Of these two clubs, which are located within blocks of each other, the Lakes enjoys greater prestige because it has hosted the Australian Open (1992). Play began in 1929, but in 1967 Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge had to redesign the course completely to accommodate the Southern Cross Freeway. The eleven holes north of the freeway feature the lakes that give the course its name, and water presents a major hazard on each of the par fives on eleven, fourteen and seventeen.
Bonnie Doon's original course was built in 1897 (it's moved twice since then). The present course, finished in 1950, is less punitive than the Lakes and is really two courses in one. After playing the first ten holes on kikuyu fairways, golfers cross Heffron Road and encounter sand hills covered with some couch in the fairway and natural grasses and scrub pine everywhere else. Ross Watson remodeled six holes on the back in 1995 (eleven through sixteen). The thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth are all uphill par fours, and the 333-yard seventeenth, with a giant dune on the left and trees on the right, is a ticklish challenge that from the green yields a round-stopping view of the Sydney skyline.
Par & Yardage:73, 6,692 (Lakes); 71, 6,497 (Bonnie Doon)
How To Get A Tee Time: The Lakes restricts unaccompanied visitors to Monday and Thursday. It's best to write or fax at least two weeks ahead of time. Bonnie Doon isn't quite so restrictive; a phone call may reveal that the course is available to outside play that day. But you should prebook if possible.
Phone: 011-61-2-9669-1311 (Lakes); 011-61-2-9349-2101 (Bonnie Doon)
Fax: 011-61-2-9669-6206 (Lakes); 011-61-2-9314-1474 (Bonnie Doon)
Contact: General Manager Graham Christian (Lakes); General Manager Noel Simmons (Bonnie Doon)
Greens Fees: $87; $40
Location: :Fifteen to twenty minutes south of downtown Sydney, just east of the airport
Nearby Courses: Adjacent to the Lakes is Eastlake Golf Club, a popular, public par-seventy-one parkland course of 6,061 yards that offers the best chance of outside play on weekdays. About five minutes north of Eastlake is the course closest to central Sydney, Moore Park Golf Club, a 6,304-yard par-seventy public facility with three-tiered driving range. These two may be the busiest courses in Sydney, but Moore Park offers the best views of its skyline.