It can seem a little confusing at first to discover Pymble Golf Club is actually in St Ives. But finding the club is not difficult as it’s located just across the road from Christ Church St Ives on Sydney’s upper north shore. And this is one golf club that makes quite the statement as a wedding ceremony and reception venue!
Sporting a fascinating history since its formation in 1924 and official opening in 1926, the course is wonderfully picturesque with dams, sculptured sand bunkers and rolling fairways.
The gardens make a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs and the requisite family photos. But then it’s always fun for the bridal party to drive the golf buggies around the course as there are ample opportunities amongst the trees and bushland for the location photographs. One of the most popular stops is the quaint, cobbled-stone bridge across one of the dams.
Pymble Golf Club is well-known for the variety of bird life found on the course including cockatoos, crimson & eastern rosellas, rainbow lorikeets, king parrots, magpies and kookaburras just to name a few. Yet it’s the geese, ducks and black swans often found down at the dams near the 16th hole that will add a twist to your location photographs.
Photographing in the late afternoon adds a delicate touch to the photographs as the sun is gently filtered through the trees on the western side of the course creating long shadows across the greens. It can be nice to grab some shots of the bride and groom beneath the veil as they spend a few quiet moments together before the bridal party heads back to the clubhouse.
If the family shots were not captured earlier, there is a practice green amongst the trees on the car park side that comes in handy. Inside the clubhouse the dining room has been refurbished to take full advantage of the stunning views with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Catering for functions from 10 to 200, the feel of the room is both smart and sophisticated. Outside on the wide balcony guests can delight in the rays of the setting sun through the eucalypts as they sip pre-dinner drinks and indulge in canapés.
So if you’re thinking about a wedding venue then take a good, long look at Pymble Golf Club - you won’t be disappointed.