nr Scone, New South Wales
18 holes. Open links-style. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb (and long green-to-tee walks).
Greg Norman Golf Course Design (lead designer Bob Harrison).
220 km NW of Newcastle.
Ellerston Golf Course: hidden away in the secluded high country of the Upper Hunter, the ultra exclusive Ellerston golf course remains the very private "playground" of one of Australia’s wealthiest families, the Packers.
Founder Kerry Packer's instructions to Australian golfing superstar and course designer Greg Norman were unequivocal. "Build me the toughest and most spectacular golf course in Australia". One imagines budgetary considerations took a back seat, as Norman set about designing a world-class course. In every respect, from the superb and challenging design, faultless day-to-day conditioning, and sheer golfing exhilaration, Ellerston is (they say) a world-beater. But who's to know, except an elite few who have played there.
The majority of holes are laid out along a dramatic and fast-running stream (Pages Creek). Others meander into and through the spectacular and undulating terrain of the upland country. Beyond the course, the pristine rolling hills of the Upper Hunter play their very scenic part in this fabulous but very private project.
Private course, reserved exclusively for the owners and their invited guests.
Ellerston was conceived by the late Kerry Packer (1937-2005) as an exclusive and world-class golf (and polo) facility for his family and invited guests. Kerry Packer, son of Australian media proprietor Sir Frank Packer, became one of Australia's most powerful media tycoons and, in his time, the richest man in Australia.
Beyond his media interests, Packer was best known for founding World Series Cricket, which helped transform and modernise the game, but at the time was considered an affront to the cricketing establishment and its controlling bodies.
World: 77th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
Australia: 10th best course in Australia (Australian Golf Digest, 2020).
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