Nestled in the heart of the Sydney metropolitan area, Strathfield Golf Club provides a true challenge to golfers of all levels. Recently re-developed, the 5882-metre, par-71 course offers plenty of tree-lined fairways, intelligent bunker placement, thick rough and smooth greens — all combining to test players as they tackle the course. Popular among social clubs, corporate groups and locals alike, it is worth a visit by anyone looking for an enjoyable round amongst lush surrounds.
Dax de Traubenberg
Having played Strathfield a number of times over the years I can honestly say I’ve never seen the course look better. The fairways are lush and the greens roll smoothly and give you the feeling that you’re a chance to make anything if you hit the putt well.
In recent times Strathfield has also experimented with some changes to the order of the holes. Noticeable changes to at least four holes will be a pleasant surprise to anyone who hasn’t played the course in the last 3 years. The revised setup of the course gives it an improved balance and the addition of some new tees makes this tight layout even more difficult.
If you struggle from time to time with hitting the short stuff I advise you hit the range before teeing it up here. The trees that line the fairways here possibly cause some problems for low flying aircraft let alone erratic golfers trying to get back on the fairway.
The make or break stretch at Strathfield is the three par 5’s at 8,9,10. Keep it VERY straight down these three (and avoid those three-hundred-foot trees I was just warning you about) and you’ll be able to resurrect your score or set yourself up for a strong finish. Miss the fairway or hit a couple of loose ones and …. well…. There’s always next week.
If you’re after a social hit, a game in an open comp (Monday or Friday) or membership, Strathfield Golf Club can offer you great value.
Course was in fantastic condition for this time of year after recent renovations to the greens. Starting with the practise facilities which include an excellent putting green with some large breaks to get you warmed up for what was to come. There is also a practice range and driving nets.
Fairways were in tip top condition and well defined after recent heavy rains with lush kikuyu grass rough which trapped the ball on most holes. Most holes are well lined — some with large eucalypts and others with tightly planted medium-sized gums and paperbarks to straighten your tee shots. If you miss the fairway 9 out of 10 times you will be chipping back out for you next to the green.
There is water that sneaks up on you and can come into play on six or seven holes, so being straight and doing some homework on distances is vital. There is a helpful website with some handy tips for the course. Distance markers are prominent on every hole which is a great help if you are playing the course for the first time.
The greens are generous in size most with at least a couple of breaks in which the only way to have straight putts in to have the ball below the hole where possible. They rolled well requiring your speed to be correct, otherwise three-putts can easily be on the card. Once back to prime condition they will be slick especially from above the hole
Bunkers are well position around the greens some being quite deep but the sand quality was good making them fair for recovery shots.
The overall appearance and condition of the course was excellent and I would recommend it for the golfers of all levels.
Let me first start by stating that this is not a review of my golfing performance. If it were, it would be full of words so unholy they would not be fit for this publication. Instead I will review the course under the assumption that it was in no way to blame for my embarrassment of a round.
Staring down a wide open fairway on the 1st tee, gives me confidence to unleash a pounding drive 250m down the middle. At the end of my swing I look up, the ball has come to a rest some 50m down the hole, nestled deep in the rough behind a tree. This scene becomes all too familiar as the day goes on. The fairways get narrower, the roughs get deeper, the trees get taller, and my snap hooks get well, snappier.
The rain has helped the course – the fairways are lush (so I was told), the roughs are punishing (I investigated thoroughly), and as I kicked my ball back to my bag the greens rolled as true as their vibrant colour would suggest. The course has been well looked after, and I should know, I saw all of it!
The highlight of my day was by far the 19th hole. At the clubhouse, Number 1 pours a fine drop that somehow makes my misery seem worthwhile. I reach down to sip my spiritual cleanser and, just as my day would suggest, it tips and falls in a bumbling mess across the table. I follow suit…
Green Fees: $50, Monday-Friday only (Contact course for details)
84 Centenary Drive
Strathfield NSW 2135
Phone: (02) 9642 8642
Fax: (02) 9742 5572
The course is located on Centenary Drive, Strathfield South between Arthur Street and the Hume Highway (Liverpool Road). To access the Club from the Hume Highway, go past the Club and turn left into Weerona Rd (Entrance to Rookwood), do a U turn in Weerona Rd and then turn right into Centenary Drive.