Using a mixture of entertainment value, scenery & course conditioning, these are a group of layouts (in alphabetical order) you'll have to play many times before you grow tired of them.*
Situated in the small town of Ashbourne in the Adelaide Hills, Ashbourne Private Golf Course is a private course where McLaren Vale Golf Club members can play. The heavily wooded layout makes for some gorgeous playing corridors between a mix of native gums and pines.
Binningup Golf Club calls itself "A touch of paradise by the sea," which is not too far from the truth. Situated in the town of Binningup about a 90-minute drive south of Perth, the local golf club moves from natural bushland to sand dunes and offers Indian Ocean views.
Located in the tranquil scenery of Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Boomerang Farm Golf Course truly is a golfer's escape. There are no bunkers on the course which is defended mainly by heavily tree-lined fairways.
Sharing a fence with Victoria Golf Club, its lesser known neighbour Cheltenham Golf Club is in the heart of Melbourne's sandbelt and a beautiful piece of land for golf. The undulating course looks a lot like some of its more famous south-east Melbourne counterparts but with much less fanfare.
Golf in tropical bushland can be a treat and Cooktown Golf Club is case in point. The public gem is only 5 kilometres south of Cooktown and borders Walker Bay and the Annan River. Golfers at Cooktown can soak up the glorious backdrop of Mount Cook and might have to deal with the occasional free drop from echidna burrows.
It's one of Greg Norman's lesser known course designs but not one to shy away. The Copperclub at Port Hughes on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula can be played twice from two sets of tees as a championship golf course measuring up to just under 6,100 metres.
Elderslie Golf Club is only half an hour's drive from Hobart but has seclusion and tranquility in spades. Set on rolling rural land, Elderslie calls itself "a relaxed country course". But watch out for Anderson’s Creek, which meanders through the course and is in play on most holes. See Elderslie's par-four third hole in the video below.
Affectionately known as 'The Millionaire's Club', Frankston Golf Club is one of the hardest places to get a tee time anywhere in Australia. Driving along Golf Links Road in Melbourne's far south-east, you need an eagle eye to even notice the understated entrance to the private club, which boasts a classic sandbelt style course with fairways framed by dense tea-tree and eucalytps.
Freycinet is best known for the world renowned Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay but the local golf club is another reason to make the 2 and a half hour pilgrimmage by road from either Hobart or Launceston. Freycinet Golf Club offers a narrow and heavily tree-lined course with its own views of the Swan River and Oyster Bay.
Whether driving south from Port Macquarie, or travelling a longer distance north from Newcastle, Harrington Waters, where the Manning River meets the ocean, won't disappoint. Opened in 2006, the course is known for its impressive conditioning and setting amongst picturesque wetlands.
The majority of golfers who fly into King Island from the mainland will play Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes, then head straight back to the mainland. If you're planning a trip, consider a visit to King Island Golf Club, which is only a very short drive from both King Island Airport and the island's main township of Currie.
Kings Cove Metung doesn't attract the same level of attention as nearby Lakes Entrance Golf Club but the Ted Parslow-designed resort style nine-hole course is worth checking out if you find yourself in East Gippsland. You can play it twice as a par-72 stretching beyond 6000 metres but nine holes is all you need for a memorable experience.
Opened in 1994, the 18-tee, nine-hole course at Llanherne Golf Club was designed by Peter Toogood and is located between Hobart International Airport and Royal Hobart Golf Club. Typical of the Seven Mile Beach area, pine trees are in abundance at Llanherne but it could still be classed as a links-style layout.
'Spectacular' and 'breathtaking' would be common refrains among golfers visiting Lord Howe Island Golf Club for the first time. But getting to the beachside links on the tiny island isn't easy: It's about a two-hour flight from either Sydney or Brisbane.
Maleny Golf Club opened to the public in 2015 as a 9-hole course and while it has since been extended to 12 holes, we've made an exception to squeeze it onto this list. 40 minutes' drive inland from the Sunshine Coast town of Mooloolaba, Maleny will eventually become an 18-hole course with more new holes set to open in the next 12 to 18 months.
Marion Park Golf Club in Adelaide is only about a kilometre inland from St Vincent Gulf but is high above sea level, granting impressive panoramic views of the water below. It's also a very good nine-hole golf course providing plenty of undulation and a relaxed atmosphere for anyone who visits.
If Nedlands Golf Club had 18 holes, it would probably receive at least the same national recognition as other private Perth golf clubs like Mount Lawley, Cottesloe or Royal Perth. The parkland course offers commanding views of the Swan River and, as the former host of the Nedlands Masters, is understood to be the only 9-hole venue to stage an official PGA Tour of Australasia event.
Across the other side of the Swan River from Nedlands is the nine-hole public access Point Walter Golf Course. Another undulating parkland course, Point Walter offers enjoyment for the better player while beginners would also find it a fun-filled experience for there are very few bunkers to contend with.
The website for Quamby Estate says it has 'Australia's Best And Most Spectacular 9-Hole Course'. And while many seasoned golfers would probably question that claim, Quamby's nine-hole course certainly is an absolute beauty to look at and experience. If you don't have a good day on the course, at least you can retire to Quamby's luxurious and timeless Homestead.
Just over the road from Southern Golf Club in the sandbelt suburb of Dingley Village, Spring Park Golf Course has a similar look and feel to its more revered neighbour. While not quite conditioned to the same standard, Spring Park offers locals public access golf which would be the envy of social golfers in other parts of Melbourne.
Not far from Tasmania's north-western corner is Stanley Golf Club, which dates way back to 1909. Stanley is a quaint seaside town steeped in history and home to 'The Nut', a large and steep bluff which was once an ancient volcanic plug. The Nut can be seen in the distant background of the Stanley Golf Club's seventh green below.
The term "hidden gem" is used far too much to describe a golf course but it is an apt description for Tamborine Mountain Golf Club in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The course is known for impressive presentation and, while not even 600 metres above sea level, Tamborine Mountain offers views as far as the Stradbroke Islands.
The NSW South Coast is prime for a golf road trip and Tathra Beach Country Club should always be included in the itinerary. Its nine-hole course is only part of the multi-sport facility, which is a great community asset in a town devastated by bushfires earlier this year.
About 90 minutes' drive north of Tathra Beach is Tuross Beach Country Club which is where prolific Japan Tour winner Brendan Jones spent his formative golfing years. Set on a hillside, Tuross Head boasts sensational views of the waterways and ocean below and if you like a bit of lawns bowls with your golf, you'll love it!
Situated on a tiny peninsula of land between Inglis River and Bass Strait, Wynyard Golf Club is one of the most beautiful courses in Tasmania. It sits beneath Fossil Bluff which gives it a similar feel to another north-west Tasmanian course in this list; Stanley Golf Club. Wynyard's second and third holes are only metres from a sandy stretch of Bass Strait beach.
*Only stand-alone 9-hole courses were considered, which excluded clubs or venues that have a 9-hole course in addition to a separate layout
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