The Home of Five Rings and 216 Great Holes.
Long Reef Golf Club
northern suburbs are blessed with many fine courses but most
of them are private establishments and you need to know a
member to get a game.
if ever there was a piece of land destined for golf, it would
be the promontory at Long Reef, about 40 minutes drive
the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the northern beaches. Windswept,
open and surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, the
Long Reef course is arguably the truest "links"
calm conditions Long Reef is a pleasant journey – there are no trees
and only a few, low-lying scrubby bushes, so you can give your drives
a bit of a whack and mostly not have to worry about where they might
throw in the wind and she's a terror! Balls are buffeted, selecting
the right club almost demands tertiary qualifications and putting
pace can be Augusta-like.
385-yard par-4 5th is arguably the course's benchmark, employing
a risk-and-reward strategy: water lies left, a cavernous bunker
awaits centre-left, around 220 yards from the tee, pushing players
right, in the direction of another water hazard, uneven mounding
and a much longer route to the hole. Play the course in early morning
or late afternoon and the shadows cast off the mounds are inspirational