Sydney has some spectacular golf courses, both in difficulty and scenery. Here are Time Out's pick of the best you can play
Perched atop the cliffs overlooking Botany Bay, this A-class course will put your skills to the test. With no shortage of high winds, stunning ocean views and world-famous holes (the fifth, in particular), NSW is the closet you'll find to the brand of golf made famous by the links at Pebble Beach.
Henry Head, Botany Bay National Park, La Perouse 2036. (02 9661 4455) Check website for fees & tee times.
Expect pot bunkers, undulating greens and a natural rural landscape at this par 72 course, rated amongst the best.
50 Raby Rd, Catherine Field 2171. (02 9606 5277) Weekdays $57; weekends $85.
Set in 237 hectares of bushland by the Hawkesbury River and wildlife reserve, the 18-hole par 72-championship course has expansive greens, world-class facilities and is a good one for golfers of all standards.
74 O'Briens Rd, Cattai 2756. (02 4560 3200) Weekdays $80; Weekends & Public Holiday $92.
Established in 1931, the 5748-metre course has been described as the best par 70 course in Australia. It's also home to the NSW Women's Open.
Bettington Rd, Oatlands 2117. (02 9630 1260) Fri. $50.
If you crave good greens, this is among the best putting surfaces in NSW, with the strength of the course lying in its par 4s.
Banks Ave, Pagewood 2035. (02 9349 2101 ). Mon, Tue & Thu. $90.
Although the course is going through a slight makeover, you can still play the back nine holes - the course's highlight. Regarded as one of the best Sydney courses, it's been home to many tournaments, including the Australian Open and Australian PGA.
Cnr King St & Vernon Ave, Eastlakes 2018. (02 9669 1311) Mon & Thur. $40 nine holes.