Played in the Monday Open Competion on 22 Dec 2008. This is an
outstanding value at $45. I had an excellent golf experience! The
course is challenging. The greens are tiny. Overall condition is
The Most OVER-RATED Golf Club In Sydney.
Repetitive style holes and too many shrubs.
Black snakes were even spotted, so if your ball goes in the
shrubs, leave it and pull out another.
Won't be here anytime soon.
Green fee is over-priced.
Played in the Open comp Mon 03 Nov 08. Great course and good
value at $45, which is 1/2 the normal green fees. Teed off
1000am, Got around in under 4-hours, very relaxing with no hold
ups and/or no one up our back sides (and the groups in front
& behind had carts, we walked). And I only lost x1 ball. Very
fast greens which I need more practice on. 31-points for first
visit V happy, will play in the Monday comp again.
Having read the reviews above, I went to play in the Bonnie Doon
open comp with mixed expectations. The comp fee of $45 was half
the normal green fee and at the end of the round I was chuffed
with the value. The course was in unbelievable condition (with
the exception of a couple of greens), the par 3’s in
particular were impressive and the greens in general were hard,
fast and extremely challenging. All of my group loved the course,
loved the layout and enjoyed the experience in general.
I can’t wait to head back and play in the open competition
again. Word to the wise, if you don’t rate your fitness
– get a cart, the course is built on some big hills!
Bonnie Doon is a VERY nice course, fairways and tee beds are in
Having said that, I think it is overpriced. I like to judge a
course on quality and value for money. Compared to some of the
cheaper courses in Sydney, Bonnie Doon doesn't really rate
well in this regard.
Standout hole for me was the par 3 2nd?(I think it was the
I found the holes on the back nine across the road a bit boring.
This is a very tough course, especially into the wind, I was
playing driver, 3 wood and still pulling up short of some of the
par 4's into the wind!
Overall its a nice course, but I won't be back, its just too
expensive for what you get.
Better off to go to Eastlake!
Played this course for the first time on a Tuesday (open day),
after a very wet weekend in Sydney.
Unbelievably, the course played beautifully dry with the greens
slower than its preceeding reputation suggested. Tight fairways,
tree lined and thick long grass need to be dealt with with
flawless precision. Hit the ball into the long grass munster and
forget about getting it back.
The 17th is as gorgeous as they say.
Hills and valleys provide a good excercise for walkers. Even saw
some black cuckatoos for the first time on a golf course,
munching away on the pine cones.
At $90, it is asking for a lot, but being smack bang in the
middle of Sydney, it was well worth the RDO!
Do yourselves a favour...
I had Been looking forward to playing here for years. Sadly,The
only thing more out of proportion than the members ego's are
the green fees at this club.
The staff in the clubhouse were absoulety terrible. Unless you
are a member of the club you may aswell be invisable.
The arrogance of the two guys (I use the term loosely) behind the
bar today was ridicoulous.
They attempted to make four grown men feel like children simply
because we simply asked if they had a cigarette machine in the
You would expect alot more from the Operation after forking out
almost $100 for a so called, 5 star "Championship"
Basically a good days golf but all in all and awful day had by
I found nothing special here at this course I cant find next door
at Eastlakes (for almost a 1/3 of the price)
Won't ever be back unless I have to for a comp.
Bonnie Doon GC is nearby the Lakes and Eastlakes golf courses and
is an interesting layout which is not overly long but requires
plenty of strategic tee shots given the hilly and undulating
fairways. It has plenty of bunkers and as a semi-private course
can be played by visitors with an AGU handicap. However, the open
day fees are quite high at ~$50 so this is one course most
outside golfers may avoid playing.
Bonnie Doon plays similarly to Eastlakes with similar greens and
sandy rough and can be a tough test with the wind blowing. I do
not regret playing this course, if only for the one time as I
enjoyed the professional setup of the course, particularly the
lush fairways and the greens and bunkers played fairly. Bonnie
Doon GC is a fair test of golf for the average golfer and is a
pleasant walk too.
Well what a waste of time that was, from the time I got to the
pro shop to be told my dress was unacceptable (which was odd as I
was wearing the same as at least a dozen of the members on the
practise green ) to the time I had to fork over 40 bucks to play
on a relatively plain course which had 60 percent of the fairways
looking like they where about to die, I could not believe it was
not a tee through the green rule and when you got to the green
they where slow and bumpy, would not be in a hurry to play again
unless things change there a bit.
A nice course, but yes, lots of straight holes that play down to
the fairway and up to the green. After a while you don't
really know what hole you are one.
A few really good hole such as the 17th, which is one of the best
in the country, but the rest are forgettable.
Bonnie Doon is a lovely, sand based Sydney course that rates in
Australia's top 100.
It's not overly long, but many of the greens are small &
when the wind picks up (which it often does) it's quite a
One thing that you will notice is that a lot of the holes play
from an elevated tee, down into a valley then back up again to an
elevated green. This puts alot of pressure on your approach
shots, especially to the par 4's.
Quite a few of the fairways run parallel to each other. (1,4,8,18
& 9 near the clubhouse & 11,13,14,15 on the other side of
the road). This may seem like it would make the course boring,
but the holes all have great charactor & are each enjoyable
in their own right.
Stand out holes include the 2nd, a 178m par 3 with minimal views
of the green & the returning par 4's, the 8th (yes, 8th)
& the 18th, both requiring long, straight golf.
The 17th is a lovely par 4, at only 298m it's a gem. The
drive is up hill with a large, native grassed hill on the left
falling away to trees on the right of the fairway. The very small
green is built into the side of the hill with 2 bunkers guarding
the front of the green. The hole really only requires a long iron
off the tee & a wedge to the green, but it could make or
break a round. You stand on the tee with a definite possibility
of a 3, but could quite easily walk off with a 6. Every course
should have a hole like this close to home.
Bonnie Doon has an open day every Monday for those who are
members of an AGU club & have a handicap. It's well worth
a day out.
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