Constructed by Medallist Developments, Stonecutters Ridge has the distinction of being the first Greg Norman course to debut in Sydney and it finally opened its doors to golfers in September 2012, after almost five years of permitting and building delays.
Set out on what was formerly a chicken farm, the 18-hole layout is the centerpiece of a large residential development – with fairways configured in the shape of a large figure of eight – where a number of holes occupy an area close to Eastern Creek.
Wetland areas dominate the opening holes and short par fours at the 4th and 5th catch the eye on this stretch of holes. The 8th is probably the most attractive hole on the front nine but avoid at all costs the sand bunkers and imported vegetation on the inside of the dogleg, where the fairway veers right towards the green.Back-to-back par threes at 16 and 17 are the most noteworthy holes on the back nine. The first of these short holes plays to a green protected by water to the left and sand to the right and it’s followed at the 151-metre 17th where a precision tee shot to a more heavily contoured putting surface is required.
This is the first time that I have played a Greg Norman course and what a disappointment; I presume his brief was to design a course that was highly playable for medium to high handicappers. The result is a track which I found absolutely boring. The par fives and fours have huge wide fairways and the rough is non existant. The only difficulty are the bunkers which are large and deep but presumably wrongly positioned as I was only in 2 and they were on the par 3’s. I am writing this immediately after playing and I cannot remember many of the holes, bland, straightforward and without interest but i refer to the par fours and fives. On the other hand, 2 of the par 3’s were ridiculously difficult with greens above the tee and no view of the green plus cavernous bunkers all over the place, mostly quite unnecessary. The 16th and 17th are both par 3’s but perefectly reasonable fair holes.
I played on a Sunday behind a competition and it took 5 hours and twenty minutes to get round, and i was told that this was normal and even on normal rounds 4 hours was acceptable. There are distance indicators on the sprinklers but no 150 and 100 metre posts, a pity as this would help to speed things up as you have to go right up to the sprinkler to read the distance. There are no hole layouts at the tee, so you are firing into the unknown, though the fairways are so wide that this is not a problem : just blast away with your driver.
The course is surrounded by some very large but very uninspiring houses, presumably the real estate sales helped pay for the course. Not my cup of tea. The course is in good condition but the greens were rather hacked up after a competition in the morning. This course is rated far too highly. David Laird Jan 2018
I haven't played it but I know it has a lot of fans. I took a look at the videos of the hole on their website and it looks like a lot of young trees not yet matured that will tighten things up. I assume you got it for $35 (or about 20 pounds) which is cheap. 5 hrs + is a joke though, that would spoil it.