Dr. Alister Mackenzie's Australian excursion resulted in the creation of some positively astounding links courses, and the golf club of New South Wales certainly falls into that elite category. In 1928, the famous doctor set eyes on the remarkable Henry Head promontory, and from that moment the wheels of his renowned golfing imagination were in motion.
Since the day it opened, New South Wales has been among the best the country has to offer, and now features regularly in the upper echelons of the world's top 100. Mackenzie worked in association with Eric Apperly to formulate an incredible layout across the cliff tops overlooking Botany Bay.
Blind drives, ruthlessly tricky greens and outstanding bunkering are among New South Wales' chief traits, but the course's character is intrinsically tied to the state of the weather. When the elements turn for the worse, New South Wales is transformed into a snarling beat of a golf course, offering up a proposition as tough as any player could hope for.
It is surely to the credit of the great Alister Mackenzie then, that in spite of the course chewing up and spitting out the majority of its paying punters, they flock back to experience one of golf's true masterpieces again and again.