Blog 100c – 2020 Specialty Awards

Above: Junee’s par 3 16th and par 5 13th green. The use of it’s natural assets and great variety of holes asking questions of you, made it my #1 Hidden Gem for 2020

Nomadic_golfer : February 2021

2020 awards, 100 courses played

I’ve played the 100, listed my favourite 15 courses and my all-star 18. Now for some other awards and stats from the year that was


Favourite course – Royal Adelaide SA / Favourite country course – Murray Downs NSW / Favourite surprise – Junee NSW / Favourite scrapes course – Dunkeld Vic

Hidden Gems List – Junee NSW / Harden NSW / Inverell NSW / Grafton NSW / Casino NSW

Most underrated – Bairnsdale Vic / Thurgoona NSW

Most Unique – Pottsville NSW / Crescent Head NSW

Longest course – Mt Broughton NSW (6619m) / Shortest course – Pottsville NSW (2608m)

Best conditioned in general – The National Vic (Country – Murray Downs)

Best conditioned greens – Gunnamatta (The National) Vic / Gold Creek ACT

Best value for money – Glen Innes ($14) / Inverell ($15) / Harden ($20) / Kempsey ($17 incl Comp) / Most quirky – Gundagai (some great holes, some unusual and play over effluent ponds)


Most groups overtaken in a round – 7 (Bathurst on a Sunday arvo)

Above: Harden’s clever layout and great use of it’s natural characteristics, especially undulations, demanded it be on the Hidden Gem list

Above: A natural bush setting with excellent bent greens and a fantastic back 9, which takes advantage of a meandering stream make Inverell a Hidden Gem.

Above: Super greens, beautiful scrub surrounds and a layout that hardly has a bland hole made me choose Grafton as a Hidden Gem

Above: Great variety in length and shape, combined with some really tasty risk-reward holes and that intangible asset ‘character’ has Casino on my Hidden Gems list

The full list of courses (in chronological order)

Avoca, Vic
Maryborough, Vic
Grampians GC, Dunkeld
Casterton, Vic
Kingston SE, SA
Lake Albert, Meningie, SA
McCracken GC, Victor Harbor, SA
Royal Adelaide, SA
Victor Harbor, SA
Mannum, SA
Loxton, SA
Barmera, SA
Dareton GC, Coomealla, NSW
Riverside GC, Mildura, Vic
Murray Downs GC, NSW
Cohuna GC, Vic
Long Island, Vic
National – Old, Vic
Leongatha GC, Leongatha South, Vic
Maffra GC, Vic
Heyfield GC, Vic
Bairnsdale GC, Eagle Point, Vic
King Cove GC, Metung, Vic
Orbost GC, Vic
Mallacoota GC, Vic
Tathra Beach Country Club, NSW
Tura Beach Country Club, NSW
Bega Country Club, NSW
Gundagai District Sevices Golf Club, NSW
Galway Farm GC, Coolac NSW
Cootamundra Country Club, NSW
Junee Golf Club, NSW
Young Golf Club, NSW
Tumut Country Club, NSW
Harden Country Club, NSW
Binalong Country Club, NSW
Yass Golf Club, NSW
Brighton Golf Club Vic
Moss Vale Golf Club, NSW
Mt Broughton Golf & Country Club, NSW
Shelly Beach Golf Club NSW
Kooindah Waters Golf Club NSW
The Springs CC, Peats Ridge NSW
Tuncurry Golf Course (Forster-Tuncurry GC), formerly Grand Lakes CC
Tallwoods Country Club NSW
Club Taree Golf, NSW
South West Rocks GC, NSW
Kempsey GC, NSW
Mullumbimby GC, NSW
Ballina GC, NSW
Kyogle GC, NSW
Coraki GC, NSW
Casino GC, NSW
Lismore Workers GC, NSW
Byron Bay GC, NSW
Murwillumbah GC, NSW
Coolangatta Tweed Heads – West Course, NSW
Coolangatta Tweed Heads – River Course, NSW
Ocean Shores, NSW
Pottsville GC, NSW
Club Banora, NSW
Grafton GC, NSW
Glen Innes GC, NSW
Guyra GC, NSW
Armidale GC, NSW
Uralla GC, NSW
Inverell GC, NSW
Deepwater GC, NSW
Tenterfield GC, NSW
Emmaville GC, NSW
Yamba G & CC, NSW
Iluka GC, NSW
MacLean GC, NSW
Sawtell GC, NSW
Coffs Harbor GC, NSW
Bonville Golf Resort, NSW
Nambucca Heads Island GC, NSW
Crescent Head CC, NSW
Wauchope CC, NSW
Port Macquarie GC, NSW
Longyard GC, Tamworth NSW
Tamworth GC, NSW
Dubbo GC, NSW
Wentworth GC, Orange, NSW
Bathurst GC, NSW
Duntryleague GC, Orange, NSW
Wagga City GC, NSW
Gold Creek CC, ACT
Yowani GC, ACT
Royal Canberra GC, ACT
Federal GC, ACT
The National, Gunnamatta, Vic
Sandy Golf Links, Sandringham, Vic
Spring Park GC, Dingley, Vic
Thurgoona CC, NSW
Commercial Golf Resort, Albury, NSW
Temora Golf Club, NSW
Cowra GC, NSW
Tipperary GC, Young, NSW