Blog 100a – All Star 18

The Old Course @ The National’s iconic short 7th

Nomadic_golfer : 2020 Summary – Holes

All-Star 18

After playing 100 different courses in 2020, I have pulled together my ‘All-Star 18″. It is the compilation of my favourite holes by hole number, from the 100 courses I played, ie favourite 1st hole, 2nd hole etc. I have produced a 2nd place and an honorable mentions field. Some number holes had multiple contenders (14-16 for eg) yet some had just 2 that stood out. It is a good mix of iconic holes (The National’s par 3 7th on The Old, Royal Adelaide’s 3rd and 14th, of which the latter was named in Golf Magazine’s best 100 holes in the world in 2020) and country bolters (Tenterfield’s 12th, Gundagai’s 15th, Junee 17th). The conditioning of the respective courses hasn’t had much impact on my choices here.

HoleBest2ndHonorable Mentions
1Royal Canberra
361m par4
(Brindabella 1st)
Victor Harbor
402m par4
2Gunnamatta, Nat’l
286m par4
Crescent Head
105m par3
501m par5
3Royal Adelaide
269m par4
The Old, National
367m par4
Victor Harbor
150m par3
318m par4
338m par4
505m par5
Long Island, National
461m par5
500m par5
268m par4
161m par3
7The Old, National
121m par3
379m par4
495m par5
155m par3
Wentworth, Orange
468m par5
Mallacoota 404m 4
9Mt Broughton
494m par5
Wagga City
172m par3
407m par4
HoleBest2ndHonorable Mentions
10Ocean Shores
364m par4
546m par5
Coffs Harbor
371m par4
11Gold Creek
389m par4
Royal Adelaide
353m par4
331m par4
384m par4
404m par4
503m par
Glen Innes
506m par5
Mt Broughton 359m 4
Byron Bay 493m 5
14Royal Adelaide
382m par4
463m par5
374m par4
390m par4
Long Island
378m par4
Duntryleague 374m 4
Barmera 337m 4
Murray Downs 163m 3
Tuncurry 475m par5
16Shelly Beach
300m par4
146m par3
Nambucca 385m par4
Young 178m par3
379m par4
131m par3
Gunnamatta 269m par4
Duntryleague 154m par3
18Riverside Mildura
146m par3
Kooindah Waters
382m par4
Moss Vale
379m par4

All-star front 9 photo’s clockwise, from left to right by row: Royal Canberra’s Brindabella course’s 1st hole from the tee, the green complex from directly in front of Royal Adelaide’s short par 4 3rd, Tallwood’s steep downhill, short par 4 4th hole from the tee; and the last 100m of Sawtell’s left sweeping par 5 8th.

Back 9 photo’s below, from left to right in hole order: the last 60m of Ocean Shores’ 10th after turning right at the corner and flattening out; the approach to the diagonal green on Gold Creek’s 11th from the ’saddle’ 150m out; Tenterfield’s 12th once you walk over the brow following a blind tee shot; Bairnsdale’s spectacular par 5 13th from behind the green, in front of Lake King; the green complex at Royal Adelaide’s 14th named in the world’s top 100 holes (credit for the photo); what the 2nd shot has in store on Gundagai’s long par 4 15th, Shelly Beach’s short par 4 16th in it’s entirety; the tee shot at Junee’s 17th with the rocky outcrop to the right of the fairway just visible in the middle of the photo; and a rear view of the stadium-like finishing par 3 at Riverside, Mildura.