The Lakes is an historic Sydney club and has long been a site of big professional events dating back to appearances by legends of golf including Lloyd Mangrum, Ky Lafoon, Harry Cooper and Paul Runyon.
In the late 1960s the airport to city freeway cut through the middle of the wonderful old course and Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge were commissioned to make a new course, which opened for play in 1971. Over time its character and feel changed and in 2007 the members agreed to our suggestion that the course should celebrate the original look of the windswept, open links that was the original design and a concept Von Hagge and Devlin had embraced. The greens are certainly now more wildly contoured than the originals but the course is one that is fun to play primarily because the holes ask interesting questions.
The Lakes has hosted the Australian Open three times in recent years. Geoff Ogilvy won the first one on the new course in 2010, Greg Chalmers and Peter Senior followed in 2011 and 2012 and the Open returns in 2018.