Our Members’ favourite place.
“I had no idea there was even a golf course here,” are usually the first words you hear from a guest when Cromer Golf Club reveals itself at the end of the native tree-lined driveway. The understated gateway on the edge of a bush reserve belies the golfer’s wonderland which awaits. After a few years, this normally converts into “this is my favourite place”.
While many golf courses strive to host tour events and seek others’ subjective approval, Cromer is a club that foremost strives to be enjoyed by its members and values their judgement most through renewals and referrals. This intent is driven from its adopted fundamental objective, which is simply “to make Cromer our members’ favourite place”.
Established in 1925, Cromer Golf Club has provided northern Sydney golfers with a place to escape, spend shared time with friends and challenge their golf prowess. Fast forward nearly a century and from the Petri dish of 2019/2020 featuring bushfires, storms, COVID-19 and lockdowns, the club is enjoying a vibrant growth in membership, use of the course and has continued its ambitious drive to continue course improvements.
Few courses in Sydney can match the combination of tranquility and challenge found at Cromer Golf Club. Nestled by the shores of Narrabeen Lake and Gadigal National Park, the tributary that meanders its way across nine holes of the Cromer layout combines with the bushland setting and astute design to test players’ course management from the opening tee shot.
Placement in the fairway and judicious club selection are also necessary to hit the portion of the green that provides the best chance for birdie or par. (A hint for new players: avoid being above the hole at all costs.) The bentgrass putting surfaces for which Cromer is renowned are always presented in immaculate condition and serve as stout defenders of a course that measures less than 6,000 metres from the back tees and 5,350 from the reds.
Under the guidance of senior course staff Leon Hennessy (superintendent) and David Hurst (assistant superintendent), the club is nearing completion of it’s bunker renovation program that has further elevated the playing conditions for members. With bunker drainage and construction all being revitalised, the end result is a course package that shouts come out and play.
The club’s competition structure sees a predominance of popular medley events with at least one day each mid-week playing host to a men’s or women’s specific event. Players at Cromer enjoy the added flexibility of choosing a tee to suit them depending on the tees in use during competition. Turn up for competition and feel like a test from the back? Or a more genial hit from the forward tees? No problem, and at Cromer you’re still in the comp of the day.
While the course is the underlying platform for members to enjoy the club, the capacity and drive to offer a calendar of social events is prevalent. With an engaging mixture of traditional golf club events such as nine-and-dines, interspersed with more adventurous outings such as Australia Day alfresco dinner and the inaugural Cromer World Long Drive Championship, the Cromer offering is confident on delivering on its objective to be its members’ favourite place.
Opportunities for play are available for prospective members, via a member’s invitation or with club-hosted annual open tournaments for seniors, mid-amateurs, juniors and the Cromer Bowl. We welcome you to join the egalitarian mix of members, and make Cromer your favourite place.