Sydney
The Australian Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6443 M
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The Australian is one of Australia’s most exclusive golf clubs and is perhaps also one of the oldest golf club having been founded in the early 1880’s.

The Australian Golf Club has hosted many Australian Open’s, including the first tournament in 1904.

Kensington is the fourth location of The Australian Golf Club. The course was laid out by golf professionals, Jock Hutchison, Gilbert Martin and Carnegie Clark in 1904/5. Today it bears little resemblance to the original.

Until the late 1950’s the nature of the course remained links like. Only sparse acacias, and in the low lying areas, paperbarks existed and there were vast tracts of sandy waste.

The routing of the course changed little during this time, other than the need for modifications when the clubhouse was re-sited from the North East corner of the property to where the now third clubhouse sits, following the first fire in 1932.

In the late 50s a tree planting programme began, introducing conifers and eucalypts to the course.

In 1966 the western boundary of the property was effected by the construction of a freeway to Sydney Airport, necessitating alterations to the golf course. This work was carried out by New Zealand Golf Course Architect, Sloan Morpeth.

The current layout, featuring moderated undulations and water hazards was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1977, following an approach to the club by Mr Kerry Packer, who generously agreed to meet the costs of the work.

10 Reviews
jlyras3165
Played The Aussie on 2/12/16. Safe to say this club is superb. As a member's guest, everything about the experience makes you feel special. From the moment you walk onto the premises and walk around the spectacular clubhouse to finishing the round of golf and entering the beautiful and unique members area, the whole experience is one a member would never get sick of and one a guest would want to keep revisiting in their dreams. The club has an allure unlike any other in Sydney. The staff are all incredibly welcoming and so too are the members, all clearly have a great knowledge of the game, which makes it even more enjoyable to be apart of. The facilities are all world class, the clubhouse has an amazing aura, the interior design is remarkable, and this can be seen at how well the member's locker rooms flow into the member's bar and lounge to have 180 degree panoramic views of the course. The golf course and practice facilities are another stone un-turned. The 2 putting greens outside the clubhouse are wonderful offering many hole locations and a plethora of different putts to hone your line and distance control. It helps that they are a very comfortable pace also. The 2 practice ranges; north and south, are fantastic for both the long clubs and the scoring clubs, with some enhancements being completed on the north range to help create a more purposeful and visually testing setup. The chipping green has some lovely slopes and swails to hit a variety of short game shots around. The sand is beautiful and light, providing great feedback from bunker shots, and of course the green surrounds let you do whatever with the golf ball you ought to do. This rings true for the course also. The course was in superb condition, fairways and greens in wonderful condition, and even better, the pitch marks are well taken care of here as you'd expect. The 9's are somewhat different with water coming into play enough of the front to make you really use caution, whereas the back side has a lot of sweeping bunkers and smaller targets where there are a few very tricky areas to manage if the approach play isn't quite on a string. The other hidden challenge is the wind. I never quite realised how tricky it was to pick the direction of it at The Aussie. It seems to swirl and part of good results are impacted heavily by the timing of your shot. But on the whole, the course is fun to play, plenty of room off the tee and heaps of options around the greens which requires a lot of thought and execution. To conclude, had a wonderful day, can't wait to get another crack at it, hopefully in a pro event, if you've never played it, it's a wonderful and very fair test of golf.
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gpt
Played Feb 2014. Beautiful condition and tricky greens but otherwise no stand out holes. I've played NSW, The Lakes and Royal Sydney. I'd rate this tied for 3rd with Royal Sydney with NSW 1st and the Lakes 2nd.
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evergladescc
I play at The Australian 6 times a year and it's a great test of golf (see the scores from any Australian Open). No birdie holes, lots of water which laps some of the green's edges, so many bunkers right in the landing zones no matter which tees you play from. You need to be straight and putt great. Always magnificently manicured, it's simply a fantastic golf course far better than NSW or The Lakes which are close by. Long enough to make you feel jaded by the end of the round.
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passyone

I play at The Australian 6 times a year and it’s a great test of golf (see the scores from any Australian Open). No birdie holes, lots of water which laps some of the green’s edges, so many bunkers right in the landing zones no matter which tees you play from. You need to be straight and putt great. Always magnificently manicured, it’s simply a fantastic golf course far better than NSW or The Lakes which are close by. Long enough to make you feel jaded by the end of the round.

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wood

Found the Australian to be a super course to play – it is so perfectly kept. It makes for a great tournament location as well. I disagree with some of the other reviews and say that it does have spectacular interesting holes – it even starts off with one! You don’t have to have great views to have a great hole. All in all I think this course along with the Lakes are two of my favourties.

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ianjessup

Ignore a lot of the other reviews. This is a long, hard grind from the back tees, especially if it's windy and every hole has a cross breeze. Nicklaus turned the greens around to run diagonally so to get near the flag you have to hit the career iron into each one - otherwise it's sand or water. This is uncompromising tournament strokeplay golf and while there is scarcely a memorable hole you will long remember it for its sheer difficulty. Then again, a mate of mine shot 63 off the plates in the A grade matchplay final !

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Sydney, NSW 2018, Australia
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