Golf in Australia

This country profile highlights some of the key aspects of golfing in Australia.

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Country Profile Australia  

This vast country with a land mass roughly equal to the USA is actually home to less than 20 million people, most of whom live around the coastal regions - much of the country's interior remaining uninhabited and very dry. Since the original boatloads of convicts (and other settlers) arrived from Britain in the 1780's, successive waves of immigrants have produced a diverse culture in which the outdoor lifestyle and sports have flourished, while the native aboriginal inhabitants have fared less well. One of Australia's greatest attractions is found in the richness and uniqueness of its wildlife - animals like kangaroos, koalas and wombats are not found in other countries. The colourful birdlife is also striking, with penguins, albatrosses, parrots, emus, rosellas and kookaburras making up just a few of the species that abound in Australia. Although Canberra is the capital city, no one forgets a visit to the ever-popular Sydney, complete with its Opera House, Harbour bridge and the stunning harbour itself.

About the Golf
Golf occupies a significant place at the table of this sports mad country, with an abundance of excellent world-class courses providing ample evidence of this. Great golf can be found throughout the country, with sizeable concentrations of courses around the bigger cities; Melbourne deserves a special mention with its stunning volume and array of high-quality courses. The development of resort style courses where golf (by day) and gambling (by night) is available seems to be becoming increasingly popular. Needless to say, a country taking its golf as seriously as they do in Australia, has produced many household names in the world of professional golf - Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Graham Marsh, Greg Norman, Karrie Webb, Stuart Appleby, Adam Scott and Robert Allenby to name but a few.

Golf Good Points
The biggest plus point, is the sheer volume and array of excellent golf courses in the populated areas of Australia. Most clubs, concerned with maintaining the condition of their fairways, will supply and insist you carry a sand bucket to fill in your divots. If you buy a copy of the Golf Course Guide (available in most Pro Shops) you'll be able to obtain discounts on Green Fees at over 500 clubs in Australia.

Less Good Points
The accepted policy in Australia is to wait for a "go ahead" signal from green-keeping staff when they are in range of your intended shot - too often however, they forget or don't bother to signal, keeping you hanging around on the tee while they rake bunkers or cut fairways. Although it seems to be quite accepted at some clubs in and around Melbourne, taking pull-carts across the greens seems a very strange practice. At times the finer points of golf etiquette seem to be in very short supply, especially among weekend four-balls, e.g. not letting faster two-balls play through. For discerning beer drinkers there is far too much cold, insipid, tasteless fizz on offer. Try to find a brand you like, or switch to wine - most clubs have a very good selection of Australian wines. Beer comes in schooners (small) or pots (even smaller).

Golf - Booking
Calling ahead to check tee-time availability is always advisable - courses can get busy and competitions are numerous. Many of the top rated clubs can be played by overseas and interstate visitors, but it is often necessary to make an application in writing to the Secretary / Club Manager. The growth of residential Country Club golf developments has also seen the introduction of courses that can only be played by members and their guests - this seems more the case around Sydney than elsewhere.

Located in south-eastern Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, rarely experience cold wintry weather at any time of year - golf is definitely a year-round activity. During summer months (Oct - March) temperatures can vary considerably, sometimes a modest 15-degrees followed by temperatures that soar up to 40-degrees. Rain can occur at anytime of year, with coastal areas more prone to rain than the drier, hotter interior.

Getting around
Getting around in Australia is not usually a problem with good roads and frequent air connections between the bigger cities. Its easy to forget that Australia is as big as the USA, so make sure you are clear on the distances between places before setting out on your journey. has a useful journey planner tool in its Map Maker section.

Although Australia has a good array of hotels, motels and B&B's, finding them is often more difficult than you think. Accommodation directories and web-listings are not always that comprehensive. Best to do some homework before your trip, search the web or try the recommendations provided at the bottom of every course detail page. .

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