How to have a cheap golf vacation in Sydney Australia. With low golf course fees, discounted hotel golf packages, even free golf games.
You’re coming to Sydney; you love playing golf but your budget’s tight. Here’s the single most important tip: play during the week. Weekends are busier, games are slower and costs are higher.
And consider 9 holes. As well as saving you money you’ll be able to visit more courses. If you have a student or Australian pensioner card bring that along. Quite a few golf courses will offer you a discount.
Bondi Municipal Golf Course
It may not be the top course in Sydney, but you really should include it – Bondi Golf Club puts you right above iconic Bondi Beach – and it’ll challenge your golfing skills as well.
With only 9 holes this old style links course plays to your short game strengths. It has one Par 4 and eight Par 3s.
Winds provide unpredictability, and never lose sight of the fact that the course record is 4 under Par. It’s a tough one.
It is also an ancient aboriginal whale watching spot. You can still see stone carvings on the rocks at the 5th hole, facing outwards towards the Pacific Ocean.
Combine your cheap golf vacation with a surf, swim or walk as you prefer. Or soak up the great views from the clubhouse after your game.
The 380 and 389 buses (plus the peak period X89) go right past the course. The 381, 382, the prepay only 333, and the peak period X84 stop at North Bondi terminus. The course is a very short walk from there. You can take these buses from downtown Sydney or join them at the Bondi Junction bus rail interchange if you’re training in from other parts of the city.
Open to the public: 7 days a week, around 0700 to 1700 (7am to 5pm), bookings essential.
5 Military Road
North Bondi, NSW 2026
Tel +61 2 9130 3170
Fees vary with the seasons but can be as low as $10 for 9 holes. See the special offers page for current deals. Each player must have his/her own set of clubs
Golf Course Discounts: East
There are four sand belt courses in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. they include three of Sydney’s most prestigious private courses – The Australian, The Lakes and Bonnie Doon.
The fourth, nestled among them, is Eastlake Golf Club, open to visiting golfers.
Set in the Botany wetlands only minutes from the city, Eastlake is a championship course, hosting qualifying events for the Australian and NSW Opens; not a course you’d generally think of in a cheap golf vacation. But there are good deals to be had here.
There is 7 day a week public access; bookings are essential.
Where to stay
Anywhere in the city, inner west or eastern suburbs is fine.
Airport hotels would work too. The course is about half way between the city and the airport.
Take the 343 bus from the city to Gardeners Rd, near Leonard Avenue. From there it’s a stroll of less than 200m to the golf course.
The L94 bus will also get you close, but it’s an 800m walk from the bus stop.
Green fees and more information here.
Cheap Golf Vacation: Coast
Balgowlah Golf Club is another little known but great course. Close to Manly Beach, you can add a swim or snorkel to augment your cheap golf vacation.
It’s another 9-holer, considered to be one of the best public golf courses in the state.
Consistently good course conditions make it a pleasure to play on at any time of the year.
The course is mostly Par 4s, with only 3 Par 3s. No Par 5s. It’s a relatively tight layout with good variation on holes. The greens are very fast.
Where to stay
You can stay in Manly which puts you within minutes of the course. Or choose a city location and take the ferry over.
From Manly take bus 143 or 144. The trip will take you 16 minutes. There’s 150 metres to walk from the stop to the golf course.
It’s no trouble to get to Balgowlah from the city either. You can take the ferry to Manly, passing by the Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge and then bus from there. Buses depart from Stand D in Belgrave Street, just down from the ferry wharf.
Or you can catch a bus directly from the city. Any 178, 179 or 180 bus will drop you about 120 metres from the course, the 169 bus drops you about 600 metres away.
Open to the public: 7 days a week, the timetable is shown in the Green Fees link below.
From $15. See all fees and cheap golf vacation deals.
Free Golf Games
Yes, it’s possible, often with 2 for 1 packages, usually confined to mid-week.
Some courses offer them direct. An easier option, if you want to have this information available on tap, is to invest in the Golf Course Guide published by Ausgolf.
A one-off outlay for the guide will repay itself many times over. It is your key to discounts – often substantial – at hundreds of golf courses around Australia.
And there’s more – information about courses, ‘best of’ lists, stay and play packages and private club discounts to name just a few.
So if you think you’ll be playing more than an occasional game, get the guide. The free app will provide information, but to get the cheap golf vacation discounts you’ll need to show the book.
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