60 Best Australian Regional Courses You Can Play For $50 Or Less

Here we reveal the best golf you can play across regional Australia – including towns with populations under 200,000 – where the green fee is a bargain.

To qualify for the list, a course’s most expensive green fee had to be no more than $50. From there, we went through the notes and observations made by Golf Australia editors and Top 100 judges to come up with the courses that we believe present great, enjoyable golf at a price that won’t break the bank for an afternoon of fun.

The green fees shown are the rates displayed for visitors and we have prioritized the courses with the lowest green fees available during the week.

$50 to $46

ALBANY GC

Albany, Western Australia

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Albany is not only the oldest city in Western Australia; his golf club was one of the first formed in the state. From its nine-hole beginnings in 1898, Albany did not become an 18-hole course for over 50 years and is today one of the few true links courses found outside Britain and the United States. Ireland with such a long history. Thick woolly bushes and peppermints line most of the naturally undulating fairways, which run mostly in a north-south direction parallel to Middleton Beach, about two miles from the town center.

It’s not a difficult course in sublime weather conditions, but it shows its teeth when the wind blows over King George Sound. Once you’ve played Albany, you’ll understand why Tour pro Craig Parry considers it one of his favorites in Australia and is widely regarded as one of the country’s most beloved golf experiences.

www.albanygolfclub.com.au

Albany GC. PICTURED: Brendan James.

BRIBIE ISLAND GC

Woorim, Queensland

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Bribie Island is one of the largest sand islands in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay and this sandy base has given rise to a magnificent course ranked in the Top 100 public access courses in Australia.

This is evident from the 1st hole with Melbourne Sandbelt style bunkers lining the edge of the fairway.

Bribie Island has some memorable holes, the 172-yard par-3 16th being one of the best. Played across the edge of a lake and sandy wasteland, the only place to miss this green and still save par is from the right front of the putting surface.

www.bribiegolf.com.au

BUSSELTON GC

Busselton, Western Australia

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Busselton Golf Club dates back to 1907, so it’s no surprise that the course meanders between gorgeous redgums and peppermints.

Completely redesigned in 1979 by Murray Dawson, Busselton is widely regarded as having some of the best playing surfaces in the WA region.

A feature of many holes is Dawson’s Green Complexes, where the putting surface is protected by sand and sloped towards your approach. One of the best examples of this is on the 169-yard par-3 6th hole where the green, located beyond two bunkers, sits at an angle of almost 45 degrees to your tee shot. The right-hander who can make the ball disappear has a clear advantage here, but it’s still an accurate shot to leave you a putt for a birdie.

www.busseltongolfclub.com.au

Busselton GC. PHOTO: Provided.

CLUB CATALINA

Batemans Bay, New South Wales

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Natural water hazards, well-placed bunkers and tree-lined fairways provide an enjoyable challenge on this 27-hole course. Club Catalina is an established course with some of the best playing surfaces in the New South Wales region, where the panoramic views of Batemans Bay and surrounding areas add to the round.

In recent years the club commissioned renowned course architect Harley Kruse to develop a 27-hole master plan, which has already brought improvements with the redesign of several holes and the implementation of a clearing programme.

www.clubcatalina.com.au

COFFS HARBOR GC

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Coffs Harbor is one of the toughest and best maintained developments in NSW.

Heavily tree-lined fairways, punctuated with clever bunkers or one of the many water hazards dotted throughout, cover a good mix of undulating and easier-to-walk flat areas.

Last year, the club tapped former PGA Tour player and course designer Craig Parry to create a master plan that will elevate the course even further over the next decade.

www.coffsharbourgolfclub.com.au

Horsham GC. PHOTO: Provided.

GC HORSHAM

Horsham, Victoria

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

No course in this country has undergone so many unforeseen changes in the last twelve years.

But the rebound from the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 has been huge. Over 90% of the course’s mature trees have been destroyed and as a result what was a narrow, tree-lined course has now become more sparse. But the layout is no less challenging or enjoyable thanks to a master plan put together by course designers Neil Crafter and Paul Mogford.

The sand base is one of the key aspects to incorporate into the revamp, with the ‘new’ bunkers being a feature of the works.

www.horshamgolfclub.com.au

MURRAY DOWNS G&CC

Murray Downs, New South Wales

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Located in the heart of the historic Murray Downs sheep station on the NSW side of the Murray River, the course designed by Geoff and Ted Parslow opened in 1989 and has since been rated one of Australia’s top 100 courses.

Man-made lakes have been included to help with irrigation and drainage, and a mass of mature native gum now lines all the fairways. Add strategic, well-sculpted bunkers – with its spectacular ocher-red sand – and water hazards on many holes and it’s no wonder Murray Downs has been so acclaimed.

www.murraydownsgolf.com.au

Murray Downs G&CC. PICTURED: Brendan James.

TURA BEACH CC

Tura Beach, New South Wales

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Elevation changes and a beautiful oceanside setting are hallmarks of this early design by Peter Thomson-Mike Wolveridge on NSW’s Sapphire Coast.

Considered by many to be the choice of courses in the region, Tura Beach makes full use of its sloping and fragmented terrain and offers 18 holes which provide a serious test for golfers of all levels.

The first few holes travel across the flat ground closest to the beach and include the very good par-5 4th hole, which features staggered fairway bunkers in the driving area forcing players to make a strategic decision off the tee. Having successfully found the fairway of the 474-yard hole, players must then avoid another trap in the middle of the fairway, in the typical lay-up area, en route to the bunker-less green.

www.turabeachcountryclub.com.au

Tura CC Beach. PICTURED: Brendan James.

YAMBA G&CC

Yamba, New South Wales

Green fee: $50 (seven days).

Yamba is one of the great hidden gems among the courses featured here.

The course is close to the town center, with two nine-hole loops extending from the clubhouse and several holes within earshot of the crashing waves at nearby Pippi Beach.

Yamba is an easy journey on foot, but there is little flat ground to discover with most fairways displaying a natural undulation above the sandy base below. Much work has been done over the past decade with over half of the greens rebuilt to create large undulating putting surfaces surrounded by quality bunkers. The changes have been stunning.

The holes closest to the adjacent bush – the 4th, 5th and 6th holes on the front, as
as well as the 15th, 16th and 17th holes on the inside nine – provide a sense of isolation from the rest of the course and are a real highlight of the round.

www.yambagolf.com.au

Yamba G&CC. PICTURED: Brendan James.

GC HALF MOON BAY

Yorkeys Button, Queensland

Green fee: $49 (seven days).

Great views and challenging holes are the memorable things you can get out of a game at Half Moon Bay.

It’s not a long layout, but there are plenty of problems to be found off the tree-lined fairways with water hazards and out of bounds (OOB) coming into play on several holes.

www.halfmoonbay.com.au

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