This article features a golf club that I love, The Coast. By Steve Mavin.
The Coast Golf Club is situated approximately 12 km south of the CBD along Anzac Parade, and 8 km east of the airport. The course is a par 70 ocean front links that surrounds Little Bay, Sydney’s southernmost City Beach. Uniquely there are ocean views from every hole.
Wind strength and direction are a major factor in the nature of the golf course. Stretching along the coastal cliffs, the course is greatly affected by the breeze prevailing on the day of play. Indeed the first four tee shots are in four different compass directions; due West, East, North then South.
The area was once Prince Henry Hospital, which having been closed for a number of years was redeveloped into a residential area in the early 2000’s. The Hospital had a golf course since about 1922 for staff recreation.
The Club was formed by former Hospital and University employees in the early 1960’s and the golf course was developed from the small layout to a full 18 holes, with a final parcel of land “granted for use” by the University of New South Wales. The former laundry building (circa 1899) was converted into the Licensed clubhouse with renovations in the 1960’s and again in the late 80’s and 90’s.
The club boasts a popular and well-regarded restaurant Henry’s at the Coast with spectacular views across the golf course, Little Bay and along the coastal sea-cliffs.