New South Wales

Discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770, New South Wales lies to the south east of Australia and it’s the most populous state in the country with around seven and a half million inhabitants. In a sports-mad nation, New South Welshmen (of both sexes) love their National Rugby League, Australian Rules football and cricket. And, of course, who could ever forget the fantastic summer Olympic Games that Sydney hosted in 2000?

Amateur golf in the state is administered by GolfNSW, a governing body formed in 2010 by the amalgamation of the NSW Golf Association and Women’s Golf NSW. Over 400 clubs are divided into three metropolitan zones around Sydney with 20 outlying districts for men and 13 districts for ladies.

New South Wales golfers are fortunate to have a number of fine old courses on their doorstep, some of which – like the Australian and Royal Sydney – have been in existence for more than a hundred years. Another two older layouts that first opened for business in 1928, New South Wales and Lakes, are also much admired and cherished. Amongst the more recent courses unveiled in the state, Graham Marsh’s Terrey Hills and Ross Watson’s Magenta Shores have received plenty of plaudits.

Our New South Wales Best In State Rankings were last updated in November 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - New South Wales

New South Wales

1st New South Wales - Best in Area

New South Wales Golf Club is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Australia and it’s one of the toughest tests in the country.

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Description: New South Wales Golf Club is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Australia and it’s one of the toughest tests in the country. Rating: 5.6666666666667 out of 6

Ellerston

2nd New South Wales - Best in Area

Ellerston is the course that Greg Norman built for the flamboyant Australian media magnate Kerry Packer, the country's richest man, who sadly died in December 2005 at the age of 68.

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Description: Ellerston is the course that Greg Norman built for the flamboyant Australian media magnate Kerry Packer, the country's richest man, who sadly died in December 2005 at the age of 68. Rating: 6 out of 6

Newcastle

3rd New South Wales - Best in Area

Given its manifest qualities and historical significance, Newcastle Golf Club is somewhat of an anomaly.

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Description: Given its manifest qualities and historical significance, Newcastle Golf Club is somewhat of an anomaly. Rating: 5.25 out of 6

Lakes - Sydney

4th New South Wales - Best in Area

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...

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Description: 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... Rating: 5 out of 6

The Australian

5th New South Wales - Best in Area

The venue of the inaugural Australian Open in 1904 (host to nineteen in total) and most recently in 2015, the Australian Golf Club is a wonderful championship venue.

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Description: The venue of the inaugural Australian Open in 1904 (host to nineteen in total) and most recently in 2015, the Australian Golf Club is a wonderful championship venue. Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Royal Sydney

6th New South Wales - Best in Area

Royal Sydney Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 1993 and the championship course has evolved over 100 years into one of the finest in the country.

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Description: Royal Sydney Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 1993 and the championship course has evolved over 100 years into one of the finest in the country. Rating: 4 out of 6

Magenta Shores

7th New South Wales - Best in Area

Ross Watson was the architect who laid out the links-like resort course at Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club...

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Description: Ross Watson was the architect who laid out the links-like resort course at Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club... Rating: 4 out of 6

Vintage

8th New South Wales - Best in Area

The course at Vintage Golf Club borders the Beggars Bridge and Bimbadgen vineyards in the fertile Hunter Valley, near Cessnock and opened in 2003.

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Description: The course at Vintage Golf Club borders the Beggars Bridge and Bimbadgen vineyards in the fertile Hunter Valley, near Cessnock and opened in 2003. Rating: 4 out of 6

Bonville International

9th New South Wales - Best in Area

Literally carved through rainforests, the holes at Bonville International are played in virtual isolation to each other, with huge Blackbutt, Ironbark and Tallowood trees framing every fairway.

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Description: Literally carved through rainforests, the holes at Bonville International are played in virtual isolation to each other, with huge Blackbutt, Ironbark and Tallowood trees framing every fairway. Rating: 4 out of 6

Terrey Hills

10th New South Wales - Best in Area

Graham Marsh designed a challenging championship golf course at Terrey Hills, the first to be constructed in the Sydney area for over twenty years...

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Description: Graham Marsh designed a challenging championship golf course at Terrey Hills, the first to be constructed in the Sydney area for over twenty years... Rating: 4 out of 6