Five Bellarine Peninsula golf courses improved their rankings in the top 100 Australian courses announced recently.
Barwon Heads Golf Club rose two places on the rankings to number five overall.
The 13th Beach beach course went from number 11 to number 10, the 13th Beach creek course from 35 to 27 and Curlewis Golf Club rose 14 places to 37.
Portarlington rose from 73 to be placed at number 62.
The Ausgolf Golf Course Guide presents the most comprehensive assessment of where to play golf in Australia, with separate lists showing how judges ranked the candidates in each of three key criteria: Design, Conditions and Aesthetics.
Barwon Heads was ranked eighth, up from ninth last year in the design rankings with 13th Beach beach course at 11th down from 10th, Curlewis at 33rd from 42 last year and 13th Beach creek course at number 40.
Barwon Heads maintained its fourth-placed ranking in the Conditions catergory, with 13th beach beach course up to ninth from 13th last year, 13th Beach creek course at 24th and Curlewis up to 43rd from 48th.
In the Aesthetics category, Barwon Heads sits eighth up from ninth, 13th Beach beach course 10th from 12th last year, 13th Beach creek course 35th up from 47th and Curlewis 46th.
The official Ausgolf comments presented in the guide said: “The biggest jump amongst the Top 50 was Curlewis up 14 spots to 37 with improved rankings in all three categories. This hidden gem just outside Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula has benefitted from recent design work and is in fine condition year round thanks to its sandy base.”