In 1989 the Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club was an artist’s impression, a model and a dream. The vision of the developers has seen the construction of an imposing clubhouse and championship golf course.
Officially opening in 1994 Terrey Hills was the first new course to be constructed in Sydney for over twenty years, at the time introducing a new system of membership ensuring the highest standards of prestige and exclusivity.
A Unique Environment
Every element contributed to the success of this project; the choice of location, the massive $100 million investment in developing the site part of which was once a barren quarry.
Add the unparalleled standard of design and execution of the course build, the magnificent clubhouse and the unique membership structure.
The Course was designed by Graham Marsh Golf Design Pty Ltd (GMGD) and constructed by the ABI Group. The Club is intent on retaining the integrity of the Course as envisaged by the original Course designer.
The utilisation of Graham’s 40 years’ experience as a touring golf professional and his more than 30 years as a Golf Course Architect, has allowed GMGD to establish itself as one of the world’s leading golf course architecture companies.
Construction of the golf course involved the participation of seven companies, its advanced design and superb visual appeal created by Graham Marsh through Marsh Watson, a group with notable accomplishments in golf course design, both in Australia and overseas.
Every element contributed to the success of this project; the choice of location, the massive $100 million investment in developing the site part of which was once a barren quarry, the unparalleled standard of design and execution of the course, the magnificent clubhouse and the debenture style membership structure.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Graham Marsh was a regular winner on the European, Japanese and the PGA Tour of Australasia. He won several events in Asia outside Japan and one on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, the 1977 Heritage Classic. Marsh had an outstanding win rate on the European Tour. He had 56 wins in all in his regular career.
As a senior, Marsh played extensively in the United States on the Champions Tour winning six events including two senior majors: the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and the 1999 Tradition.
Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club was planned and developed by Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club Holdings Ltd., a joint venture between Lansura Pty Ltd and Tokyo Dome Corp (both being experienced in golf course development), and Sanki Shoji Co Ltd.
After more than 21 years of growth and consolidation, the club and course changed hands in 2016, and is continually improving with renewed passion and investment.
Terrey Hills was an early adopter of automated golf cart technology. Carts were self-driving and were not allowed on the fairways, only able to follow the cart paths. This was designed to protect the fairways from too much traffic.
Well before rangefinders and GPS, players were expected to take several clubs to their ball. The carts were a good idea but didn’t last long.
Over the years THGCC has developed into a dynamic club, building its own rich tradition and hosting premier events like the Canon Challenge, played at Terrey Hills on five occasions, and the Australian Women’s Open in 2003.
Terrey Hills is a testing Championship venue, and now hosts many Golf NSW and Australian Amateur events earning the respect of golfing bodies around Australia.
Course Greens were re-surfaced in 2010 with an A1/A4 blend and the surrounds to Santa Ana couch. Works were carried out by Golf Shapes Australia. At the time of re-surfacing the greens were reconstructed to USGA specifications and as a result some undulations changed slightly. These works were carried out with the approval of GMGD.
The result has been outstanding, with a significant improvement in root depth, turf quality and consistency.
Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club has met the challenge of breaking new ground, literally and figuratively, and now offers members significant ongoing personal and business benefits.
The Club currently boasts a membership of 750 which includes leading Australian and international corporations and a private membership of Sydney’s elite.