Irrespective of the invitation, I’ve been dying to see what the Ogilvy Clayton design team have woven into Bonnie Doon golf course, about 20 minutes south of the Sydney CBD. Six of seven new holes have been open since late May and by all reports, they’ve been well received. But I went and checked them out for myself.
Having played the course on a number of occasions I saw it as a solid parklands style golf course, but given the sandy soil and proximity to other great golf course such as The Australian, The Lakes and New South Wales Golf Club, it could be so much more. I’d always considered it a little straight up and down with a few holes blending into one another upon reflection, but I’m happy to say the new changes are nothing short of extremely memorable.
I took a quick whip around the new holes in a cart last week to check out the changes and have a chat to a few of the members. All were in agreement that the changes are fantastic. “More people on the course than there has been in a long time”, and “The greens are just superb” were a just few of the comments. the changes were obvious as you make your way out of the car park, with much more of the golf course visible from the clubhouse.
This is the first of three stages planned for Bonnie Doon and if this is anything to go by, the next two stages can’t come quickly enough.
If you’re at all interested in the intricacies of golf course design or what is in store for the rest of Bonnie Doon, check out the full Bonnie Doon masterplan as outlined by the Ogilvy-Clayton team. It makes fascinating reading.