It has been 10 years in the making so its no surprise the opening of this new course has been greeted with open arms by golfers in Sydney’s southern suburbs.
LOCATION: Recreation Drive, off New Illawarra Rd, Barden Ridge. About 10 minutes’ drive west of Sutherland via the Bangor by-pass.
CONTACT: (02) 9541 4960.
DESIGNER: James Wilcher (2013).
PLAYING SURFACES: Bentgrass (greens); Windsor Green couch (fairways); Santa Ana couch (tees); Couch oversown with rye grass (short rough).
PGA PROs: Kurt Stegbauer and Gary Booby.
GREEN FEES: $33 (18 holes); $23 (seniors and juniors under 18).
MEMBERSHIPS: Sutherland Shire Council is reviewing existing club structures to ensure the direction for The Ridge will be sustainable. Therefore, the council does not envisage club membership being available until some time during 2014. You can register your interest at www.theridgegolf.com.au
COACHING: Gary Booby and former Teacher of the Year, Kurt Stegbauer, head the teaching team of the on-site Sutherland Shire Golf Academy, which has been behind the creation of the largest junior program
The Academy operates a state-of-the-art coaching studio in air-conditioned comfort, where you can have your swing digitally filmed from all angles and then receive detailed computer analysis / instruction from any of the seven PGA golf professionals on site.