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#1 mjl88

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 07:59 PM

Hi... i have just moved to sydney from melbourne and am looking for the best driving range near me (inner West-Summer Hill)... i don't mind if its a bit of a drive, went to Homebush the other day and it was terrible!

Also.. am looking at joining a club. As a student i need reasonable price and was interested in peoples opinions on:
Carnarvon
Cabramatta
Bankstown
Liverpool
New Brighton

I tried Strathfield and Concord but they both got waiting lists... so if anyone could give me their opinion on the above list of courses and any others within say 20-30mins drive of Summer Hill I would be most appreciative!!

thanks in advance for any advice!



#2 amanda_wong

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 10:15 PM

Welcome mjl88!

There are great student deals on at New Brighton (I'm biased because I'm a member there) - $519 per year for full-time students or those aged between 18-21. Comp fees are $12.

The general vibe is that it's a tight course and you've got to be able to control your shots. Some average holes but some excellent challenges. Pretty easy to get a Sunday comp booking (just phone up) - Saturdays are a little more difficult - but social play is available for free after 1.30pm

Liverpool seems to have a good deal if you plan on playing a lot of golf - it's a flat fee of somewhere around the $1000 mark and includes comp fees for the year.

I like Carnarvon - but haven't played there often. Cabramatta is hilly (from what I've heard) and I find Bankstown pretty average - well maintained but the course just doesn't interest me.



#3 mjl88

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 11:29 PM

Thanks for your advice amanda...greatly appreciated! i am currently a 3 handicap golfer and like something with a little interest rather than trying to outdo one with distance... so new brighton sounds v. interesting... Carnarvon and Liverpool were also near top of my list so glad to hear they are good too...

am planning a bit of a drive around on the weekend to check things out...

would welcome anyone else's input as well...?

Also... how about driving ranges accessible from Inner West?

thanks everyone



#4 amanda_wong

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 12:39 AM

There is not much in the way of driving ranges in the inner west - you could try Hudson Park - it's about 5-10 mins from Homebush - near Strathfield GC.



#5 Jim

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 12:47 AM

QUOTE: amanda_wong @ Mar 11 2005, 11:15 AM

There are great student deals on at New Brighton (I'm biased because I'm a member there) - $519 per year for full-time students or those aged between 18-21.  Comp fees are $12.

$12 for comp fees blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif The oldies went nuts when they were bumped up to $5 at my club.



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Posted 12 March 2005 - 02:19 AM

QUOTE: mjl88 @ Mar 11 2005, 01:29 PM

Carnarvon and Liverpool were also near top of my list so glad to hear they are good too...

Hi there newbie,

If you need someone to nominate you in at Carnarvon. Give me a yell... tongue.gif

Cheers,

Trung


QUOTE: mjl88 @ Mar 11 2005, 09:59 AM

i don't mind if its a bit of a drive, went to Homebush the other day and it was terrible!

There are 2 at Homebush,
Hudson Park & Sydney Olympic Park. I find the SOP driving range very good. I have my reasons. tongue.gif



#7 gooner10

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 02:31 AM

Mac Unis probably one of the best driving ranges around. Good mats and decent balls.



#8 bossofthemoss1

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 06:34 AM

If you want value for money I would say cabramatta is the go! It is only $650 a year for a full member ( not sure if the is a consession for students ) and comp fees are $11.00 and it is easy to get a game on either Saturday or Sunday plus there is a wednesday comp. Probably the best four starting holes around.



#9 mjl88

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 05:59 PM

Thanks for everyones replies...

Trung: I will definitely give u a yell if i decide to go for Carnarvon... it is the most expensive out of my list of courses... do you think its worth it?
In relation to SOP driving range, I just thought it was noisy and the balls were dodgy, maybe i just got a bad bunch...


Stupid question time: Is Hudson Park driving range at the Hudson Park Public Golf Course? stupid q i know, just want to make sure so i don't get lost again!

would love to hear of any more driving ranges around the place...

What does everyone thinkg of Liverpool...it seems to have hosted some pretty serious tournaments...must be pretty decent?

thanks again



#10 amanda_wong

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 06:09 PM

Yes - the driving range is attached to the golf course. SOP is noisy coz it's the place to be for young golfers to hang out and socialise wink.gif

I'm not sure about Liverpool - played there a bunch of times the course just doesn't appeal to me - that's most likely a personal thing!



#11 RICK3003

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 06:36 AM

Gday

I think you should check out Liverpool. I recently joined and am very happy.

Fairly long course with lots of water and some interesting holes.

They have secured the NSW open for 2005 & 2006 so the course should really improve.

Good value for money and nice people.

Let us know if you need somebody to nominate you.

Most ranges in Sydney are ordinary. Cant find any ranges with grass!



#12 the_unreal_jeffrey

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 09:50 AM

QUOTE: Jim @ Mar 11 2005, 01:47 PM

$12 for comp fees blink.gif  blink.gif  blink.gif  The oldies went nuts when they were bumped up to $5 at my club.

I get the feeling that in Sydney a comp fee isnt really a comp fee but more a "surcharge" for playing in peak times, ie Sat and Sun mornings.



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Posted 14 March 2005 - 12:27 AM

There is a new range opening up in Tempe ( just over the river from Sydney Airport ) in the next few weeks. The balls and mats should be good there for a while seeing it will be a brand new range. wink.gif



#14 Jimbo

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 07:19 PM

Moore Park has a great range as well, but might be a bit further to travel



#15 Aceboy

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 09:20 AM

Anyone going to hudson park, give me a yell i go there every second day pretty much. but the place is usually packed because the prices are pretty good.
if you buy a 20 pack, you can get it for $100. so $5 for a small bucket which would last you about half an hour depending on how fast you hit them.






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