Lakes - Sydney - New South Wales - Australia

The Lakes Golf Club,
Corner King St & Vernon Ave,
Eastlakes,
New South Wales,
2018,
Australia


  • +61 2 9669 1311

  • Golf Club Website

  • 15 minutes from Sydney

  • Restricted non-member times, contact in advance

  • Not known

  • Eric Apperly & Tom Howard, Robert von Hagge

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Australian Open Golf TrophyAustralian Open winners at The Lakes Golf Club:


Peter Senior (Aus) 2012,
Greg Chalmers (Aus) 2011,
Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 2010,
Steve Elkington (Aus) 1992,
Greg Norman (Aus) 1980,
Jack Nicklaus (USA) 1964.

The Lakes Golf Club is a historic championship venue and one of Sydney's premier golf clubs. Host to numerous Australian Opens, its pedigree stretches back to 1928 and naturally the main feature of the course is water with many daunting lake carries. The Mascot freeway was routed through part of the course in 1968 and Robert von Hagge was tasked with redesigning the layout.

Lakes are not the only hazard at the Lakes Golf Club. In fact, the front nine – with the exception of the opening hole – is water free, but on the outward nine you will be presented with some of Australia’s boldest bunkering and more than enough trees instead. The inward nine is where the water comes into play, so play within yourself and be patient, playing for position if you are looking to maintain a decent card.

In 2006, Mike Clayton was brought in to restore the course to its former glory and he cleared away enormous areas of trees and scrub to widen playing corridors and bring a feeling of openness back to the layout. Many feel his improvements have been especially beneficial on the front nine, making those holes almost as good as the spectacular back nine.

Located a mere 15 minutes from Sydney the Lakes Golf Club is a very popular members’ club and a regular venue for corporate golf.
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Description: Lakes are not the only hazard at the Lakes Golf Club. In fact, the front nine – with the exception of the opening hole – is water free... Rating: 5.2 out of 6 Reviews: 5

Ranked the Number 2 course in Sydney and is also high up on the Australian Top 100 list. The Lakes GC has hosted many professional championships over the year's including the remarkable 2012 Australian Open won by veteran Peter Senior.

The course was redesigned by - Michael Clayton and his team in 2009 and holes now place a far greater premium on placement and strategy than they did previously.

The famous water carry on the 14th hole provides a challenging test for every golfer not just for during tournament play.

The final 9 holes borders a wetland area with a ray of wild life and scenic views 360 degrees, and of course a wide range of tempting shots !! It's a great stretch of holes to close of the round.

I must say my expectations were more than met when I played, and a tremendous experience was had both on course and through what is provided to guests. Ensure you play the Lakes Sydney at least once in your life time!

P. S the spa in the men's locker room is a delightful ending to any round.

6 / 6
Lakes - Sydney
June 01, 2018


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I played The Lakes, on an oppressively hot day in January. Whilst I prefer to walk rather than cart when playing golf, it was a mistake on this occasion. Apart from the heat (which was 4 degrees warmer than forecast) there are a couple of lengthy walks between greens and tees. Also taking its toll are the Kikuyu fairways, which are gentle on the feet but hard on the legs. So if you are an older golfer and the weather is warm you may learn from my experience and take a cart. This is not a criticism of the course just an observation that you may benefit from. The course was in good condition and the bent-grass greens a pleasure to play on. Water barely features on the front nine, save for the 1st hole. Distinctive on this nine are the large bunkers and extensive sandy wastelands. The latter, being akin to the waste areasLakes - Sydney Golf Course - Photo by reviewer one would find at Victoria GC, and Kingston Heath on Melbourne’s sand belt. The back nine is where the course gets its name with water some sort of feature on all but the 12th and 18th holes. Two holes I particularly enjoyed were the 1st and 13th. Neither of them are long. From the Blue member tees, the 1st is 338 metres and requires precision from the tee. The curvature of the fairway around a lake to the left is severe enough that you must drive over the water – the question is just how much to bite off on the drive? If you are too conservative you are left with a longer shot to the green than desired. Worse still if the right handed golfer blocks their drive, their ball will end up in a seemingly endless sandy waste along the outside of the dogleg. The hole plays 281 metre downhill, and with a par of 4 was probably Tiger Woods’ undoing at the 2011 Australian Open when he took a bogey 5. It is a gentle dog leg right with a pond short right of the green which itself is teardrop in shape and elevated at the front above its surrounds. In respect of the green it is somewhat reminiscent of Woodlands 4th hole in Melbourne, where the front pin is the most difficult. As mentioned by one of the early reviewers, they do know how to charge for a game, with the green fee still $50 AUD in excess of NSW GC., making it one of the more expensive games of golf in Australia. So as much as I enjoyed it there would be others I would revisit first.
5 / 6
Lakes - Sydney
January 22, 2016


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Fantastic course, very challenging off the red tees and visually stunning. Will definitely play this course again if given the opportunity.
6 / 6
Lakes - Sydney
January 20, 2016


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Great golf course, especially the distinctly different 9's. Course had recently undergone some maintenance so the greens and fairways were as good as I'd assume they would be. Would have loved to have played this off the back tee's!
5 / 6
Lakes - Sydney
January 05, 2016


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As a course alone it deserves 5 stars but I just cant do it due to the over inflated price. The course rewards accurate play as oppose length, which explains why Gary Wolstenholme must have enjoyed their premier tournament here a couple of years ago. My Favourite stretch was from 4 to 9, holes reminiscent of Kingston Heath with adventurous bunkering and sumptuous greens. the lakes then come into play on the back 9 that is full of top class holes that demand careful thought from the tee and with approach to avoid the big numbers. The course is up there with the best ive played in Australia but to be priced at 40-50 bucks more than NSW (the superior track) is unfathomable. I know some places are made for corporate golf but its priced me out of coming back despite the obvious quality of the course.
4 / 6
Lakes - Sydney
January 14, 2011


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