Situated on the rugged cliffs of Sydney’s La Perouse headland, the spectacular New South Wales Golf Club overlooks Botany Bay where Captain James Cook first sailed into Australia aboard the Endeavour in 1770. For golfers, however, it was the visit of another intrepid British pioneer which gives this site its special historical significance. During his 1926 stay in Australia, legendary designer Dr Alister MacKenzie visited the La Perouse site to design a course for the newly formed club. Enthused by its potential, MacKenzie produced the initial routing map for the course, though its subsequent success cannot be solely credited to his design genius, as the work of Eric Apperly in completing the architect’s plans after he departed was also pivotal.