Hidden away in the middle of southwest Sydney’s Milperra industrial area, on the edge of George’s River, you’d be forgiven for overlooking Bankstown Golf Club, but that would be a mistake as this urban, tree-lined, member-designed layout is a veritable golfing oasis.
Nestled alongside the meandering Murray River, the course at Coomealla Golf Club has several holes where out of bounds is defined by the flowing waters of the river. It also features a rather tantalising par three to finish the round at the 18th.
Originally branded as Shellharbour Links when it opened in 2004, this Scott Murray-designed course became The Links Shell Cove four years later. Architect Richard Chamberlain and contractor Darby Muller have since carried out a substantial bunker renovation.
The Springs debuted in 1997, switching ownership shortly afterwards. It changed hands again in 2004, becoming Greenhill Golf Club, but was sold again to the present owners in 2008. Five years then elapsed before the refurbished golf facility reopened.
An 18-hole course was in play at Roseville Golf Club in 1925, two years after the club’s formation. The layout has served the club well but it’s been upgraded in recent years, with architect James Wilcher reconstructing five of the holes.
Laid out within a sandy site atop the coastal cliffs that lie midway between Sydney and Newcastle, the course at Shelley Beach Golf Club is an Al Howard design from 1957 which used to be known as Tuggerah Lakes.
Ten years in the making, The Ridge Golf Course opened for play in 2013 atop of an old landfill site. Due to the technical aspects, involving nearly 2 million cubic metres of fill, The Ridge was the trickiest project that architect James Wilcher has dealt with to date.
Cabramatta Golf Club was formed in 1947, with Eric Apperly setting out the club’s original 18-hole course. Craig Parry was recently engaged to revitalize the course and recommend improvements, especially for the three-hole section starting at the 10th.
Bermagui Country Club offers a wide range of leisure pursuits; including tennis, croquet, fishing and bowls. And for golf-minded members, they enjoy the use of an 18-hole layout regarded as one of the sporting gems on the Sapphire Coast.
Set within the famous Hunter Valley vineyard region, the Richard Mercer-designed Hunter Valley course is the main sporting attraction at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort facility, where holes are routed around several attractive water features.