The Home of Five Rings and 216 Great Holes.
Bonnie Doon Golf Club
more than 10 minutes drive south of Moore
Park is the Bonnie Doon Golf Club – a real
slice of English heathland golf.
of the game Gene Sarazen and Babe Didrickson struck the opening
shots on the course in 1935. Since then most of the holes
have been redesigned, refining what
always been a great golf course. Greens were moved, mounding
enhanced, holes lengthened, redirected and bunkers added.
mine, Bonnie Doon's best hole is the 401-yard 13th. It
used to play as a par-5 with a blind tee shot. The hole was shortened
and the tee moved to the top of a hill, presenting the hole in all
its glory. Local historians believe this hill, being the highest
point in the area, was used as a landmark by Captain James Cook
as he sailed into nearby Botany Bay in 1788. From the elevated tee,
the hole usually plays into a prevailing northerly that adds extra
metres to both the drive and the steep uphill approach to the biggest
green on the course.
Parade is the south-eastern arterial road which winds its way past
Moore Park and Bonnie Doon and onto the
seaside suburbs or Maroubra and Little Bay – home to three spectacular
courses that cling to the Pacific Ocean coastline.