Configured with six par threes, six par fours and six par fives, the course at Ocean Shores Country Club is an early 1970s Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge co-design where water comes into play at many of the holes.
Surrounded by natural bushland, the course at Horizons Golf Resort is a Graham March and Ross Watson collaboration, with boardwalks guiding golfers around natural wetland areas at some of the holes on a very eco-diverse layout.
Dating as far back as 1921, Long Reef Golf Club lies within the Northern Beaches coastal suburbs. Originally designed by Dan Soutar and reconstructed by Eric Apperly after the ravages of the Second World War, Peter Thomson described Long Reef as “the best site of any golf course in Sydney.”
Officially opened in 1928, Pymble Golf Club’s 18-hole course was designed by Dan Soutar and Carnegie Clark and refashioned twenty-five years later by Eric Apperley when additional land was acquired, allowing three of the original holes to be eliminated at the expense of more favourable hole locations.
Situated just a few blocks inland from Manly’s famous white sandy beach, Manly Golf Club has been in operation for over a hundred years, celebrating its centenary in 2003.
Tocumwal Golf & Bowls Club offers golfers two 18-hole championship layouts; the 6272-metre Captains course relies on water for much of its strategic challenge, whilst the shorter Presidents course is a tighter test, featuring tree-lined fairways and deep bunkers.
Co-designed by Frank Phillips and Bill Dunk, the course at Mount Broughton Golf & Country Club is a mid-1990s design. Fairways are routed around natural waterways and three of the holes on the back nine are bounded by a railway line.
Steve Smyers designed the course at Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club and the gently undulating front nine contrasts markedly against a more challenging back nine that’s laid out on hillier terrain, with great views of the Hunter Valley.
The Tuncurry course at Forster Tuncurry Golf Club is a mid-1980s Kel Nagle and Mike Cooper co-design that was literally hewn from the seaside bush. With Banksia and Tea Tree plants lining the fairways, it’s renowned as a testing track.
Former Australian Amateur champion Kevin Hartley fashioned the Captains course in the early 1990s. Routed on the eastern edge of the property, there are a few water hazards to avoid on this layout.