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The Most Spectacular Golf Holes in Australia - Part 2

An aerial view of the spectacular water-carry 17th hole at Links Hope Island. (Photo: Links Hope Island)
With the help of iSeekGolf's readers who voted, we've compiled a list (in alphabetical order) of Australia's most spectacular golf holes.

Following on from 'The Most Spectacular Golf Holes in Australia - Part 1' released last month, here we reveal another 16 holes sure to get golfers' hearts racing.

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

Situated in the famous Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Leura Golf Club's 14th hole appears unspectacular from the tee, but the approach to the green affords a stunning view of the World Heritage Listed mountain range beyond.

Links Hope Island (QLD) - 17th Hole, Par 3

Links Hope Island refers to its signature water-carry 17th as: "an experience in courage or folly." The prevailing wind is against and, at 230 metres from the black tees and 188 from the blue tees, many golfers will choose to lay up to the right, away from the penalty area.

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Long Reef Golf Club (NSW) 16th Hole, Par 4

At Long Reef on Sydney's Northern Beaches, the 16th hole hugs the eastern fringe of the course and only a walking track populated by local joggers and walkers separates it from the Pacific Ocean below.

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Mornington Golf Club (VIC) - 15th Hole, Par 4

Mornington's 7th, 14th, 15th & 19th holes could all have been in this list but we don't play favourites at iSeekGolf, so we've gone with one: the dogleg right 15th. The video below - from the 1:34 mark - showcases the 14th's breathtaking Port Phillip Bay views.

Narooma Golf Club (NSW) - 3rd Hole, Par 3

Known as 'Hogan's Hole', the short 3rd at Narooma was once the site of a television commercial starring actor Paul Hogan. Today, it's a constant source of drama for golfers daring to carry the clifftops and find the green.

The National Golf Club (VIC) - Old Course, 7th Hole, Par 3

Few holes illicit an audible "wow" from golfers as they stand on the tee, but the 7th on The National's Old Course is one of them. You're forced to play over a deep ravine to a large and seemingly elusive green with stunning Bass Strait views beyond.

New South Wales Golf Club (NSW) - 6th Hole, Par 3

Like Mornington, New South Wales could have a handful of entries in this list - notably the 5th and 6th holes - but we can only select one. The par-3 6th starts on a tee perched precariously above a rock formation and plays across a cove to an exposed green.

   Adam Scott tees off on New South Wales Golf Club's 6th hole on his way to winning the 2009 Australian Open.

Northbridge Golf Club (NSW) - 5th Hole, Par 3

Like the famous 5th hole at Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland, the 5th at Northbridge in Sydney is a blind par-3. The drop from tee to green is so severe that you often can't see the top of the flagstick!

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Ocean Dunes (TAS) - 4th Hole, Par 3

All four of the par-threes at Ocean Dunes on King Island are sensational. In particular, the water-carry 10th garners a great deal of attention, as does the short and highly exposed 4th beside Bass Strait.

Palm Meadows Golf Club (QLD) - 18th Hole, Par 5

To Gold Coast locals, the closing hole at Palm Meadows needs no introduction. In 1988, it took centre stage for the inaugural Palm Meadows Cup - won by Greg Norman - and since then has had amateurs from all corners pulling their hair out with its severe dogleg right and constant threat of water.

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Port Fairy Golf Club (VIC) - 14th Hole, Par 4

There may not be many better five-hole stretches in Australia than holes 12 to 15 at Port Fairy. The straight-away par-5 12th is a beauty, so too the dogleg right 14th (pictured below) which plays severely downhill for the approach.

St Michael’s Golf Club (NSW) - 6th Hole, Par 5

Right next door to New South Wales Golf Club, St Michael's probably doesn't get due credit. While less famous than New South Wales' 5th, the downhill par-5 6th at St Michaels shares some similarities.

Tasmania Golf Club (TAS) - 3rd Hole, Par 5

Only a few hundred metres north of Hobart's International Airport, Tasmania Golf Club is the city's premier golf course and the sweeping dogleg left par-5 third is the club's premier hole.

Tasman Golf Club (TAS) - 8th hole, Par 3

"The signature 8th has golfers tee off over a 100 metre chasm between the cliffs," Tasman Golf Club's website says. It's not hard to see why the club calls itself "Southern Tasmania’s most picturesque golf course." 

Victor Harbor Golf Club (SA) - 1st Hole, Par 5

Earlier this decade, Victor Harbor's first hole was ranked by Adelaide's Sunday Mail newspaper as one of the best 18 golf holes in South Australia. It drops substantially from the tee down to the fairway, affording brilliant panoramic views of the Great Australian Bight.

The Vintage (NSW) - 8th Hole, Par 3

A three-time host of the NSW Open, The Vintage Golf Club offers a stern test and the 8th is undoubtedly the most difficult hole on the course. It also happens to be a rather spectacular water-carry par-3.

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