When I was a kid, if we went to the local Country Club the most kid friendly thing we could do was sip on a fire engine. However these days kids are well and truly spoilt with playgrounds, baby animals, colouring in and more at their local Country Club. The awesome Lynwood Country Club in the North West Sydney suburb of Pitt Town is the perfect example of this.
For those of you who are geographically challenged in Sydney, Pitt Town is located in the Hawkesbury region. Despite it not having a particulary glamorous name, Pitt Town is a really lovely semi rural area full of paddocks of green grass and sprawling homes. And if you are of the same vintage as I am, you may also be interested to know that once upon a time it was the film location of that iconic Australian show - A Country Practice (I am still emotionally scarred by Molly's death!).
The Lynwood Country Club occupies a perfect spot over looking its golfing green and some nearby farms - it almost feels like you've gone to the country (and some people would indeed think you had). There's loads of parking and as it is a really spacious venue, it's a great place to catch up with fellow breeders. Being a Club you will need to sign in if you aren't a member (or join up if you live within a 6km radius). Membership is really cheap ($5.50 p.a. for a social m'ship) and worth every cent, as you receive discounts on your drinks and food - so you will easily recoup your outlay after one visit.
The Club has a large indoor seating area, but if you are dining with kidlets you need to head out to the terrace - because this is where all the fambam action is. There is one very decent sized and fully enclosed playground for kids to muck around in, whilst you enjoy a drink and soak up the view. There are quite a few tables surrounding the playground so if you arrive early (especially on weekends) you can hopefully supervise older kids from your seat and not have to get up too often to sort out the inevitable playground tantrums (see below). There is play equipment suitable for both big and little kids.
Just past the playground you will find an aviary that is home to many pretty birdies, that you can say hullo to. There is a sign advising you to be careful of little fingers poking through the wire mesh enclosure, as they may get nipped by the residents! A bit further on is a chook house that is home to one handsome rooster, who looks like he has had a visit to the local blow dry bar. His harem also flap about in here too. Once again keep little fingers away in case they are mistaken for a wriggly worm!
On weekends the Lynwood Country Club has an animal nursery where your kidlets can get up close and personal with all sorts of small animals, and some big ones too. From 12pm - 3pm on Saturdays, and 11.30am - 3.30pm on Sundays, kids can have a hands on experience at "the farm" which is perfect for city slickers who don't venture out of the the city limits too often.
The farm theme continues for kids at Lynwood with pages of farm inspired colouring in available at the Terrace Grill's front counter, and also with the names of the meals on the kids menu. From the Farmer's Pasta, to the Chicken Salad and Barnyard Burger, there is a good mix of choices on the menu which is great to see. You can even substitute hot chips for vegies and salad. Table water, soft drinks, juice and babycinos are available as are every kids favourite - the slushie. On Monday nights during the NRL season, if a kidlet is wearing a footy jersey they receive a free slushie too.
The kids menu from the Terrace Grill hovers around the $10 mark and it includes Moo Moo ice cream and topping for dessert. Our lads had the Farmhouse Burgers for lunch and they are like a mini cheeseburger slider - the perfect size for small tummies. When your children have finished their lunch, you go back inside and ask for their ice cream.
There is also a cafe section inside too, in case you are just after a spot of morning tea. There are tempting cookies, cakes and slices available as well as pies, sausage rolls and toasted sandwiches. They use Piazza Doro coffee beans, and they also have a decent selection of organic teas for non coffee drinkers. I would recommend this as a great place to meet up with your mother's group for morning tea as the whole place is very pram friendly. There is a baby change table in the handicapped loo, and of a morning I don't think it would be as busy as it would be at lunch time - so get the girls together and go for a drive. There's nothing like a dose of good fresh country air to make little ones sleep all the way home. The cafe is open from 10am each day.
The adults menu from the Terrace Gril covers all of your classic club favourites. Most dietary requirements are looked after and the portion sizes are huge! The steak sandwich was mammoth ($19.50) and could easily be shared between two girlfriends, but perhaps not between two big blokes. You order and pay for your meals inside and a member of staff will bring them to your table when they are ready. For drinkie poos you also need to head inside to the bar. The wine list is made up of the standard club type of wines, but there is also Moet, in case you are celebrating something special (or just want to treat yourself).
If you are looking for a new birthday party venue for your offspring, the Lynwood Country Club also host kids birthday parties! Once again they have a good mix of menus available as well as party hosts and lots more. Packages start at $29.95 - click on this link to find out more information. During school holidays, kids golfing clinics and special kid themed days are held, so keep an eye on their facebook page for what's coming up.
253 Pitt Town Bottoms Rd
Pitt Town NSW
Open 7 days from 10am