Australia – New South Wales Golf Club
(Ranking - #33 World and #5 Australia)
On the dramatic rugged seacoast of Botany Bay near Sydney, on the spot where Captain Cook first stepped onto Australia in 1770, "La Perouse", as the course is often known, is set amongst scrub covered sand hills and valleys that slope down to the Pacific Ocean at secluded Cruwee Bay. This inspiring layout is bounded by water on three sides and has all of the characteristics of true links golf. Occasionally benign and at the mercy of the "young guns", this sleeping giant, with its undulating fairways and small greens, calls for great skill in shot making when the sea breezes blow. Golf had its origins on unique seascapes similar to this one, where the wind is a dominating factor and the direction from which it blows changes everything.
This course was founded in 1928 and was designed, along with many of the “Sandbelt” courses of Melbourne, by the famous Dr. Alister MacKenzie.
"It's one of the great golf courses I've seen, really a fun golf course. You could have some real times out here." Arnold Palmer – 27 Nov, 2004