The third oldest club in Sydney, Bonnie Doon began life as Marrickville Golf Club in 1897 when members played on a 12-hole course laid out in the Sydney suburb of Tempe.
Ten years later, the club moved to an 18-hole course at Arncliffe, changing its name in the process of decamping to a new location. Finally, in 1947, the expansion of the Sydney airport caused the club to move to its current sandy site at Pagewood.
Prosper Ellis originally designed the Pagewood course, which opened in 1949, then Ross Watson carried out an upgrade in 1995 when he built on the strength of the demanding par fours on the scorecard to fashion a formidable test of golf.In 2011, the new design partners of Mike Clayton and Geoff Ogilvy began work on stage one of a three-phase extensive redesign that involved the removal of exotic trees, the introduction of two new holes, the reworking of the current first to fourth and eighth holes and the construction of a new practice facility. In late April 2014, play began on six new holes, marking the completion of the second stage of the redesign. The final phase of work is likely to include further modifications to a few holes located in the northeastern corner of the Bonnie Doon property, which were redesigned in stage one.
Founded in 1897 Bonnie Doon is a private golf club in and around two other outstanding courses, located in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Bonnie Doon GC is a quality track and once all the upgrades are done you will return to the Top 25 courses in Australia no question. The team led by Michael Clayton has been operating here with the 'refurb for a few years now and the course is almost fully completed. The course plays over rolling sand dunes and features large undulating greens similar to what was done at Royal Canberra. The new wasteland look to the course is outstanding and certainly enhances the course in the memorability category.
Views of the city and neighbouring courses can now be seen through tree removal which the course well and truly required. There won't be too many occurrences where a lost ball will occur now that shrub and bush like plants have made way to showcase the true sand dune area it was born to have.
Decent elevation occurs at Bonnie Doon given the sand dune base, as well as good routing for a course that isn't too long at 5909m