While hardly an earth-shattering representation, it is a slight increase on the six layouts the nation had included in GOLF Magazine's previous world course rankings in 2015 though down on the nine Australian layouts that qualified for the 2016 Golf Digest top 100 rankings.
Opened in 2010 and designed by Americans Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Lost Farm has made every one of GOLF Magazine's top 100 rankings since: 82nd in 2011 and 72nd in 2013.
Opened for play in 2015, Cape Wickham makes its first appearance in the GOLF Magazine top 100. Situated very close to the northern tip of King Island, Cape Wickham has quickly earned wide acclaim and debuted at 24th in Golf Digest's 2016 top 100 list.
The ultra-exclusive Ellerston - situated on the Packer family's remote Hunter Valley property - makes its second consecutive appearance in GOLF Magazine's list after debuting at 73rd in 2015.
Cape Kidnappers has comfortably made GOLF Magazine's top 100 each time since it opened for play in 2004. It debuted at 27th in 2005 and has never been lower on this list than its current standing.
The coastal masterpiece in the inner Sydney suburb of La Perouse has fallen six places since GOLF Magazine's 2015 ranking but remains a perennial presence inside the magazine's top 45. New South Wales' par-five 5th hole (pictured below during the 2009 Australian Open) and par-three 6th offer breathtaking Pacific Ocean views.
Opened in 2004, Barnbougle's Dunes course has dropped two spots but remains a major attraction for international and Australian golfers alike who make the short hop across Bass Strait to experience true links golf on Tasmania's north coast. (Below: Barnbougle Dunes' short par-three 7th)
29. Tara Iti - New Zealand (NEW)
A Tom Doak design on New Zealand's North Island close to 100 kilometres north of Auckland, Tara Iti opened in late 2015 and has promptly surged past Cape Kidnappers as the country's premier layout. But getting a game there is tricky. Tara Iti is just as exclusive as it is spectacular.
20. Kingston Heath - Melbourne, Victoria (28)
Kingston Heath makes a sizeable jump up the GOLF Magazine rankings and has been a rock solid presence inside its top 30; in the last four biennial rankings, it has been listed at 27th, 27th, 28th and 28th. Kingston Heath's impeccable record as a tournament venue was strengthened last year with its hosting of the World Cup of Golf.
11. Royal Melbourne (West Course) - Melbourne, Victoria (12)
Royal Melbourne's famed West Course moves up one placing, which is not an insignificant jump when this far up the pointy end of the rankings. Royal Melbourne will again go under the international golfing spotlight in 2019 when it hosts the Presidents Cup for the third time.
To read GOLF Magazine's complete list of the Top 100 Courses in the World for 2017, click here.
SIGNATURE HOLES: 9TH AT PALMER COOLUM (QLD)
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