Redevelopment to go ahead at Royal Sydney Golf Club

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Sydney’s most prestigious golf club will press ahead with plans to redevelop its Championship course, after members overwhelmingly voted in favour of the project.

At an extraordinary meeting held at Sydney International Convention Centre on Wednesday, just over 80 per cent of about 1400 Royal Sydney Golf Club members voted to support the project.

To be designed by renowned golf architect Gil Hanse, the new course will include a new ‘two loops of nine’ routing, with its landscape to be restored to native heathland.

Under the plan the course would close for 12 months, construction hoped to begin in April 2021. It would reopen in April 2022.

Royal Sydney Golf Club is set for a one-in-100-year upgrade. Picture: Supplied
Royal Sydney Golf Club is set for a one-in-100-year upgrade. Picture: Supplied

A development application will be submitted to Woollahra Council in the next few weeks.

President of the 126-year-old club Chris Chapman said it was on the “verge of paying the price” for decades of only incremental improvements, with the course’s infrastructure showing its age.

“In addressing these issues through the vision of one of the world’s best golf course architects, the club will create an important sanctuary of native flora and fauna in Sydney’s eastern suburbs — an incredible opportunity,” he said.

“This re-imagined Championship course will stand among the finest heath courses and be contemporary, playable and sustainable.”

The redesigned course would be a ‘sanctuary’ for native plants. Picture: Supplied
The redesigned course would be a ‘sanctuary’ for native plants. Picture: Supplied
The eighteenth hole of Royal Sydney Golf Club. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Peter Parks
The eighteenth hole of Royal Sydney Golf Club. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Peter Parks

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