Savvy golfers who find themselves in Sydney will set their sights on The Australian and Royal Sydney Golf Clubs, two of the city's--indeed the country's--most vaunted golf venues.
International visitors can play The Australian Tuesday and Thursday mornings only, for $330. To play Royal Sydney, you'll need membership in a club Royal Sydney members would want to play. Podunk Country Club? Sorry. Pine Valley? No problem.
You hardly need to despair. Accessible courses abound around Sydney, including the area's very own Pebble Beach, on its very own stretch of the Pacific. New South Wales Golf Club, an Alister Mackenzie design where Greg Norman has hosted former President Bill Clinton (no injuries reported), has also served as breathtaking background scenery for Australia's former favorite son-in-law, Tom Cruise, in Mission: Impossible 2. (The ANZ Championship here will be televised on The Golf Channel Feb. 6-9.)
BONNIE DOON GOLF CLUB
Banks Ave., Pagewood, 8 kilometers south of Central Business District.
Green Fee: AUS$85.
Pullcarts: AUS$5. Nonmember play limited to Monday, Tuesday afternoons and Thursday. Singles allowed to book times.
CAMDEN LAKESIDE COUNTRY CLUB
Raby Rd., Catherine Field, 43 kilometers southwest of CBD.
Green Fee: $75/$85. Mandatory cart included.
CONCORD GOLF CLUB
Majors Bay Rd., Concord, 11 km W CBD.
Green Fee: AUS$110.
Pullcarts: $5. International visitors must book with club secretary, present proof of residency.
Macquarie Links Drive, Macquarie.
Call: 011-61-2-9605 4499.
Green Fee: None for members of other Club Corp properties. No other visitors allowed without member host.
NEW SOUTH WALES GOLF CLUB
Henry Head, Botany Bay National Park, 13 kilometers south of CBD.
Web: www.nswgolfclub.com.au; E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Fee: AUS$230.
Pullcarts: $5. Tee times for international visitors Monday morning and afternoon, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings.
ST. MICHAEL'S GOLF CLUB
Jennifer St., Little Bay, 13 km SE CBD.
Green Fee: AUS$80.
Pullcarts: $5. Tee times open to international visitors anytime Wednesday or Friday; much of Monday and Tuesday; after 3 p.m Thursday and Saturday; after 12:30 Sunday.
TERREY HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Booralie Rd., Terrey Hills, 22 kilometers north of CBD.
Web: www.terreyhillsgolf.com.au.E-mail application for booking to: email@example.com.
Pullcarts: AUS$5.50. Limited play by international visitors must be approved prior to booking.
THE COAST GOLF CLUB PRINCE HENRY HOSPITAL
Little Bay, 12 kilometers southeast of CBD.
Green Fee: AUS$30.
Pullcart: AUS$4.40. Best times Monday through Thursday.
THE LAKES GOLF CLUB
Corner of King St. and Vernon Ave., Eastlakes, 6 kilometers south of CBD.
Green Fee: AUS$200.
Carts: AUS$45 (limited number).
Pullcarts: Included. Guests can book Mondays and Thursdays.