Lalani, Matthew Laverty, Jayden Lawson, Gary Lisbon, Matthew MacMahon,
Richard Maxwell, Grant Naylor, Kevin Pallier, Tom Pennington, Stephen Pitt, James
Ponder, Brad Pullin, David Raymond, Peter Robertson, Aaron Spalding, Nick Stewart,
Will Stubbs, Nick Tuddenham, Tony Webeck and Murray Williams.
OUR JUDGING CRITERIA AND PANEL
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*Golf Digest Magazine - 2017 Australia’s Top 100 Courses
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