Best golf courses: Around Sydney

Around Sydney: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Mon, Thur, Fri
Sydney
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

Visitors?

Mon, Thur, Fri

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1928). Later revisions by Eric Apperly (1937 & 1951); Peter Thomson & Mike Wolveridge (1985); Jack Newton, Graeme Grant & John Spencer (1993); Greg Norman & Bob Harrison (2000).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
O/seas & I/state
Sydney
Various

Visitors?

O/seas & I/state

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design by Dan Soutar (1928). Renovation overseen by James Wilcher (2000s).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
O/seas & I/state
Sydney
Soutar, Dan

Visitors?

O/seas & I/state

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design by Dan Soutar (1920). Significant redesigns and renovations by Ross Watson (1997), Mark Parker (2009) and Tom Doak (2018).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
O/seas golfers
Sydney
Clark, Carnegie

Visitors?

O/seas golfers

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design at this location by Carnegie Clark (1921). Bunkering improvements by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1926). Recent revisions by Thomson Wolveridge & Associates (1980-86) and Ross Watson (2001-03).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
On application
Sydney
Devlin & von Hagge

Visitors?

On application

Nearest city

Sydney

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).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
O/seas & I/state
Sydney
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

O/seas & I/state

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original course at this location laid out by Carnegie Clark (1904); improvements by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1920s) and Sloane Morpeth (1966), among others. Significant redesign by Jack Nicklaus (1976), with further modifications in 2013.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
O/seas & I/state
Sydney
Watson, Ross

Visitors?

O/seas & I/state

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design at this location by Lance Giddings & Eric Apperly (1947). Significant redesign by Ross Watson (1995) and more recently by Geoff Ogilvy & Michael Clayton.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Marsh, Graham

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Graham Marsh

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Glancey & Moran

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Clem Glancey & Michael Moran (1938).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
O/seas & I/state
Sydney
Soutar, Dan

Visitors?

O/seas & I/state

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Dan Soutar

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Thomson, Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Peter Thomson significantly revamped the existing layout in 1994.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
O/seas & I/state
Sydney
Watson, Ross

Visitors?

O/seas & I/state

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design by Eric Apperly was revamped by Ross Watson (2007).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Thomson, Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Peter Thomson, Mike Wolveridge & Ross Perrett

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Private club
Sydney
Newton, Grant & Spencer

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design by Eric Apperly (1951). Significant redesign by Newton, Grant & Spencer (1992).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Harrison, Bob

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

The original Gangurru course dates from 1987. Bob Harrison designed the Bungool course, which opened in 2014.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
O/seas golfers
Sydney
Marsh & Watson

Visitors?

O/seas golfers

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Graham Marsh & Ross Watson

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Norman, Greg

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Greg Norman

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Green, Bob

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Bob Green laid out the current course in Lansvale in 1971.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Sydney
Unknown

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Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Unknown

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Various

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design by the employees of Prince Henry Hospital and University of New South Wales.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Mon, Tue, Thur
Sydney
Scott, James

Visitors?

Mon, Tue, Thur

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

James Scott

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Sydney
Clark, Carnegie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Original design by Carnegie Clark. First nine opened in 1913; full 18 completed along with the clubhouse in 1926.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Sydney
Various

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Various people have contributed to this layout.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Sydney
Nelson, Robin

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Sydney

Designer

Robin Nelson

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