Unlike most famous courses, there is no single architect attributed to the design of Royal Sydney's Championship golf course. In reference books on architecture the designer's name is given, or simply listed as "unknown". Royal Sydney has evolved over time. It developed, changed, adapted, accommodated in detail, but a concept remained. It has always been an "old-fashioned", traditional, heavily bunkered, tough test of golf, especially in any wind. There are no gimmicks, no tricks, chasms or watery caverns. The course was born out of a desire by the founding fathers to have "a seaside course" or "links course". Irving Kent and C.C. Bethune found an area in the Bondi sandhills between Old South Head Road and the ocean, and in 1893 a 9-hole course was laid out.
Royal Sydney remains a most admired, respected and enjoyed institution due to its location, professional and efficiently run tournaments and the tough test of golf it provides. It has hosted numerous championships, most notably, the Australian Open Championships, but also includes the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Men's and Ladies Amateur Championships. Such champions as Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Peter Thomson and Greg Norman have contested Australia's major championship at Royal Sydney.
Royal Sydney (par 72)
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