New South Wales Golf Club

Sydney, NSW | User Rating: Rate-4 (4.5) | Add A Review

That it recovered its reputation was a matter of importance to golf in Australia because it is such a significant course and as conditions improved the club became the most sought after membership in Sydney. It is the closest we have to the brand of golf made famous by the links at Pebble Beach and for those who love raw golf where the chances of fighting a battering wind are high, it is the greatest thrill in Australia.

The New South Wales Golf Club is a private members only golf club does not offer 7 day a week public access times. Subject to special events, they do, however, allow limited public access during weekdays only. No weekend times are available unless invited by a member. Bookings are essential.


  • Name: New South Wales Golf Club
  • Region: Sydney, NSW
  • Address: Anzac Parade
    Sydney, 2036, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Proshop: (02) 9311 2573
  • General: (02) 9661 4455
  • Holes: 18
  • Metres: 6227m
  • Par: 72
1. JLyras3165 | Rated | 19 Feb 2015 | Add A Review

Played NSW in a Vardon event on the 14th Feb and had an enjoyable day. Course was in fantastic condition and the first thing you notice from the clubhouse is the 360 degree view of surrounding Botany Bay, the CBD and the Tasman Sea. Another interesting feature is the use of the square tee boxes, somewhat similar to most American courses. The practice facilities are first class with 2 putting greens and chipping green and full 260m practice range. Once out on the golf course, its you and NSW in all of its beauty. Once you pass the 3rd green, the course starts to open up to the links style game required to be successful at NSW. The 5th is possibly the most photographed par 5 in the country, plunging downhill to the green, the 6th is the most stunning par 3 in the country and the par 4 7th is one of the most difficult 390m holes in the country. Most of the back 9 is superb, starting at the 10th playing towards the south with a heavily bunkered green. The 11th, a stunning downhill par 3 with panoramic views. The par 5 12th with a hill to carry at 235m to give yourself a realistic chance at reaching the green in two. The 13th, dogleg left par 4 with an infinity green with the backdrop of Port Phillip Head. the 14th across the chasm playing alongside the beach. The 15th, one of the toughest driving holes in the country. The 16th a brutal 410m dogleg par 4 followed by the 155m par 3 17th, which is one of the most difficult par 3s in the country if played into the wind. This holes gave up a load of big numbers during the vardon event. Lastly, the par 5 18th with the huge hill to the left of the green to seat the thousands of spectators at the Aussie Open. All in all, if I were to give one tip, if you’re not confident with Driver, don’t hit it.


  • Fairways
  • Tees
  • Bunkers were superb
  • The views


  • Greens were lightly cored the week before
2. Table_talk88 | Rated | 11 Feb 2014 | Add A Review

Great track, managed to get on early morning so did not have the full extent of the wind until later in the back 9. Love how the course plays 2 different ways through the front and back, mixes up the scenery.

Would rate it just ahead of NSWGC due to the fact it favoured my golfing style.


  • clubhouse
  • variety of the holes

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3. Pemby2810 | Rated | 13 Aug 2013 | Add A Review

This course was designed by Alister MacKenzie who co designed Augusta National and Royal Melbourne.NSW is a good old fashioned Links golf course,you could be in Scotland playing in the British Open,it is in pristine condition and should only be attempted to be played by the serious golfer.The welcome you receive on arrival is heart warming the Professional desribed the course as "the beauty and the beast" and that says it all.I am sure every day you play it the course will be different,it showed its teeth when we played with winds well in excess of 45 MPH,we saw even the loacl members taking their carts back to the clubhouse mid round !The signature hole is the par 3 6th,take a walk over the small foot bridge and see where the Pros play from.This is a serious golf course for serious golfers,it was $190 per person with carts on top so only to be played if your a serious aficionado of golf.

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4. ballboy | Rated | 17 Feb 2013 | Add A Review

NSW is one of those course you know will struggle from time to time at but you dont care cause it is the most natural & prefect place to play. You cant always get what you want so i was happy with a very stiff southerly & rain that was just waiting for a change of the wind which glady did not happen. When the wind does blow you know that it will be constant from the one direction & you can get a feel for it. The fairways were perfect & with not much rough which made sense so good shots that were affected by the wind & just off the fairway made it fair. If you did get rally wayward there would be no point so if you hit a good shot you would not be punished. The greens which did run very true had alot of unrepaired pitch marks on them & the bunkers which had the natural sand in them were in a poor state but these are easily fixed when you have a club this big & pro active when it comes to the course. Holes 5-7 are the perfect 3 holes for pars of 5,3 & 4, they are so well placed & MacKenzie really did have a good eye for laying out a course. 14 is the classic short par 4 & 15 has one of the best blind drives in golf & when you pull out a good drive on these two it surely cannot get any better. It can be a long walk & it will take it out of you especially if you are being battered by a very strong wind. There are 3 massive rises on the par 5’s & you have to walk up them to see your target. This is golf at its best & it seems mad that there has only been one Australian Open there but with the location the lack of infastructure you can see why. Maybe it is the ultimate hidden gem in Australian golf as it is so secluded & if you were a member that is how you would want it. Now to play on a calm sunny day.

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5. Falcs2 | Rated | 05 Feb 2013 | Add A Review

Anyone rating this course less than a 5 must be spending plenty of time at Augusta.

The course layout, conditioning, and scenery are as good as is gets. I had the fortune to have the course to myself early on a Tuesday morning with calm weather – perfect to enjoy the course at my pace and take in the scenery but not get held up either, and as a added bonus I snuck onto the championship tee for the 6th :)

It wasn’t as daunting as I had imagined (may be a different story in high winds) but definitely a good test of accuracy and distance with plenty of scrubs to eat up wayward shots. Greens were firm and true. Pro shop and club staff were friendly and they also gave a little gift pack which was nice.
Green fees are a lot to cough up but still definitely a course for the golf bucket list!

6. gotoit | Rated | 01 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

If you score well on this course, you know you’ve done it for real. You can’t get away with anything on this course, a miss will become a double in a heartbeat.

The natural setting is unbelievably beautiful – there’s something about hitting a good shot in surrounds like these that makes it all the more memorable.

The best course in Sydney, without doubt.

7. jpscot | Rated | 04 Dec 2012 | Add A Review

Like any course around the world situated along the coastline, If you get lucky with the weather then you will really appreciate this course.
This was my 1st visit to NSW Golf Club and I got a nice warm 30 degree day with a 1-2 club breeze in parts.
I shot 73 off the whites so this review is based more on a Category 1 (A grade) perspective.
NSW golf club is currently rated #5 in Australia’s Top 100 which seems pretty much on the money. Old world clubhouse with old world members prices (BLT was about $9)!
Can I say the Pro shop was excellent. Although I had my own clubs, The hire sets were equipped with modern Titleist, Callaway, Ping Woods and irons. Little things mean a lot and in hindsight, I could have quite easily used the hire set on offer here. Impressed!

The course..
From the clubhouse you are confronted with lovely views of the
1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th and 18th holes with a beautiful ocean backdrop.
For those who haved played some British Open Courses ie; Turnberry, There is a nice ’hallowed turf’ feeling here.

1st hole (short 293m par 4)is a tight opener which gets the nerves jangling right from the outset. Not sure on the stroke index 18 but a nice little opener.
After the quirky 3rd (blind tee shot par 4 with sharp left hand approach),the anticipation moves towards the signature 5th.
5th par 5 468m – You need 260m (back tees) to get the down slope.
If you catch it, there’s a fair chance you will be about 150m out with a nice little 9 iron knock down to set up your eagle chance.
Bring your camera simply to take this picture from the top of the hill. Manicured green with pot bunkers and ocean backdrop.

The 6th is the par 3 signature hole at 185m.
Again get out your camera.
Personally I prefer a par 3 where you can see the bottom of the cup however this is a beautiful setting and worthy of it’s famous reputation.

7 is an uphill par 4, stroke index 2 where I smoked a driver / 5 iron (into a 2 club breeze) to 8 feet and made 3. ( I loved this hole)!
Hole 8 is a strong 505m par 5 (watch out to your left as the 12th runs adjacent and is bloody dangerous )with a blind 2nd however reachable in 2.

9,10 and 11 are fine holes then 12 (refer to previous hole 8) which is a straightaway par 5 at 482m. Probably a good idea for the committee to look at compulsary insurance for all here.
Hole 13,par 4 – 375m. Meanders left softly from the tee then take the camera out again and contemplate the 125m into the middle of the green.
Beautiful golf hole. This is the start of something special.
14 is a Long Iron off the tee with full carry across a revine.
Uphill approach leads to a green with beautiful views overlooking cargo ships travelling through to Botany Bay.

Hole 15 – The most difficult driving hole in the world (372m2)?
After reading the editors review, Can’t say I disagee!
All I can say is bloody tight tee shot…!
After playing Barnbougle Dunes / Lost Farm a month earlier, depending on the wind, this could easily claim to be the hardest hole in the country!
16,17 and 18 are all nice holes which all provide a strong finish. Great test overall.
One for the bucket list.

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8. Kimusubi007 | Rated | 30 Nov 2012 | Add A Review

World Class! Undoubtedly the best course in NSW / Australia. On a different level from the lakes and Royal Sydney.

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9. Ryan83 | Rated | 16 Jul 2012 | Add A Review

Arguably the best course in Sydney in my eyes having played most of the top courses. Conditions where gusty.
Some hole change pending on wind conditions. Par 5’s become 4’s, par 4’s become par 3’s, etc.

When I played here the 11th was a wedge from 157m par 3 and the 12th was driver 6iron to a Par 5.

My playing partners cleaned me out of balls due to the tough conditions. Luckily i only lost 2 balls, for my partners they cleaned me out of a dozen balls.

Would recommend this course to anyone.

10. strone | Rated | 11 Jan 2012 | Add A Review

Played here on JAN 3rd 2012,

It was blowing a gale and the greens had just been mowed and rolled. This place is amazing, I cant wait to get back there and play it again, It is a true test of golf and the wind made it very tough!. I had 30pts playing off 7 and I was happy with that in the extreme wind! I cannot find a bad thing to say about the course, it is a true test of golf in an amazing location!. I had the best golfing experience of my life here!.

Play it any way you can!!

11. golfplayer94 | Rated | 05 Jan 2012 | Add A Review

Played here christmas afternoon was really tough conditions played off the blue tees it was very tough in the wind although great course and excellent ocean views with large greens this course is really world class. its definately one of my favourites.


  • amazing scenery
  • excellent challenge
  • world class course
  • big greens,course is in great condition
  • good facilities


  • super hard in the wind which it gets windy often
  • not a course for begginers especially hard first time playing
12. scenicpeak | Rated | 20 Dec 2011 | Add A Review

Played 12-12-2011

I see there are two reviews on this page less than 5 stars. Bad day?

This is one of the great golf courses in the world. I plan my visits to Sydney simply around being able to play this course as in interstate visitor.

Seriously special.

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13. Bushwood | Rated | 27 Oct 2011 | Add A Review

In Australia, it doesn’t get any better than this course. Do whatever you need to do to play here.

14. lizrdking | Rated | 08 Oct 2011 | Add A Review

World class.

15. EzCal | Rated | 13 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

What can i say? Absolutely Amazing!! Enough said.

16. GPT | Rated | 20 Apr 2011 | Add A Review

Played here probably 20 times over the last 15 years and played again yesterday. Still a great course which really relies on the wind to add some teeth to it , otherwise it’s not a overly difficult course.

17. steveqld | Rated | 24 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

This is the best golf course I have played on in Australia and in fact one of the best I have played on in the world. My experience from driving up to the course, the proshop and the course was excellent. It is thinking mans course where not every shot is a long drive and chip.
If I could play here everyday I would be very happy.

18. champ | Rated | 24 Oct 2010 | Add A Review

Had the pleasure of playing here last week. What a sensational establishment. Quite clearly the finest course NSW has to offer.
Very challenging course that well and truly lives up to the dramatic setting. Green fees are astronomical (as you’d expect) but compared to other world class courses they are aren’t too outlandish – and they do give you a nice gift bag when you arrive.

One thing that really struck me while playing this course was the politeness and decency displayed by every single person there. Whether this is down to the high green fees the expectation of manners brought on by the clubs prestige or intelligent tee-time organisation, I’m not sure. Either way it makes for a very enjoyable, challenging, exhilarating day.

I’m sure it’s been said before here, but if you only visit one course in Sydney, it must surely be NSW.

I’m struggling to think of a negative point for this one… maybe the worst (and only) bad point here is that after a round at NSW, your standard suburban course is going to feel like putt putt.

19. KristianJ | Rated | 05 Oct 2009 | Add A Review

Played here today as an invited guest – worth every cent! Probably not quite as intimidating a course as I’d have imagined, but there was only a light easterly breeze during most of the round.

Greens were slowish due to the recent rain in Sydney, but were still in very good condition. However the fairways had been sanded in the past week so they didn’t look quite as pristine. This didn’t take away from the spectacle, and the need to play wise and thoughtful golf to minimise bogeys.

The signature holes are highlights, and I found the numerous blind tee shots daunting at first, but somewhat straightforward to negotiate with thoughtful positioning off the tee. I can imagine that a windy day would be a far more frustrating experience. Lovely clubhouse and friendly staff/members helped make the visit fun.

All in all, a course that in my opinion deserves its reputation and is the finest I’ve played thus far.

20. wiwegelafr | Rated | 05 Jun 2009 | Add A Review

Probably the finest golf course in NSW, fantastic conditioning/grooming (in preparation for the Aust Open this year), very consistent and impressive putting surfaces, iconic holes next to the coast, demanding/tight Par 4s requiring strategic tee shots.

21. Rowan | Rated | 13 Feb 2009 | Add A Review

love this course, its my favorite in Australia to date. many unique holes that are very special. setting is stunning and its a good test of too. If you get a chance play it.

22. Wood | Rated | 14 Mar 2008 | Add A Review

Had my first game at NSW this week. Had always wanted to play it having seen it on tv and know of the great history. However, I must say I was quite disappointed!! Probably the most over-rated golf course in Sydney. Look their is some spectacular holes I do acknowledge that, ie the 5th, 6th, 16th etc. However all-in-all I found it a bit disappointing. It is not a long course but definately a straight man’s course and very difficult. I thought the sheer number of blind shots makes it quite “mickey mouse.” I don’t mind a couple of blind shots or tees but this course went well overboard. I also thought the upkeep of the course was ok but nothing out of the ordinary. Price tag – they charged me 165 and my overseas guests 270!! I couldn’t believe they get away with charging overseas guests a higher price tag! Was not worth anywhere near the 165 it cost me anyway! I also played The Australian recently which I thought was awesome and walks all over NSW.

23. geoffrey.riordan | Rated | 23 Jul 2007 | Add A Review

Quite simply the best course I have played on. I play several times a year with friends who are members and every hole is interesting and boasts one more more aesthetic highlights.

24. golffa1 | Rated | 21 Apr 2007 | Add A Review

i think this course is a farm, and i was wondering when they were going to let the animals back on it…the hole course should be demolished and sold to investors so they can build apartments on it.. hitting drivers into par 4;s isnt golf its a joke…..

25. greenside1 | Rated | 27 Aug 2006 | Add A Review

that par 3 would actually be the 6th...and i agree, its spectactular.

26. thechopper | Rated | 25 Aug 2006 | Add A Review

Have played all round Aussie and this great course is still the best.

Have played in a gale and in calm conditions, but no matter what the weather it is a great test of golf.

Each hole is unique and a challenge in its own right, except for 18 where the designer must have run out of ideas and said to the developer "plonk down a 500 metre hole with a slightly elevated green, i'm off for a drink"

If you have the chance to play there...GO FOR IT... and if you are not playing off the plates sneek across the bridge on the 7th and play it at its full length (best par 3 i have played)

Same goes for 16, best par 4 I have played

27. q-tip | Rated | 06 May 2006 | Add A Review

A very challenging course that didnít beat me as much as I thought it would. Measures 6232m Par 72 from championship plates (5954m Par 72 from the whites, and 5542m Par 75 for the ladies) with four Par 3s ranging from 150-185m, 10 Par 4s ranging from 295-405m and 4 Par 5s ranging from 470-505m. The teebeds and greens were excellent, with latter having true speed and grain, that is mostly tiered with front running off either to fairway or a hazard. I quite liked the bunker/green complex, and the teebeds were excellent, while the fairways were extremely dry brownish-yellow colour, but had smooth roll for extra length on drive!

Played here 5/5/06 and found the par 5s quite ordinary for such an extraordinary club, with all being 2 shots on green with not much of a challenge. Par 3s were all of similar club from tee, but the 6th island tee is one for the postcard. The par 4s were very challenging (except the 1st which is drivable off the tee). No water in play here except the 6th, but many OOB & natural vegetation typical of links courses to contend with.

Many personal favourite holes here, so you may as well fork out the visitor $145 green fees plus $40 for a cart (as it is quite hilly to walk, but not a heart-stopper) to experience it yourself. Clubhouse and staff are very friendly, which makes up for the cold looks some members may give you. One of the most memorable experiences of golf in my lifetime.

28. grmas | Rated | 14 Jan 2006 | Add A Review

Well I had the pleasure of playing this great course just before Christmas. I will never forget it, The Greatest Golf Course I have ever played on. Scenery was sensational, Course was in excellent condition & and the sense of tradition in the place was awesome. I played in benign conditions and played ok but I could see how the weather could turn this great course into a monster. This is a must play golf course for every golfer in the world sometime in their lifetime.

29. flipper78 | Rated | 13 Apr 2005 | Add A Review

We played here yesterday in a corporate day. The weather looked ominous, but thankfully it held off and we only received a couple of drops of rain. No matter how good or bad you are playing, any time you are playing at NSW is a good day!!

The greens are slick and true. The fairways are spongy and in perfect condition.

Being good off the tee is a big, big help. Having to hit over trees and scrub on holes like 3, 14 and 16 will be a challenge if you struggle with the driver.

The 5th is a magic hole. Stand on top of the hill on this hole and take in the views.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

30. ciswicrol | Rated | 14 Jul 2003 | Add A Review

Stunning views, wonderful golf course and close to the city. NSW is the categorically the best course in sydney and ranks alongside Royal Melbourne West and Kingston Heath as the three best courses in the country.

The view as you crest the ridge on the Par five fifth will steal your breath away. A very memorable place to play.

31. mort | Rated | 22 Jan 2003 | Add A Review

I'm always wondering what the weather will be like when playing New South. You secretly hope that it blows hard so the course beats you to death but you're thankful when it doesn't.

I can't think of to many courses where scoring well exhilarates you more, you know you've played well if you score well here. You have to do it with every club in the bag.

Clubhouse staff are always friendly to the visitor which is great at a private club.

32. andrew14966 | Rated | 27 Dec 2002 | Add A Review

Probably the best course in Sydney.

Standing on the hill at the 5th, the views are breathtaking. Then they ask you to play a par 3 across the ocean at the 6th. All opened with a delightful short par 4 to get you in a good mood.

The greens are small & fast, and some of the fairways are quite tight due to the scrub.

If you get a chance to play one course in Sydney, then this should be it.

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