Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club
Voted by Golf Digest as one of Sydney’s best, this 18-hole championship course is nestled beside the magnificent Ku-ring-gai National Park only 30 minutes north of the city.
About the Club
Opening in 1994, Terrey Hills was designed by internationally-notable course architect and professional golfer, Graham Marsh. It was the first new course to be constructed in Sydney for twenty years, fashioning a barren quarry and its surrounding bushland into a world-class golfing experience. Plenty of space and natural surroundings give the sense this course is much older than its years suggest.
Terrey Hills is a testing championship venue, and now hosts many Golf NSW and Australian Amateur events earning the respect of golfing bodies around Australia.
A private club in every sense of the word – Terrey Hills boasts a limited membership of 750 who’re lucky enough to access its secluded and stunning bushland setting. It’s hard to believe it’s only a stone’s throw from the city centre – a truly special course for a global city such as Sydney.
The layout of Terrey Hills enjoys great balance. The green complexes are large with a wide variety of bunkers, green-side water, humps, hollows and other challenges. The front nine holes are more tree-lined than the back, but otherwise both are evenly balanced in terms of challenge and length; and the best holes are shared between the two nines. A notable feature of Terrey Hills is that it boasts consistent top-quality golf across all 18 holes, as opposed to highlighting a few standout moments.
Adding to its solid collection of challenging holes, what also sets Terrey Hills apart is the serene setting. The course is beautifully sculpted into its surrounds, meandering through bushland and integrating a series of water hazards.
Graham Marsh Golf Design signatures like symmetrical mounding built along the sides of ‘mogul-studded’ fairways are clearly distinguishable. Fairway widths are also generous, but narrow significantly where the professionals drive, making Terrey Hills an extremely playable course for the average golfer all the way through to the pro.
The 17th hole is the challenging par-4 every golfer’s looking to conquer – it’s considered the toughest of the course.
Deep hollows on the left side should be avoided from the tee as they obscure visibility of the green. A lay-up second shot could be a wise option as water encroaches on the right-hand side of the green. Shots that find the green safely then must navigate across multiple ridges to make the hole.