The Lakes Golf Club became widely known as an outstanding golf challenge with the lakes and wetlands posing beautiful albeit daunting hazards on course. In 1968 the old course was closed due to construction of Southern Cross Drive and Robert von Hagge was engaged to re-design a new course which opened for play in June 1970. The Club is a renowned Championship venue, hosting multiple tournaments including the Johnnie Walker Classic, the Greg Norman International, the PGA Championship and the prestigious Australian Open in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The golf course is renowned for its presentation and is generally regarded as one of the best wet weather courses in the region. The final nine holes bordering the Botany Aquifer and wetlands area, with an abundance of wild life, scenic views and a range of tempting golf shots, makes a round of golf at The Lakes a memorable experience.