Eric Apperly

Full Name
Eric Langton Apperly
Year of Birth
1889
Year of Death
1951 (aged 61)
Place Born
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Place Died
Manly, New South Wales, Australia

In 1951, aged 61, Eric Apperly collapsed in the clubhouse at Manly Golf Club, having just played what turned out to be his final round. Some might say this was a rather fitting end for a man who gave his heart and soul to the game.

Born in Sydney to Henry Wellstead Apperly and Alice Langton Apperly in 1889, Eric was known as something of a “boy champion” in his formative years, having taken up golf to help overcome ill health. He lost in his first New South Wales Amateur final in 1907 but he would go on to win the event five times between 1912 and 1930 whilst a member at Killara Golf Club then Manly Golf Club.

His most famous golfing achievement was in 1920 when he became the first golfer from New South Wales to win the Australian Amateur Championship, beating Tommy Howard 4 and 3 in the final at The Australian. He also won the 1921 Australian Foursomes Championship and was selected for the NSW state team in 1906, a position he held for more than two decades.

Apperly’s father was the secretary of the AMP Society – one of the biggest insurance companies in the country – and it’s only fair to say he grew up in an affluent family within Sydney society. He was educated at the University of Sydney and graduated with a degree in Architecture which led to him designing both buildings and golf courses.

In 1923, Eric married Marjorie Audet and they had one child together, a son named Richard Eric, who was born two years later. He too became an architect like his father, marrying Myrna Hirsch in 1957. They went on to have three sons, all of whom were born in Sydney.

Apperly was a partner in the architectural firm of Wright and Apperly in Bond Street, Sydney and his first course design project was in Pymble at Avondale Golf Club in 1926. A 9-hole assignment quickly came his way the same year when he laid out the course at the Studley Park estate in Camden, which went on to...

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Avondale

15th New South Wales - Best in Area 62nd Australia Ranking 85th Oceania Ranking

Avondale Golf Club sits within one of the most densely populated metropolitan districts in Australia but, after passing through its under stated entrance, you are transported to another world...

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Castle Hill

22nd New South Wales - Best in Area

The Castle Hill Country Club lies in the northwest Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills and the 18-hole layout here is a high calibre private member's course...

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Duntryleague

39th New South Wales - Best in Area

Eric Apperly designed the course at Duntryleague Golf Club in the mid-1930s when the property was acquired from the local diocese of the Catholic Church. The original manor house still serves as the clubhouse, complete with rooms used for guest accommodation.

Long Reef

29th New South Wales - Best in Area

Dating as far back as 1921, Long Reef Golf Club lies within the Northern Beaches coastal suburbs. Originally designed by Dan Soutar and reconstructed by Eric Apperly after the ravages of the Second World War, Peter Thomson described Long Reef as “the best site of any golf course in Sydney.”

Pymble

23rd New South Wales - Best in Area

Officially opened in 1928, Pymble Golf Club’s 18-hole course was designed by Dan Soutar and Carnegie Clark and refashioned twenty-five years later by Eric Apperley when additional land was acquired, allowing three of the original holes to be eliminated at the expense of more favourable hole locations.