Courses

Avondale Golf Club

Avon Road
Pymble, NSW, 2073
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Avondale Golf Club

The Avondale golf course, founded in 1926, is set in the leafy suburb of Pymble on Sydney's north shore and is one of the most peaceful courses in the metropolitan area. There are no major roads on the course's boundaries and the feeling of tranquility is apparent from the time you enter the very understated entance. Shorter than most championship courses, trees play a big part here and accuracy is essential. The layout starts innocently enough but gradually builds up into a toughness that makes even the finest golfer think clearly and positively.

The Avondale golf course, founded in 1926, is set in the leafy suburb of Pymble on Sydney's north shore and is one of the most peaceful courses in the metropolitan area. There are no major roads on the course's boundaries and the feeling of tranquility is apparent from the time you enter the very understated entance.

This delightful atmosphere allows the golfer to play with very few distractions and she or he can concentrate on their game and their tussle with the course without the intrusions of outside noises.

Shorter than most championship courses, trees play a big part here and accuracy is essential. The layout starts innocently enough but gradually builds up into a toughness that makes even the finest golfer think clearly and positively. A number of memorable and challenging par 3 holes provide the basis for an enjoyable round.

The long par 5 holes provide a visual feast but the golfer still needs to concentrate on the primary taks at hand - securing a par or better! Play anywhere close to your handicap at Avondale and you'll drive away a very happy player.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR: 71
Length (m): 5980
Architect: Ross Watson
Design Year: 2007
Top 100: 65

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 320m

Your opening tee shot is best played 200 metres straight at the bunker through the fairway, leaving a short approach to a green guarded by steep slopes short and left. The longer hitter can take the bunkers on but if tee shot is off line you will be well penalised.

2
Par 3, Length 157m

A mid-length Par 3 guarded by deep bunkers and hazards left of this two tiered green.

3
Par 5, Length 526m

A long Par 5 where players need to favour the right-hand of the fairway as everything feeds left. The longer hitter can reach in two on a good day, else laying up short of the cross bunkers will leave a pitch to this long, multi-levered green.

4
Par 3, Length 170m

An uphill Par 3 with bunkers and OOB left of the green. Take one more club than you think to get to the back flag.

5
Par 4, Length 375m

A tee shot up the left-hand side to avoid the bunkers sets up a mid-iron approach where all of the trouble is right of the green.

6
Par 4, Length 351m

Another tee shot up the left to avoid the bunkers and give the best angle to the green. A large tier leads to a small back shelf which is guarded by bunkers on both sides.

7
Par 5, Length 480m

Some respite with a manageable Par 5 in which longer hitters can carry the bunkers off the tee, leaving a downhill approach. Shorter hitters must avoid the bunkers, leaving a second shot over the rise that will run down the hill. Avoid missing the Green long right as it is treacherous.

8
Par 3, Length 163m

A challenging uphill Par 3 surrounded by bunkers. Bail out is short right but be sure to miss the cavernous front bunker!

9
Par 5, Length 470m

Shorter hitters need to aim down the right-hand side to miss punishing fairway traps, where long hitters can take it over or get the ball moving right to left around them to get a good look at the green. An uphill second shot is littered with bunkers that must be avoided before tackling this sizeable "L" shape green.

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Par 4, Length 338m

A 200 metre tee shot to the plateau on the right keeps your ball away from the OOB and trouble left. Players can afford to take one less club for this picturesque downhill approach. Do not be short with your approach as ball will roll well down to the bottom of the hill, leaving extremely difficult pitch shot.

11
Par 3, Length 183m

A demanding uphill Par 3 over the road with bunkers on the left and overhanging trees on the right. Par is a great result here.

12
Par 4, Length 348m

A straight away par 4 with a bunker protecting the right edge of fairway. The longer hitter can fly this bunker off the tee. The approach into this green can be either a high shot over the front bunker or can be chased up the front left portion as the land runs from left to right.

13
Par 4, Length 347m

The ideal position from the tee is a shot 220 metres right of centre, which will leave you a short approach into a generous green. The main danger is the deep bunkers on the greenside left.

14
Par 5, Length 489m

A generous landing area off the tee and for a longer hitter they can take on the corner to then attack the green. The lay up for hte second shot is before the large bunker on the left which will then leave you a short iron shot into a tiered green that slopes from front to back.

15
Par 3, Length 148m

A mid length par 3 demanding a high shot over the two large bunkers guarding the green. Any shot missed left or right will run down the swales leaving a delicate chip back up the slope.

16
Par 4, Length 423m

A very testing hole. It demands a very accurate long tee shot to a narrowing fairway. Keep approach shot to right-hand side as the left side of green runs severely away and will leave a difficult up and down.

17
Par 4, Length 303m

A real risk and reward hole. This can be played two different ways; one being a lay up over the hill and short of the bunkers or a longer hitter can attack the green which is guarded by deep bunkers and thick bushland.

18
Par 4, Length 389m

One of the most challenging finishing holes in Sydney. Demands strong tee shot up left-hand side that will need to go 230 metres to sight green, otherwise play right-hand side and leave long iron or possible fairway wood to two-tiered green guarded by deep bunkers. Par here and you will enjoy the 19th even more.

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Bonnie Doon Golf Club

Banks Avenue
Pagewood, NSW, 2305
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Bonnie Doon Golf Club

Bonnie Doon's par 71 championship course is a stern test of golf for players of all standards. Though not overly long in comparison to new golf courses, the strength of the course lies in its strong par 4's and slick firm greens, that have long been recognised amongst the best putting surfaces in NSW. Elevated tees and greens, offering sweeping views of the city, are a key feature of the course design, which emphasises the rugged natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Founded in 1897, Bonnie Doon is Sydney's third oldest golf club and one of the oldest in Australia. The championship group one golf course has been redesigned by the Ogilvy Clayton team which includes Michael Clayton and 2006 US Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy. This redesign has restored Bonnie Doon to its place amongst Sydney's elite.

Bonnie Doon's par 70 championship course is a stern test of golf for players of all standards. The open links style layout is deceptively difficult. Though not overly long in comparison, the strength of the course lies in its strong par 4’s, slick greens – many with pronounced undulations – and strategic bunkering. Elevated tees and greens provide sweeping views of the Sydney city skyline and are a key feature of the course design, which emphasises the rugged natural beauty reminiscent of many Melbourne sandbelt courses.  

Bonnie Doon Golf Club is located only 15 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 10 minutes from Sydney International Airport. The club welcomes visitors on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, subject to availability. Bonnie Doon prides itself on being one of Sydney's leading corporate golf venues, catering for groups from 12 up to 280 people. 

 

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR: 71
Length (m): 5906
Architect: Lance Giddings and Eric Apperly (1937), Ross Watson (1995), Ogilvy/Clayton (2012)
Design Year: 1937
Top 100: 55

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 372m

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2
Par 4, Length 310m

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3
Par 5, Length 486m

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4
Par 3, Length 156m

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5
Par 4, Length 379m

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6
Par 4, Length 377m

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7
Par 4, Length 387m

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8
Par 4, Length 287m

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9
Par 5, Length 434m

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10
Par 4, Length 417m

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Par 3, Length 175m

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12
Par 4, Length 293m

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13
Par 3, Length 166m

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14
Par 5, Length 505m

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15
Par 3, Length 120m

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16
Par 4, Length 337m

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17
Par 4, Length 298m

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18
Par 4, Length 410m

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Camden Lakeside Golf and Country Club

50 Raby Road
Catherine Field, NSW, 2171
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Camden Lakeside Golf and Country Club

Established in 1993, Camden Lakeside Country Club has become one of Sydney's top Resort Golf Course and Function Centre facility. Open undulating fairways, hollows and pot bunkers are features here. Peter Thomson, a winner of 5 British Opens and designer of many fine international courses, including the newly opened Dukes course opposite St. Andrews in Scotland, has really brought a touch of Scotland with him to this fine course.

One of Sydney's newest championship golf courses, Camden is crafted with respect for golf's heritage while embracing modern technology and landscaping techniques. The course returns players to the origins of the game which began on the coastal links of Scotland.

Open undulating fairways, hollows and pot bunkers are features here. Peter Thomson, a winner of 5 British Opens and designer of many fine international courses, including the newly opened Dukes course opposite St. Andrews in Scotland, has really brought a touch of Scotland with him to this fine course.

As usual wind is a strong feature at this course and the golfer can often find himself in one of the huge pot bunkers where the green is not even visible.

Camden Lakeside is a top 100 ranked Australian course and is a true test and a genuine links experience. It is located approximately 40 minutes from the centre of Sydney.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6398
Architect: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett
Design Year: 1993

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 341m

The opening hole of Camden Lakeside fits neatly into the philosophy of the designers: that true championship courses reward the strategic player over the long hitter. This par 4 requires a careful tee shot down a gentle slope, which may be better accomplished with a 2 or 3 iron. The green lies over a deep creek and between two pot bunkers.

2
Par 5, Length 498m

This hole climbs over a hill and calls for a second shot to a narrow neck of the fairway. The green is built in an elliptical shape across a shallow swale and faces the golfer at an oblique angle, requiring a high approach shot.

3
Par 3, Length 155m

The golfer will find this a delightful view from the tee. A small pond lies to the left and a larger one well to the right. The green is set among tussocked mounds and is not bunkered, though a decent slice will find a watery grave.

4
Par 4, Length 386m

This is the first of the course's distinctly links like holes. It passes to the left of an elongated lake and proceeds to the small green tucked neatly into the side of a hill and protected by a creek and two pot bunkers, much more like the first green.

5
Par 5, Length 534m

From the highest point on the course the golfer tees off to a wide fairway in view of the historic Gledswood Homestead. This par 5 boasts three fairway bunkers and a slightly elevated green surrounded by more tussocked mounds.

6
Par 4, Length 358m

A par 4 that evokes memories of the famous La Hynch course in Ireland. One third of the way down the fairway lies a large mound which obscures any view of the green. This "buried elephant" can be avoided by aiming left or - with a north wind - can be overcome with a hefty tee shot. After dealing with this obstacle the golfer is rewarded with a welcoming green.

7
Par 4, Length 378m

This quintessential links hole runs parallel to the sixth but back towards the clubhouse. The golfer must avoid three pot bunkers on the left and one on the right with the tee shot. Thereafter the fairway bends gently to the left, crosses a shallow swale, and calls for an approach shot to a green that rises ever so gradually from the rising slope. Beware of the deep pot bunker to the right of the green.

8
Par 4, Length 361m

A par 4 that follows a slight downslope, a lake on the right, to a suddenly elevated green surrounded by deep grassy hollows. The view of the clubhouse and eighteenth across the lake is possibly the best on the course late in the afternoon.

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Par 3, Length 180m

Wth the clubhouse in the background, the golfer aims to a green set amid tall cumberland eucalypts. This is perhaps the most welcoming of Camden Lakesides four par 3 holes, though at 198m it is a challenge in a north wind.

10
Par 4, Length 321m

This par 4 is an easy way to begin the second nine, offering a wide fairway and a gentle green, framed between two tall trees and set among some shallow hollows.

11
Par 5, Length 497m

Heading away from the forested portion of the course the golfer once again finds the links landscape to deal with. This par 5 requires the strategic thinking rather than the brute force and should reward those who resist the temptation to hit their ball with all their might.

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Par 4, Length 342m

Taking care not to slice into the lake on the right, the golfer will enjoy the undulating nature of the fairway on this inviting par 4. On approaching the green, however, care must be taken to avoid the stream that runs across in front.

13
Par 5, Length 467m

A par 5 running almost the length of the far boundary of the course. On both sides of the fairway great mounds offer some danger for the wayward tee shot. The raised green lies across another of Camden Lakesides characteristic swales.

14
Par 3, Length 163m

Second-last of the par 3 holes, this offers a delightful vista from the tees across a tiny pond to a well bunkered green built into a group of mounds. Being on top of a knoll this is vulnerable to strong winds and requires a steady nerve from the tee.

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Par 4, Length 348m

For the well travelled golfer this par 4 will appear immediatley as a masterful act of design. With its fairway bunkers built into the whiskered mounds and its greens lying back behind another wicked pot bunker, a par score on this hole will bring the golfer special pleasure. It may well become Camden Lakesides signature hole.

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Par 3, Length 151m

The last of the par 3 holes, this one may intimidate some with the lake and wetlands to the right and its deep bunkers to the left. But a well struck mid-iron will find its own reward, and putting should be generally straightforward.

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Par 4, Length 429m

This is the most testing hole in terms of length, and is plainly difficult to make par. But it does not therefore reward the long hitters among us in that it calls for extreme precision of aim. After avoiding the pot bunkers set either side of the fairway, the golfer must hit dead straight to a generous green set in a copse of banksia trees.

18
Par 4, Length 379m

Described as a "Glory or Death" hole, the par 4 eighteenth offers a rare opportunity to fire over one corner of the course's central lake in order to finish in front of the greenland thus gain a large advantage. The more conservative golfer will aim for the fairway and look to a seven iron to get to the green.

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Castle Hill Country Club

Spurway Drive
Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Castle Hill Country Club

A picturesque spacious 18 hole, par 72 championship course, Castle Hill Country Club is situated on 167 acres of once farming land. Over the last few years the course has undergone extensive improvements, which have turned it into one of the top championship courses in Sydney, if not New South Wales. It holds many challenges for golfers of all levels with a number of water hazards and sand bunkers.

Castle Hill Country Club is located just over half an hour drive from the Sydney CBD and is a private member's course which has hosted a number of National tournaments including the Canon Challenge. The course is a picturesque, spacious 18 hole, par 72 championship course measuring 6187 metres and situated on 67h (167 acres) of once farming land.

The course comprises 4 par 3's, 10 par 4's and 4 par 5's and challenges golfers of all levels providing a testing but fair round of golf. No less than 12 water hazards line the course requiring the golfer to think about all shots - from tee shots over water to delicate approach shots where a watery grave meets all but the perfectly executed shot.

Over the last few years the course has undergone extensive improvements, which have turned it into one of the top championship courses in Sydney, if not New South Wales. The Club has access to recycled water meaning the course is in peak condition all year round with superb putting surfaces. The course is also blessed with many holes that will stay in your mind for a long time after you have played the course.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 73
Length (m): 6187
Architect: Al Howard & Prosper Ellis
Design Year: 1953
Top 100: 88

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 485m

Distance is not the challenge on this opening hole but you must stay on line, warm up and take your most reliable club off the tee. Heavy bunkering short and around the green make a lay up advisable. The green is three clubs deep, note pin position!

2
Par 3, Length 181m

A testing par 3 especially from the full length. Water left of the green and bunkers short and right call for a straight tee shot; take plenty of club swing easy. Note pin position - another deep green! Safety play is to the meat of the green and two putts.

3
Par 4, Length 388m

Right centre fairway off the tee gives extra roll and avoids the kikuyu rough left. Another long green 4 clubs deep. Any shot landing short may stop short due to the slope and softer ground. A putt from back green in summer is extremely fast - be under the pin.

4
Par 3, Length 139m

A simple par 3 with a nasty habit of collecting balls in the bunkers left and right. Play for centre green for safety especially with the pin cut left and back or behind the right hand bunkers. Green slopes from back to front.

5
Par 5, Length 493m

Except for very long hitters this hole must be played as a par 5. With pin cut left leave your second shot out to the right. Plan for a full short iron into the green. A substantial swale divides the green - be on the same side as the pin.

6
Par 4, Length 285m

With bunkers front green and water behind, going for the green is fraught with danger. Take the bunkers out of play by hitting your tee shot to the right or clubbing back. Carefully check distance for your second shot to avoid going over into the hazzard or coming up short.

7
Par 4, Length 359m

A good drive required here to put you in range for two but again, a straight shot is more important. With bunkers short and left a safe line in is to right green. Beware more sand behind the green. The subtle borrows on this green need a careful read.

8
Par 4, Length 370m

Centre to right centre fairway off the tee is important; anything left may be blocked. Take one club less than distance requires for the second shot; the ball will run on. Chipping back from left or back of green is made tough by fluffy grass.

9
Par 4, Length 372m

Drive to the right side of the fairway to give the best angle around the sweeping dogleg. Only the brave will hit their second shots across the trees on the corner. A more conservative line keeping to the right side of the fairway will give the best angle into the long and narrow green. A ridge separating the back third of the green ensures a difficult two putt if your approach stays on the wrong side of the ridge.

10
Par 4, Length 400m

Right and centre fairway is a good line for the tee shot guarding against the bunkers and giving you extra roll with the fairway slope. An undulating green which is very fast when putting from the back makes recovering from an overhit second shot difficult.

11
Par 3, Length 170m

A good par 3 with the water short of the green very much in play especially with the pin cut right. Check for wind and club accordingly to be certain of being up - don't force! Bail out area is short for a chip and putt for par.

12
Par 4, Length 312m

Important not to go left of the tee here or you will be blocked. Take the fairway bunkers and creek out of play by 'clubbing back' on the tee shot leaving a simple short iron in for your par. Long hitters can 'go for the green' but it's risky.

13
Par 4, Length 374m

This hole toughens up considerably with the pin cut and back making for a full carry into the green. A drive down the 18th fairway is an option but trees may block your second. With a shortish tee shot, bail out area for the second is short and left.

14
Par 4, Length 381m

Aim straight at the big gum with a fade if possible. This opens up the green and avoids the corner bunker. Aim the second shot at the 'entrance' to the green avoiding the bunker, the ball will kick left onto the green. Green also slopes severely from left to right.

15
Par 5, Length 508m

Water in range off the tee for long hitters, drive needs to be centre to left centre fairway. Safer to lay up short of the bunkers for your second. Your ball may roll right back down if it lands short of the pin on your shot in - be up.

16
Par 4, Length 292m

This green can be reached by long hitters but sand short and long grass behind make it risky. Club off the tee to be short of the water left on the flat part of the fairway short of the bunkers for an easy second. Green slopes back to front and is fast in summer.

17
Par 3, Length 167m

One of the best par 3s on the course. The water is only there to 'pshyc' you out. Check for wind and pin position; select your club and swing smoothly to be safely on the green. Front half of the left side of green slopes severely from back to front.

18
Par 5, Length 511m

No need for length off the tee on this severe dogleg double water carry. Keep tee shot straight then a smooth fairway wood across will leave you nicely in range.

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Concord Golf Club

Majors Bay Road
Concord, NSW, 2137
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Concord Golf Club

Concord Golf Club is one of Sydney's most prestigious golf clubs. Established 1899, the Club has hosted a number of championship golf tournaments including the Australian PGA, NSW Open and ANZ Championship.

Concord Golf Club is one of Sydney's most prestigious golf clubs. Established in 1899, the Club has hosted a number of championship golf tournaments including the Australian PGA, NSW Open and ANZ Championship.

The Australian PGA came to Concord in 1991 when the winner was Wayne Grady. In 1992 it was won by Craig Parry and in 1993 by Ian Baker-Finch. In recent years Peter Londard won the 2001 ANZ Championship at Concord and commented positively on the condition and quality of the golf course.

A ready water supply through the construction of three dams provide provide a good water supply for the greens and fairways. At some time or another all of the holes have been reconstructed and in 1996 the decision was taken to appoint a golf course architect, Ross Watson, to re-design the course.

His recommendations were accepted by the committee and subsequently $1,400,000 was approved by Members to proceed with the complete reconstruction of all the greens, bunkers and fairways and the reshaping of the dam on the 15th tee. This was started in 1996 and successfully completed leading to newer, better playing conditions and a better golf course which has seen our Australian golf course rating rise into the early 30's .

The Clubhouse offers a warm classic ambience, with timber features and Club traditional and historical decor and furnishings. Major renovations were complete in 2001 at a cost of $2.5 million.

The Club is located in close proximity to Homebush, the Olympic site, and as such is a convenient drive from the City.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6102
Architect: Dan Soutar
Design Year: 1916
Top 100: 52

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 305m

A classic opening hole that presents long hitters with the opportunity to drive the green. The left edge of the fairway bunker at 195 metres is the ideal line from the tee if choosing a more conservative play. The ideal landing area from the tee is 190 metres allowing for a short iron approach. Aim your approach to the right centre of the green. If you know your carry distance to the single metre then the back left pin is accessible.

2
Par 4, Length 361m

A slight dogleg right with a right to left sloping fairway. Take the trouble out of play by aiming to the very right of the mounds left of the fairway. Aim for a landing area at 220 metres that will be short of the left side trees. Centre of the green is an ideal target for an approach shot regardless of pin position. Missing the green to the right would be a challenge to the best of player's short game.

3
Par 4, Length 372m

A very demanding dogleg right hole with a premium on position. Choose a target tree on the rounding left side tree line that you know you cannot reach with your club of choice. The further you choose to hit your tee shot the tighter the landing area becomes. The conifer is a good line for most players thereby allowing for the left to right run on the fairway that slopes gently left to right. The challenge for a right- handed golfer is playing a draw to the green when the ball is below the level of the feet. Avoid missing the green on the left side.

4
Par 3, Length 157m

A well-guarded short hole with a centre tiered green. Missing the green left makes for a very difficult up and down. Choose enough club to get your ball to the back of the green. The carry over the left side bunkers is almost halfway up the green. Aim for the centre of the tier that the flagstick is positioned.

5
Par 5, Length 520m

A three shot par five for mortals! Tee shot run out distance varies depending on the line of choice however a finished tee shot distance of 220 metres is ideal. The second shot is best played with a fade around the dogleg. Centre green is a good target option as the green is well bunkered. Beware of the left green side bunker as the green slopes from left to right. Centre green is a good target.

6
Par 4, Length 392m

For the right-handed golfer this is the first chance to unleash the "power draw". Aim right side thereby avoiding left fairway bunkers. A well-designed tiered green presents a bunker challenge or chipping challenge depending on pin position. This green is very difficult to read the break of putts so survey the green well before reaching it.

7
Par 3, Length 205m

One of Concord Golf Club?s new holes, this Par 3 is a tough one. With a tee shot exceeding 200 metres in length, the green sitting above the tee and a deep green front to back; a Par here is a score to be proud of. Be sure to take enough club on this hole and be wary of the grass bunker hidden off to the left of the green.

8
Par 4, Length 370m

This Par 4 of moderate length is deceptively demanding. With the fairway flanked by trees on both sides, the hole windings from right to left with the fairway gently sloping the same direction finding the fairway can prove tricky. Accuracy should be the objective over distance off of the tee, with the best angle to the green being from the right side of the fairway. Any poorly struck second shots run the risk of finding the creek just before the green.

9
Par 4, Length 374m

One of the most difficult holes on the golf course. The actual finishing hole for major tournaments at Concord. The ideal line from the tee is toward the right hand fairway bunker. Ideally with a draw shape for a right handed golfer. Fairway bunkering on the left side is well placed at approximately 230 metres therefore placing a challenge on the tee shot. The uphill approach should favour more length, as the short green side bunkers are difficult.

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Par 4, Length 379m

The newly created par 4 replaces the previous 9th and 10th par 3s to balance the course, 9 holes out and 9 holes in. This downhill dogleg to the right favours those with a natural fade, however those who can hit long with a draw can take on the tree line for a prime position in the middle of the fairway past the turn. The new green is well guarded with four bunkers adding to the difficulty. For those players looking to run the ball onto the green you need to be left.

11
Par 5, Length 473m

An excellent par 5 that presents an eagle opportunity for the low marker but requires pinpoint accuracy. The fairway bunker 40 metres short of the green is not visible unless the tee shot travels at least 240 metres. If deciding to lay up aim for 70 metres short of the green that will allow more spin on your approach shot. This is essential as the green slopes from front to back. Chipping from short of the green is extremely difficult therefore take enough club on your approach to reach middle back of the green. From there it will be an uphill putt.

12
Par 4, Length 380m

A straightaway drive between fairway bunkers however your aim should favour the left fairway bunker. The left hand bunker is easier to play from and opens up the back right pin position. If playing a long iron or wood for your second shot, the line should be to the left edge of the green. Short right of the green is not a good option so position your approach well left.

13
Par 4, Length 294m

The key on this hole is to be able to view the green with your second shot therefore take enough club from the tee to reach the dog leg. The right hand fairway bunker and the left hand grass bunker are not penal therefore worth the risk of an attacking tee shot. A conservative play from the tee can leave part of the green obscured by overhanging trees on the left hand side. Favour the right half of the green with your approach as the green slopes from right to left.

14
Par 3, Length 141m

Only a short hole however if you need more than an 8 iron to reach the green you must attempt a fade shot for more elevation and spin. This green will not be receptive to a low elevation shot. The putt across the green is very deceptive and often misread. Survey the green from 30 metres short.

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Par 5, Length 495m

A time to unleash "the 30 metre extra" tee shot. If you don't succeed treat the hole as three-shot par five. Do not lay up too close to the green with your second shot as the approach to this green needs to be spinning. The back half of this green is not very receptive therefore the approach needs to be lofty. An eagle chance for long hitters however the second shot must be landing softly.

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Par 3, Length 158m

A very good short hole with a shallow green that sits diagonally to the direction of the hole. This green design makes club selection difficult therefore a fade for a right handed golfer should be aimed left of centre. Putts from above the hole are as fast as anywhere on the golf course.

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Par 4, Length 399m

The tee shot should be aimed at the left hand bunker unless you can carry your drive 250 metres. A drive of 250 metres will carry the right hand fairway bunker. Making a birdie from the left hand fairway bunker is possible. Alternatively, finishing in the right hand fairway bunker saving par would be your mind set. The bunker short left of the green makes approach shots appear shorter in distance therefore aim to hit the second shot to the middle back of the green.

18
Par 4, Length 368m

Unless your driver carry distance is 260 metres then stay left of the fairway centre. The fairway and green side bunkers await an errant fade for a right- handed golfer, however the green does demand a left to right shaped shot for the average golfer. If the flag is on the back level add 25 metres to your approach shot calculation. This is the most difficult green on the golf course and finishing on the wrong tier makes for a very difficult 2 putt.

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Elanora Country Club

Elanora Road
Narrabeen, NSW, 2101
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Elanora Country Club

Situated just 45 minutes from the city, Elanora Country Club is home to one of Sydney's premier golf courses. Nestled in a classic bushland setting with captivating views of the Northern Beaches, Elanora is a very private members course with access limited only to members and guests. The course has recently been remodelled by James Wilcher who has done an outstanding job in remodelling the layout to take full advantage of the natural vegetation and undulating lay of the land.

Course Information

Par:
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect:
Design Year:
Top 100: 46

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 353m

From one of the four tees players should be aware of the bunkers on the right. Players should be equally aware not to aim too far left in an endeavour to avoid them as anything left will result in a blind shot to the green. The second shot should be played with enough club to carry the green side bunkers.

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Par 4, Length 534m

From the tee play left of the fairway bunkers on the right and endeavour to be as long off the tee as possible. For the longer hitter it is possible to reach the green in two but extreme care should be taken as anything right will find the hazard. It is best to play short of the fairway bunkers aiming a little left to provide a relatively straightforward shot to the green.

3
Par 4, Length 281m

A long drive will carry the fairway bunker on the right but care should be taken and it is best to play short if unsure as to whether it can be carried or not. The second shot is played to a large green which runs at right angles to the fairway. It is best to play your second shot a little long if you feel uncertain about what to play to carry the green side bunkers.

4
Par 4, Length 390m

Play right of the fairway bunkers to leave a fairly straightforward although long shot to the green. A very large green awaits you and it is important to be sure you play your shot to the right quadrant of the green as some very long and difficult putts can result if a wayward stroke is played to the wrong area.

5
Par 3, Length 173m

Quite a challenging par three. It is very important to be aware of where the pin is located and to ensure you play long enough to carry the water in front of the green side bunker on the right. Anything played too far right will end up in the water hazard which surrounds the most of the right hand side of the green.

6
Par 5, Length 513m

The tee shot should be aimed to the left of the fairway. Anything finding the right will make for a very difficult par. The second shot should be played though the gap in the trees being sure to avoid the fairway bunkers which run up most of the right side of the fairway. Care should be taken to establish where the pin is located as anything short or long will result in a difficult putt to the hole.

7
Par 3, Length 194m

Depending on which way the wind is blowing the hole will provide a considerable amount of variety off the tee. From the back marker most members will require a wood to be played. From the front however a shot played left centre will result in a fairly straight forward two putt for par.

8
Par 4, Length 285m

The best drive will be aimed straight up the fairway and fall short of the fairway bunkers on the right. The second should be aimed over the right hand edges of the bunkers on the left providing an easy access to a forgiving green. Be sure to check the wind before playing your shot as this can vary greatly from fairway to green.

9
Par 4, Length 368m

The best shot will be played centre right to avoid the fairway bunker on the left. The second straightforward shot, is best played to the centre right of the green. The area to the right and back will provide assistance to any shot played a little too far right. Anything played left of the green will find trouble resulting in a bogey at best.

10
Par 4, Length 398m

From the men's tee aim just left of the house on the hill. Use your driver to get as far down the fairway as possible. The second shot to the green will be from around the 150 metre mark. Aim just left of the green side bunker on the right and the ball should feed toward the centre of the green.

11
Par 5, Length 496m

The safest drive will be one that comes up short of the fairway bunker and finishes centre left of the fairway. A strong fairway club will put you in the best position to approach the green which is heavily guarded by bunkers. A shot to the left portion of the green is the safest. For those wishing to carry the bunkers be sure to take enough club to carry the green side bunker which is hidden from view by the fairway bunker on the right.

12
Par 3, Length 159m

A long par three which is heavily bunkered to the left and right. A solid long iron or fairway wood should be aimed at the right hand edge of the bunker at the rear centre left of the green. The front twenty percent of the green can be seen from the tee.

13
Par 4, Length 283m

A solid shot up the fairway to get as close as possible to the fairway bunkers is best. Care should be taken as to where the pin position is as a wayward shot left or right of the pin will leave a more demanding putt.

14
Par 4, Length 401m

A strong drive aimed at the water tower on top of Collaroy plateau will deliver the ball to the centre of the fairway at the bottom of the hill where the fairway doglegs to the left. A medium iron to the green is best placed toward the centre left of the green to avoid the green side bunkers and wetland.

15
Par 4, Length 386m

Drive toward the left of the fairway bunkers on the right to obtain the best position from which to play your second over the creek. The second should be aimed right of the green side bunkers. Care should be taken not to go long as anything over the back of the green will most possibly result in a very difficult return shot having to be played.

16
Par 5, Length 534m

A straight par five toward the house on the hill. Three good shots will be required to reach this green. The green is very large and is as much as three clubs different from front to back. You should take note of where the pin is located before making your approach shot.

17
Par 3, Length 122m

Possibly one of the best par three?s in Sydney this hole will provide plenty of variety and challenge depending on which way the wind blows. At only 122 metres this is not a long hole but a pulled or short shot will give you plenty to think about for your second.

18
Par 4, Length 394m

A strong drive is still required from the tee if you are to get home in two. Longer hitters will need to keep to the left hand side of the fairway to avoid the fairway bunkers. With the green being raised nearly a metre the player can now see nearly all of the putting surface from the fairway. The second should be aimed to the right of the weather vane to avoid the greenside bunker that protects the front left of the green.

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Manly Golf Club

38 Balgowlah Road
Manly, NSW, 2095
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Manly Golf Club

Located just a few blocks from Manlys famous beaches, Manly Golf Club is one of Australias oldest golf clubs, celebrating its Centenary in 2003. The course is challenging, but not tortuous, with multiple tees giving golfers of all standards the ability to enjoy their game with an appropriate level of challenge.

Located just a few blocks from Manly's famous beaches, Manly Golf Club is one of Australia's oldest golf clubs, celebrating its Centenary in 2003.

The Club has a formidable golfing and social history and, over the years, has played host to many championship and corporate events.

The manicured fairways have hosted many of golf's immortals- in the 1971 NSW Open Jack Nicklaus laid claim to the course record with a brilliant round of 62, whilst in 1978 Greg Norman fired a fine 64.

The course is challenging, but not torturous, with multiple tees giving golfers of all standards the ability to enjoy their game with an appropriate level of challenge.

After golf, why not enjoy the beautiful, fully air-conditioned Clubhouse, which can cater for functions of between 75 and 350 guests. Originally built in 1924, the Clubhouse has recently been extensively refurbished to its Georgian / Mediterranean style grandeur, retaining the wonderful heritage features and taking it's banqueting facilities into the 21st century.

Manly Golf Club takes great pride in providing both a venue and service of the highest standard. Your golf experience here is sure to be very memorable.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6053
Architect: Ross Watson (modifications)
Design Year: 1903

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 329m

2
Par 5, Length 505m

3
Par 5, Length 461m

4
Par 3, Length 157m

5
Par 4, Length 376m

6
Par 4, Length 388m

7
Par 3, Length 143m

8
Par 4, Length 351m

9
Par 4, Length 268m

10
Par 4, Length 317m

11
Par 3, Length 170m

12
Par 4, Length 380m

13
Par 4, Length 330m

14
Par 4, Length 378m

15
Par 3, Length 127m

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Par 4, Length 368m

17
Par 5, Length 509m

18
Par 4, Length 328m

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Pymble Golf Club

Cowan Road
St Ives, NSW, 2075
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Pymble Golf Club

Pymble Golf Club, located in the heart of Sydney's beautiful North Shore residential district, is regarded as one of the finest inland courses in Australia. Surrounded by magnificent homes, the picturesque course measuring over 6100 metres meanders through creek filled gullies and over heavily treed hills providing a golf experience of perhaps unequalled beauty and challenge.

Pymble Golf Club, located in the heart of Sydney 's beautiful North Shore residential district, is regarded as one of the finest inland courses in Australia .

Designed by Dan Soutar in 1926, this very picturesque golf course measures over 6100 metres. Surrounded by magnificent homes, the course meanders through creek filled gullies and over heavily treed hills providing a golf experience of perhaps unequalled beauty and challenge.

The planting of over 2000 trees and shrubs in the 1950s, was also a key part in the development of enhancing the surroundings of the golf course - the benefits of which are clearly visible nowadays ! The course is also famous for its black swans and the many geese that frequent the 16th hole dam area. In addition rainbow lorrikeets, eastern and crimson rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras, magpies, plovers and many other varieties are common.

Pymble Golf Club is one of Sydney's premiere private clubs and has been ranked as high as 87 in Australia.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6103
Architect: Dan Soutar
Design Year: 1926

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 506m

Your drive should land on the right side of this sloping fairway and if long enough you will have a good angle for your shot into the green. You can either carry it all the way to the two tiered green or run the ball onto the green from the right and between the bunkers. You can also play safe and lay up before a short pitch onto the green.

2
Par 5, Length 506m

This hole is one of the toughest par 5's in Sydney. The hole meanders up a steady incline with little run on the fairway. A solid drive required, the second shot should be placed right of centre fairway for the best approach to the two tiered green. There is a deep bunker short left of the green and this should be avoided.

3
Par 3, Length 190m

This hole runs down hill to a generally flat green. A good tee shot should always be rewarded by a par or birdie. A long iron or fairway wood off the tee here. Favour the left side of the green although there is a bunker left and right, with a severe slope away from the green on the right hand side.

4
Par 4, Length 416m

This is a tough down hill par 4 requiring a long straight tee shot and a well judged second. A solid drive down the left hand side is needed as the fairway slopes to the right. Best position to attack the green is centre to right side of fairway. Don't overclub the approach shot as you will have trouble making par from the side or back of green.

5
Par 4, Length 373m

This is a very challenging hole rated as our most difficult A dog leg right par 4 which plays longer than its rated length. Aim straight tee shot at the Turpentine or fade it if you can for the best approach shot. Long iron or fairway wood will be required to get home. Make sure you take an extra club as a shot played to the front third of the green may roll back off.

6
Par 4, Length 316m

This is straight up hill and playes longer than its lenght would indicate. Accurate placement of drive is a must. Favour the left side of fairway as balls tend to run off the right into the tree line. The left hand side is the ideal approach into the green. Take one club more than you think into the green as again, anything short may run back off the front.

7
Par 5, Length 445m

This is a good birdie chance with many players able to get home in two. A good drive down the right centre will set you up for a chance at the green. If you go for it you will be well rewarded but a mishit will lead to a difficult recovery shot. The conserative player will lay up before a short iron third shot into the green.

8
Par 3, Length 169m

Favour the right side of the green with a mid to long iron. Look for wind direction, the hole plays much longer into a North Easterly. The green has two tiers and when the pin is at the back it is a much tougher proposition, A bail out area short right is not a bad miss, from which it is relatively easy to get up and down. Anything left is a most difficult recovery.

9
Par 4, Length 386m

This hole is one of our toughest featuring a tee shot which goes over a rise and down a hill before ascending back up a steep incline to a well bunkered green. Plan your drive to land right of centre of this sloping fairway to have the best approach to the green. A well hit long iron or fairway wood will be required to get home particularly in a North Easterly. The greenslopes front to back and a shot hit a little short of the green centre will invariably roll back off the green. Putting from behind the pin can be treacherous requiring great touch. A most challeanging hole.

10
Par 4, Length 403m

Another tough hole where a long straight drive can be well rewarded. This hole dog legs slightly to the right. For the best approach shot a good drive should be left of centre fairway avoiding the fairway bunkers. Then the hole meanders slightly downhill which makes the second shot play a little shorter than the distance would indicate. Aim for the front half of the green as anything back is very a very difficult recovery shot.

11
Par 3, Length 139m

Straight away par 3. Look for wind direction, the hole plays longer into a slight breeze, shorter with the North Easterly. Avoid the very deepbunkers on the right at all costs as only the good bunker player can hope to get it close from there

12
Par 5, Length 438m

A shortish par 5 which is slightly uphill with the longer hitters able to get home in two. Slight dog leg right. A straight drive is useful, a fade preferable. Second shot must be placed on the left hand side for the best approach when the pin is cut right. The green is split into two sections, left tier is lower than the right. If you hit to the wrong tier you will have a most interesting putting challenge ahead of you.

13
Par 4, Length 307m

This short par 4 looks camparitively easy, however a misplaced shot will result in a tough recovery. Three wood or long iron preferable off the tee. This leaves only a short iron into the green. Favour right to centre green for this shot but don't be long and certainly not left. Once on the green you will have a straight forward putt on a relatively flat green.

14
Par 5, Length 476m

This is another shortish par 5 featuring a strong risk / reward strategy. Dog leg right. A solid drive in the middle will give you a chance to get home in two but miss the green anywhere right or long and purgatory awaits. A fairway bunker 25 metres short and left of the green is to be avoided. Safe play - lay up short for an easy pitch. Putting can be tricky on a well contoured green.

15
Par 3, Length 178m

Accessing the pin position is critical on this hole. A difficult par 3, requires a long iron or fairway wood. Best shot is a fade aimed at the left centre of the green. Alternatively, lay up short for an easy pitch and your par. There are bunkers left and right and a steep back left and long from which a pitch and putt is possible.

16
Par 4, Length 357m

This is our feature hole featuring two water carries. The hole is a dog leg right over the dam with bunkers and a huge bluegum tree on the corner to be avoided. If you can carry the bunkers your second will be a straight forward shortish iron, but in laying up, a much more challenging shot awaits. The green is guarded by a rocky creek in front with strong bunkering left right and at the rear. Take on the creek if you think you are good enough or lay up for your bogy - the choice is yours.

17
Par 4, Length 358m

The last of our tough par 4's. Dog leg right. Position your drive to the centre of the fairway as your second shot can be blocked by trees left and right. The second shot is slightly uphill to a long narrow green guarded by bunkers left and right. Make sure you take an extra club as anything short can roll back off the green. Once on the green it is fairly flat and straight forward putting awaits. Favour centre left when aiming at the green.

18
Par 3, Length 147m

The final hole is a challenging par 3 featuring a two tier green guarded by bunkers in the front and rear. Check the pin position and attempt to finish on the same tier as the flag as being on the wrong tier invariably results in a three putt. There is a bail out area right but there no easy chip and putt if the pin is back left.

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Riverside Oaks

O'Briens Road
Cattai, NSW, 2756
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Riverside Oaks

Riverside Oaks is set in 587 acres of unspoilt natural bushland bordered by the Hawkesbury River and wildlife reserve. The course layout is designed for golfers of all standards offering a challenging, rewarding game in a quiet natural bushland setting. Immaculate presentation, expansive greens and world class facilities provides one of Sydney's finest resort courses.

Located 90 minutes from Sydney, Riverside Oaks is set in 587 acres of unspoilt natural bushland bordered by the Hawkesbury River and wildlife reserve.

Today, Riverside Oaks has a reputation for quality that attracts golfers and visitors from across Australia and around the world.

The 18-hole par 72 championship course is 6,311 metres long and is rated amongst the top courses in Australia. Immaculate presentation, expansive greens and world class facilities provides one of Sydney's finest resort courses.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 75
Length (m): 6382
Architect: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett
Design Year: 1990

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 476m

Aim the drive centre to right centre fairway but, beware of the water left. A fairway wood second shot to the right side of the fairway sets up a short iron into the green. Aim to be below the hole on this huge green.

2
Par 4, Length 362m

A strategically placed bunker in range of the tee. Depending on wind tee off with a driver or fairway wood for accuracy. Green nearly five clubs deep, check pin position for club selection into the green. Bunker left and short another two on the right.

3
Par 4, Length 360m

Another long par 4 calling for an accurate drive. Fairway bunker right is in range and trees left punish any hook or severe draw. Second shot needs careful thought. A large green with slopes behind and right makes a par difficult if the second shot is not true.

4
Par 3, Length 165m

A lovely, downhill par 3. The bunker front green makes the hole shorter than it is. The tees are shielded from the wind. Check the tree tops for the real wind before club selection. The bail out area here is left.

5
Par 4, Length 261m

Placement of the tee shot is all important here. Use your most reliable fairway wood or long iron for accuracy aiming right of centre fairway. Large tree front green blocks any tee shot too far left. Check the pin position for the shot into this large green.

6
Par 4, Length 407m

The drive should be aimed at the left edge of the fairway bunker, a slight draw ideal. From front tees bunker is reachable- beware. Check pin position for shot in very big green. Danger right and behind green, steep slopes will cost you a shot.

7
Par 4, Length 333m

Any tee shot left of the centre fairway and trees will block your second shot. Huge fairway bunker in range from the right. Second shot to blind green calls for one extra club, check distance carefully and be up. Bail out area is left sand and slopes right.

8
Par 3, Length 159m

Bunkers in front of green will trap any shot not hit fully onto the green. Check distance carefully and check tree tops for wind on this sheltered tee. Slopes left and back and sand right as well will test your iron play here.

9
Par 5, Length 460m

A blind tee shot but there is no trouble if you middle your drive. Unless you hit very long, best to lay up short of the bunker front left green for a pitch and two putts for a par.

10
Par 5, Length 419m

A generous landing area for the drive. Water right catches a slice and the road left is OOB. Favour right centre fairway for your second and take an extra for the shot in. Green slopes back and front and right to the left- read the putt well.

11
Par 3, Length 121m

The danger here is obvious. Plenty of information available on the distance so having got the right club concentrate on the straight hit. Swale mid green so club to be on the same level as the pin.

12
Par 5, Length 436m

This hole looks a lot tougher than it is. A sweet fairway wood or long iron tee shot is best- driver hit long may make for a difficult second. An iron towards the left will avoid all water for a short iron in. Long hitters can go for it.

13
Par 4, Length 326m

Fairway bunkers left are in range and hidden water right will catch a slice- middle the tee shot. Green is semi-blind so check distance for second. Most trouble is right of the green with slopes and bunker short and right.

14
Par 3, Length 136m

Off the back tee it simply has to be a good shot- anything short or left will find water. From the other trees guard against a hook since the ground slopes away to water. Green nearly four clubs deep check distance and wind.

15
Par 4, Length 388m

A good drive left centre fairway essential. Right of centre fairway trees could block your second shot. Sand short and right of green and water cutting in on the left means you must be up with the second. Longer markers- safer to lay up. Undulating green- study putt carefully.

16
Par 4, Length 332m

Tee off with a fairway wood or long iron. A driver hit through the dog leg will reach sand and may block your second shot due to trees. Green guarded left by steep slopes to water and by a bunker right. Be under the hole with your approach for an easier putt.

17
Par 4, Length 350m

From the back tee be sure to open up the green, aim left centre fairway. With the well guarded green a straight shot is required to find the target. Check the pin position carefully, green is at least three clubs deep.

18
Par 4, Length 362m

Long hitters can carry the water but it is a gamble. Better play down the middle of the fairway guarding against the lake on the right for a mid to short iron into the green. Water comes into play short and left of the green and sand on the right.

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Royal Sydney Golf Club

Kent Road
Rose Bay, NSW, 2029
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Royal Sydney Golf Club

The Royal Sydney Golf Club is one of Australia's foremost social and sporting institutions. A combination of 27 holes of golf, lawn tennis courts, bowling greens all draped in the large number of major golf tournaments held at Royal Sydney have helped to sustain the Club's national and international reputation.

The Royal Sydney Golf Club is one of Australia's foremost social and sporting institutions. A combination of 27 holes of golf, lawn tennis courts, bowling greens all draped in the large number of major golf tournaments held at Royal Sydney have helped to sustain the Club's national and international reputation.

Unlike most famous courses, there is no single architect attributed to the design of Royal Sydney's Championship golf course. In reference books on architecture the designer's name is given, or simply listed as "unknown". Royal Sydney has evolved over time. It developed, changed, adapted, accommodated in detail, but a concept remained. It has always been an "old-fashioned", traditional, heavily bunkered, tough test of golf, especially in any wind. There are no gimmicks, no tricks, chasms or watery caverns. The course was born out of a desire by the founding fathers to have "a seaside course" or "links course". Irving Kent and C.C. Bethune found an area in the Bondi sandhills between Old South Head Road and the ocean, and in 1893 a 9-hole course was laid out.

Royal Sydney remains a most admired, respected and enjoyed institution due to its location, professional and efficiently run tournaments and the tough test of golf it provides. It has hosted numerous championships, most notably, the Australian Open Championships, but also includes the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Men's and Ladies Amateur Championships. Such champions as Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Peter Thomson and Greg Norman have contested Australia's major championship at Royal Sydney.

The Australian Open Championship has been held on 11 occasions at Royal Sydney, the most recent in 1999 when Australian amateur Aaron Baddeley triumphed over a world class field which included dual major winner Greg Norman and the Scot Colin Montgomery.

A private member's course Royal Sydney is only open to members and their guests.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 73
Length (m): 6230
Architect: Irving Kent
Design Year: 1893
Top 100: 32

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 274m

This opening par 4 is reachable from the tee by long-hitters. Players who find the fairway off the tee will be left with a short pitch shot to reach the green which is guarded by sand on both the left and right.

2
Par 5, Length 504m

This hole is a long par 5 which can be reached in two, but sometimes only with the help of the wind. The green is wide and shallow and when the hole is into the wind the players must avoid the dreaded 60 metre bunker shot that awaits those who leak the long second shot too far right.

3
Par 3, Length 165m

This hole plays downhill to a long, narrow green which is surrounded by bunkers. Players may have difficulty choosing their club as the length changes greatly depending on the wind and whether the pin is placed at the front or the back of the green.

4
Par 4, Length 403m

This par 4 plays downhill from the tee then turns to the left and goes up to the green at the high point of the hill. Trees line both sides of the narrow fairway and the green is heavily guarded by one of the deepest bunkers in the country.

5
Par 4, Length 391m

Drive the ball to the left side of the fairway on this par 4 as players will find that the fairway opens up the preferred line of approach unless the pin is tucked back in the left corner of the green, behind the deep fronting bunker.

6
Par 3, Length 143m

This is the shortest par 3 on the course with possibly one of the biggest greens; one with several demanding and dangerous pin positions. With a short iron in hand it is tempting to aim at the flag, however if your shot finds the bunker it will take a brilliant escape shot to get close.

7
Par 5, Length 513m

This long par 5 plays along the southern boundary of the course and is one where the ideal shot is a long draw (or fade for left-handers) that catches the down-slope over the hill and earns an extra few metres that many times will be critical if you are to hit the green in two shots. The bunker on the left looks to be right up against the edge of the green, however between the bunker and the putting surface is a deep swale that catches a few off-guard and leaves a difficult short chip.

8
Par 4, Length 275m

This short, uphill par 4 is one of the highlights of the course. It forces players to make a decision on the tee as some players will be able to drive far enough to reach the putting surface. Actually hitting the green in one is another matter and the pitch from 80 metres (after an iron shot from the tee) is often easier than a bunker shot or short chip from around this brilliantly protected and elevated green.

9
Par 4, Length 328m

This final hole of the front nine is one where the tee shot is best played to the right to avoid the tall pine trees on the left that block a clear view of the pitch to the green. This long and narrow green is best played from the right of the fairway as it can be easily missed with a short iron shot.

10
Par 4, Length 382m

The back nine begins with this medium length par 4. The drive off the tee will need to avoid a fairway bunker to the right and a small stream which runs through the left rough. The green sits to advantage a drive played down the left and the second shot is usually of medium to short length.

11
Par 4, Length 420m

This long, difficult par 4 challenges players with a narrow green that is guarded by bunkers on the right and a deep swale on the left which demands a very well played iron shot following a drive that steers clear of the fairway bunkers down the right edge of the fairway.

12
Par 4, Length 359m

Any drive played close to the right edge of this par 4 fairway will leave players with a blocked view of the flagstick. The only clear view of the entire green is from the left of the dogleg. Under the right conditions, long hitters may land close to the green if they are prepared to play a risky shot from the tee.

13
Par 5, Length 500m

A new tee built in 2006 increased the length of this hole by 30 metres, making this formerly simple hole into a more difficult proposition. Downwind this green is easily reached in two shots, however when the wind is from the south this can be a difficult hole.

14
Par 3, Length 173m

This par 3 demands an accurate iron shot to a long green which is guarded by bunkers on both sides. The hole is not a complicated one, but miss the green and players will soon find that saving par is never simple

15
Par 4, Length 403m

The fairway on this par 4 is one of the narrowest on the course. Few holes in the country are as straight or as narrow as this one. The ideal line into this thin, small green is (as you would expect) from the middle of the fairway.

16
Par 5, Length 535m

This final par 5 follows in the same direction as the previous two holes and is reachable in two shots with a favourable wind. Players are confronted with a series of well-placed fairway bunkers that must be avoided. Provided you are able to achieve this, what is left is a short pitch shot onto a relatively simple green.

17
Par 3, Length 202m

The green on this par 3 is the most difficult to hit on the entire course, especially in a strong wind. Misjudge your shot and you could find yourself buried in the bunker at the rear of the green.

18
Par 4, Length 374m

This final hole is a swinging dogleg to the left where the ideal drive hugs the left side of the fairway making it just past the trees, opening up the best line into an undulating green, surrounded by bunkers and set below the famous Clubhouse

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St. Michael's Golf Club

Jennifer Street
Little Bay, NSW, 2036
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

St. Michael's Golf Club

St. Michael's Golf Club is one of Sydney's finest tests of golf. The majority of the course is covered by natural bush on both sides of its fairways. The Ocean breezes can also have a very big influence on your game, and therefore accurate straight driving is essential. It is a wonderful course, carved from a wilderness that will forever be a part of its charm and testing qualities.

To play on St. Michael's golf course is a great experience. It is one of Sydney's finest tests of golf. Located next to the ocean and adjacent to the N.S.W. Golf Club, St. Michael's is a typical links course with narrow fairways, natural bush land and deep rough. In fact, t he majority of the course is covered by natural bush on both sides of its fairways.

The Ocean breezes can also have a very big influence on your game, and therefore accurate straight driving is essential. St. Michael's is an extremely panoramic course with exciting ocean views that will seem a lot harder on certain days than the par 72 allocated for the 18 holes.

It is a wonderful course, carved from a wilderness that will forever be a part of its charm and testing qualities.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 73
Length (m): 6194
Architect: Michael Moran and C.W. Cole
Design Year: 1938
Top 100: 68

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 399m

An impressive spacious tee-shot and approach to the green, this can lead one into a false sense of security. There is trouble bordering all around and the green is quite narrow. The opening hole at St Michaels is a good challenge.

2
Par 4, Length 317m

The 2nd is in complete contrast to the opening hole. A dog leg to the right with sweeping fairway over the hill down to a well bunkered green. Native trees and scrub amphitheatre this beautiful hole.

3
Par 3, Length 170m

The effect of hitting through a valley is what makes this par 3 aesthetically impressive. The elevated tee to a green sitting atop a steep hill, with views of the Eastern Suburbs peninsula. One can be distracted from a most challenging hole.

4
Par 4, Length 341m

The 4th tee is well above the fairway, with a clear view of the ocean behind and the hole ahead. A water hazard hugs the right side of the fairway and native bush on the south side. With a challenging putting surface, this short hole is a good test.

5
Par 3, Length 203m

The 5th is truly an outstanding par 3, with a chute like tee shot, over a sandy 140m carry, and challenging up and downs from both sides of a sloping green. A par on this hole is most rewarding.

6
Par 5, Length 497m

With elevated teeing area and view of the Pacific Ocean and headland, this short par 5 offers a most enjoyable experience, and a good chance for birdie or that first par.

7
Par 5, Length 476m

With back to back par 5's, this longer version goes in the opposite direction, and is highly influenced by the wind. With little to no trouble off the tee, the only true test is a narrow green atop a steep hill which is blind from the fairway. Whichever way the breeze blows, makes or breaks either the 6th or 7th.

8
Par 4, Length 398m

A classic hole, long in length, requiring a good tee shot and accurate approach. With surrounding mounding, hidden hazards and out of bounds south of green, this hole can be an absolute brute into the wind.

9
Par 4, Length 298m

A generous width of fairway and short in distance. This deep hole, generally assures you of your halfway drink going down easily. Avoid the green side bunkers and get ready for the challenging back nine.

10
Par 4, Length 375m

Another generous fairway, but lined both sides by trees, narrowing at approximately 230m from tee. A small sloping green, with bunkering set well away, this easy looking hole is rarely defeated.

11
Par 4, Length 373m

This double dog-leg sweeping from left to right off tee and right to left to green is a very impressive. Although generous in fairway, the blind tee-shot and surrounding native bush makes this hole very intimidating.

12
Par 3, Length 164m

The 12th Green is heavily bunkered with a strongly sloping putting surface, outstanding looking hole but very daunting. Relax and enjoy the challenge.

13
Par 5, Length 462m

This hole offers a narrow tee shot between a hazard on the left of fairway and tree lined on the south. There is an equally demanding narrow 2nd shot to a blind green, bunkered left and right. This hole is often influenced by wind but the view is to be enjoyed.

14
Par 4, Length 340m

A short hole with sandy rough and generous sweeping fairway. There are two small hills to negotiate before an awkward shaped green. A seemingly easy hole compared to the start of the back nine.

15
Par 3, Length 206m

The15th tee is an elevated position to a large sloping green surrounded by bunkers. The native bush land surrounds the green to create an impressive back drop.

16
Par 4, Length 379m

The 16th hole is played from an elevated tee over the infamous Moran's gully. Rumor has it Ball Manufacturer's Christmas bonus is assured. Due to this hole. Fairway sweeps from right to left with sloping green, Par this hole and you're a happy golfer.

17
Par 5, Length 481m

This hole offers the ultimate challenge, a long straight tee shot over the hill and go for the green amongst a stadium of native tree's and scrub, or play short of hill with safe club to get over for 2nd and approach green for 3rd.

18
Par 4, Length 387m

The 18th offers a last opportunity to test yourself, an impressive intimidating tee shot through a narrow tree-lined fairway with carry of 140 metre's off tee. A narrow long approach to a big green, with bunkering set away from green short left and right.

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Stonecutters Ridge

Stonecutters Drive
Colebee, NSW, 2761
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Stonecutters Ridge

Meticulously planned and crafted by Greg Norman and his team, Stonecutters Ridge is a world-class 18 hole championship golf course that has been designed to rank among Australia's Top 100

Intertwining the upcoming Stonecutters Ridge development, the planned Greg Norman-designed 18 hole championship golf course has been designed to be ranked in Australia’s Top 100 Courses. The 6,247 m, par 71 course, sits amongst the rolling topography of the site. The course landscape will reflect the characteristics of its natural surrounds with three distinct themes, each complementing the overall development and providing a range of sensory experiences as players travel around the course.

The golf course will be framed by the natural meanderings of the adjacent Creek and the uniquely Australian Cumberland Plain Woodlands.

Approximately 30 per cent of homesites at Stonecutters Ridge will front the golf course. Stonecutters Ridge will be another quality development created by Medallist – a leading developer of award-winning, masterplanned communities. Formed as a joint venture between Greg Norman’s Great White Shark Enterprises and Macquarie Group Limited, Medallist specialises in premium residential golf course developments across the globe. Communities in the Medallist portfolio have been internationally recognised for their design, facilities and dedication to the protection of the surrounding environment.

From the Savannah Quarters, Tennessee National and Wild Heron in North America, to Eye of Africa near Johannesburg and Brookwater, The Vintage and Pelican Waters here in Australia, Medallist creates communities that become lifestyle destinations.

The success of each address is built upon a commitment to high standards and quality throughout all aspects of the community, providing an idyllic way of life for residents around the world.

The stunning Greg Norman-designed 18 hole championship golf course will set the scene for the quality and luxury of the features to be savoured at Stonecutters Ridge. Smart, environmentally-friendly homes will grace manicured streetscapes where life takes on a more tranquil pace, yet is still conveniently placed for easy access to the M7 Westlink and the facilities of Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Blacktown and the Sydney CBD.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6335
Architect: Greg Norman
Design Year: 2012
Top 100: 67

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 504m

Stonecutters opens with the only par 5 on the front 9. A generous driving hole with a wide open fairway. A hazard runs the entire length of the left side and out of bounds is far to right which should not come into play. A good drive will finish just left of the lone tree and bunkers on the right side. The hole doglegs slightly to the left for the second shot played with a fairway or hybrid but a straight shot will also find the fairway and provide a short 3rd shot to tight green. A large greenside bunker on the right and small pot bunker on the left call for accuracy. The hazard line also lies very close to the left side of green with drop zones front and rear.

2
Par 4, Length 366m

This is one of the more difficult pars on the course due to its length. The hazard on the right of the teeing area should not come into play. A sole bunker awaits a tee shot down the right hand side and dense trees and shrubs line the entire length of the left rough. Any shots hit down the left hand side will require a long second shot over 3 large, deep bunkers.

3
Par 4, Length 356m

The course now opens up to a double fairway. A slight dogleg right, the best tee shot will be left of the signature tree. The second shot must negotiate this tree in the centre of the fairway, by playing over or around it. A water hazard hugs the right side of the green from 100 metres out and a bunker left of the green will catch any shots steered away from the water.

4
Par 4, Length 339m

This hole shares the double fairway with the 3rd. The water hazard hugging the right hand side can be avoided by driving to the open left side of the fairway. An approach from this side though means coming in, over 3 large deep bunkers on the left side of the green.

5
Par 4, Length 310m

A tricky short par 4 with a hazard to the right off the tee and fairway bunkers right and left in the landing area. Best played with a fairway or hybrid from the tee to lay up short of the bunkers and the hazard which lies past the right hand bunkers unseen from the tee. The second shot will be with a short iron over the hazard to a narrow green.

6
Par 3, Length 146m

The only par 3 on the front 9. Visually an outstanding hole from the tee. Deep bunkers immerse themselves in the water hazard which extends the entire length of the hole on the left. There is a large bail out area short and right of the green but it will be difficult to get up and down for par. Success favours the brave on this hole.

7
Par 4, Length 312m

Another visually stunning hole from the tee. A water hazard extending the length of the left fairway demands a long drawn tee shot or a lay up to the right short of the rough on the corner of the dog leg. Bunkers cascading down the rise behind and to the right of the green make for an intimidating approach shot. The bailout area left of the green is safe option however it will be a difficult chip and putt to make par.

8
Par 4, Length 384m

A perfect hole for anyone who fades the ball. Aim down the left side of the fairway, drive to the top of the hill and let the natural lie of the land feed the ball back to the centre. The longer hitters can take on the bunkers on the corner of the dog leg to shorten the hole and provide the best chance for a short iron on the second shot. Large, deep bunkers guard the left side of the green but there is plenty of room to the right of the green to avoid them.

9
Par 4, Length 381m

The number 1 handicap hole on the course completes the outward 9 and is another hole that will suit anyone that fades the ball with a slight dogleg right. Again the long hitters can take on the bunkers on the right and if you can drive it to the top of the hill you will get some extra yards down the other side and only have a short iron in. A bunker left of the green and a large, deep collection areas on the right and behind the green will make for a challenging 3rd shot if you miss the green.

10
Par 5, Length 479m

The inward 9 starts with the first of 3 par 5?s to come. A beautifully designed hole with fairway bunkers right for the shorter hitters and left for the longer hitters. The second shot will leave many with the decision of whether to go for the green in 2 or lay up safely. Laying up just short of the next fairway bunker on the right will leave a short pitch of about 80 metres. A long narrow green with a bunker left an water hazard to the right requires accurate direction and distance control for a chance at a birdie putt.

11
Par 3, Length 137m

The signature hole on the course can seem intimidating from the tee. A collection of sculptured bunkers spill from the elevated green down the approach. Forming what may seem like an impenetrable wall of sand. This shot requires control of height, distance and direction to successfully land on the green. You will feel a great sense of achievement if you succeed.

12
Par 4, Length 374m

The first of 3 par 4?s on the back 9. A dog leg left over the hill, fairway bunkers on the left force tee shots to the right side where long native grass awaits. A fairway or hybrid hit from the tee will provide safe option but a long second shot over the hill to an unseen green nestled amongst the trees. A feature of this hole is the bunker left of the green built around a mature tree.

13
Par 4, Length 350m

From an elevated tee to a fairway sloping up between bunkers right and left in the landing area. You need to hit driver though to have a chance at hitting a lofted iron to a green at the top of the rise. Bunkers right and below the hole are two of the largest and deepest on the course, protecting a green that runs across the approach angle.

14
Par 4, Length 345m

The fairway sloping down and away to the large tree on the right hand side gives the opportunity to hit a long drive and . If you hit your drive to near the tree you will have only a short iron to an elevated green. This is the only tiered green on the course with a rise of more than a metre from front to back. It is important to know whether the pin position is front or back or you?ll be faced with a daunting uphill or downhill putt.

15
Par 5, Length 472m

A long, straight, open par 5. This is where you will be in contention for the long drive competition with a straight tee shot. Native grass on both sides of the fairway are the harsh penalty for a wayward shot and maybe a lost ball. The second shot with a hybrid or a fairway will need to finish short of the next fairway bunker. Leaving a short pitch to a large sloping green with deep bunkers to the left.

16
Par 3, Length 159m

A beautiful par 3 hole with a daunting view. You are faced with a wall of native grass in front of the tee, a water hazard front and left of the green, bunkers and native grass left and right to the rear. One of the higher parts of the course it can be windy most days making club selection important as well as hitting a perfect shot. There is the safe option of hitting short and right for anyone running out of balls at this point.

17
Par 3, Length 144m

Another great par 3 to a large sloping green with many undulations making reading your putt an art form. Large bunkers front left and rear will present a difficult second shot for any ball not on the green.

18
Par 5, Length 449m

The finishing hole with the club house in view calling you in. A daunting tee shot with driver over the long native grass on the best of days but into the prevailing wind it can be difficult to reach the fairway for shorter hitters. After your drive down the middle it?s time to use your longest fairway and go for the green in 2. There is a large landing area in front of the green for those who hit short but large deep bunkers left and right demanding a straight approach. The green is sloping up from the front to the rear with undulations to make putting a slippery challenge. A fitting end to a great day of golf.

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Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club

116 Booralie Road
Terrey Hills, NSW, 2084
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club

For as long as most of us can remember, the name Terrey Hills has conjured up visions of the awesome beauty of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Today bush blends with landscaped gardens in a sought-after semi-rural village, home to a golf course recognised as one of the leading championship courses in Australia - Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club.

When Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club was opened in 1994 it was the first new course to be constructed in Sydney for over twenty years. It has developed into a dynamic club, building its own rich tradition and hosting premier events like the Canon Challenge.

Right from the first hole, the course sets new standards in visual and golfing excellence. Natural forests line gently contoured fairways, enhanced with native shrubs and flora. The greens and fairways feature a diverse range of grasses, which add challenge and interest as well as colour contrast. Carefully selected broadbent grass on the greens ensures a smoothly rolling putt, while the specially selected wintergreen couch provides a superior surface on the fairways. Native grasses are used to achieve a gentle transition between the undulating fairways and rugged natural vegetation.

The large greens allow for multiple pin placements, ensuring maximum enjoyment for all levels of golfers. Championship tees are strategically positioned to challenge low handicappers, while flexibility in the design of each hole accommodates the thinking, the conservative, and the adventurous golfer.

What the course offers, specifically.

Designed by Graham Marsh, using the most advanced computer modelling techniques, the course offers you:

  • 6437 m (7057yd) 18 hole par 72 Championship course
  • 700 square metre greens allowing multiple pin placements
  • Multiple tees for variety
  • A full length cart path for motorised carts
  • Total coverage irrigation and superior drainage system
  • Landscaping designed to be in complete harmony with the natural bushland environment and man-made lakes.

A clubhouse with facilities to please the most discerning person.

The spacious clubhouse with its sweeping windows, classic wrap-around verandahs, and high domed ceilings is a pleasing blend of classic elegance and Australian character. All leisure and entertaining areas and facilities are superbly appointed and members and their guests enjoy:

  • Stylish formal or casual dining with sophisticated international cuisine.
  • Relaxed drinks in the lounge or al fresco on the wide cool verandahs
  • The use of a private VIP room for dining or conferences
  • A wedding venue to create that special magic for your most special occasion
  • A range of quality golfing merchandise at the Pro Shop
  • Individual or group lessons from our trained PGA professional staff
  • A well organised, lively program of social events throughout the year

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 5729
Architect: Graham Marsh and Ross Watson
Design Year: 1994
Top 100: 41

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 411m

This relatively short opening par 5 offers a real birdie opportunity. It is reachable in two shots but beware the creek in front of the green. A large putting surface will test your nerve.

2
Par 4, Length 315m

A straightaway par 4 with severe mounding on the right to catch the sliced tee shot. The second shot is slightly uphill to a well trapped undulating green.

3
Par 4, Length 328m

Driving accuracy is essential. A downwind tee shot may require the strong hitter to lay up short of the water on the left. The green is well protected by the water sand traps short and to the right and hollows behind.

4
Par 3, Length 125m

This hole runs uphill and will play a little longer than it appears. Club selection is the key to the best birdie opportunities.

5
Par 4, Length 338m

Ideally the tee shot should be played to the left side of the fairway affording the best approach. Natural bushland surrounds the green punishing wayward second shots.

6
Par 3, Length 154m

The longest par 3 with a deceivingly deep green. This hole combining length with extensive bunkering will yield more bogies than pars.

7
Par 4, Length 347m

The majestic Clubhouse Tower comes into view providing the ideal line for your tee shot. From the middle of the fairway the greenside dangers are obvious, whilst the moderately undulating green will require a delicate putting touch.

8
Par 4, Length 322m

One of the more difficult tee shots at Terrey Hills. A particularly severe bunker on the right should be avoided at all costs. Play to the left centre of the green as any shot right will be penalised by deep gullies.

9
Par 5, Length 477m

For all but the longest hitters this is a true 3 shot par 5. The second shot should be positioned to provide the best angle to the green, guarded closely by water and bunkers.

10
Par 4, Length 343m

The back nine starts with a demanding par 4. The second shot should be strategically positioned to provide a safer angle to the green. Water comes into play down the entire left side of this challenging hole.

11
Par 4, Length 343m

A deceptively tough par 4 requiring a well struck tee shot to provide vision to a green surrounded by water and bunkers. Club selection is important as water beyond the green provides severe penalties.

12
Par 3, Length 122m

Not the longest par 3 at Terrey Hills, but certainly beautiful and testing, encompassing water, mounds and gullies. A courageous, accurate tee shot will be rewarded.

13
Par 4, Length 358m

A long par 4 that will command the respect of all players. Your tee shot should be played left of centre to avoid penal fairway bunkering. Follow this with a mid to long iron to a large deceptive green.

14
Par 5, Length 446m

A long par 5 which requires thought on every shot. If the hazards are avoided on the drive and second shot, think carefully about club selection to the well trapped undulating green.

15
Par 3, Length 145m

A huge bunker meanders some hundred metres along the right side of the fairway and curves around the end of the green. A par 3 of intimidating presence to test the nerves towards the finish of the round.

16
Par 5, Length 446m

A premium is placed on driving at this reachable par 5 and aggression may reward the longer hitters. A long, high second shot is called for to keep the ball on the putting surface. A less adventurous route is to favour the left side.

17
Par 4, Length 369m

A testing par 4 in anyone's language. Deep hollows on the left side should be avoided from the tee as they obscure visibility of the green. A lay-up second shot could be the wise option as water encroaches on the right hand side of the green.

18
Par 4, Length 327m

A par 4 of unique quality. A dogleg left where avoidance of the many hazards is essential. The second shot uphill will always play longer than it appears. The shallow green calls for precise club selection and execution.

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The Australian Golf Club

53 Bannerman Crescent
Rosebery, NSW, 2018
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

The Australian Golf Club

Located in the 2000 Olympic City of Sydney, The Australian Golf Club is one of Australia's most exclusive golf clubs. The Australian is a perfectly manicured and aesthetically pleasing golf course. A series of water hazards provide golfers of all standards with challenges right up until the final approach shot into the 18th hole.

Located in the 2000 Olympic City of Sydney, The Australian Golf Club is one of Australia's most exclusive golf clubs. The Australian is a perfectly manicured and aesthetically pleasing golf course. A series of water hazards provide golfers of all standards with challenges right up until the final approach shot into the 18th hole.

The club was founded in 1882 with golf at the Kensington location not commencing until 1904. On that basis the club is arguably the oldest golf club in Australia.

A private member's course, The Australian has hosted a staggering 15 Australian Open championships which include the first ever Open in 1904 through to the centenary open in 2004 where a strong local field saw Peter Lonard grab the title with a one shot victory over previous winner Stuart Appleby. In fact Appleby had a chance to win with a realistic birdie chance at the last hole however after a booming drive, his second shot did not find the target and the resultant bogey left Lonard with a one shot victory.

The golf courses was remodelled by Jack Nicklaus in the 1980's adding length, water hazards and distinct mounding to create a golf course dissimilar in many ways to the original. Most would agree that the modifications have made The Australian a better golf course. When played from the back tees The Australian can be a punishing course wth long, exacting approach shots needed to tight, bunker laden greens.

The multi million dollar clubhouse overlooks the course and provides luxurious post game surrounds to contemplate "what could have been". It is hard to imagine that all of this is available within a 10 minute drive from the centre of Sydney.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 75
Length (m): 6443
Architect: Clark, Hutchinson & Martin (1903)/Jack Nicklaus (1976)
Design Year: 1903
Top 100: 12

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 461m

A relatively easy starting hole. Only the very longest hitters would consider taking on the corner bunkers and then only with a helping south/south westerly breeze. Keep well right with your second shot using a club that will keep you short of the right hand chain of bunkers. Ideally your approach shot should finish below that hole if the pin is in front half of the green. From above the hole an extremely slick putt will result.

2
Par 3, Length 198m

A long narrow green from an elevated tee, which with varying wind conditions and pin placement can play from a short iron to a fairway metal club. Avoid the right hand bunker when the pin is back. The green falls away sharply to the left at the rear.

3
Par 4, Length 340m

Long drivers can reach the water hazard (which is not in view) with a tail wind. Play to the right where there is ample fairway, avoiding the difficult left hand corner bunker. This sets up the best angle of attack to an obliquely set green. Lay up left if the water carry is too daunting. The two-tiered putting surface is fairly flat, sloping gently to the water on the lower level.

4
Par 3, Length 193m

Club selection is critical to this shallow green fronted by water. The safest line is to the centre. The back left bunker shot brings the water hazard back into play.

5
Par 5, Length 553m

Doglegging right from the tee, the corner bunker can be carried only by long hitters with a helping wind. The second shot should be kept well right on a right to left sloping fairway. The approach is to a narrow fronted green with well-protected bunkering. Putting from above the hole will require caution.

6
Par 4, Length 378m

Stay well left of centre to avoid a natural bounce to the right, which will give you the most difficult approach to this green. The further left you drive the more inviting and easy the approach shot becomes to a two-tiered green.

7
Par 4, Length 392m

From the Member's tee this hole is not long, however, the approach shot to a long narrow green is full of trepidation. Bailing out to the left to avoid the water leaves a difficult third, where a full range of options - putt, chip or pitch - is available.

8
Par 4, Length 440m

A long hole into the prevailing summer breeze. The drive should be directed to the right side to obtain the best view of the green, which is partially hidden on the left side. This brings into play the right hand fairway bunker, which can be carried, in favourable conditions. The safe approach play is right and short to a green which is difficult to hold and protected front left by a deep bunker.

9
Par 4, Length 424m

A very tough driving hole where the right hand side of the fairway ensures a clear approach to a green deeply bunkered on the left hand side. When the pin is back over-clubbing is the safest approach as the embankment behind the green invariably feeds the ball down to the putting surface.

10
Par 4, Length 381m

A ball driven to the right side of this fairway will generally roll back to the centre of the fairway. The second shot is deceptive and an extra club is generally the correct choice. To run a ball onto this green will require a line left of centre to avoid falling into a deep depression, to the right of the green.

11
Par 3, Length 172m

A very long, narrow and flat green. Careful club selection is required. The left hand bunker is set well back, so a miss to this side generally finds the grassy hollow and the easiest recovery spot.

12
Par 4, Length 385m

A very good driving hole from an elevated tee. The dogleg left is protected on both sides with bunkers. The easier approach is from the right hand side, from where the two-tiered and deeply bunkered green is opened up.

13
Par 4, Length 362m

The fairway bunker left is reachable by the longer hitter although this is the side to play from for the best approach to an elevated green, which will provide some testing putts if you do not finish in the correct quarter of the green.

14
Par 5, Length 485m

A ball driven toward the left hand bank will invariably find its way back to the fairway. There is plenty of room to the left on your second shot to avoid the right hand depression and long deep fairway bunker. The third shot is deceptive and generally requires a stronger club than the eye tells you.

15
Par 3, Length 188m

To a deep two-level green the tee shot is best played from right to left. A running shot on this line is generally effective.

16
Par 4, Length 430m

A long drive is required if you want to challenge the green, which is set obliquely to your approach shot and is protected by very deep and extensive bunkering. The green is three-tiered and putting from above the hole is a test for even the best putters.

17
Par 4, Length 399m

Arguably the best hole on the course. You are tested from the tee, where only a strong and straight drive will allow you to "go" at the pin. The green is again set obliquely to the line of play and precise club selection is needed to find the correct part of this long green and to avoid strategically placed bunkering. The green is relatively flat but has subtle breaks.

18
Par 5, Length 486m

An ideal finishing hole which will test the ability of the longest hitters to get home in two. Generally a lay up second shot is the correct approach leaving an intimidating third shot to a deep three level green with water at the front and down the entire right hand side.

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The Coast Golf & Recreation Club

1430 Anzac Parade
Little Bay, NSW, 2036
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

The Coast Golf & Recreation Club

Course Information

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The Lakes Golf Club

King Street
Mascot, NSW, 2020
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

The Lakes Golf Club

The Lakes Golf Club is one of Australia's premier golf courses and is regarded as the best venue in Sydney for hosting national and international professional golf tournaments. The Lakes layout is regarded as an imposing championship venue. Wind, trees, marshes, bunkers, heavy rough and of course many water hazards are features of this historic course.

The Lakes Golf Club is one of Australia's premier golf courses and is regarded as the number 1 championship venue in Sydney for hosting national and international professional golf tournaments.

The Lakes layout is regarded as an imposing championship venue. Wind, trees, marshes, bunkers, heavy rough and of course many water hazards are features of this historic course. Apart from the opening hole where there is a lake on the left and the eighth hole where there is a lake on the right, the front nine holes are relatively water free. However there are plenty of trees and bunkers to catch that miss hit shot.

The water is well in evidence on the homeward stretch with the picturesque innocent - looking lakes thirsting for miss hit golf balls. The Lakes demands patience and precision from the tee and deft second - shot accuracy to find the greens.

The Lakes, ranked 16th in Australia, is considered to be a classic mix of old fashioned and modern design - where as with most Sydney courses the wind can be a strong factor in determining how well you will score.

Course Information

Par: 73
ACR: 75
Length (m): 6315
Architect: Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead
Design Year: 1967
Top 100: 16

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 365m

The new first tee adjacent to the water level brings in the traps on the right hand side to penalize the long shot heading away from the water. As a general rule, the closer a golfer is willing to hit to the water, the better line they will have into the green. We recommend all golfers take this into account when making their club selection on the approach shot.

2
Par 4, Length 400m

The second hole has new bunkers added on the right hand side and green has been changed to reward players coming in from the left. Players who are able to carry the tier in the fairway will be left with a short iron to the green. Shorter drivers should keep their tee shot to the left. Players should also aim their approach shots to the left side of the green as it is designed to funnel balls to the right once they have landed.

3
Par 4, Length 444m

The tee has been moved back and across to ensure the second shot plays longer into a big green protected right and left by traps. Clever placement is required for your second/third shots and the green has a swale through the centre to ensure all long putts are tested.

4
Par 4, Length 339m

The new layout of this hole requires many golfers to lay up as close as possible to the sandy waste on either their first or second shot to provide the best opportunity to hit their next shot on to the green. Be aware that the 4th green slopes away from front to back. Approach shots that finish short left, will leave golfers a very difficult chip or bunker shot.

5
Par 4, Length 363m

While the tee shot on the 5th may appear narrow, there is actually considerable room to the left of the right fairway bunker. A tee shot in the centre to left of the fairway eliminates the danger areas of the hole and provides an excellent angle of approach into the challenging green. We also encourage you to choose a club that will allow you to fly the ball to the middle of the green to take the front bunkers out of play.

6
Par 4, Length 312m

The danger on this hole is the large sandy waste collection area on the left hand side of the fairway but there is considerably more room on the right hand side than it may appear from the tee. The green has a very narrow entrance and is flanked by two deep greenside bunkers. Pay close attention to your club selection on your approach shot. Any approach that finishes short or marginally off line will have a good chance of finding the difficult bunkers.

7
Par 3, Length 160m

This medium length par 3 plays uphill with only the back tier of the green visible. If you can hit the middle of the green and 2 putt you will be more than happy. The best place to miss the green and chip from is front left as there are deep bunkers protecting the right front and side of the green.

8
Par 5, Length 503m

This stunning looking par 5 plays downhill from the tee and flattens out in the middle with a slightly elevated green from fairway level. The hole is protected by a lake on the right hand side, waste area on the left hand side of the fairway, scattered cross bunkers and green side bunkers. The green is long and narrow at the front widening out towards the back with chipping areas on the front, right and rear of the green

9
Par 3, Length 138m

This par 3 is quite exposed and during the warmer months will play into the prevailing N/E wind. The green is elevated and protected by a pot bunker at the front and a deep bunker on the right. The green is undulating and will prove a tough test especially on windy days.

10
Par 4, Length 314m

This short par 4 is a feature hole at The Lakes. Depending on the wind can play very differently. The tee shot is quite narrow with a fairway bunker positioned on the left approximately 220metres from the tee. A lateral water hazard protects the entire right side of the hole. The green is slightly elevated with a tier in the middle and is sits on an angle as you play the hole. The green is surrounded by bunkers front and back.

11
Par 5, Length 528m

This long dogleg par 5 plays left to right around a lake on the right hand side. The tee shot plays slightly uphill with waste area approximately 240 metres from the tee on the right side. Fairway bunkers on the right and left side protect the fairway for the second shot. The green is very large with a swale on the left side. The water lurks close at the front and to the right.

12
Par 4, Length 409m

This is one of the hardest holes on the back nine. It is a long par 4 with a gradual incline. The tee shot is protected by trees on the left and waste area on the right approximately 250 metres from the tee. The green is elevated and protected by greenside traps left and right.

13
Par 4, Length 288m

This short par 4 plays downhill, and the fairway slopes to the right towards a pond. The left side of the fairway will generally give you the flattest lie and best angle to play your second shot. The green is pear-shaped, very narrow at the front and widening out at the back. There are severe drop off areas at the front and sides of the green, and a bunker lurks at the back of the green.

14
Par 5, Length 502m

This short par 5 is one of the feature holes at The Lakes GC. There is a waste area on the right, while water and a fairway trap come into play on the left. Your second and third shots play over a lake to a massive green which has many levels to it. The green is protected by water at the front and bunkers to the back. Study the green closely and pay particular attention to the speed.

15
Par 3, Length 184m

The putting surface on this par 3 is not visible from the tee. The green slopes from front to back and is protected by bunkers on both sides. There is a ridge running through the middle of the green which funnels your golf ball to the left.

16
Par 4, Length 396m

This is a tough dogleg left to right par 4 and often plays into the wind from the tee. The lake approximately 240 - 250 metres from the back tee markers protects the middle and right side of the fairway. Bunkers surround the green on all sides.

17
Par 5, Length 454m

This is a stunning hole played along the lake. It is a short par 5 but is very challenging. The tee shot is played to a fairway almost like an island with water at the front, back and to the left. The second is played over water and is protected by waste land on the right and water to the left. The green is positioned close to the water on the left and is protected by a large bunker at the front right.

18
Par 3, Length 191m

This is a tough finishing par 3, which plays slightly uphill and often into the wind. However the green is large and relatively wide. The green is protected by a swale at the front and bunkers on the right, left and back. .

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The New South Wales Golf Club

1528 Anzac Parade (Botany Bay National Park)
La Perouse, NSW, 2036
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

The New South Wales Golf Club

The NSW Golf Club is rated in the top 50 golf courses in the world. In fact, it is the only Sydney Course rated in the top 100 best golf courses listing. The character of the course is unique, a links style course set amongst the hills and valleys that hug the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline boasting magnificent ocean views as backdrop.

Regarded as one of the top golf courses in Australia and currently rated number 34 in the world, NSW is a wonderful combination of undulating fairways, beautiful scenic vistas and a recently refurbished clubhouse which is a magnificent combination of traditional architecture and five star comfort.

The NSW golf course is a links style championship course spectacularly located on the Pacific Ocean and on historic Botany Bay. Even when there is a gentle breeze prevailing the course will test the above average player with its tight fairways and testing greens.

When the wind blows it gets tough! Should you lose a ball in the rough then don't bother looking - just drop another ball and take your penalty.

This golf course and club are steeped in history. It is a well known historical fact that Captain Cook and his crew found their first drinking water in a natural spring below where the18th tee is located today.

In short, this is more than just a golf course - it is an unforgettable golf and natural experience. To play golf at NSW Golf Club is to play golf how the game was intended to be played - at the complete mercy of Mother Nature and the golfer's ability.

NSW Golf Club has also been compared to Pebble Beach. The golf course has definitely more and better ocean views than Pebble Beach. To play at NSW Golf Club is a " must " for all discerning purist golfers.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6227
Architect: Alister Mackenzie (1928), Eric Apperly (1932 and 51)
Design Year: 1928
Top 100: 4

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 293m

An easy drive and pitch par 4. The green is new and quite undulating. On the drive beware the bunkers to the right.

2
Par 3, Length 184m

A testing par 3 from the back tees. If you miss the green it is better to do so short than long. As a general rule this applies to all holes at New South Wales.

3
Par 4, Length 380m

A hidden dogleg which starts with a blind tee shot through a chute between the tee tree. Depending on how much of the dog leg is cut off you can have anything from a 4 iron to a wedge into this elevated green. Very steep drop over the green. Par a good score.

4
Par 4, Length 391m

Off the tee aim for the large hump to the right hand side of the fairway. The approach shot needs to cross a ridge to reach the hourglass-shaped green guarded by a bunker and 2 grassy hollows.

5
Par 5, Length 468m

A blind hole. Aim for the ridge 230 metres away from the tee. There is not much fairway left to land the second shot, so accuracy is the key here. The green slopes to the back with 2 sandtraps left and front right.

6
Par 3, Length 185m

A classic par 3. Depending on the wind, it can be anything from a long iron to a wedge. If still, take one more club as it is slightly uphill and the green slopes towards you and the sea.

7
Par 4, Length 376m

A straightaway uphill par four, but the shot is very demanding with Tea tree either side of the fairway capable of severely punishing any stray shots. Depending on the wind for the long hitters, it might be just a wedge or a nine iron with a southerly, but into a nor-easter it's a longish iron or even a wood. A very steep and difficult green and many a four-putt has been made during tournaments.

8
Par 5, Length 505m

Your line is over the dip in the hill in the distance. If your second shot clears this dip then it is a pitch to a well bunkered green. Ideally, your second shot should be slightly left of the dip as this improves the angle of approach.

9
Par 4, Length 340m

The driving line is further to the right than you might think. There is a clump of bushes (2 or 3 feet high) about 70 metres from the back tees. Go straight over that small clump and you will be set up in the middle of the fairway to attack the pin.

10
Par 4, Length 359m

A mid length par 4 with a fairly tight driving area followed by a medium length approach to a long green. Take note of where the pin is as the club selection will vary. Beware the bunkers on the right of the green!

11
Par 3, Length 149m

Another scenic par 3 which looks over the whole course. Wind is a big factor here and generally you are playing into the wind so take enough club.

12
Par 5, Length 482m

A hittable par 5. The landing area on the drive is wide. The longer hitters will be able to hit these green in two. But beware of the bunkers, they are deceptively difficult.

13
Par 4, Length 375m

A dog leg left par 4. After a well hit drive (depending on the wind) a mid to short iron is all which is left to a green which slopes back to front. Again below the hole is the preferred option.

14
Par 4, Length 323m

A wonderful par 4. Not too long but very spectacular. Long hitters can chew off a fair amount of the dog leg and be left with a short approach to a green perched high on top of a hill. Do not be long on your approach!

15
Par 4, Length 372m

A famous difficult par four which is ranked as the hardest hole on the course's stroke index. An uphill tee shot through a narrow chute needs to go about 220m to reach the top of the hill and so offer a view of the green. The tee shot is extremely difficult into a wind, but once you reach the corner there is little trouble near the green.

16
Par 4, Length 403m

A tough par 4 which dog legs left at about the 260m mark. Aim further right with your drive or else your second shot may need to be hit over trees. The approach requires more club than you may think.

17
Par 3, Length 153m

A deceptive par 3. The wind is a key factor here and although it may seem calm on the tee special notice should be taken of the flagstick and how the wind may be affecting it. Do not miss the green to the right as a very daunting approach awaits.

18
Par 5, Length 507m

Avoid trees to the right and further away on the left. From here a wood will carry the hollow on the right some 130 metres away from the green.

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Twin Creeks

478 Luddenham Road
Luddenham, NSW, 2745
Australia

Region: 8. Sydney

Twin Creeks

Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club is located in Sydney's Nepean Valley and is destined to become one of the city's premier private golf clubs.

Located in the beautiful Nepean Valley just 45 minutes West of the Sydney CBD, Twin Creeks Golf & Country has secured a reputation as one of New South Wales’ premier private golf clubs. Opened in 2006, the Graham Marsh designed course is a challenging layout that tests golfers of all skill levels. Managed by Troon Golf, the global leader in golf course management, Twin Creeks provides excellent service standards whilst maintaining an exclusive private club atmosphere.

Although a private club, Twin Creeks offers corporate golf experiences that can be tailored to suit any group or occasion. Twin Creeks offers an ideal location for corporate entertainment with our magnificent $7 million dollar clubhouse Twin Creeks has become a benchmark venue for weddings, special events and premier dining experiences in the region. The ‘Paperbark’ restaurant offers an a la cart menu featuring the best fresh local produce. Twin Creeks offers an ideal location for corporate entertainment, with a championship golf course, leading catering services and private function rooms that can accommodate up to 220 guests.

With close to 400 Equity Members, Twin Creeks has exceeded all expectations and continues to attract wide spread interest in its membership program. Membership is attached to a transferable share in the company that will own the golf course, clubhouse and other related facilities. Twin Creeks Holdings (Australia) Limited is a public unlisted company limited by shares under ASIC. With the ability for Equity Members to sell their membership in the event that they wish to leave the club, Twin Creeks is proving to be an attractive financial investment in both the domestic and international marketplace. Twin Creeks was recently announced by Golf Australia as Sydney's No.1 residential golf course facility. Twin Creeks was ranked 13th Australia wide and second in NSW. Twin Creeks is Sydney's ultimate golf and lifestyle experience.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6444
Architect: Graham Marsh
Design Year: 2005
Top 100: 73

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 359m

Even though the fairway is trapped both right and left, the landing area is very generous. The smart way to play this opening hole is to play safe to the centre of the fairway. From here a short iron to a generous green divided into three distinct pin positions will see a par score to start the round.

2
Par 3, Length 144m

A beautiful short par 3. Many players will be deceived by the bunkers across the front and will play one club short. The green is divided into two sections by a strong ridge running parallel to the line of play through the centre of the green. A tee shot to the wrong side of the green is definitely three putt territory.

3
Par 4, Length 302m

At only 302 metres in length off the back tees, the 3rd is a real challenging golf hole. The ideal tee shot will carry across the corner of the creek to a generous landing area short of the green. A short wedge to the green and two putts is all that is required for a par. However, be warned that the green hides many dangers. With four distinct pin positions and surrounded by bunkers this green will severely test all but an accurate approach. Those players feeling courageous can go for the green in one.

4
Par 4, Length 395m

A very strong par 4. Accuracy is required off the tee to the narrow fairway through the trees. Bunkers short right and deep grassy hollows short left of the green will put a premium on the long iron approach shot.

5
Par 5, Length 513m

A good tee shot over the right side bunker is essential to have any chance of getting home for two. From the drive, the player has the option of laying up short of the creek or carrying the creek to a landing area just short of the green. The green is quite heavily contoured and guarded by a large bunker on the right side approach.

6
Par 3, Length 186m

This will be one of the most memorable golf holes at Twin Creeks. From the back tee, a long accurate iron is required to play through a narrow opening amongst the trees, across the creek to the green. The left side pin placement will be very difficult as it is guarded both front and rear by bunkers. The safe option is to play to the centre of the green.

7
Par 4, Length 346m

It may only measure 346 metres from the back tees but being uphill and with a narrow driving area, this par 4 will test all levels of golf. For the best approach, attack the pin from the left side fairway. This will provide the player with more green to work with and a better chance of an uphill putt.

8
Par 4, Length 411m

At 411 metres in length, this par 4 will be one of the strongest golf holes on the course. A strong tee shot over the left side fairway traps will give the most ideal approach to the green. Players playing away from these traps and landing on the right side fairway will be faced with a very difficult long, uphill approach to an angled green guarded by hazards.

9
Par 5, Length 545m

A very strong golf hole to finish the front nine. The ideal tee shot will take on the inside left bunker and land to the left side fairway. From here the golfer is faced with a number of choices. Strong players will play a very long shot over the hazards to the green. Those not feeling so confident will either lay up short of the fairway bunkers or carry these same fairway traps to a lay up area just short of the green. The green may be large but the contours and greenside traps will test all approaches.

10
Par 4, Length 371m

A stern test of golf for the start to the second nine. The ideal tee shot should take on the left side bunkers. Be careful not to go through the fairway and into the bunkers on the outside of the dogleg as a long bunker shot is required to the green. Take care when approaching the back left pin position as the green slopes away steeply off the back.

11
Par 5, Length 521m

At 521 metres in length, and given the tightness around the green, this long par five will play as a three shotter for all but the strongest players. A good drive to the right side fairway will give you the choice of either laying up short of the wetland or playing long towards the end of the fairway at the second landing area. A pinpoint accurate approach is required to a raised green surrounded by deep bunkers.

12
Par 4, Length 309m

A beautiful short par 4. Play the hole safely by hitting the tee shot to the left side fairway. Confident players will play a long drive to the right side fairway. The green has a gentle mound in the centre that clearly divides the green into three distinct pin positions. These tricky contours and the greenside traps will ensure that this golf hole will play with more difficulty than it looks.

13
Par 4, Length 356m

A middle length par 4 that places a premium on the accuracy of the drive. The landing area is heavily guarded with bunkers on both sides, short and beyond the landing zone. A good drive will be rewarded with a short iron approach to a well guarded green.

14
Par 3, Length 179m

A testing par 3 across a gully to a green situated on a ridge. Even though the green is quite large, accuracy will be required to hit one of the three pin positions. Be careful when the pin is at the back left as this will require a very testing tee shot.

15
Par 5, Length 525m

A long and testing 525 metre par 5. Even though this measures almost the same length as the par five 11th, this hole will play very differently. Carved uphill through the remnant forest the real test will be on accuracy as the adjoining timber will swallow up any errant shot. Be careful when the pin is at the rear as the contours of the green slope away sharply.

16
Par 4, Length 417m

This is arguably the most difficult golf hole on the course. It is very long and with water on the right for almost the full length of the golf hole. The green is guarded to the right by a bunker and to the left by a large tree. A par here will be well deserved.

17
Par 3, Length 163m

With water to the left and bunkers to the front and back, this 163 metre par 3 will be a very strong test of golf to players of all levels. A gentle ridge running through the green from front to back will place an even higher premium on the tee shot.

18
Par 4, Length 402m

The 18th hole is a great way to finish the round. To have any chance of a birdie, the tee shot must play long and to the left side of the fairway adjacent to the water. Even from here a long accurate iron is required to the lakeside green. Players not feeling confident are advised to lay up for a short pitch home to the green. There will definitely be more bogeys than birdies on this hole.

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About the Destination

Sydney Location Map

Sydney, NSW is known by many visitors to our shores as the host of the 2000 Summer Olympics. It is also well known for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour itself. Beyond all of this though lies a collection of great golf courses - all fairly well located relative to the centre of the city. The extent of these courses is not as great as say the famous Melbourne Sandbelt however there are still a number of world class golf courses which are well worth playing.

At the top of this list is the spectacular NSW Golf Club (La Perouse). Located 25 minutes south of the city on an outcrop of land called La Perouse, NSW Golf Club offers the true golf lover a piece of just about everything. In addition to being beautifully scenic with ocean views on all but 5 of the holes, NSW combines a great variety in the style of holes (short, clever par 4's in addition to the testing par 3's and the four tough finishing holes) with a stately clubhouse overlooking the course.

Another great feature of NSW Golf Club is that in the par 72 layout (combining 4 par 3 holes, 10 par 4's and 4 par 5's) each of the par 3 holes and par 5 holes plays in a different direction (N,S,E,W). What this means is that when you are standing on one of the par 5 holes (such as the 5th) and thinking "gee this is great the hole is playing downwind" your respite is short because later on in the round you can assured that another par 5 (in this case the 18th) will be playing back into the wind!

Just down the road from NSW Golf Club (about 15 minutes back towards the city) is the aptly named The Lakes Golf Club. As you would imagine with a name such as The Lakes the layout has a number of holes where water comes into play. In fact the course presents 2 distinct sets of 9 holes. The front nine heads away from the clubhouse, under the busy Southern Cross Drive and into an area a fair distance from the clubhouse. The stretch of holes here are best described as parkland in nature with no real water hazards to contend with. It is on this nine that your score needs to be made. The 9th hole (a mid length par 3) heads back to the clubhouse.

The back nine opens with a short yet testing par 4 and then the real fun begins. Holes 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 contain water of some description or another. Add this to the wind which invariably picks up towards early afternoon and you are faced with a testing series of holes. If you are not worried too much about your score then these holes are quite scenic (but what golfer is not concerned about their score!)

Located a short 5 minute drive from The Lakes another golf course worth playing (if you can get on) - The Australian Golf Club. Remodelled by Jack Nicklaus in the early 1980's the course is testing to say the least. The winds which exist at The Lakes are also present here and the testing par 3's, brutally long par 4's and challenging par 5's make for an interesting round. The Australian is an extremely private golf club which boasts amongst its members Australia's richest man Kerry Packer.

Another very private golf course which has hosted the Australian Open on a number of occasions is located in the expensive eastern suburbs of Sydney. Royal Sydney Golf Club is very much a parkland style golf course with a clever combination of short and long par 4's as its main feature. The imposing clubhouse watches over the course and the 5,000 members enjoy the 18 hole championship golf course, the 9 hole executive course, numerous tennis courts and first class dining facilities.

A wide selection of other golf courses exist in Sydney and offer varying styles of golf. St. Michaels Golf Club is a neighbour to NSW Golf Club and, whilst not offering the same absolute oceanfront holes of its neighbour, is a course well worth experiencing. Just down the road en route to Sydney Airport is Bonnie Doon Golf Club whose Scottish name gives you a small taste of what is to come.

The Northern shores of Sydney offer more quality golf including the private members courses at Castle Hill Country Club, Avondale and Pymble who accept visiting Interstate and Overseas visitors.

Heading west the relatively young Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club offers immaculate playing surfaces and a challenging layout. If you have the time head about 2 hours north of Sydney and play Newcastle Golf Club, a delightful course which has many overseas critics raving about how good it is. The layout is very interesting combining a series of well matched holes into a testing round of 18 holes.

You can easily spend a week in Sydney playing a different golf course each day and still have not played them all. But what about the sightseeing? Well for a whirlwind tour go to Sydney Harbour, take a ferry to Manly, eat some seafood and return for a short stroll through The Rocks. Pop into Darling Harbour at night, choose a restaurant at Cockle Bay and just enjoy yourself!

Useful Facts and Figures

Below are some useful facts and figures for the Sydney Region. Use these to work out the best time to visit this region.

Month
Min Temp (C/F)
Max Temp (C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Avg Rainfall (mm)
Jan
21/70
29/85
6.00am
8.10pm
100
Feb 
21/70
29/84
6.30am
7.50pm
110
Mar
20/67
27/81
6.55am
7.15pm
130
Apr
17/62
26/78
6.20am
5.30pm
120
May
14/57
22/73
6.40am
5.00pm
120
Jun 
13/55
20/69
7.00am
4.50pm
125
Jul 
10/51
19/66
7.00am
5.00pm
100
Aug 
12/53
21/70
6.30am
5.30pm
75
Sep
13/56
23/74
5.50am
5.45pm
65
Oct 
16/61
26/79
5.15am
6.10pm
75
Nov 
19/65
27/80
5.40am
7.40pm
80
Dec 
20/68
29/83
5.40am
8.00pm
75