Another quality layout from the design studio of Graham Marsh, Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club is a private member course within a rural residential development that lies in the beautiful Nepean Valley to the west of Sydney.
The most striking aspect of the design here at Twin Creeks is the size and shape of the bunkers – many of them are enormous and they’re everywhere. Standing on the 1st tee, the sight of so much sand on the fairway may be slightly intimidating but golfers are as well to be warned right from the off that they will spend a lot of time raking sand if they stray off line.
The par three 6th hole is one of the best holes on the front nine and it’s a beast from the back markers, played through a chute of trees to a green fronted by a creek. On the inward half, the 15th is a tight par five played through woods and it precedes a tough trio of holes to end the round as they all feature water along the fairway or beside the green.
Twin Creeks opened in 2006 and although it’s a private club, limited corporate tee times are available so it is possible to get a game here without knowing a member.
Possibly this course has gone overboard with the bunkering. Massive, penal things everywhere. Lots of maintenance to keep them ship shape but I think some of this could be diverted to getting the greens up a bit. Today I played it and the greens ran well but had too many poorly repaired divots on every hole. Which was a shame as the greens are massive with plenty of movement and I'm sure in growing season and another NSW Open just around the corner this course could be an absolute belter.
Tough and quite long at 6444m ( we played it at about 6100m) it is a course where you can't be spraying off the tee. If not a bunker then water or heavy bush or thigh high rough will gobble it up. Not many fairways run adjacent so no luck with that. Greens are very receptive but you must be in the right spot so it takes a few games to get to know them. In the wrong spot then doing very well to 2 putt.
It is comparable to Stonecutters Ridge 20 minutes away. Both are part of developments but at the moment Stonecutters is the better pick to play due to greens conditioning and a bit more forgiving from the tees. Both have nice couch fairways that run well and both have bunkering as a feature. You get the feeling though, here at Twin Creeks, the bunkers are a bit flashy and on a few holes just not required. Pleasing to the eye but should hardly ever come into play.
At $50 for green and comp fee another bargain to be had but not a course for beginners.
Had the pleasure of playing Twin Creeks April1st 2020, and a pleasure it was. Only prank played onus was that all the bunkers were out of play, apparently due to having been flooded recently. A pity really as the bunkers is a rather pervasive element of this course. Incredibly I ended in only one, probably as a consequence of not having to fear hitting into any. This aside, it was easy to see that this is a very well designed layout (Graham Marsh) and somehow the now scruffy looking greens added to the charms. I regretably also have to add that most greens appeared rather unkempt in that loads of pitchmarks had not been repaired or repaired improperly. Can only hope that green keeping will soon be corrected, as the course itself deserves a better presentation.
A quality parkland course that is actually a private members course, but golfers with a Golf Australia handicap (or national equivalent I would imagine) are able to join in the Wednesday members comp as a visitor (and for a surprisingly reasonable green fee too). The conditioning was always going to be good and although the course was designed as part of a housing development, the design doesn't disappoint either. The compromise between housing and the course has been done well. Plenty of bunkers and a few water hazards to require thought on the tees, but not overly penal.
I thought Twin Creeks was a much better than average course for Western Sydney and I'd happily play it again. If in the area I'd also recommend Macquarie Links and Stonecutters Ridge a little further north.
Will be interesting to see what effect the new Western Sydney Airport being built nearby will have. (however, being Australia: new infrastructure will take about ten years...)
It may take a while to get to from the city or airport, but this Graham Marsh designed course has a lot to offer if you're willing to travel to play.
It's a fairly challenging course from any colour tee, some tough bunkering is laid out visually from the tee but negating it can occur through accurate hitting onto the decent width the fairways offer.
The golfer here takes in the spectacular surrounds of the Neapean Valley with typical Australian Bushland surrounding this excellent layout, big gums occupy some holes well here.
Good directional change on a fairly flat area, water hazards must be avoided to score well.
Another Top 100 Australian course played.