There are certainly some strong holes at Royal Sydney. Notable is the stretch from the 1st to the 6th that runs along the entire east side of the property. Things become more pedestrian from the 7th to the 12th. Then things get more compelling again at the tempting uphill par 5 13th and the par 3 14th. After that, it is a less than inspiring run to the finish. The location of the course is remarkable, located in the bucolic eastern harbourside suburb of Rose Bay, a mere 15 minutes from the CBD and 5 minutes from Bondi Beach. That is certainly worth some consideration in terms of the overall experience of playing the course. However, because of apparent land constraints (worsened by the Club’s short course) there is not enough room to plot out the most optimal routing in order to get all the holes up towards a global elite standard. Also, there is a sense that the layout would be a much better course without trees (which might have been the case since the trees on the course don’t look like old growth original – especially the rows of what look to be a type of coniferous tree planted to create separation between some of the holes). Definitely fun to play because of the location. But void of any tee shots or approach shots that are capable of heightening anticipation with the exception of the drivable 1st hole. Still, very much worth playing.
Date: March 25, 2014