The Lakes Golf Club

Crnr King St & Vernon Ave,

Eastlakes, New South Wales 2018

  • Office

    +61 (0)2 9669 1311
  • Pro shop

    +61 (0)2 9669 3544
  • Fax

    +61 (0)2 9669 6206
  • Golf pro

    Wayne Spruce (AAA PGA Head Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Lakeside and residential.

  • Designer:

    Original layout by Eric Apperly & Tom Howard (1928). Substantial redesign by Bruce Devlin & Robert von Hagge (1967) when the course was split in two by the Mascot Freeway. Later improvements by Jack Newton, Graeme Grant & John Spencer (1995) and Peter Thomson, Mike Wolveridge & Ross Perrett (2000).

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How to get there:

1 km E of Mascot / 7 km S of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

From the Sydney Harbour Bridge area, travel south on Hwy 1 for approx 10 km. Leave Hwy 1 (Southern Cross Drive) at Wentworth Ave exit, and follow direction Mascot. After o.7 km turn right into Sutherland Street. After o.3 km turn right into King Street. After 1.7 km, go under motorway bridge, and golf entrance is in front of you.

The Lakes Golf Club

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1928

The Lakes Golf Club: Water hazards, as the club's name implies, are a major feature of this layout. The par-4 1st hole brings you into contact (hopefully not too closely!) with the first of many lakeside holes.

Much of the front-nine provides a respite from "lakeside" golf as the course crosses under Southern Cross Drive to the par-5 2nd hole and enters a pleasant, tree-lined, gently undulating environment. Although traffic noise from the highway is noticeable at first, it shouldn't get in the way of you enjoying one of Sydney's best known golf clubs and most challenging layouts.

The tree-lined fairways of the front nine, give way to lake-lined fairways on the flatter but very testing back-nine. Beyond the fairways, much of the back-nine is dominated by a large lake with various inlets and plenty of marshland hugging the holes. Accuracy rather than length will often pay dividends around these lakeside holes, unless you want to donate a ball or two to the multitude of birdlife that inhabit the lakes.

Throughout, the excellent and large greens (opulently large at times) will give your putter a good work-out, while your sand-wedge may not be needed quite so much, with many holes not overly bunkered.

List of courses: Around Sydney


Who can play and when?

The Lakes is a private club. Outside visitor play is restricted. AGU affiliated, overseas and interstate visitors should contact the Club to determine playing possibilities, which are generally available on Mon & Thur.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details. Rates well above average for a quality course around Sydney.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

In very close proximity to The Lakes GC, you will find the Jack Nicklaus layout of the The Australian GC to the north, the renowned Bonnie Doon GC to the east, and to the south and east (across the lakes) the Eastlake Golf Club. The latter was part of the 36-holes that, at one time, made up The Lakes Golf Club. In 1959 Eastlake became a separate public golf course in its own right.

The Lakes has hosted many top national and regional tournaments including the Australian Open, Australian PGA, Johnnie Walker Classic, Greg Norman Holden Classic and the ANZ Players Championship (see Tournaments section >by Venue).

Published ranking

Australia's 18th best course (Australian Golf Digest, 2022/23).


  • Holiday Inn Sydney Airport4-star

    Bourke Rd & O'Riordan St., Mascot, NSW 2020

    +61 (0)2 9330 0600

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    • Golf within 10 km:

      The Lakes; Bonnie Doon; The Australian

    • Golf within 30 km:

      New South Wales; St Michael's; The Coast; Royal Sydney; Concord

  • Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel5-star

    11 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, Sydney, NSW.

    +61 (0)2 8298 9999

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    A member of Marriott's Autograph Collection, Pier One Sydney Harbour offers luxury waterfront accommodation right alongside Sydney Harbour Bridge. You are just steps away from world-famous landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and the historic Rocks district. Elegant hotel rooms and suites are accompanied by sweeping Sydney Harbour views. The hotel's Gantry Restaurant offers a chic waterfront atmosphere and panoramic Walsh Bay vistas.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Moore Park; Royal Sydney; The Australian; The Lakes; Bonnie Doon.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      New South Wales; St Michael's; The Coast; Concord; Pymble; Avondale; Long Reef.

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