Royal Melbourne GC - West: #5
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Royal Melbourne GC - West: #5
A view of the 5th green at West Course from Royal Melbourne Golf Club Royal Melbourne GC
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Cape Wickham Links: #16
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Cape Wickham Links: #16
Cape Wickham might well be the most scenic course in the Southern Hemisphere. Cape Wickham Links
Barnbougle Links Golf Resort - Dunes: #7
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Barnbougle Links Golf Resort - Dunes: #7
Barnbougle Dunes is a stunning Tom Doak/Mike Clayton collaboration. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Resort
Lost Farm - 14
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Lost Farm - 14
If you're willing to travel to the far corners of the world for Coore-Crenshaw, then Lost Farm, on Australia's island of Tasmania, is calling. Lost Farm (2011) followed up the original Barnbougle Dunes course, built by Tom Doak in 2004. Courtesy of Lost Farm/Facebook
New South Wales
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New South Wales is a standout course south of Sydney. It officially opened for play in 1928. Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Ocean Dunes
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Ocean Dunes opened in 2016 on Tasmania's King Island. Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Kingston Heath Golf Club
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The par-4 2nd hole on the Kingston Heath Golf Club, on January 03, 2005, in Cheltenham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. David Cannon/Getty Images
The Pines golf course at Sanctuary Cove
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The Pines golf course at Sanctuary Cove
Kangaroos are a common sight on Australian golf courses such as The Pines course at Sanctuary Cove. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 16
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 16
One of the more dramatic greens at Hamilton Island Golf Club, the 16th sits above the water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
2014 Australian Masters - Previews
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2014 Australian Masters - Previews
The Metropolitan Golf Club is part of the special Melbourne Sandbelt rota of courses. Michael Dodge/Getty Images
ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - Round Three
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ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open - Round Three
A host of the Women's Australian Open, Royal Adelaide Golf Club is one of the country's most famous courses. Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images
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Royal Sydney is one of the most historic clubs in Australia, and its course is set to undergo a big renovation by Gil Hanse. PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images
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Renovated by Mike Clayton in 2007, The Lakes is a stunning course outside Sydney, Australia. The Lakes Golf Club
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Yarra Yarra Golf Club is an Alex Russell/Alister Mackenzie design in the Melbourne Sandbelt Yarra Yarra Golf Club
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In recent years, architects Michael Clayton and Tom Doak have worked on the design at Woodlands Golf Club in southeastern Melbourne. Woodlands Golf Club
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With 27 holes, plus a 9-hole par-3 course, all designed by Greg Norman, Eastern Golf Club is one of the Melbourne area's largest golf facilities. Eastern Golf Club
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The Dunes Golf Links sits at the beginning of the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour south of Melbourne. The Dunes Golf Links
St Andrews Beach GC
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St Andrews Beach GC
St. Andrews Beach Golf Club is a Tom Doak design on the Mornington Peninsula. St Andrews Beach GC
Royal Perth GC: #6
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Royal Perth GC: #6
Royal Perth Golf Club is one of Western Australia's best-regarded courses. Royal Perth Golf Club
Lake Karrinyup CC - Championship: #5
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Lake Karrinyup CC - Championship: #5
Perth's Lake Karrinyup Country Club was designed by Alex Russell, Alister Mackenzie's chief collaborator on Australian courses. Lake Karrinyup CC

Tour the best golf courses in Australia

You can overload on golf Down Under.

To those of us in the Western Hemisphere, Australia might as well be on another planet. It takes the better part of a full day to travel there and back from much of the continental United States. The wildlife is entirely different. The toilets flush in the opposite direction.

The golf is different, too, in a way that makes it as tantalizing a place to bring your clubs as any. Not only is Presidents Cup host Royal Melbourne there, so are a bevy of other world-class courses, all playable by faraway visitors. The Melbourne Sandbelt is hard to beat, but there's also the Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania and even sparsely-populated, agrarian King Island, all sending a siren call across the globe to adventurous golfers.

Here's a visual sampler of what kind of golfing delights await in Australia:

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