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7 Stay and play golf resorts

Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, MagentaCREDIT: Destination NSW

The championship 18-hole course at Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club on the Central Coast offers sweeping sea and lake views.

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7 Stay and play
golf resorts

Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, Magenta CREDIT: Destination NSW

The championship 18-hole course at Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club on the Central Coast offers sweeping sea and lake views.

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If golf is your game, New South Wales has some sweet spots for golf getaways, from wine country to the mighty Murray, from the Blue Mountains to the Southern Highlands. The good news is that just because your round ends, doesn’t mean your holiday has to — many of the state’s most scenic courses come with (or are in easy reach of) extremely comfortable accommodation with all the trimmings. So tee off, then check in, at these seven stay-and-play courses around NSW.  

Bonville Golf Resort, Coffs Coast 

Located a five-hour drive north on Sydney on the Coffs Coast, Bonville Golf Resort deserves its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful courses. The 18-hole, par-72 championship course is hemmed by soaring gum trees (look out for koalas and black cockatoos), its secluded fairways dipping and rising over the countryside. Finished your round? Check in to one of the 30 contemporary rooms, take a dip in the lagoon-style pool, stroll through the rainforest or dine on-site at the Flooded Gums Restaurant.  

Gibraltar Country Club, Southern Highlands 

The 18-hole, par-69 course at Gibraltar Country Club is like a slice of the Southern Highlands, its setting just outside Bowral (115km southwest of Sydney) offering postcard-worthy views over the town and Mount Gibraltar. Fairways are lined with mature native and European trees, with holes providing surprises and challenges for golfers of all experience levels. The 76 rooms in the on-site hotel overlook course lakes and forest — some come with living areas, and all feature large marbled bathrooms. There’s no need to leave, thanks to the bar, restaurant and spa. Also in Bowral is Peppers Craigieburn Bowral, which has its own short but challenging nine-hole course. 

Howlong Golf Resort, Murray River  

The Murray region has its fair share of golf courses. Highly rated for its relaxed country swagger is Howlong Golf Resort, its namesake town located right on the river that acts as NSW’s southern border. The 18-hole, par-70 course is compact but challenging, with flat, firm greens enveloped by Australian forest — it’s particularly pretty in spring when the bush begins to bloom. Spacious rooms come with plenty of colour, and are complemented by non-golf diversions including a saltwater pool, sauna, kids’ playground and tennis court. 

Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, Central Coast 

A 90-minute drive north of Sydney, tucked between the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake on the Central Coast, the 18-hole, par-72 Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club is one of Australia’s great links courses, its manicured greens spread along the coastline, with many holes offering water views. It’s a private club, but guests of the on-course Pullman Magenta Shores Resort Hotel are permitted to play — reason alone to check in. When you’re not teeing off, unwind in one- to three-bedroom villas, dive into the pools or bliss out in the spa. 

Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral CREDIT: Destination NSW

A couple enjoy golf at Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral.

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Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral CREDIT: Destination NSW

A couple enjoy golf at Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral.

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Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club, Magenta CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of golfing at Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, Magenta.

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Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club, Magenta CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of golfing at Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, Magenta.

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The Lakes, Sydney 

A regular host of the Emirates Australian Open, The Lakes is one of the state’s most preeminent private golf clubs. The 18-hole, par-72 course is split by the airport-to-city freeway, with natural water hazards, rolling dunes and seaside winds all part of the challenges of play. There’s no dedicated on-site accommodation, but it’s just a 10-minute drive to the funky Citadines Connect hotel at Sydney airport, which comes replete with views over runways (not fairways) as well as a rooftop cinema. 

The Vintage Golf Club, Hunter Valley 

Golfing legend Greg Norman designed the 18-hole, par-71 course at The Vintage Golf Club, surrounded by vineyards in one of the state’s premier wine regions. Set 250km north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley, the superbly manicured, well-bunkered greens come with plenty of challenges, including unexpected water hazards; there’s a driving range and golf pro on call, should you wish to fine-tune your game. Don’t spend all your time on the course — the on-site Château Élan at The Vintage hotel offers an indulgent country escape, its luxuriously appointed villas just a few steps from the day spa and lauded restaurant.  

Leura Golf Club, Blue Mountains 

With dramatic sandstone escarpments and deep valleys, the Blue Mountains is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, whether hikers, bikers or golfers. It’s here, just 100km west of Sydney, you’ll find the Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel, its resort-style rooms overlooking the Jamison Valley and expansive hotel facilities, including a maze, pool, multiple restaurants, spa and cinema. Many check in here for easy access to neighbouring Leura Golf Club, the 18-hole, par-69 course the oldest of its kind in the region. Look forward to undulating greens with panoramic vistas over the World Heritage-listed national park — much the same outlook is enjoyed from the 19th hole (the clubhouse bistro). 

Leura Golf Club, Leura CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man enjoying a round of golf at Leura Golf Club in the Blue Mountains.

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Leura Golf Club, Leura CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man enjoying a round of golf at Leura Golf Club in the Blue Mountains.

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