Looking for a membership in sydney...
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I looked extensively at . . . Moore Park, Eastlake, Kogarah and The Coast. I also looked at St. Michaels, Concord and The Lakes. I made sure to play all the courses before I decided and I think you should do the same. Just email the club captain or office and they are usually more than happy to have a prospective member check out the course/ club and set you up with a member for a game.... More Park – Not a bad course but gets way too busy. When I played with some members in the Sat morning comp, the round was enjoyable and about 4.5 hrs long. When I played the next week as a ‘guest’ on a Sun arvo, 9 holes took 4.5 hrs (walked off). The driving range is a big plus, especially under lights. Kogarah – OK course, plays a little short even off the back tees. Nicely maintained, pretty straight, flat layout. All about putting yourself in the right position. Was an extremely slow round when playing during the public access times 6.5hrs! Word is they are doing some course renovations at the moment and possibly an amalgamation is also on the cards, so you would have to see if this suits your short/ long term plans. I was surprised when I found out the fees, IMHO way too expensive for what it is. The Coast – Nice scenery, course OK. A couple of absolutely terrific holes (the par 3 over the cliffs comes to mind), however; there are some dreadful holes too. Overall, the course is a bit short, very open and OK condition wise. From my experience, it is very very busy with regard to members comps (but then again, where isn’t?). I had to get in 2 weeks in advice in order to play on a Sat morning. Membership seems friendly enough albeit older… Eastlake – Played there a fortnight ago on a Sunday arvo and it was very different to how it was a year ago when I was thinking of joining. For one, the condition of the course has decreased quite a bit, but is still not too bad. The greens were rock hard and patchy (water problem?) and the rest not very well maintained. And, they now have a walkway above Southern Cross drive to take you from one side of the course to the other and back again which was desperately needed. Out of all the clubs I was considering, I was closest to joining Eastlake for the following reasons: 1) Price – absolute bargain compared with other inner Sydney clubs. 2) Membership seem good – Members were nicest that I played with bar none. DTE working-class golf club, good social attitude in the club house. Young as well as older members. However, a bit pokies-centric. 3) Challenging course – Playing off the back tees, elevated greens and the **** fairways adds a bit of length to the course, not to mention, well designed holes will make you a better player playing there regularly. 4) Never was busy and the round was always quick and pleasant. 5) When you play there you can see that they have 2 (I think) spare holes (par 3s) that are not currently in play. This means that if there is ever course works going on, you will be playing a ‘full’ golf course rather than a par 5 made into 2 holes replete with mown fairway temporary green. I didn’t join Eastlake due to the lack of practice facilities: the putting green is tiny and the (now non-existent) chipping green was not much bigger. I also wanted somewhere that there was a designated driving range where I could hit my own practice balls etc. Best advice I can give is try before you buy (play with some members in a comp), choose somewhere that suits your needs and a course that you enjoy playing. Best of luck with it!
Posted 08 December 2009 - 10:04 AM
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