Golf contributes $1,225,433,256 to the New South Wales economy annually with approximately 360,000 people in New South Wales playing the sport.
So, where are people playing golf in New South Wales?
According to Golf Australia, the following 10 golf courses in New South Wales are ranked among the Top 100 in Australia.
New South Wales Golf Club, La Perouse
The New South Wales Golf Club was officially opened in 1928 even though it was incomplete at the time. It was completed between 1932 and 1937. It has a course par of 72 and spans 6,245 metres.
Set amongst the hills and valleys leading to the Pacific Ocean coastline, the New South Wales Golf Club is considered one of the most spectacular yet toughest golf courses in Australia.
Over the years this golf club has been re-designed numerous times. Professional golfer Greg Norman had a hand in the re-design in 2010 and 2018.
The New South Wales Golf Club is a private club so unless you are a member or invited by a member, you are limited to weekday access only.
The New South Wales Golf Club ranks in the Top 50 in the world.
Course Facilities: Full length driving range, locker room facilities, clubhouse and pro shop.
Ellerston Golf Course, Hunter Valley
Ellerston was built by professional golfer Greg Norman for media magnate Kerry Packer on his private Hunter Valley property. Extremely private, it is only open to members and their guests.
Measuring just over 8,000 yards, it is considered one of the best courses in Australia. While not many get to play this course, it is considered one of the most impressive and best courses in Australia.
The Lakes Golf Club, Eastlakes
The Lakes Golf Club is one of Australia’s most distinguished private golf clubs. With a course par of 72, it is considered one of the most challenging championship courses in Australia.
As the name, The Lakes may suggest, water hazards are prominent on this course. Other unique features of this course are the lack of roughs around the greens and the fairways as wide as can be and the freeway that splits the course, resulting in golfers playing the front nine holes on the other side of the road.
Set in a serene environment, it is also home to many major tournaments including The Australian Open.
Course Facilities: Driving range, short game area, putting green and pro shop.
Newcastle Golf Club is only one of two courses in New South Wales given international recognition as one of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses.
Course Facilities: Practice fairway, large chipping and putting greens, fully serviced bar and golf shop.
Bonnie Doon Golf Club was originally known as Marrickville Golf Club in 1897 and was a 12- hole golf course. It became an 18-hole course 10 years later when it was moved to Arncliffe. In 1947 it was moved to its current site in Pagewood.
Bonnie Doon is considered one of the most interesting places to play golf in Sydney. The private course, spanning 5,947 meters with a course par of 71 is open to members and their guests.
Course Facilities: Full length driving range and pro shop.
Concord Golf Club, Concord
Founded in 1899, Concord Golf Club is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious clubs. The club has hosted tournaments such as the Australian PGA, the NSW Open, the ANZ Championship and the Australian Women’s Open.
As a member only club, to play you must be a member or a guest of a member or part of a golf day.
Concord Golf Club measures at 6,146 meters and has a course par of 71.
Course Facilities: Practice areas, performance and golf club fitting centre, clubhouse and pro shop.
Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, Magenta
With magnificent ocean views from the front nine holes and the rain forest adjacent to the back nine holes, Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club offers a unique golfing experience.
As a private club, access is limited to members and their guests or those staying at the on- site resort. With a course par of 72, it is the only private course located on the central coast of New South Wales.
Course Facilities: Driving range, putting greens, chipping green with bunkers and pro shop.
Re-designed by professional golfer, Jack Nicklaus in 2013, the Australian Golf Club is a private member’s club. The Australian Golf Club has hosted The Australian Open 21 times and will play host again in 2021 and 2023.
Course Facilities: Driving range, club house and pro shop.
Bonville Golf Resort, North Bonville
Bonville Golf Resort is consistently voted as the most beautiful golf course in Australia and considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The par 72 championship course is carved through the rainforests and legend has it, the design of the course was meant to rival that of Augusta National, the home of The Masters.
Course Facilities: On-course accommodation, golf tuition and pro shop.
The Vintage Golf Club, Rothbury
The Vintage Gold Club was designed by professional golfer, Greg Norman. This par 71 championship course is considered challenging yet enjoyable. The course measures at 6,242 metres. It is one of the only Greg Norman designed public courses.
The course also offers golf lessons by professional golfer, Richard Mercer.
Course Facilities: Professional golf lessons, driving range, practice chipping area, putting green and pro shop.
With over 400 golf courses throughout New South Wales, you’re sure to find one that suits your golf style and ability.