NSW Golf Club
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.
The Lakes Golf Club
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.
The Australian Golf Course
The Australian Golf Club is one of Australia’s most exclusive and private golf clubs. 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 and established in 1882 with golf at the Kensington location not commencing until 1904. 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.
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 with 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.
Concord Golf Course
Concord Golf Club is one of Sydney’s most prestigious golf clubs. Established and opened 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 .
Terrey Hills Golf Course
Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club 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.
Designed by Graham Marsh.
St Michael's Golf Course
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.