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What's Your Favourite Public Course in Australia?

Long Reef Golf Club in Sydney.
iSeekGolf spoke with a host of tour professionals to find out what their favourite public access golf courses in Australia are.

Nick O’Hern is a two-time Presidents Cup player for the International Team and hails from Western Australia and is now based in the US.

"Probably my favourite used to be the Kennedy Bay links [south of Perth]," O'Hern says. "It was just an unbelievable golf course and I think anyone can play it. When the wind got up around there, it was always a lot of fun."

New South Welshman Harrison Endycott finished runner-up in last week's Oates Vic Open.

"Long Reef Golf Club down on the [Sydney] northern beaches" Endycott says. "It’s just really cool and the scenery is beautiful and it’s a really enjoyable fun golf course to play.

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Victorian Jack Wilson won the 2013 WA PGA and plays on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

"Earlier this year I was lucky enough to go down to Barnbougle," Wilson says. "I think, public access, that’s it right there. I prefer The Dunes, it was spectacular, as close to anything I’ve played in Scotland, best public access course I’ve played in Australia for sure.

Tom Power Horan grew up playing at Cheltenham Golf Club in Melbourne and has competed on the PGA Tour of Australasia since turning pro in 2016.

"I really like The Dunes down Mornington Peninsula way," Power Horan says. "I think it’s a great test, it’s normally in great condition. They had a really big amateur tournament there I played a lot of years and it’s always terrific and you can always play with lots of different varying golfers and have a great time."

Peter Cooke is from Adelaide and competes on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

"Adelaide Shores in Adelaide," Cooke says. "I’m going off the courses that are local to me. The head greenkeeper there, he did some design work there and changed some bunkering and I’m not sure where he’s from but the bunkering there and the shaping was beautiful."

South Australian Wade Ormsby won for the first time on the European Tour in December at the Hong Kong Open.

"I think public golf is about keeping the game moving, good quality turf all the way around and just for people to enjoy the game so it doesn’t need to be terribly penal," Ormsby says. "Adelaide Shores down in Adelaide obviously, close to West Beach, that’s like that, I think all the work’s been done on that to try and free it up and get grass everywhere and make sure that people can keep on moving and enjoy just getting the ball next to that flag."

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