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The Most Spectacular Golf Holes in Australia - Part 1

The 12th hole at The Cut Golf Course in Western Australia. (Photo: The Cut Golf Course)
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With the help of iSeekGolf's readers who voted, we've compiled a list (in alphabetical order) of Australia's most spectacular golf holes and the good news is that most of them are on public access courses!

Araluen Golf Resort (WA) - 16th Hole, Par 3

At Araluen Golf Resort on the outskirts of Perth, the par-3 16th tops out at 160 metres but a healthy downslope not only makes the hole play considerably shorter but provides panoramic views.

Barnbougle Dunes (TAS) - 7th Hole, Par 3

Depending which tee you play from, the tiny 7th at The Dunes can measure less than 100 metres and, with its small green, may be Australia's answer to the famous Postage Stamp hole at Royal Troon in Scotland.

Barnbougle Lost Farm (TAS) - 4th Hole, Par 3

Straddled on one side by the Bass Strait coastline and on the other by the head of the Great Forester River, the short 4th at Lost Farm sits precariously on a thin sliver of land. 

Bonville Golf Resort (NSW) - 17th Hole, Par 3

"Don’t be hypnotised by the reflections off the water," Bonville's website warns of its 17th hole. "An exciting par three, which keeps all players in suspense until the ball lands on terra firma. The safest play is long, left."

Cape Wickham (TAS) - 18th Hole, Par 4

Anybody who has stood on the 18th tee at Cape Wickham doesn't need to be told why the closing hole is so special for the golfing scenery is almost without peer.

Cathedral Lodge (VIC) - 15th Hole, Par 3

One of Australia's most exclusive golf courses, Cathedral Lodge only opened in 2017. It has many spectacular holes, perhaps none more so than the 15th, though getting an invite to play Cathedral Lodge is the biggest challenge.

The Coast Golf Club (NSW) - 14th Hole, Par 4

The ocean-carry par-3 4th at The Coast is very unlucky to miss out on this list but, if you've played the par-4 14th, we think you'll appreciate its beauty. Set atop a cliff, the tee shot from the back tee must be played across a gorge to a fairway well below. (Photo: Glenn Duffus Photgraphy/The Coast)

The Cut (WA) - 12th Hole, Par 4

"As one of the most exposed holes on the Australian coast, the 12th is never likely to be a pushover," The Cut's course guide warns. The tee is perched atop sand dunes which can leave you at the mercy of the elements.

Ellerston Golf Club (NSW) - 8th Hole, Par 4

Set on a rolling Packer Family property in rural NSW, Ellerston is probably the hardest golf course to get onto in the country, but if you ever get there you'll be blown away by its remarkable beauty. It's hard to single out one hole but the 8th is one to remember.

Flinders Golf Club (VIC) - 4th Hole, Par 4

Hugging the Southern Ocean coast and only 255 metres from the white tee, the 4th at Flinders is drivable for some but all must play across two deep ravines - or 'coffins' - which earned the hole its nickname, The Coffin.

Gerringong Golf Club (NSW) - 4th Hole, Par 5

"Doglegs left around a beach which is an integral part of the course and features two water carries as well," one iSeekGolf reader wrote of Gerringong's fourth hole.

Hamilton Island Golf Club (QLD) - 4th Hole, Par 3

The Wow Factor at Hamilton Island Golf Club on Dent Island is off the charts. Sweeping views of The Whitsundays are the norm at this Thomson Perrett-designed gem and perhaps the best of the bunch comes at the par-3 4th.

Hidden Valley Golf Course (VIC) - 18th Hole, Par 3 

Island greens are a novelty and very rarely seen outside of North America. Less than one hour's drive north of Melbourne's CBD, you'll find the Craig Parry-designed Hidden Valley Golf Course which finishes with a bang.

Joondalup Resort (WA) - 3rd Hole (Quarry), Par 3

Drama abounds on Joondalup's Quarry nine in Perth. And the par-three third hole, which plays across an old quarry, is one of those holes where even with a well-struck tee shot, you'll be anxious until you see your ball land safely.

Kingston Heath Golf Club (VIC), 15th Hole, Par 3

One of Australia's most famous holes, the short 15th at Kingston Heath is as treacherous as it is spectacular. Perched on a hill, it's exposed to wind and, with the green surrounded by sand, favours an aerial approach.

The Lakes Golf Club (NSW) - 11th Hole, Par 5

The danger at The Lakes' 11th is plain to see. The sweeping dogleg right par-five hugs around a massive lake from tee to green, striking fear into the hearts of the less confident. Very long hitters may try to reach the green in two, though anything slightly short will be wet.

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