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New South Wales Golf Club

I guess the best way to sum up the layout at the New South Wales club, comes from Ireland's World Cup golfer Paul McGinley. McGinley's first look at the course came in 1996 whilst playing the pro-am for Australian PGA with this writer. The first four holes led us away from the clubhouse toward the
ocean. Halfway along the 5th fairway McGinley stopped and sucked in the view of the rolling golf terrain as it met with the ocean, not unlike a Pebble Beach vista. "Wow," he said and paused. "I've never seen anything like this."

What McGinley saw was waves breaking onto rocks not 20 metres behind the par-5 5th green and a rusting shipwreck in front of the 194-yard par-3 6th tee which is perched on a rock ledge and calls for a tee shot over water to a small green. While all this beauty is fantastic, it was the quality of the golf course that impressed McGinley.

Greg Norman is another fan. Norman was recently made a member of the private club after an investigation of club records discovered they had a single vacancy left for a professional golfer. It was New South Wales that Norman chose to take US President Bill Clinton for a game during a visit two years ago. "I could play this course everyday," Norman has said.