Royal Sydney Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6244 M


The Royal Sydney Golf Club is possibly Australia's foremost social and sporting institution. The size of the membership, the location and value of the harbour-side property, the elegance of the clubhouse and its surrounds all contribute to the Club's standing as a prominent organisation. Add to this the quality of the championship golf course, the lawn tennis courts and bowling greens, the number of major tournaments held and the many champions and administrators, have sustained the Club's national and international reputation. On the 2 August, 1993 The Royal Sydney Golf Club celebrated its one hundredth birthday.

10 Reviews
golf mind
Great to play Royal Syd after going to an Aus Open there in 2016. Enjoyed the design and condition when I played it early last year. But the early part of the back 9 is a little less interesting than other parts of the course I think. 
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Nice enough course, fairways were well maintained however the greens were slow and bumpy with winter grass well and truely set in. The first 16 holes were relatively uninspiring especially after playing NSWGC days earlier. 18 is a great finishing hole especially with the clubhouse as a back drop. Overall the clubhouse seems to lend itself to most of the hype.
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An impressive property right in the heart of Rosebay, Royal Sydney has an aura of grandeur and exclusiveness. The clubhouse has great views of the 1st and 18th and a warm atmosphere. The course was enjoyable with some impressive bunkering. Greens had lots of swales and were quite quick. I must agree with Rockinrez that although a fantastic course with excellent conditioning a found the central holes of 10 through to 17 interesting, challenging and fun, but lacking the wow factor which makes you remember holes. A great track worth a visit but there are much better courses with more character in other parts of Australia.
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I think the way these traditional golf courses are reviewed is really interesting. Royal Sydney is a great golf course, no doubt. But amongst the top 10 or so in this country of absolute ripper Golf Courses? Not in my humble opinion. I am on a mission to play every golf course ever listed in Golf Australia's top 100 (132 at 2008, i've managed 74, can anyone get me on Ellerston???). New South Wales is by far my favourite so far and Royal Melbourne certainly deserves a spot high up. But Royal Sydney?? I could think of at least 30 other courses i'd rather play (Joondalup, Thirteen Beach, Barnbougle, Moonah, The Cut...). There is certainly a great appreciation of the history and the magnificent grounds and the fabulous club house and the tradition etc etc. But the actual golf course i think is ok without being outstanding. If you get a chance then play it for sure, make up your own mind. Golf course review is so subjective.
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Have played Royal Sydney half a dozen times, including Friday 14 December and always enjoy the experience here. For me the real delight is in the Club, particularly the clubhouse and heritage listed locker rooms, and playing in the surroundings as opposed to the course per se. Having said that the course is always in great nick, beutiful fairways and quick and true greens. Remember to bring your bucket and spade as there are bunkers the sizes of small European countires. I think the opening holes are a little disappointing 2-5, but the closing three or four holes, particularly the long par 3 17th and the closing hole approaching the Clubhouse and the himalayan green!

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I was fortunate enough to play this course after volunteering for the men’s and ladies Australian Open Championships in 2006/2007. The course certainly was at it’s best. The fairways were in pristine condition (like carpet) the greens firm and quick, but would hold a spinning ball. Unfortunately the day we played the weather treated us to the same conditions as the first day of the men’s tournament – blustery and heavy rain periodically throughout the day.

The thing with this course is to remain within play. Anything straying from the fairway and unless you play a miracle shot out of the trees you are certainly looking at bogey or worse. The greens are very undulating, but true. It does take a good reader of the green to score well here. The bukers are deep (sometimes you can only see the top of the flag) and not too dificult to get out of with good technique.

I have played some of the best tournament courses in Australia and rate Royal Sydney certainly up there amongst them. This is certainly no resort course, but an excellent challenge to your skills as a golfer. If you get a chance to play it then do so and take the opportunity to walk it’s hallowed halls admiring the history in the photographs and other memoribillia.

I had a great time on the course even with the miserable weather conditions.

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Golf Course Details
Kent Road, Rose Bay
Sydney, NSW 2029, Australia
General: 0283627000