Short courses

Australia’s 50 most fun short courses

Golf is meant to be fun and you don’t have to look too far to find a short course – whether it’s a nine hole course, an all par 3 course or even a pitch and putt with two clubs – which offers a lot of affordable golf fun.

Here, we’ve selected the 50 short courses from across the country where you’ll have a great time with your friends and family, no matter how good their game.



Bougle Run (picture above) It only officially opened six months ago and is already considered one of the best short courses in the world.

The 14-hole layout – consisting of 12 par-3s and two short par-4s – is already proving as popular as its older siblings, Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm.

Designed by Lost Farm creator Bill Coore, Bougle Run is a fun golf course for players of all skill levels as it twists and turns and traverses spectacular sand dunes.

One of the highlights of a Bougle Run round is the first of two par-4s. At 253 meters, and slightly downhill, the 4th is easily accessible. The tee shot must carry a brush-filled chasm to reach the fairway, which is littered with bunkers in a direct line to the receptive right half of the green. You can, however, play away from any sand issues, but this will leave a more difficult short pitch to the flag.

The front tees, even at the 4th, were specially created to allow novices and beginners to play the hole with a putter. Brilliant!

Green fee: $70 (14 holes).


Covering rolling, sandy terrain, the Flinders Island course offers picturesque views of Bass Strait to the west and the island’s rugged interior to the east.

This link arrangement is a wonderful design – kneaded and shaped mostly by Mother Nature – which is well exposed to the wind, which adds a lot to the challenge. Apparently the layout – which runs mostly north to south with a few sharp doglegs – has only been parried (into 18 holes) once in the past four decades.

Green fee: $15 (nine holes).

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Drive as far north as you can from Launceston, on the west side of the River Tamar, and you’ll end up driving through the beautiful seaside village of Greens Beach.

In the center of town is Greens Beach GC, home to one of Tasmania’s most enjoyable nine-hole courses.

The natural bumps and depressions in the terrain laid the foundation for a simple yet challenging layout that was great fun for all players.

Green fee: $25 (daily rate).

King Island Golf and Bowling Club. PICTURED: Brendan James.


The King Island Golf and Bowling Club will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2022, but it’s only in recent years that it has become more widely loved.

The opening of Cape Wickham in 2015 and nearby Ocean Dunes the following year not only put the small island in Bass Strait on the world golf map, but also led a legion of golfers to discover the jewel of aforementioned nine holes.

And what an impression it made. Long considered one of Australia’s finest short courses, King Island G&BC was recently named one of the best nine holes in the world by an American golf publication.

The course – with 12 greens and alternate tees for the two nines – covers rolling terrain, exposing all of its holes to the fierce antics of the Southern Ocean’s “Roaring Forties” winds.

The first two holes set the stage for a fun game. The first drive is blind on a sloping fairway to a green at the foot of a long sand dune. It’s by no means the most difficult par-4 you’ll ever play, but it’s a lot of fun.

The same can be said for the 2nd/11th, which plays along the crest of the aforementioned sand dune. The fairway is wide enough, but the over-aggressive player will see their ball bounce off the firm fairway into the rough, only to find themselves with a difficult shot into the small green, which slopes sharply from left to right and is hollowed out at the edge. a high dune.

By the time you reach the holes closest to shore, you’ll try to figure out if you have time for nine more. Of course you do!

Green fee: $40 (nine holes).


Quamby Estate is a charming farmhouse surrounded by a nine-hole course, which offers panoramic mountain views in almost every direction during a round.

The estate was the ancestral home of Tasmania’s firstborn, Sir Richard Dry, and has been beautifully restored throughout, while the course surrounding the farm has another knight – Sir Richard Branson – as its No.1 member.

Designed by one of Australia’s greatest ever amateurs, Peter Toogood, and built by local Ian McFarlane in the early 1990s, Quamby is an easy-going par-37 with just one par-3 – the 2nd hole. of 158 meters. Here the tee shot should carry the edge of a small lake and a huge bunker stretched over the front edge of the large putting area.

The fairways are lined with tall mature pines, oaks and a host of other species, while strategically placed lakes, ponds and bunkers add to its scenic beauty.

Green fee: $20 (nine holes).

Domain of Quamby. PICTURED: Brendan James.


Wynyard Golf Club is wedged between Bass Strait to the north and the Inglis River to the south, about a 30 minute drive west of Burnie on the North Tassie Coast.

It’s a seaside course, maybe more
tree-lined than a traditional ties, but a ties nonetheless.

Once you reach the back of the beach, beyond the green on the 1st par-5, you will find holes reminiscent of some of the quirky little Scottish links courses that run along the edge of the North Sea.

The 354 yard par-4 2nd and short par-4 3rd are two straight dogleg holes that closely follow the shore to the right. On windier days, readers here may need to start their flight above the beach to find the middle of the fairway.

Green fee: $20 (nine holes).



Mawson Lakes has been extensively redesigned by renowned course architect Neil Crafter as part of the University of South Australia’s multi-million dollar sports precinct development.

Since the completion of the project in 2013, the bentgrass greens and kikuyu fairways have improved significantly, while the landscaping strategy has also been improved.

The par-4 3rd hole forces players to shape their shots and the par-4 6th hole features water to the left from tee to green. But the 9th hole par 4 of 260 meters, passable, is undoubtedly the most pleasant hole.

Green fees: $17 (nine holes Tuesday through Sunday); $15 (Monday).


Regency Park was established in 1977 and has gained a reputation for offering good quality playing surfaces and an enjoyable range of holes.

Visitors will find three par-3s, four par-4s and two par-5s, played twice from two tee blocks to create the 5,622-metre par-70 layout.

Course architect Neil Crafter has improved the quality of the holes in recent years and today it is an easy to navigate course that appeals to everyone from beginners to more experienced players, with its generous fairways, interesting green complexes and stimulants and its large bunkers.

Regency Park will soon be opening Shanx @ Regency Park Mini Golf, to provide an even broader and more enjoyable golf experience.

Green fees: $20 (nine holes, weekdays); $22 (weekend).

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