Narooma GC

Located on the southern NSW coast Narooma is a lovely seaside holiday town.

The golf course at Narooma is the highlight of a golfing trip to this region with decent courses nearby including Tura Beach, and Merimbula.

Narooma came to fame in the 1980's with a Paul Hogan commercial filmed on the 3rd green. This hole which became known as "Hogan's hole" is certainly spectacular with a green on one side of a rocky cove, and the tee on the other. In between, a hundred feet or more below lies the heaving Pacific Ocean. Add a little wind, mix it all around- and you have the potential for a little excitment in your round.

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And everyone should stop on the tee and get a photo with the green, and the cave below as a background...

Originally a nine holer, Narooma added 9 more holes in 1980 under the guidance of John Spencer.

The original nine holes, which now feature as holes 1 to 7,  17 and 18 are routed over high cliffland beside the Pacific Ocean. The land is not wonderful for golf, but does offer some gorgeous clifftop views, and some dramatic green sites ( 2, 3, 5 & 18 ). The coastal tee on hole 4 is nice as well. This is a hilly site and the holes feature some significant elevation change- particularly on the first two holes. But there is nothing remarkable about the other holes, and I thought hole 7, despite a nice enough green setting, to be a real letdown.

The final hole on this side of the course- the 18th is also very awkward with the green tucked on a promontory. Unfortunately there is a huge dip in the fairway and vision of the latter part of the hole is blocked by the gum trees. Without those trees and with a little sculpting of the fairway 18 could present a brilliant finish with a risk/reward shot to the green you would not forget. In this scenario the hole would play as a 'cape' hole giving the player the choice of how much of the ocean to bite off.

Unfortunately as it plays now, anything short of a very long drive will require a second shot to hit wide and short to be sure of seeing the ball in play...

So the original nine is a mixture of exhilirating, and disappointing and everything in between.

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The new nine, across the road, and through the caravan park, is different land altogether. Holes 8, 9 & 16 are routed through lower flattish sandy terrain, that is somewhat reminscent of the Melbourne Sandbelt. Holes 10-14 are set in hilly eucalyptus forests with a couple of lakes thrown in, and big elevation changes- and hole 15 transitions out of the trees, over the lake, and into the sandy terrain again.

Of these, the short par 4 8th hole is the pick of the bunch, and would nicely fit into, say, Woodlands in the sandbelt. It is a lovely hole!

I must say I really enjoyed these newer holes. The ninth is a strong par 3, and the treetop tee shot on the par 5 11th was a thrill.

The fifteenth and sixteenth are also classy holes, with the lake framing the hole and defining the tee shot on 15, and then a well bunkered green adding to the drama.

Sixteen is just a lovely par 5 through low sandy terrain, and framed by gums.

Narooma is just a fun course to play, and has more substance than just Hogans Hole...it is a lovely place to play golf on holidays

 

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January2014

 

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