Over approximately the past two decades or so, the world has increasingly started to take Australia seriously when it comes to golf. Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and Jason Day have claimed significant titles in the men’s game, while Karrie Webb is recognised as one of the finest female golfers of all time.

Australia has also caught up on the rest of the planet when it comes to its golf courses. Here are five of the finest.

Royal Melbourne (West), Victoria

The Royal Melbourne (West), completed in 1931, is seen by many as the most exceptional course in Australia and, indeed, the world. It is regarded as one of Melbourne’s seven ‘Sandbelt’ courses and has hosted the prestigious Australian Open on no less than 16 occasions, the last time in 1991 when homegrown-pro Wayne Riley took home the title. The West course has a sister course, the East, which was finished in 1932.

Kingston Heath, Cheltenham, Victoria

Another excellent Victoria course, Kingston Heath was designed by Dan Soutar and Dr Alistair MacKenzie and occupies 6352 yards of prime real estate in Melbourne’s sandbelt. The host of the Australian Open no fewer than seven times, some of the world’s very best golfers have tested their mettle on this course, including Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Gary Player, who took home the title here in 1970.

Barnbougle Dunes, Bridport, Tasmania

Scotland may be the home of links golf, but Barnbougle Dunes is perhaps the finest example of a links course in the southern hemisphere. Since opening in 2005, it has regularly been voted as one of the best spots to play golf in Australia, and offers even professional golfers a particularly tough test, especially when the wind is blowing in off the Bass Strait at full force.

New South Wales Golf Club, NSW

Another MacKenzie-built course, NSW Golf Club hosted the Australian Open in 2009; a tournament won by Adam Scott, the Aussie star. It’s renowned for being especially challenging when the wind blows; with all of its par threes facing in different directions, you’ll need to be able to quickly adapt if you’re to post anything close to a decent score here. The course, built in 1928, offers superb views over Botany Bay, the place where Captain Cook first landed in Australia all those years ago.

Cape Wickham Golf Course, King Island, Tasmania

Situated on King Island, which lies halfway between Tasmania and Victoria, Cape Wickham Golf Course is a new course, having opened to the public in October 2015. Since then, it has been regularly ranked among the top courses to play in the country, with reviews particularly noting the picturesque views and challenging conditions, particularly on the shorter par threes and fours.