Elanora Country Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6054 M
9 Reviews
This course was spectacular! Great to look at and great to play. All aspects of the course were in great condition, even though Sydney is in a massive drought. I really hope they managed to keep this course going! Absolutely, a hidden gem!
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golf mind
One of the best looking courses I've ever played. Pristine throughout, particularly holes 9 and 15.
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What a great course. I was lucky enough to have a round here recently with a cart (there are more than a few ups and downs in topography). You would expect a top course rated at 42 in Aust and the course lives up to its rating. The one surprise I did get was friendliness of pretty much everyone I spoke to on the day. From the pro shop staff to the members there, everyone was warm and inviting. If you get the chance, this one is definitely on the must play list.
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There has been a few changes at Elanora which now measures 6264m Par 72 (blue plates) with four par 4s ranging from 122-194m, ten par 4s ranging from 281-401m and four par 5s ranging from 496-534m. I know the rankings of Australia's courses are an imperfect way of measuring architectural merit, as Australian Golf Digest (March 2012) ranks Elanora #42 in Australia and #5 in Sydney (behind only NSW, The Lakes, The Australian and Royal Sydney), but they are a reasonable guide to use This layout is very impressive and boasts a mixture of Windsor Green & Wintergreen couch grass fairways and teebeds which are still quite lush and green during the beginning of winter in this rather wet 2012 year. The course has medium-to-large sized Penn A-1 bentgrass greens which are smooth, undulating and well-paced. Every hole is bunkered with a total of 63 bunkers on the course. There are a few water hazards: at the 2nd green, short right of the 5th green, and at 14 & 15. FRONT NINE highlights include: the opening 353m slight bend left 1st (index 4) which has 3 fairway bunkers on the right off the tee to a slightly raised green guarded by 2 bunkers shortside; the 534m slight bend left 2nd (index 6) from an elevated teeshot above the fairway with 3 fairway bunkers right off the tee to a green with 2 bunkers short and a pond along the right edge of the green which is also guarded by another back left bunker; and the 513m slight dogleg right 6th (index 2) which plays gently uphill with a fairway bunker right at the dogleg corner about 250m off the tee to a slight right-sloping fairway off the storage dam embankment where there are 4 bunkers 15-85m short of the green with another greenside bunker right. The flags on all the front nine par 4s and par 5s are not visible from any teebed with holes having a slight bend, dogleg or elevated tee. In contrast most flags on the back nine, apart from the 10th & 14th, can be visible from the teebeds with straighter holes and lines of sight to the flag. BACK NINE highlights include: the blind teeshot at the 398m straight 10th (index 9) to an undulating green with 2 bunkers; the 401m slight dogleg left 14th (index 7) with a gentle downhill teeshot with a right-sloping fairway to a green tucked around with 2 bunkers rightside and a pond further right of the bunkers; the 386m straight 15th (index 1) with a fairway bunker right off the tee with red-stakes along the leftside and a creek cutting across the fairway from 270m off the tee to a green with 2 bunkers and another bunker 30m short left; the 534m slight bend right then left 16th (index 5) with the flag visible from the teebed with thick bushland vegetation along the entire leftside from the tee to the green which plays gently uphill with a fairway bunker right off the tee, another bunker 170-190m short left of the green, and 2 more fairway bunkers left about 50m short of the green which is also guarded by 2 rightside bunkers; the signature 122m 17th (index 15) with the green cut from the rock outcrop left and back left of the green with 2 bunkers; and the 394m 18th (index 3) with a slight fairway bend right around the large fairway bunker 240m off the tee on the right to a green with 2 leftside bunkers. The par 5s here are all of a respectable length and are the most bunkered holes and ranked amongst the hardest holes on the course: the 534m 2nd (index 6), the 513m 6th (index 2), the 496m 11th (index 11) & the 534m 16th (index 5). It is unusual that the par 3s here are topographically similar in style and are not very well-bunkered which is why they are ranked amongst the easiest holes on the course: the 173m 5th (index 12), the 194m 7th (index 8), 159m 12th (index 17) & 122m 17th (index 15). Course elevation ranges from approximately 110m above sea level at the lowest point along the 15th hole up to approximately 160m above sea level at the highest point on the 9th tee. There are some great views south over the northern beaches at the 15th tee. Established in 1928 and with the re-design of the course completed in 2001-02, Elanora Country Club has greatly improved its course and has subsequently beaten Terrey Hills in the golf bragging rights as the benchmark for golf on Sydney's northern beaches. Sydney's northern beaches boasts TEN 18-hole golf courses with 3 ranked in the top 100 (Golf Digest March 2012): Elanora #42, Terrey Hills #46 and Monash #94 (which is Elanora's neighbour on the higher side of the ridgeline and has re-entered the top 100 list on the back of some excellent work over the past 2 years). There is also the luxury of having a spare hole along the 14th which is a short 110m par 3 from an elevated tee. There is a large storage pond beside the tee on 2 and 7. The course also has an off-site storage dam off nearby Powder Works Road which can be utilised when there are drier times. Played here again most recently on 8th June 2012 off the blue plates at this exclusive golf course which is for members and their guests. Great practice facilities and a fantastic clubhouse roof which can be seen from the 17th tee. If you get an opportunity I highly recommend a round here.
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Played here quite recently, a stunning golf course and quite a fair challenge of skill. Of course it has great scenic views and is everything its neighbour Monash wishes it could be. Quite hilly, grab an electric cart if possible.
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I love the atmosphere here. Not an overly difficult course, but you need to play well to score well. Normally in good condition. The 18th is a tough par 4. Uphill all the way, & I like the 1st as a hole to warm you into the round. Great bush setting & magnificant view of the northern beaches from the clubhouse.The best kept secret in Sydney golf. Played a round there through a colleague and was stunned that such a great track on such a large parcel of land existed in Sydney. Very little member traffic so the course is in excellent condition from tee to green. Quite hilly in parts but the views down to narrabeen are worth the hike up the hill. Clubhouse reminds me of caddyshack and has an air of north shore exclusivity about it. Put that aside it's a fantastic course and i'd jump at the chance if offered again I have been fortunate to have been invited twice now to this course since it was totally redeveloped. No overly long holes but it is the greens that will get you. They're big, they have plenty of slopes and they're bloody quick. It is a pleasure to play here
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Golf Course Details
Elanora Road, Elanora Heights
Sydney, NSW 2101, Australia
General: 0299137336