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Private course and current host of the ANZ Championship
Simply magnificent. This is a championship course. Every hole feels distinctively unique and the layout is superb with hardly any up-and-back parrallel holes. Strategically, you have to play most tee shots off-centre on the fairways to set-up the best approaches. For the most part this is not a hit-it-up-the-middle track. The greens are multi-layered and huge in size by Sydney standards making putting very challenging.
A great opening hole and the 11th and 14th holes are iconic. Some of the widest fairways in Sydney but the sand waste and rough can be punishing if you stray too far to the sides. The look of the course with its fescue mounds, sand waste and the grass pathing between many of the holes gives The Lakes a natural links feel. The wind isn't as bad here as it is at NSWGC, but it's still a factor on most days. The course is mainly flat so it's a pleasant walk and there's almost no blind shots. Great club house and friendly staff.
will be even better after the construction is finished the
first hole is finished and it is fantastic
An absolutely fantastic golf course. What a pleasure to play a
course where your golf game receives a thorough test. There is an
excellent variety of holes at The Lakes, consisting of excellent
and varied par fours, long and short par fours and testing par
threes. Among my favourite Par 4’s are the 3rd, 10th, 13th
and 16th – all of which offer very different challenges in
terms of length and layout. It is great to play a true par four
where a long iron is truly required to reach in two. This is the
case on the 3rd at The Lakes when played into a north-easterly
Among the par 5’s, the highlight must surely be the 11th,
although 14 is excellent too. A giant lake hugs the entire left
hand side of the 11th and dare I say it collects quite a few
stray slices in the course of a day’s play. this hole is an
excellent example of a risk-reward hole where the brave can
either be rewarded or punished.
Finally, the par 3’s are also excellent and it is quite
hard to pull them apart. However, the new look 18th at the foot
of the stunning new clubhouse will surely be a magnificent
amphitheatre for major golf events in years to come.
All in all, The Lakes is probably my favourite course in Sydney
and I look forward to seeing the completely revamped course when
work is completed. I am told the course work will start in April
and take between 12 – 18 months to complete. I expect the
end result to be absolutely spectacular!
yeah played this course just recently…... awesome
views…met p lonard there too…
Sensational course, really challenging, you need to think you way
round the course.
well like a few others i waited a long time to play here , the
first time was with a few friends who are golf pros and i agreed
with them that this is a great 9 hole course and an ordinary 9
hole course , the front nine is (other than the first hole)
pretty bland while the back nine is great , the second time i
played here was on a corporate day with over 100 players paying
110 each only to find they had deep cored the greens and top
soiled them , not a light sanding but top soiled , it was the
most disgraceful thing i have seen and the way the organisers
were treated by staff etc when they had the hide to complain just
re-affirms the reputation this course has and its not a good one
, unless its free i wont be back there and even then ill walk to
the greens to check
I played here several weeks ago after phoning and booking for 4
visitors. Enjoyed the range, chipping and putting areas before
hitting off and thorouhly looked forward to playing the course.
Hit a nice drive and chip at the first only to find that the
green was cored and under and extremely uneven spreading of sand
that made reading the break, speed and any confidence over any
The layout of the course is as expected from what we have all
seen on TV and I'm proud to say that I did not make any
donation to any of the great water carries.
I would love to play this course when it is playing to it's
normal standard & I feel that I have to mention that on
booking (2 days before) or in the proshop the stroppy staff
member did not make us aware of the greens and was all too happy
to have us part with our $130 odd bucks without a mention of the
fact it would have been impossible to shoot any form of score
that you would be happy with.
A great day still but could have been so much better.
I'll rate as a 4.5 out of 5 for the course as I would imagine
it plays in normal conditions.
I am privileged enough to play in a corporate day here every
year. As Tiprat says, the course is as good as it looks on TV
(just without the spectators and ropes!!). Be prepared to have
your golf ball stock a little depleted by the time you finish the
round. The new clubhouse is brilliant, stunning, fabulous, you
name it. Once they finish the rest of the renovations to the
clubhouse surrounds and practice range, this club will be even
There are a number of holes that are my favourite when playing
1st - Standing on this tee and seeing massive water left, you
need to aim right and stay safe.
8th - Long par 5, elevated tee. OOB and Wentworth Ave to the
11th - Par 5 around the water. You can visualise the car on
display in the middle of the water during tournament play...
14th - Norman had a 13 or 14 here one year and yes, you have to
have a go at hitting the green in 2!!!
17th - Double water carry par 5.
18th - Testing par 3 at about 180-190m. Big sloping green from
back to front with a ridge across the middle of it.
This course is very, very enjoyable regardless of how good or bad
you play. Do whatever you can to be able to say you played a
round at The Lakes.
well i finally got to play here, after years of attending
tournaments & watching on tv. what can i say but i
thouroughly enjoyed my round & yes i did donate a few balls.
The Lakes is one of Sydney's best golf courses. The course is
split into two very different nines by Southern Cross drive. The
front nine is a challenging 'traditional' course that I
have heard can be harder to score on than the 'lakes'
The front nine starts off with a reasonably straight forward par
4 which you can try and drive over the water to get a little
closer for your 2nd into a reasonably small green. It then winds
through some reasonably heavily bunkered and mounded terrain
until you hit the par 3 9th.
The back nine is the one for which it is famous. Water comes into
play for most of the back nine, including the 17th which has two
water carries - if you are not a pro :)
A great course with some excellent holes. Get out there anyway
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