Find the best golf Sydney offers. Will you choose to play alongside vineyards, kangaroos, sandy beaches, or city skyscrapers?
Sydney’s moderate climate and gentle terrain are perfect for golf. It’s not too cold in winter and, except for a bit of humidity from December to February, not too hot in summer.
There are about 60 courses where visitors can book a game and hire clubs, pull buggies, carts and, sometimes, shoes at prices which are very affordable compared with many other countries. To give you the best golf vacation without breaking the bank.
Expect to pay from AUD$25 to AUD$130 for 18 holes depending on the time of day and day of the week.
When booking check on dress standards as many courses require players to wear collared shirts and soft soled shoes. Denim jeans, tracksuits and T-shirts may not be allowed.
With some 60 Sydney golf courses to choose from your biggest problem will be deciding whether you want to play alongside vineyards, a sandy beach, rugged coastal cliffs, city skyscrapers, in a suburb with cockatoos and kookaburras screeching and laughing from the gum trees or at a resort course with accommodation and, often, kangaroos hopping about.
Golf Course Ratings
Sixteen courses within the Sydney region are listed by Ausgolf in the Top 100 Public Access Golf Courses in Australia. And there are more in the surrounding countryside.
- Magenta Shores
- Stonecutter’s Ridge
- Pacific Dunes
- The Vintage
- St Michael’s
- Long Reef
- Kooinda Waters
- Camden Lakeside
- The Springs
- Ridge Golf Course
- Long Reef
- Cypress Lakes
- The Coast
An hour’s drive north of Sydney, Magenta Shores offers very well reviewed accommodation with stay and play packages. (More such packages below).
Sydney has many private courses which are open to visitors only when playing with a member, or if your own club has a reciprocal arrangement with them.
The top four private Sydney golf courses are
- NSW Golf Club
- Royal Sydney Golf Club
- The Australian Golf Club
- The Lakes Golf Club
To help in planning the best golf vacations, here’s a sample of courses in different style locations which are open to the public.
Suburban Sydney Golf Clubs and Courses
Moore Park Golf Course
A mere 5kms from downtown Sydney in the beautiful Centennial Parklands this is a very popular medium priced 18-hole championship course. No water hazards but many doglegs and slopes and well maintained. Also a good driving range on site. Tel: +61 2 9663 1064.
Gordon Golf Club
A picturesque, 18-hole course off a quiet street in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Opened in 1936 it is still quite a traditional course, although it has had significant updates over the years.
It has numerous bunkers and water hazards which attract a host of beautiful, and noisy, native birds. Tel: +61 2 9498 1277.
Riverside Oaks Golf Course
This 18-hole championship course has hosted three Australian PGA championships as well as other major events.
It’s beautifully set on natural bushland bordering the Hawkesbury River and a wildlife reserve – kangaroos are regularly seen on the fairways and are very tame. Let the native wildlife share your game for best golf vacations bragging rights.
New owners have plans for a second 18-hole course along the river and a driving range. They have appointed Troon Golf as the manager.
It’s located about 90 minutes NW of Sydney centre and accommodation is available in modern lodges and villas. Check stay-and-play packages. Tel: +61 2 4560 3220.
Beachside Sydney Golf Courses
Long Reef Golf Club
If beachside is your idea of the best golf Sydney holiday, this course at Collaroy, one of Sydney’s renowned northern beach suburbs, has wonderful views north to the Central Coast and south to Manly.
It’s an 18-hole links course with tricky bunkering, lots of water birds and an ever present wind. The clubhouse is worth a visit just to sit on the deck and admire the views. Tel: +61 2 9982 2943.
Mona Vale Golf Club
This 80+ year old championship course is also on the northern beaches. The clubhouse and first tee sit on a hilltop and give great views of the surf as you tee off and play downhill.
The first ten holes are parkland style and then the course flattens out to become more links style with open terrain and fewer trees. Be prepared for wind off the ocean. Tel: +61 2 9999 3605.
Coastal Links Golf Courses
St Michael’s Golf Club & The Coast Golf Club
I’ve linked these two courses because they are beside each other about 20 minutes south of downtown Sydney.
Both run along the sheer cliffs of a rugged coastline with waves crashing onto rocks below and glimpses of pretty coves and beaches. They experience strong coastal winds that can change from one hour to the next, perfect if your golf Sydney vacation needs an extra challenge. Both have spectacular ocean views, fairways lined with low trees and coastal scrub.
These Sydney golf courses are both rated in Australia’s Top 100. St Michael’s has 180 degree water views from its clubhouse and is a bit older and more expensive. Tel: +61 2 9326 8000.
The Coast opened in 1965 and has a Heritage listed clubhouse with stunning ocean views. Tel: +61 2 9311 7422.
Bondi Golf Club
This is one of Australia’s oldest courses boasting a Georgian style clubhouse a short 15 minute drive from the city.
It has only 9-holes but is worth mentioning here because of its location overlooking the world famous Bondi Beach. It’s an old style links course with cliffs, sea breezes and elevated tees.
Although it’s a private course it allows public players at certain times. Tel: +61 2 9130 3170.
Hunter Valley Vineyard Golf Course
The Hunter Valley, a pleasant two hour drive north of Sydney, has some of Australia’s oldest wineries. Set amid rolling hills patterned with vines you’ll find charming country villages and top-of-line restaurants.
The best Sydney golf vacations will include some wine tasting at cellar doors, the most popular activity here. You can also take a joy ride on a Harley Davidson, hire a bicycle, ride a horse or float above it all on a hot air balloon.
Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club
This 18-hole championship course designed by Steve Smyers opened in 1992 and boasts the longest par 5 in the country at 603 meters. It has some 60 huge bunkers and elevated greens which give great views over the surrounding vineyards and the Brokenback mountain range. The first nine holes are links style and the back nine are tree-lined.
Accommodation is available in luxury villas for the best golf Sydney vacations. Meals are served in the Bodega Bar and Grill and The Golden Door Spa is a short shuttle bus ride away. Tel: +61 2 4993 1800.
This 18-hole Greg Norman designed championship course at the Hunter Valley opened in 2003 and quickly made the country’s Top 100.
Norman left the terrain much as he found it with the result that the course has many ponds, creeks, gullies and natural bushland. This means it has a lot of water and some narrow fairways, so take extra balls to replace lost ones.
Practice greens, chipping holes and a driving range are also on site. Tel: +61 2 4998 2208.
Blue Mountains Australia
The vast valleys, canyons, cliffs and plateaux of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, 1.5 hours drive west of Sydney, present a spectacular destination for bushwalking, bird watching, abseiling and photography as well as the best golf vacations.
Blanketed in tall trees and dense native vegetation the mountains are home to many native birds – including some of the country’s most colourful parrots. There are four golf courses here and there’s lots of accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses and mountain resorts.
Blackheath Golf Course
This is considered by many to be the best course in the mountains and it’s certainly beautiful.
The clubhouse and fairways are lined with rhododendrons, maples, blossoms, azaleas and other botanical beauties. Abundant water on the back nine present a challenge to golfers and attract hundreds of native birds and ducks.
It has 18 holes and is quite short, only a par 69. For the best golf vacations, visit during the exceptionally picturesque spring or autumn. Tel: +61 2 4787 5643.
Leura Golf Club
This course opened in 1902 with nine holes but is now a fine 18-hole course. Views from most holes sweep over escarpments and the lovely Jamison Valley.
The course is deceptive with a parkland style front ten then a steeper more difficult back eight presenting narrow chutes, dog legs, blind tee shots and a dense rough where you’re sure to lose a few balls.
Check out the accommodation at the adjoining Fairmont Resort which offers Stay-and-Play golf travel packages for the best golf vacations. Tel: +61 2 4784 1503.
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Cheap Golf Vacations
Municipal golf courses offer very cheap golf Sydney deals. Take a look at courses such as Gordon, North Turramurra, Fairfield, Hurstville, Canterbury, Avalon, Warringah, Hudson Park and Moore Park.