Eastlake Golf Club

Sydney, NSW | User Rating: Rate-3 (3.5) | Add A Review

Welcome to The Eastlake Golf Club situated in the beautiful Eastern Suburb setting with spectacular views of the Sydney skyline and the surrounding lakes of the Botany Wetlands. With the airport and the CBD less than 10 minutes away we are ideally located for first class golf, corporate events, conference facilities, functions and dining.

Eastlake is a championship venue and hosts the Qualifying Event for the Australian Open and the New South Wales Open Championships. The course is a traditional links style layout and features many challenging holes with water hazards to contend with. In Championship format it will challenge the highest standard of golfer and when playing in its regular layout it is just as exciting for the every day golfer.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Name: Eastlake Golf Club
  • Region: Sydney, NSW
  • Address: Cnr Gardeners Rd & Issac Smith St
    Kingsford, 2032, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Proshop: (02) 9662 6453
  • General: (02) 9663 1374
  • Holes: 18
  • Metres: 5873m
  • Par: 72
1. 1holein | Rated | 26 Feb 2014 | Add A Review

I played this course 2 days prior and thought I would add a review.

The playing surfaces were top notch (10/10) while the layout (nice variety of holes) is interesting enough to test golfers of all abilities.

The only negative about this course is the first 9 holes runs away from the club house, while the last 9 holes runs back to the club house. There is a halfway house on 10th Tee but is closed on Mondays even though I played a comp round, so don’t forget to pack a drink/food before you tee off as you will have to wait until you walk off the last green…

My rating 8/10

2. Jimmjoe69 | Rated | 24 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

My view is that this is one of the top public courses in Sydney. Played both Tuesday and Thursday I was that impressed and at $20, it was even better.

A great mix of different holes and good course management is a must. A nice view of the city as well.

3. greatwhiterabbit | Rated | 25 Sep 2013 | Add A Review

One of the most underrated golf courses in Sydney. The design, conditioning and scenery are all top notch. The only thing that lets this place down is the clubhouse, which unfortunately resembles a community hall from the 1970’s.

4. LookingToImprove | Rated | 24 Sep 2013 | Add A Review

Played Eastlakes today – 24.09.2013 and loved it!

Really enjoyed the course, the quality of holes and it’s design, and the quality of course condition was sensational.

I particularly loved some of the par 4’s in not being too long by today’s standards, and found them rewarding great placement off the tee, in some cases a nice 3-iron and then short iron to challenge the hole.

To top off, for $20 on either Tuesday’s or Thursday’s, you simply cannot beat the value.

Highly recommend and I will be playing again soon.

5. Macka12 | Rated | 28 May 2013 | Add A Review

I didn’t enjoy this course the first time I played it nearly 3 years ago – I actually vowed never to play it again. So I thought it was about time to give it another try this past weekend. Tee to green the holes were actually nicer than I remembered with a few really nice holes but I was very disappointed that at my 1:12pm tee time there were still 4 groups of golfers to tee off in front of us and even though we paid full price we only got 12 holes in before it got dark. It was the slowest round I can remember playing (over 3.5 hrs for 12 holes), probably since last time I played there. They really should manage the tee times better.

There are some quite long walks between holes on this course and the cart paths are in terrible condition generally which is a pity.

I often play at Kogarah which is closer to the airport so I’m used to airplane noise but it is a lot more intrusive here than Kogarah.

I’ll never play here again unless it’s summer and I know I’ve got at least 6 hours of daylight left.

PROS

  • Some nice holes
  • Friendly clubhouse staff

Cons

  • Rough tracks for cart paths
  • Some long walks between greens and tees
  • Very noisy with airplanes and traffic noise
  • SLOW, SLOW, SLOW, SLOW, SLOW ... and SLOWER still!!!
6. JonB_ | Rated | 06 Feb 2013 | Add A Review

What I thought was a great deal – just $20 for a round on Tuesday or Thursday – turned into a nightmare. nearly 3hrs for the first nine. Then had to walk out as the 9th is as far from the clubhouse as you can get.

Spoke to the pro-shop who’s only response was….There should be a marshal on the course….

Won’t be going back. Pity as its such a great course.

7. Syd_golfer | Rated | 09 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

Played there 3 months ago, loved the course, as some said below challenging yet offers enough playability to enjoy your game.

I have recently joined the club and absoluetly loving it, the green keeper is doing a fantastic job great fairways and lovely greens.

The members are extremely friendly and you never struggle to find tee time on Sat or Sun.

The only complaint one can have is the fact that non-members get to book early on Sundays which is a bit unfair.

8. akers | Rated | 28 Dec 2012 | Add A Review

Played today 28th dec.2012 and i can have nothing but positive comments.The course is in superb condition,its a great test with some great holes… Can not wait to return

9. Links4Life | Rated | 04 Jul 2012 | Add A Review

I’ve played for a couple of years now at shorter courses (marrickville, Randwick, bardwell, kogarah) and had been to Eastlakes a few times as well as st michaels, Liverpool, new Brighton however it seems that something has changed there recently that makes the course very attractive to me.
1. The course is in great shape.
2. The members are great to hang out
3. The pros are helpful and know their game. Alex was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.
The fees are competitive (works out at $25/week)

So I joined.

Love the course, love the vibe, love the people.

Five stars

10. boscobear | Rated | 16 May 2012 | Add A Review

The condition of the course is very good at the moment. Good grass coverage and well maintained. This course gives you room to hit. I am a member at another course which is narrow and tight. I play Eastlake for its length and being open. A good challenge but not impossible. I play off 24 and my sometime partner plays off 5. We both enjoy it. Great course friendly staff.

11. Dazzza18 | Rated | 11 Apr 2012 | Add A Review

Played on the 8th April – course was in great shape with the greens running pretty quick.
It was tough work playing off the back tees into the wind – challenging but enjoyable.

Really a good test and enjoyable round.

PROS

  • Course in great condition, a couple of holes where you can make good scores
12. Aussierod | Rated | 07 Apr 2012 | Add A Review

THe course is in amazing condition. I think this really is amazing value. It is tough but fair. The greens and fairways are perfect. I can fault them. I really enjoyed my round yesterday.

13. GosfordTiger | Rated | 22 Mar 2012 | Add A Review

Excellent course. Played for the first time yesterday. Fairways and greens in excellent condition.

14. MickF82 | Rated | 06 Mar 2012 | Add A Review

The layout is a little strange but interesting – a mix of easy short par 4s (especially the opening couple), tough par 3s and fun par 5s. Pricing is as good as you’ll get this close to the CBD.
The only real negative is the pace of play – I’ve finished in the dark a number of times. There are no marshalls to enforce pace of play or dress standards which is highly frustrating.
All in all it’s good value for money if you’re prepared for a slow day.

PROS

  • Par 5s and 3s

Cons

  • Too many short par 4s
15. mickmick | Rated | 25 Feb 2012 | Add A Review

Tough course as others have commented on. If you aren’t straight you get penalised. Being of 21 handicap i have only been under 100 once out of 5 games here but love the course. Have never had a cart so you do get a good workout as well. First few holes are pretty short but not that easy for the slicers and hookers, after that the holes lengthen out nicely. Greens and fairways have always been in great condition too. Does get busy though which means a slow round of about 5 hours.

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16. justonemore | Rated | 24 Nov 2011 | Add A Review

Having played here many times in the last 3 years I feel that I can give this course a fair assessment.
In many ways, Eastlakes is one of the most interesting layouts anywhere In that it is for all purposes an out and back layout that is hamstrung by it’s club house location at the far northern end of the circuit.
This presents it own dilemmas when it comes to having a quick nine and also impedes the club from having having groups tee off on holes 1 and 10 simultaneously.
Also against it is the contrasting nature of several holes (most being classic tree lined holes with kikuyu fairways while the newer holes are more links feel and couch fairways) as well as the fact that the green surrounds on many holes are quite penal due to the presence of course, tufty lies not too far from the greens.
That said, the course presents beautifully and is a stern test for all golfers who don’t score on the first three holes!
While there are a couple of bland holes there are also many first class knee tremblers where the golf course presents you a challenge which you must achieve or suffer the consequences.
Such holes are the 8th with it’s tight drive to a layup before wasteland and subtly breaking green. The par 3 9th which allows bail out only to the left, the ’drive or die’ 12th with water crossing the fairway at a diagonal and the terrifyingly nasty (but awesome) 13th where you either hit the green or pay the price.
There are 2 silly (but not impossible) holes here too.
The par 5 5th which offers no real sweet spot to which you can hit your drive and the punishing 17th. A 207m par 3 whith a small green that allows only a tiny gap to run up through and penal lies for those who miss left or right.
While the A graders would love it for it’s brutal style, only those who can sky a ball 205 M and land soft could realistically play this hole properly.

And my final negative is the walk. It’s long and tough.

However, even as I lay out the negatives I can honestly say I love the challenge of the course, the seductive first 3 holes which lead deeper and deeper into a course where few play to their handicap first time round.
With all of the bad bits, I still play here more than anywhere else As it tests me in cruel and unusual ways. You have to play well to score.
I love Eastlakes GC and encourage you to give it a go. Great conditioning interesting elevation changes, some great views and many superior holes makes it a course I keep coming back to. A genuine 3.5 stars.

PROS

  • Great holes and great conditioning.

Cons

  • Tough walk, some questionable holes
17. lancerlot1983 | Rated | 09 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

i dont know what it is about this course,but i can never play well there… i always play excellent the first 3 holes, and then my game goes downhill. maybe its the playing partner i play with.
other than that,course is in great condition, staff are always nice.

although magpies and crows can be pest taking your balls occasionally, but this can make for a good laugh watching your playing partners running down the fairways chasing the birds in question!

18. scotttt | Rated | 01 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

Decent enough course, especially close to the city at the price. Pace of play can be slow, have never seen a ranger policing this.

Too short off the front tees but I guess most courses are. Reasonable challenge when tees are further back.

19. CountryMember | Rated | 28 May 2011 | Add A Review

Played Friday 27 May, teeing off at 1130am. What a great day, this course offers championship golf for $48 including cart. VALUE! we played as two groups of four and went round in 4:15Hrs. With no wind on the day the course does play a little short, but still a challenge.

A crow took my ball on the 14th and then seemed to drop it on the freeway – if this yellow srixon zstar landed in your car, sorry, can I have it back?

Highlights:
13th – 150m par 3 – hit the green or else
17th – 204m par 3 – tough

PROS

  • planes landing
  • VALUE - $48 with a cart

Cons

  • Crows
  • plane landing
  • greens a little long and bumpy
20. KoKo | Rated | 25 May 2011 | Add A Review

Agree with previous reviewer. Booked tee off for sunday afternoon (was told i would be first social group out). I arrived to find 3 social groups waiting to tee off. 30mins later, our cart finally arrived back to the clubhouse. I told them at the rate of play there is no way i could get through 18 and wanted to refund for 9 and was told there was no rate for 9. I got thru 12 with just 1 playing partner before it got too dark to play. Even the guys in front and behind us thought the over booking was a joke. At one stage there were 3 groups waiting to tee off at one of the holes. Wont be back.

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21. kistutrusp | Rated | 14 Apr 2011 | Add A Review

Worst Course booking system I have ever known. I booked 1 months ahead and 2 weeks later, I was told the green fees quoted was wrong because it falls on public holiday and a few days, I was told that they have cancelled my booking for a game because they decided to have a member competition.

It is not recommended to play at this course as you never know if they will allow you to play even though you have book a tee time.

PROS

  • None

Cons

  • Worst service of a golf course that I have ever known. Even if you booked the tee time and ask them for the green fee, they cannot tell you if the green fee is correct or even if the tee time is valid or not
22. denial | Rated | 23 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

Overall a good course, some interesting holes, and quite challenging. In some places the course is very punishing if you aren’t straight, and the thick patchy rough makes it easy to lose balls (or just spend a lot of time looking for them, slowing down overall play). People aren’t kidding about large slow groups though, for the last three holes of our round we were slowed to a crawl by a drunken 8 ball (yeah 8 ball).

23. drodrigz | Rated | 15 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

14 Dec 2010 – Couldn’t resist the Tuesday special of $18, so much so that I played 36 holes – which is a feat if your walking. Fortunately my first round was early and the clouds cooperated during the second round, though I wish there was more shade at times. The fairways are in great shape and the greens are excellent – fast but receptive. Be warned though the rough is rough. For some of the new holes the routing is quirky and better signage is needed to get to the next tee. One thing I find unacceptable is no drinking water on the course so take at least two large bottles with you. The half-way house was not open so I couldn’t even refill there.

24. Fest | Rated | 14 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

I’m used to playing Kogarah and initially Eastlake compared quite well. It gets a little bit rough on the later holes though but generally the course is in quite good condition. Quite unforgiving between the 6th and 16th holes though, lots of scrub just off the fairways, and there’s this canal that runs right through the center of the course that always seemed to catch my ball.
One hole in particular has it sitting about 180 meters off the Tee, so bad luck if your drive is a bit short and bounces into it…

Also, let’s address the issue of distance. I thought that perhaps the people commenting on the long walk were talking it up, I’m young, strong and brave so I thought I would have no problems. Well, in the heat of a 32 degree summers day it was a bit of a challenge, by the 15th I was pretty over it. GPS gives the total distance traveled at 8.7km. I never hire a cart, but to be honest I wouldn’t play this course again without one

People have also mentioned crowd control – there was a group of 16 people in front of us, and while this wasn’t really the fault of the course they were some real idiots there. One group stopped to go to the half way hut without actually completing play on a hole… they left their balls on the green while they went to get pies. WTF?

PROS

  • Fairways in good condition
  • Varied
  • Greens in good condition

Cons

  • Long walk
  • Back holes a bit scrubby
25. paulie_gee | Rated | 09 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

nice challanging course.greens treated me good .they are looked after and run true. was very windy but we cant do nothing about that 1st time i played ther would play there again

26. modandm | Rated | 22 Nov 2010 | Add A Review

Great course and unbelieveble value for money. I have been playing here regularly for $15 a round, (after 3pm tee-off). I find playing alone and at a decent speed I can play a round in 3.5 hours – walking. It is a physically demanding walk but at 25 this is good for me.

The course is a good challenge!

PROS

  • Long
  • challenging
  • well kept
  • quiet (after 3pm)

Cons

  • paths are poor
  • sprinklers sometimes on
27. champ | Rated | 22 Oct 2010 | Add A Review

What a surprisingly good course.

When I arrived at the pro-shop I got a distinctly ’cheap suburban, over-casual, over-ocker course’ feel. and the first two holes don’t improve the situation… BUT, it’s all a trick! Once on the third tee (which may well be your second hole if they’ve still got the second out of action) you start to realise that this is a very well thought out and maintained course. they make excellent use of the land they have and each hole (be it a dog-leg up a challenging hill or on the flat out the back of the course) is intelligently designed.

It’s a long, long course and it takes a long, full day to get around, but it’s worth it. Will be tough in the full summer sun, especially with that muggy feel you get around the lake, but I highly recommend it.

Other great points of interest are the good quality golf carts equipped with GPS monitors displaying hole/green layouts as well as distances from the pin, and the fantastic cart bridge over the main road.

Will definitely go back.

28. golfplayer94 | Rated | 01 Sep 2010 | Add A Review

Great long course with some challenging par fives had a good game with my mates although it takes up most of the day playing here as the walk is very long i recommend this course to any intermediate to advanced golfers or any beginners who want to work on there long game.

PROS

  • Great long course challenging.
  • many par 5's
  • nice day to spend with mates
  • great views
  • nice people
  • nice greens
  • halfway stop for food

Cons

  • long walk
  • very tough course for beginners
  • overcrowded
29. tihonacre | Rated | 24 Jun 2010 | Add A Review

Had trouble finding entrance to course as I was from out of town and it was hard to find. Course was a good layout, very challenging when wind came up. Don’t buy anything at the half way hut, its a rip off.

Would play again.

30. billy_bobo14 | Rated | 17 May 2010 | Add A Review

decent public course, surrounded by 3 of sydney’s best private courses! much better and challenging layout playing from blue tees. greens in great condition. some tees in good condition and fairways generally well kept. poor condition in between holes and some of the paths aweful. definite cart course with lots of slopes, hills and distance between holes. course has some great holes and some average holes. with some money spent on upgrades and redesign to average holes this course has potential to be top 100 in australia….

PROS

  • challenging layout
  • good greens
  • scenery

Cons

  • only some holes have been redesigned and upgraded
  • paths in between holes resemble a goat track!
  • need more signage for directions to next hole!
31. JaySul | Rated | 27 Mar 2010 | Add A Review

Well maintained and beautiful scenery! Somewhat tiresome without a cart!

PROS

  • Most of them

Cons

  • Twilight time is not that clear.
32. MitcheyBabes | Rated | 19 Mar 2010 | Add A Review

As a regular at East Lake Golf Club, it came as no surprise that my most recent round of golf was once again marred by devastating winds roaring sideways across the course. The layout of this course means that when the wind blows, you will loose balls. The first couple of holes are short and don’t present any real challenge for reasonable golfers. Things get better after you cross the new cart bridge (not as fun as dodging cars and trucks using the old system). The holes get longer and the layout more imaginative. The course is always well maintained and the price to play is reasonable.

33. aerial3 | Rated | 23 Dec 2009 | Add A Review

The course was in good condition when I played it, no dry patches. Very long walks between some holes so rent a cart. Quite challenging with plenty of blind shots and sometimes windy.

34. Andrew_S | Rated | 10 May 2009 | Add A Review

Wonderful course. IMO it makes the most of the terrain. True hazards in the form of well placed bunkers. Though there are natural wetlands throughout, water doesn’t truly come in to play in many holes, though the course will happily eat a stray shot.

Challenging enough for a ’thinker’ of the game and forgiving enough on your first round.

Presently the course is undergoing some renovations and it only really affects holes 11-13. These are very simply straight and relatively short par 4s. Given it was my first time playing it gave us proper birdie opportunities to pull back some shots.

While there are plenty of interesting holes, the layout of the course demands a lot of walking. I usually don’t have a problem walking and carrying my clubs, but you would be doing yourself a massive favour if you get the cart as there is a lot of undulating hills.

Great day will be back for sure

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35. Steb | Rated | 08 Mar 2009 | Add A Review

This would be a good course to play after a nuclear holocaust wiped out mankind. It’s a great test, nice layout, but don’t come here if you need to be somewhere else in 4 hours.

I can’t help but laugh when the pro-shop said it will take about 4hrs 15min. It took over 3 hours for the first 9.

Greens were very true, I found them very good to read although I’ve never seen so many lip-outs by my group. Maybe the hole-puller guy isn’t too good.

PROS

  • Definitely different from anything you've played before
  • Great test of ball-striking

Cons

  • Crowded
36. yostyue | Rated | 02 Mar 2009 | Add A Review

Just had 2 rounds in Eastlake recently. love the course, but really concern about the traffic as per LQ20 mentioned below. i personally faced the long queue on both sunday afternoon. 6 hours to finished a round. if the pro-shop can manage tee-time more strict, that would be much enjoyable round in Eastlake.

PROS

  • nice course under $45

Cons

  • bad traffic

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37. LQ20 | Rated | 24 Feb 2009 | Add A Review

This is a really lovely course, challenging and long in parts but some great par 4’s that give you confidence to go for the pin.

Its just a real shame about who they let on here….we had the misfortune to be stuck behind a talentless 5 ball, yes you are reading that right, 5 ball. We asked the starter on the first tee if the group in front would split and were told in they had been asked too, he then scurried back to the Pro shop and they teed off as a 5 ball. The members playing behind us phoned the Pro Shop on the 6th to report they were still playing together and we were told to sort it out ourselves. Baring in mind the language and attitude of those playing in front (is mooning your mates really necessary?) none of us felt safe to make this suggestion. As a result our round took 5 1/2 hours! Such a shame Eastlakes cant marshall play a bit better, we wont be back.

38. mattymf149 | Rated | 05 Feb 2009 | Add A Review

I recently played at Easlakes with 2 other mates. It was definately very challenging, extremely long and hot. I agree with other comments regarding the distance between holes. We played on a 30 degree day and we all slept well that night. It was very challenging with fast greens and deceptives slopes especially on the par 3’s. Their are several extremely long par 5’s which require 3 huge shots to reach in 3. Overall i was very happy with the condition of the course and the speed of play which i heard was a major problem before playing.
I’m booked in for tomorrow again Cheers…Also make sure you book a cart, it makes playing here all the more enjoyable

39. drodrigz | Rated | 08 Jan 2009 | Add A Review

Played 8 Jan 2009. Overall the course is in good condition. Fairways were well groomed. Mostly smallish greens were receptive but fast and true.I typically draw the ball and found this course does favor the golfer who can fade his ball. I especially found the Par 3s to be very difficult and that I should have used a longer club than expected. I was disappointed with the numerous pitch marks on many of the greens. Also a couple of the greens were a bit bare of grass. Walkers beware of the long distances between some of the holes, expecially going over the bridge and even worse, returning over the bridge. On hot days, strongly recommend a cart.

40. Smackdown | Rated | 05 Jan 2009 | Add A Review

I really do enjoy this course. The walk can be a killer on a hot day but when playing well who cares. Fairways are in great condition and the greens very fast. I suppose I am a little biased in that off the tee if I do make an error I tend to slice a little and here at Eastlake it tends to be a little forgiving but to hell if you hook ! A good course and well worth playing.

41. RABBITSFOR08 | Rated | 31 Dec 2008 | Add A Review

hard course, difficult to walk in good condition….....all in all a good day until i login to golflink to find that an arrogant member NCR’s my card…......it wasn’t a handicap breaking score but i would still like a record of all my scores to put into the golflink mates program…...not for some idiot to decide what im going to do

42. andresucho54 | Rated | 15 Oct 2008 | Add A Review

I am a member at Eastlake and have to say that the golf course has never been in better shape, i played last week and te whole course was looking superb, greens wer fast and true but fair as well, the fairways, even though they are a bit tight are in great condition as well. There are some great holes like the newly renovated 5th and 7th holes, the 13th is also a great and very tough par 3, miss right and you’re f$ed, miss left and you’re triple f%ed, this is a great course that demands accuracy from tee to green and if you dont have it you can make big big numbers.

The only things i dont like about eastlake myself is 1.the pace of play, 2. Non educated golfers often play eastlake and dont fix either the divots or pitch marks (please put some “fix your mark and one more” signs in the greens) and 3. The way they cut the holes, so unproffesional, I really like the work that the green keepers have done but to be honest they dont know how to cut a hole, some dont even look like holes, sometimes they look like ovals or squares!!! Often the edges cover the hole making the hole smaller, seriously!! This actually is my biggest complaint to my home club, which although has improved tremendously, they have to start cutting the holes better, please!!!!!

43. Smackdown | Rated | 30 Aug 2008 | Add A Review

I just LOVE this course , fantastic layout and very challenging …... Good greens , fairways in OK condition and good people all around ….

44. GunnerGolf | Rated | 29 Jun 2008 | Add A Review

A nice course but let down by the number of people they let on to the course. Fair enough they need to make money, but it took 2 1/2 hours for the first nine holes and we had to stop on the 15th because it was too dark to play on. Very disappointing as we were enjoying the layout of the course and the condition was good. I would have given a higher rating without this. Maybe we will return if we can get an earlier tee time. Nice innovation to include a bar voucher with the green fee.

45. golfngolf | Rated | 02 Jun 2008 | Add A Review

$42 dollars: Review from this site led me and my buddies to play at Eastlake on 31 May 08. What a disappointment, I find Eastlake way overrated with subpar quality fairways and lots of ball marks on most greens. Also, I was frustrated to see several 5 to 6 sums playing together causing very long delay. I think Eastlake needs a course marshal to control and govern the speed of play on weekends. So, be aware of playing at Eastlake on weekends.

46. MJR | Rated | 07 Apr 2008 | Add A Review

It appears that a bridge is currently being built over Wentworth Ave which will be a big improvement by finally eliminating the dangerous cross!

47. Funky | Rated | 22 Jan 2008 | Add A Review

Great Course. Fairways in excellent condition. To save on water, they’ve obviously cut back on watering a little off the rough, and close to the greens.

Green’s are generally pretty fast, in great condition, making challenging putts. in places.

The course feels fairly short, not having too many long par 4’s.

48. kizza | Rated | 10 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

This course has improved amazingly since I first played it five years ago. Much fewer sandy areas and excellent conditition fairways are a couple of the big improvements i noticed when I played there last week. Definitely will be back.

49. johng | Rated | 18 Nov 2007 | Add A Review

Played for the first time the other day, was impressed. Condition of the course was very good, nice fairways, tee boxes and greens. First couple of par4s were quite short. Wind picked up on the back nine and 9 of the last 10 holes were into the wind (and a very strong wind as well) making it a stern test of strategic golf.

The par 3 13th is a tough hole, especially with the wind howling. Try not to meltdown and put 2 in the drink like I did.

Course could do with some signs saying where to go, especially when you have to cross the road after the 5th which is quite dangerous as it is a busy dual carriageway, not to mention trekking up that monster hill to the 6th tee.

All in all, will be back again. 3.5 out of 5

50. jwally | Rated | 03 Jul 2007 | Add A Review

i have played the course a few times & i do like the layout. the condition is usually good with some great holes . it can be a good test of golf once the wind picks up . the 1 big draw back for me is the amount of people that are allowed onto the course . on 2 seperate occasions , i have been unable to finish a round due to running out of daylight . finishing 14 holes in 5 hours .

51. everton4ever | Rated | 10 Apr 2007 | Add A Review

played here today and thought the course from the tees to the fairways and greens were in exellent condition on par with moore park for sure. staff are a lot friendlier as well ! the only problem was the lay out of the course was confusing there are no directions from most of the holes and with no map on the scorecard you become a little lost unfortunately we could not find the 10th and lost a hole in the round it really wouldn’t be to hard to put a few stakes in the ground here and there to direct you around. apart from that i would highly recommend a hit here for sure

52. thedoongolfer | Rated | 08 Mar 2007 | Add A Review

Played here the other week after not playing for several years and couldnt believe how well the course was presented. The greens, tees and fairways were in amazing condition, the only let down was how long it took to play and having to cross wentworth avenue twice!!

53. Golf-Newbie | Rated | 03 Feb 2007 | Add A Review

Hi guys, played here with a friend on last tuesday (30 january 07).

My comment is :

the fairway pretty good condition with some tricky par 5.

paid $22.50 for student price which a good deal for 18 holes on weekday (includes $2.5 bar voucher).

Would definetely play again there.

I would rate them 4 out of 5 star.

Personally Im happy with the course and would recommend people to give a shoot.

Cheers,

Dave

ISG Member : "SBY007"

54. Canopener | Rated | 16 Jan 2007 | Add A Review

I think this course turns out better than some reviewers are suggesting, its no resort course but it is a good length, in reasonable condition, in a central location and quite affordable.

Would i play there again... if the numbers were restricted... this course is second busiest in the area behind moore park. Tell your wife you'll be atleast 6 hours just to be safe!!

55. paulpat | Rated | 15 Dec 2006 | Add A Review

Firstly allow me to introduce myself. My name is Paul Paterson and I am the General Manager of Eastlake. I have just read the previous review by KJGreen and I felt I had to comment. Over the past 18 months we have invested a great deal of time, effort and money into the course, including the mentioned irrigation system and we have also completely changed the Golf Maintainance team. Our course has been getting some excellent reviews and the feedback on the course is that it is now the best it has ever been. This is backed up by the increasing amount of golfers who are now joining. Indeed for the first time in history we are nearing membership capacity.

KJGreen as you have not played the course in nearly two years (the irrigation system went in July 2005) I would like to personally invite you and three friends to Eastlake for a game, with my compliments and all that I ask in return is for you to review the course again after your game. I am confident that you will find our course worthy of at least 4 stars!

Regards,

Paul Paterson.

56. kjgreen | Rated | 12 Dec 2006 | Add A Review

after reading some of the reviews on here i felt i had to write one of my own , how anyone can give this course 5 stars is surprising to say the least , i can only think they either work in the pro shop or are on the board of directors , admitedly i have not played there since the new irrigation has been installed but this course does not deserve 5 stars , i would struggle to give it 4 on its best day , like a lot of people have said it can take up to 5-6 hours for a round and that is un-acceptable in anyones language , the course itself is ok one week and dodgy the next , i have never played there where it has been the same week to week, one week the greens are nice and fast , the next slow and bumpy , eve when the was no drought the fairways were ordinary , the two new holes are really good but the par 5 feels like it belongs on another course , it is totally different to the rest of the course , all in all it would take a lot to get me back to this course , oh and if your thinking if i did not like it why did i keep going back there it was because my friends were members and i just played with them till they left there and joined my course

57. slipperygrip | Rated | 30 Oct 2006 | Add A Review

Played today in calm conditions, mid week, $34, first one up following members comp, was called through a few times which meant a 3h45min round which was pretty good.

Course in good condition, although a little dry but can hardly mark it down due to drought.

Greens played well, some well placed water hazards brought me undone a couple of times, and some interesting holes.

To get 4 stars it needs to be a bit longer as some of the par 4s at less than 300m were a bit easy if you are able to hit a 2/3 iron 180-210m reasonably straight

Enjoyed myself though.

58. | Rated | 30 May 2006 | Add A Review

This course is in a great position, right in the middle of the Botany Wetlands and close to the CBD and airport. The course itself is in fantastic condition. The fairways are lush and the greens are quick and putt very true. Compared to its more expensive neighbours (namely the Lakes and Bonnie Doon), Eastklake represents excellent value for money and the Club offers very flexible membership deals too! Go have a game and see for yourself!

59. paulpat | Rated | 30 May 2006 | Add A Review

This course is in a great position, right in the middle of the Botany Wetlands and close to the CBD and airport. The course itself is in fantastic condition. The fairways are lush and the greens are quick and putt very true. Compared to its more expensive neighbours (namely the Lakes and Bonnie Doon), Eastklake represents excellent value for money and the Club offers very flexible membership deals too! Go have a game and see for yourself!

60. allenro | Rated | 22 May 2006 | Add A Review

Having played here previously and come away with a sour taste from the poor quality of the course on several holes, I was hesitant at playing another round on what I thought would be rough fairways, uncut greens and generally a an unkempt course.

After 3 holes I was quickly thinking how nice the course had come up (relatively quick greens and lush fairways)

The addition of the new quality holes at the back (although very different fairways, greens and bunkering to the rest of them) was a pleasant change.

It seems the managers had taken note of the indifferent reviews the course had been recieving and have really made an effort to make tee boxes and fairways flat and clean.

A great afternoon and ill be back if the course stays like it is.

Club house has beer so Im happy with

61. waylow | Rated | 13 May 2006 | Add A Review

Played here this afternoon, and enjoyed it more than last time!!

The course is in top condition, the only thing letting it down is the crowds. I skipped a few holes not wanting to be walking back in the dark.

My advice is to start early to avoid the crowds.

Excellent vaule for money, at only $25 on the weekend.

Will be joining as a member on Monday, as part of their pay by the month plan that is going at the moment.

Do yourself a favour and get down and have a round, you wont be dissapointed!

62. badboy | Rated | 12 May 2006 | Add A Review

Played a social round here on a windy Sunday morning recently - the front nine took 3 hours, the back nine, mercifully, 2 hours.

The first thing to be said about this course is that it is not easy - there are some VERY challenging holes to be had - the hardest holes in my opinion being:-

No 5, a long par 5 with a blind tee shot over a hill, then up onto a very elevated green which you will curse (as all our party did) if the wind is blowing as you are likely to find your ball rolling straight back towards you off the sloping green.

No 8, another par 5 -500 metres - very long and tiring and lots of fairway bunkers perfectly placed.

No 13, a very tricky par 3 shooting up onto another small, elevated green with trouble on every side of it.

To sum up - it's a challenging course that forces you to think hard about most of your shots, a bit sandy in places, hilly and consequently feels a LOT longer than it is. The clubhouse lets this place down badly though - has the feel of a very downmarket RSL about it. Oh well.

63. q-tip | Rated | 04 May 2006 | Add A Review

Now measures 5853m Par 72 from the back plates (and 5203m Par 72 from the social plates) with four Par 3s ranging from 160-205m, 10 Par 4s ranging from 250-400m and 4 Par 5s ranging from 455-520m. The greens were a little 2-paced some slow some quicker than slow, but not lightning quick. I quite liked the bunkers that protect most greens, and the teebeds were quite nice with mostly flat lies, while the fairways are rarely green here with bare places ñ but always looking better than the last time you visited.

The course now has nine holes on each side of Wentworth Avenue. Very linear layout, with the north side 9 holes having no more than 2 fairways width across. Best holes here are over the road (be very careful when crossing). They offer more challenge, a few doglegs, and a lot of water (though not necessarily in play). The 385m Par 4 7th is little tease with the narrowest driving tee on the course, that sweeps to the right with water/scrubs over back of green and water right, with 2 bunkers left of the smallish tiered green. Par 5s here do not get my respect, but the par 3s do. The 174m Par 3 hole 8B is little tricky into the wind, as is 160m 13th which is my favourite ñ with elevated tiered green on downward slope to the Botany Wetlands, a very small landing area of green to work with.

Played here 4/5/06 with good value for green fees $20 after midday (M-Th) and around $30 for a cart. Pretty average clubhouse though.

64. stepho | Rated | 20 Apr 2006 | Add A Review

Due to the new irrigation system the course has greatly improved. However, the greens and bunkers leave a lot to be desired. The 2 new holes do not accommodate the middle to higher marker and one hole in particular is very poorly designed. The club is continuing to make some progression with the clubhouse surroungs. When the greens and bunkers are re-done and in a professional way then then the course will be dramatically improved.

65. Golferone | Rated | 15 Apr 2006 | Add A Review

I think the last comment is harsh and ignorant. Every golf course has to core greens! To not play again because of this is a big mistake. I played today and I though the course was excellent! All the sandy areas from the past have gone, the fairways are superb, the Clubhouse surrounds are now manicured and overall the course is the best I have ever seen it. The amout of work that has gone into the course over the last 6 months is ac redit to the team at Eastlake. This course now muist be rated as one of the best ion Sydney. I certainly will be back. My next game is April 29th for the Amatuer Open. By then the course will be at its very best.

66. littlemodels | Rated | 10 Apr 2006 | Add A Review

I had not played at Eastlakes for several years but I had fond memories as was expecting a half decent round.

I rocked up to the first tee, hit a nice 3 iron to within 50m and then hit a nice pw punch shot at the flag expecting some backspin. I was left in horror as my ball bounced once and kept on rolling. I walked up to the green to find the greens had been cored.

This was the start of my horror round. The greens had more sand than grass and had the speed of my backyard. I three putted on the first four holes and had hit my handicap by the time I hit hole 5.

I will never go back to this course again as I would have expected the proshop to tell me if the greens had been cored recently.

The only upside was that I played better on the backnine as I had become accustomed to the slow greens and

67. grantss | Rated | 01 Jan 2006 | Add A Review

About the only positive thing I can say about Eastlake is that it is cheap to play. Their business management is clearly innovative, hence the Pay as you Play membership option (if only all golf clubs were so sensible).

However, the course itself leaves a lot to be desired. The course is not very scenic, and is fairly easy: five of the par 4s are shorter than 270m. Plus the fairways are poorly maintained.

And the icing on the cake - having to cross all four lanes of Wentworth Rd to get to the far side of the course, with a buggie in tow. And then having to do it all again to get back. I can do without dodging cars and trucks while playing golf.

68. tomikeda | Rated | 05 Dec 2005 | Add A Review

The course is ok, but what is really lacking is administration. They are just trying to get as many people through as possible. Delayed 24 minutes for tee off, took 3 hours and 10 minutes to play the front nine and after 14 holes, it was 4 hours and 10 minutes and we walked off as 18 holes would have taken 6 hours. Waiting on every hole, no tournament that day so inexcusable for slow golf, no marshals, just slow slow golf. May cost only $36, but you will pay for it with your time.

69. xtanda | Rated | 11 Oct 2005 | Add A Review

With the new sprinkler system, the course is significantly improved. You can feel the fairway is very soft now.

This course has plenty of space, not that kind of course where all the hole are jammed packed near each other very closely. So, pulling a buggy is quite a good exercise. If you want convenience, book the electric cart which now is installed with GPS.

Also, they have 2 new good holes to try !

Just need to be careful when cross the road between 13th and 14th / 6th and 7th - it's not their fault. The local council reject the proposal to built a bridge. I heard they took the matter to court while preparing also the tunnel alternative.

Great fun here !!

70. flipper78 | Rated | 28 Sep 2005 | Add A Review

I played here for the first time on Sept 18 and I am very impressed with this course. I had seen the course from a distance whenever I have played The Lakes and it was also recommended to me by a guy at work. They have just put in some new drainage systems on basically every hole, so there is a little bit of GUR to deal with but it is very minimal. The greens were superb and one of the best I have putted on this year. It is a pretty long course layout in regards to design but that is mainly due to the location and land restrictions.

While most of the holes are memorable for me, my favourites are the 8th, 12th, 13th and 15th.
* 8th - A par 5 of reasonable length with plenty of bunkers to avoid. Needs two good hits to get close to the green. Large, undulating green makes it interesting to putt on.
*12th - Another par 5 that is quite long at 513m. It starts off pretty flat before you reach the elevated green which also slopes away on the left.
*13th - Their signature hole, Uphill, par 3 with water left and trouble right and long of the green.
*15th - The last par 5. This (along with the 7th hole) would be the most picturesque holes on the course. It is a pretty short par 5 at 454m off an elevated tee, but there is water left and trees right. The fairway is also narrow and slopes to the left.

All in all, this will definitely be a course that I will not hesitate in visiting again and we are looking to book it for a game with our social club next year.

71. | Rated | 06 Aug 2005 | Add A Review

I have just played my first game at Eastlake and was very pleasantly surprised. The general condition of the course was excellent and the greens were the best I have played in this area.

The staff at the Club were very friendly and helpful, in the Pro Shop and in the bar afterwards. The Clubhouse was a bit old fashioned but I hear that they are going to renovate it soon. I had been looking for a course to join and they have a new membership where the joining fee is only $300!! You can also pay in installments, which is helpful. I am going to join, you can’t join a Club this good for that price anywhere…

72. Golferone | Rated | 06 Aug 2005 | Add A Review

I have just played my first game at Eastlake and was very pleasantly surprised. The general condition of the course was excellent and the greens were the best I have played in this area.

The staff at the Club were very friendly and helpful, in the Pro Shop and in the bar afterwards. The Clubhouse was a bit old fashioned but I hear that they are going to renovate it soon. I had been looking for a course to join and they have a new membership where the joining fee is only $300!! You can also pay in installments, which is helpful. I am going to join, you can't join a Club this good for that price anywhere...

73. Golferone | Rated | 06 Aug 2005 | Add A Review

I am a regular player at Eastlake and I have been very impressed with the changes being made atr Eastlake. Over the past few months the condition of the course has improved out of sight! The greens are great! The new irrigation is now in place and will make a good course even better.

I can't wait for the new holes to be opened, I think in September, they look really good.

If you play here after 11.00 on Monday to Thursday they only change you $19!! What a deal!!

If you havent played here recently I recommend that you come give it a go...

74. raynman | Rated | 01 Jul 2005 | Add A Review

The course is looking as good as it has for years atm.

Last time I played here (only 3 months ago) the course was in terrible condition and I swore to myself I wouldnt hurry back. Im glad I did though...

This time round most of the redevelopment is finsihed and now doesnt affect play on the current layout. The fairways were lush and in particulry good condition once you cross the road on holes 7-14.

The greens were all in good nick although soft/slow today, but that was only because of the rain we have had over the last few days. All in all they were a pleasure to putt on.

The dangerous freeway crossing is still a factor (as mentioned below) and will be until they constuct a bridge.

One thing you will find is a great variety on this course. Great mix of links and Parkland Holes, And this will only become better as the new resort style holes (behind the halfway house) look like there almost ready for play.

Payed : $33.00 for 18 holes (midweek)

Time took : 5hrs (foursome)

75. tedjohns | Rated | 30 Dec 2004 | Add A Review

This is a challenging course for all levels of players. It features nice fairways and a variety of holes. If you are not careful you can say goodbye to your ball, either into the water or into the long rough.

However crossing to the other side to the 7th hole is far too dangerous as cars and trucks are travelling at least 70km/ hour. This is a hugh saftey issue.

The other main issue in which I agree with other reviews is they always tend to overbook, which causes delays on especially the 2nd and 3rd holes. I have played there numerous times and have finished 18 holes in over 5 ½ hours. This is not good and frustrating.

Overall, I would recommend other course nearby such as The Coast or Moore Park which are the same price and much more superior.

76. johnny1888 | Rated | 01 Nov 2004 | Add A Review

I like this course, but in many ways it could be better. Firstly, they tend to overbook vistors meaning that you will have to wait 10-15 mins on each hole until the groups in front clear. This is particulary prominent on the first few holes because they are short. Our round took over 5 hours - way too long!

Another thing is that you have to cross over a busy dual carraigeway twice to reach the far end of the course. Not for the faint-hearted and really a disgrace that they haven't built a footbridge. It's a matter of time before some comes a cropper there.

The actual course is pretty good. The rough is kinda sand based which is a pain in the back-side.

All-in-all I will return!

77. gazstaf | Rated | 15 Oct 2004 | Add A Review

I've been playing this course for more than 15years and it has improved dramaticly over the past 5 years. For any one visiting Sydney and wants to test their golf over what on paper seems a shortish course give it a go. The city views from the top of the 370mtr par 4 seventh are spectacular, to the monster 513mtr 12th usually into the nor'easter then the tight 160mtr 13th up-hill into the wind across the lake is I think one of the hardest par 3s in the city, and when you think your nearly there, the 17th awaits, 204mtr par3 water down the left index 2 and guess what into the wind again. A great test so do yourself a favour and try a real test of golf. Paul Gow won the open a few years ago and see how he's gone.

78. supercool | Rated | 06 Jul 2004 | Add A Review

I played at this course last year with my farther and mate. We decided to go on a late sunday afternon. With a storm brewing and wind picking up I had a bad feeling. The greenfeas were good. And when I looked at the scorecard I thought only a short course ay...To my mistake.

This course is very tricky in windy condtions. There is plenty of water to contend with and if your not up the middle 'like I was' you will have long day.

The backnine is even more windy!...Teas are elavated...wind holwing in your face on most.

The greens tended to be medium. Fairways were barron and on angles.

Although this course is fun to play, when ever you play there. I would like to get back there soon...

79. aiyah | Rated | 14 Jul 2003 | Add A Review

This course is in very good condition at the moment, most particularly the greens. The course is a little on the short side, but offers a great variety of holes. Located on Sydney's sandbelt area, sharing locale with such courses as The Lakes, Bonnie Doon and The Australian GC. Water and strategic sand traps come into play on many holes.

This is a course that I feel is a bit underrated by the previous two reviews.

80. tbbob | Rated | 01 Apr 2003 | Add A Review

I have now played the course a few times and am yet to master the wind on the back 9.

Slightly forgiving if you slice, but if you hook (right handers), you will be in trouble on most holes.

Greens are in good nick but some of the fairways could be improved.

81. andrew14966 | Rated | 29 Dec 2002 | Add A Review

Windy & firm. 1 or 2 good par 3's, but generally a little too short.

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