New South Wales Golf Club

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Many of the top 50 courses in the world are links styled, situated on rugged coasts and offer stunning scenery and challenging golf play. The NSW Golf Course is no exception to this rule. Dr Alistair MacKenzie designer of this, Cypress Point, Augusta and many other jewels in the world top 50 club, said it presents more spectacular views than any other place he knew. Set amongst the valleys and hills of the Cape Banks, the course is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on 3 sides. It duly provides amazing sea views around every turn and inevitably introduces coastal winds to many of the shots on the course; it’s a rare day that the flags lie still here.

The world famous par five 5th introduces a stunning view of the ocean, then demands a long drive over a valley to the fairway after which the landscape drops fully ninety foot to the green. Locals say that the wind direction will mean the difference between a sand wedge or 2 iron for the third shot into the green. The following hole is the most photographed hole in Australia. A bridge leads to the tee perched on a reef in the ocean where a 7 iron over the small bay will reach the green under most conditions. A weak shot to the right leaves a very difficult recovery; rather miss on the long side to the left for a chip into the angled green. Either way, it’s likely to be a tee shot you will remember.

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