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.
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.