Sydney is the home of the Australian Open, but you needn't be the next Adam Scott or Robert Allenby to take advantage of the city's top golf courses. These great greens are ideal for keen golfers and newcomers to the game alike.
The Australian Golf Club: Where the Pros Play
Dating back to 1882, the Australian Golf Club in the Sydney inner-city suburb of Rosebery is thought to be the oldest golf club still operating in Australia. When the world's top golfers aren't hitting balls there during the Australian Open, locals are refining their game at this prestigious course. It's been modified several times during its rich history, but the current layout is the work of master golfer Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course at the request of media mogul Kerry Packer.
The Australian is a private golf club. Local guests can play with a member, while interstate and international visitors affiliated with a recognised golf club can play on introduction by the general manager.
NSW Golf Club: Beautiful Botany Bay Views
Few golf courses around the world offer the magnificent views of NSW Golf Club. The green is perched high on the cliffs of La Perouse, overlooking the waters of Botany Bay. As you can imagine, those ocean views go hand in hand with coastal winds. These add an extra challenge to the links style course, which was named the best in the Sydney area by Golf Digest in 2014.
NSW is a private club, but guests can apply to play on weekdays.
Bondi Golf Club: Play by the Beach
Enjoy views of Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach when you tee off at Bondi Golf Club. The nine-hole green is another traditional links course with one of the most challenging surfaces you'll find in Oz. The course record is four under par, so it may frustrate newcomers to the sport. However, the rocky terrain will hone the skills of anyone looking to improve their short game. The indigenous whale carvings on the fifth hole's rocks aren't just for show. These gentle giants of the sea can often be spotted during their seasonal migrations, so keep your eyes peeled.
Unlike many Sydney courses, visitors are welcome at Bondi Golf Club at any time.
Moore Park Golf Course: Inner-City Green
Visitors are also welcome at the Moore Park Golf Course, on the outskirts of the city centre. It boasts a manicured 18-hole championship course and a 60 bay, all-weather driving range, which is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
The putting and chipping practice greens are perfect for novices looking to refine their games. For some extra help, look to the Sydney Golf Academy. Its PGA accredited teachers will instruct you on the finer points of the game.
So pack your clubs into the back of your Bayswater rental car and head to one of these world-class golfing greens. Whether you're an avid golfer or simply want to try your hand at something new, Sydney has a course to suit you.