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Kangaroos, Kookaburras and Great Golf

When the sun creeps over the horizon and as the first birds begin calling from the woodlands, the distinctive sound of club on ball can be heard at any one of Australia's unique golf courses. Australia - A country the size of the continental United States, can only be described as a country of many contrasts! From scorching deserts to miles of empty sandy white beaches, to craggy coastlines and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef....Australia is truly an amazing place! Imagine being watched by kangaroos as you tee off in the early light of morning, or being laughed at by the raucous kookaburras, as you miss a 6 inch birdie.

From the challenge of playing the sandbelt courses of Melbourne to the tall gum tree and natural bushland charm of the sun soaked Gold Coast with its lush fairways and greens, Australia provides a diverse range of golfing opportunities that cannot be matched elsewhere on the planet. This vast continent offers courses set in mystical landscapes where rainforests, palm trees, coral reefs, and clear blue skies provide impressive backdrops to some of the world's finest courses.

A typical Aussie golf tour might begin in Sydney at the Peter Thomson designed Camden Lakeside course, whose gently undulating links are very reminiscent of some of the famous holes at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, or Muirfield. Camden is a fine course, highly rated with excellent facilities, that is always enjoyable to play.

New South Wales, a Dr. Alister Mackenzie designed course is one of the "greats" and ranked number 5 in Australia. Situated at the site of Captain Cook's landing in Australia at La Perouse, it is not only a superb course, but offers some outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean.

The Lakes, situated in the city, was redesigned in the 70's by Devlin/Von Hagge and is renowned for its water hazards. Eleven of the 18 holes feature water, so the route is both picturesque and challenging. The Lakes has a long history of Australian Championships and is rated 14 in Australia.

The Australian, founded in 1882 and re-designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1977, this is the most prestigious club in Sydney. A very testing layout, with water being the feature on several holes, it demands very accurate shot making. Ranked number 4 in Australia.

Kingston Heath in Melbourne, designed by Dr. Alister Mackenzie and ranked number 2 in Australia, is one of the greats of the world. Fast, subtly breaking greens, excellent bunkering with superbly interesting holes are the main features of a course that caters equally for all standards of golfers.

Cape Schanck, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, is right on the coast of the Mornington Peninsula in typical links country. Large undulating greens require accurate approaches, and with the sea breeze which is ever present, it is a memorable test of golf.

The Gold Coast, near Brisbane, is Australia's holiday capital with an international reputation for golden beaches, clean surf, a superb climate, and impressive resort golf courses. Here we find the Hope Island championship course designed by 5 times British Open Champion Peter Thompson and ranked number 8 in Australia. Peter has created a course rich in the traditional features of the great courses in Scotland and Ireland. A typical "links" with undulating fairways, and great par 3's, particularly the 17th over water into the prevailing breeze.

Robina Woods: This private club featuring Australian native flora and wildlife is fast gaining an enviable reputation. Only constructed in 1989, it has already earned a ranking of number 49. Tree lined fairways in most cases, and on the others it is water that demands well placed tee shots.

Palm Meadows: Designed by Graham Marsh in 1987 and ranked number 46. The course is set amongst 240 hectares of picturesque lakes, landscaped gardens, and palm groves. Very enjoyable to play for all standards of golfers, it is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast.

Sanctuary Cove: Pines & Palms courses: Both courses are highly rated with the Pines by Arnold Palmer the highest at 18. Both feature a lot of water that will test even the best players. Sanctuary Cove is Australia's largest resort and both these courses complement the development. Home annually of the Australian Skins game.

Cairns, in tropical north Queensland, is home to the Paradise Palms course, designed by Graham Marsh in 1990. It is ranked 29 and set in lush tropical splendor. Accuracy is required to play the 6 lakes and 96 bunkers set throughout the course. Measuring 7255 yards from the back tees, it has 4 tee positions on each hole to make it enjoyable for all.

Mirage Golf Course: This resort course designed by Peter Thomson in 1988 features water on several holes plus being bordered by the Coral Sea. A pleasurable experience to play, it is well designed, but an unusual feature is that it comprises 6 par 3's, 6 par 4's, and 6 par 5's.

While in the Cairns area, take a break from golf and feel the wonder that is Australia. Here you can experience aboriginal culture, take a rainforest tour, and dive or snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. Tropical North Queensland is a paradise for the active and adventurous traveler.

Royal Adelaide: Designed by Dr. Alister Mackenzie in 1926, this links course is another of the "greats" in Australia. Excellent bunkering with fast contoured greens and good use of the terrain are the features that stand out on this magnificent course that is ranked number 9.

Royal Canberra: An excellent course featuring large contoured greens which demand accurate approaches. Rated number 10 in Australia, it is set among majestic eucalyptus. One of the more unusual features is the number of kangaroos that reside there.

Great golf, incredible scenery, unique wildlife, a 40,000 year old culture, and friendly people await you in Australia.