Top 5 Golf Courses in Sydney

Whether you’re a budding golfer or a certified pro, make sure to visit these excellent golf courses in Sydney.

Mona Vale Golf Club

With an equal combination of hilled and flat terrain for a relatively cheap $50 a round, this is the perfect place to go to for the young golfers in training. This course regularly hosts the NSW Amateur Championship as well, so you might want to consider joining that to further hone your skills.

Bankstown Golf Club

Located in the West of Sydney, Banks town Golf Club promises serene and peaceful playing. Despite its initial unassuming quality (it’s not so different from the other golf courses you’ll find in suburban Sydney), this course boasts breathtaking scenery, an upper-crust golfing experience, and none of the pesky ocean winds to deal with.

Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club

Go further down West, and you’ll find this hidden gem of a golf course. It’s around the untouched places of Eastern Creeks, which gives it its unusual layout. With bunkers and water features, this is not for the casual golfer, but for the golfer that wants to be challenged.

The Coast Golf Club

What makes this golf club stick out from the rest is its location. While you play your 18 holes, you can also admire the beauty that is Botany Bay and all of its surroundings. This is best for golfers whose sole purpose is to get their minds off of things and just relax.

Royal Sydney Golf Club

You may have heard of this golf course, and that’s because it’s served as host for the Australian Open a number of times already. Another reason you may have heard of it is that this is where John Daly famously broke a spectator’s camera back in 2008. Other than its role in golfing history, Royal Sydney Golf Club is a no frills course that offers 18 holes of challenging the play. It might not be innovative, but it will challenge your skills and make you a better player. Good luck getting in though: the membership has an incredibly long waiting list (and understandably so!). if you do finally get yourself a membership, rest assured that you won’t regret it

Who Likes Sports?

Hey and welcome to the blog!

First off I wanted to open with a real no brainer of a question: Da da dah dahhhhh!

Who likes Sports?….

Well there should be no silence after that one. But when I asked this question out a loud I was reminded of a great comedy skit from the great artists: The Lonely Island.

In case your head was not where mine was here is an update:

Hope you liked that little side note. Now back to the point of this all. I don’t just like I love sports.

I welcome you to come back here where I will be talking sports in the Sydney, Australia area and other general good stuff to keep you entertained

Top 5 All-Time Legendary Sports Personalities

Over the years, the world has had the opportunity to witness some of the best sports athletes of all time. The following sports figure names have earned themselves legendary status over time.

1. Muhammad Ali

Perhaps one of the most celebrated sports personality of all times, Muhammad Ali set high standards for would-be boxers. His greatest quote that resonates throughout the world says “I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest.

Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.” Ali was the greatest boxer of his time. An Olympic winner and a seasoned heavyweight boxer, Ali’s prowess in boxing remained one of the most formidable personality in the 20th century.

Ali won his first boxing championship title in 1964 in what was the start of endless wins and greatness. He was named Sportsman of the Century in 1999 by Sports Illustrated followed by “Personality of the Year” by BBC. He was bestowed “Fighter of the Year” title by Ring Magazine cementing his place in history books.

2. Pele

His full name was Edison Arantes do Nascimento or simply Pele. Pele is arguably the best soccer player the world has seen. Pele is the only football player to be part of three winning World Cup teams playing for Brazil. He scored well over a thousand goals, 1281, to be specific in his illustrious careers. His world cup winning medals were won in 1958, 1962 and 1966.

His trophy collection and accomplishments include the best young player in the World Cup, Silver boot and ball in the 1958 FIFA World Cup and much more. Pele had a goal per game ratio and is the all-time Brazilian goal scorer, a feat that is still unmatched and probably won’t be broken.

3. Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin remains the greatest batsmen the world has seen. He was part of the Indian Cricket team that won the 2011 world cup held in India. He is the only cricket player to have scored thirty thousand runs in his career and has participated in 200 test matches. He retired from cricket in 2013.

Early in his life, Sachin took on cricket at the age of 11 and went onto have a successful 24 year run in cricket. Among his achievements is the Bharat Ratna awards which are Indian’s highest civilian awards for his great sports career. He is the only player to score 100 international centuries and is still the only cricketer to score a double century in an international.

4. Michael Schumacher

The German is one of the greatest Formula One driver of all time. In 1995, Schumacher becomes the youngest world champion for the double formula one race. He was a Formula One champion for seven good years dating back to 1994 where he started off with Benetton and won two consecutive championships.

He would later move to Ferrari and won back to back titles from 2000-20014. For eleven years with Ferrari, Schumacher won an unprecedented five times. His honors included the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2002 and 2004 and the FIA Gold Medal for Motor Sports in 2006.

5. Usain Bolt – “Lightning Bolt”

Bolt has been called the fastest man on earth after clocking a world record time of 9.69 seconds in the 100-meter race at the Olympics. The Jamaican has had an illustrious career winning numerous medals in all international stages in a short span of time. He has been awarded World Athlete of the Year by IAAF, Overseas Sports Personality of the Year by BBC, World Sportsman of the Year by Laureus among much more.

Rugby in Australia

Everywhere around the world, the word Rugby is used to describe the sport of Rugby Union. However in Australia Rugby League is so much more prominent, especially in Sydney.

The sport of Rugby League in Australia currently has 16 teams and they are spread around the country as follows:

  • NSW: 10 teams
  • QLD: 3 teams
  • VIC: 1 Team
  • ACT: 1 team
  • NZ: 1 Team

As you can see the teams are heavily weighted on the east coast of Australia, so much so that the sport has branched off to New Zealand to incorporate a team from this neighboring country into the competition.

Even out of the 10 teams from NSW, 9 come from Sydney, with one from Newcastle just a couple hours North. This is mainly due to the fact that Australian Rugby League was professionally born in Sydney back around 1907.

From then many teams have come and gone and the sport has gone many changes. Branching out of Sydney the sport introduced teams from WA, SA, VIC, North and South QLD and NZ. Since then only the QLD, VIC and NZ teams survived. The main reason I believe that the SA and WA teams could not make it is due to the largely popular sport of AFL in these cities and states.

AFL it huge in VIC and other states in Australia. After all its hard not to be patriot about a sport that has Australia in it name! Australian Football League stands strong Australia wide however it only has one team in Sydney as Sydney is dominated by Rugby League.

We often find leading sportsmen of the game looking for bigger and better things and these top players of the sport are often poached by international sports by the lure of more money. We have seen this time and time again where leading sport stars of Rugby League try the hand at Gridiron or even Rugby Union. However the most common occurrence when this happens is that the players find the new sport too unnatural for them. They need to learn new strategies and develop new instincts in this foreign game play.

Going from the top of their field to a complete newbie in a higher paid sport can be very intimidating and often sends the money hungry sportsmen back to their original location. Welcomed back by their fans who often forgive them when they come back they hopefully have some more money in their pocket  for the trial and the greater understanding that this is where they and their skill belong.

A great example of this was with internationally famous basketballer – Michael Jordan. At the peak of his career he was looking for a new challenge and undoubtedly a larger paycheck. Changing sports from Basketball to Baseball may be a hard decision to understand. For me the only similarities are they both start with the letter B! Well he went for it anyway and to no-one’s surprise came crawling back to his original successful position on the Chicago Bulls.

Of course his fans loved him even more and he was praised for trying something new however we all knew that his real talent was with B-Ball.