The Australian Golf Club

Course Data
Location New South Whales, Australia
Yardage 7229 yards Par 72
Course Rating 76.0
Playing Date 20 Feb. 2007
Designer Clark, Hutchinson & Martin 
Redesigned by Jack Nicklaus
Opened 1903
Caddy No
Golf Cart Yes (Can run on the fairways)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.95
Course Layout
5
Difficulty Level
6
Greens Condition
5
Fairways Condition
5
Landscaping & Views
4
 

A view from the clubhouse

It is very prestigious & exclusive golf club in Sydney with over 100 years history. The woodland course is beautifully manicured with a series of water hazards. Jack Nicklaus remodeled in 1980’s adding length, bunkers, water hazards and distinct mounds to create a golf course not similar to the original in many ways. It can be a punishing course as long, accurate approach shots are needed to hit onto tight, bunker laden greens.



A view from the clubhouse

Flowers to color the course

Plants to color the course

2nd Par 3 212 yards

2nd Par 3 212 yards

A slightly downhill, difficult par 3. The green is 42 yards deep and narrow, protected by bunkers on both sides. The green falls away sharply to the left at the rear. When the flag is at the back, the hole is more difficult.

 

 

4th Par 3 203 yards

4th Par 3 203 yards (2)

4th Par 3 203 yards (1)
A par 3 over a pond. The green is shallow and guarded by the water and a bunker in front. Another bunker at the rear of the green comes into play, too. The right club selection is important on this hole.

 
5th Par 5 575 yards

A dogleg to the right. This is a relatively tight hole. A 270-280 big drive is needed to clear the corner bunker on the right. The seconds shot should be kept well right as the fairway slopes from right to left. The green is well protected by 3 bunkers. The right picture is a plaque to honor an albatross scored by Greg Norman during a tournament in 1990. He hit the second shot from the plaque directly into the hole 258 yards away. 

5th Par 5 575 yards (3)

5th Par 5 575 yards (2)

5th Par 5 575 yards (1)

 

7th Par 4 418 yards

7th Par 4 418 yards (2)

7th Par 4 418 yards (1)

A slight dogleg to the right. Two fairway bunkers on the left come into play off the tee. The approach shot to a long, narrow green is demanding as it is protected by a pond on
Front and the entire right side. On top of it, there is a sharp drop on the left. Bailing out to the left to avoid the water leaves a difficult third shot. When the flag is at the back, the approach shot is over the water, which makes this hole especially difficult.

 

13th Par 4 382 yards

13th Par 4 382 yards (2)

13th Par 4 382 yards (1)
A dogleg to the right. The fairway bunker left is reachable with a 250-yard tee shot. The second shot is uphill. The green is small and slopes slightly from back to front.
 
16th Par 4 471 yards

16th Par 4 471 yards (2)

16th Par 4 471 yards (1)
A straight, very long par 4. Trees line the relatively tight fairway. The deep three –tiered green is guarded by deep and extensive bunkers. This hole requires both distance and accuracy.

 

 
17th Par 4 429 yards
A slight dogleg to the left. It is a tight driving hole. The green is swung to left and the second shot is over a pond. Not just the water but also bunkers positioned on the front and at the rear of the green come into play. This hole is beautiful and strategically challenging.
 

17th Par 4 429 yards (3)

17th Par 4 429 yards (2)

17th Par 4 429 yards (1)
 
18th Par 5 523 yards
An almost straight hole but curves to the right 50 yards in front of the green. The right fairway borders a pond around 80 yards in front of the green and the pond extend into the front and down the entire right side of the green. A long hitter can reach the green in 2 but the water forces him to hit a long & very accurate second shot. I you decide to lay up, the landing area of the second shot is narrow as a pond squuezes the fairway from the right. Therefore, to play safe you could hit the second shot onto the wide fairway 100-120 yards in front of the green where the water doesn’t come into play and get birdie with an accurate approach shot.
 

18th Par 5 523 yards (3)

18th Par 5 523 yards (2)

18th Par 5 523 yards (1)
 
19th hole

Restaurant

It is a 25-minute drive from Central Sydney and a 10-minute drive from Sydney Airport. You need to be accompanied by a member to play here. The distance is in meters. If you are a handicap of 4 or below, you can play from the longest black tees.

The course is ranked 9th in Australia by Golf Digest 2006. The other Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses in Australia are The Heritage G&CC (ranked 35th) and Lakeland GC (ranked 59th). There is Kinloch GC in New Zealand.