Macquarie Links sits in a gated golf and residential setting less than hour from Sydney city centre. Laid out on a prime piece of property between Ingleburn and Macquarie Fields, the estate was developed by the Monarch Investments Group of Companies.
Construction on the 375-acre site began in 1996 and the course opened for play five years later with open, forgiving fairways routed across a gently rolling landscape that features indigenous bush, native grasses, mature gum trees and wandering creeks.
Macquarie Links is marketed as an Australian version of a Scottish links but, in truth, the only design aspect that comes close to matching a Caledonian seaside course is the quality of the sand traps, with some fine examples of pot bunkers dotted around the course.The inward half is considered to be tougher than the outward half and the two par threes on the back nine are real crackers. The 188-yard 11th (“Billabong”) plays across a ravine to the green and the 232-yard 15th (“Sheepdip”) demands pinpoint accuracy or a score of four or more is likely.
Macquarie Links was one of the first Australian Top 100 courses played due to email sent out from Ausgolf offering the round with a cart included and free beer for x amount, which I thought was excellent for a top course. So, up to Sydney my best friend and my cousin and uncle went to play.
The course has large and strategic bunkering littered throughout the course which is situated inside a housing estate in Sydney's south west.
The course has an extensive range of natural bushland still in play and beyond the boundaries.
Green and well conditioned fairways, good directional change plus usage of natural undulation is seen at Macquarie Links Int.
The 2nd hole downhill to a greenside surrounded by water is a fun hole as is;
The par 3 11th with a forced carry over water from an elevated tee down to the green.
The Par 4 18th that finishes up and over a rise with a downhill second to a green surrounded by water.