Belmont Golf Club was formed in 1950, and opened it's Prosper Ellis designed course in 1952.
Notably much of the clearing and contruction work for the course was undertaken by club volunteers.
Located on the Pacific Highway between Lake Macquarie and the Pacific Ocean, Belmont is an easy couple of hours north of Sydney.
In recent years the golf club merged with the local bowling club (who relocated to the golf club site).
Subsequently two impressive covered bowling greens dominate the landscape adjacent to the clubhouse
The course has two returning nines. The front nine starts and ends in low lying marshland with water dictating lines of play.
These holes are largely flat, but can be quite challenging.
The water hazards are key- particularly given the ever present sea breezes coming off the Pacific Ocean..
As the nine moves away from the clubhouse the course moves into gently rolling terrain and tree lined fairways, and then into genuine links style holes on the beach
The back nine misses the marshland but again heads out to the beach before returning via tree lined holes.
It is the links holes you will remember, these are the holes that will bring you back to Belmont: holes 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16.
Architect James Wilcher (The Cut, Pacific Dunes) has been assisting the club upgrade the course, giving the holes along the ocean a modern links feel.
These holes are a major upgrade for Belmont Golf Club.
The exciting news is that there is a distinct possibility that the club will acquire further ocean front dunesland in the future.
Belmont has a chance to step up to the big league!
Notable holes include:
- hole 5, a mid length par 3 with a raised green and some tricky pin spots
- hole 6, a mid length par 4 with fairway bunkers both sides and a water hazard right
- hole 8, a delightful short dogleg par 4 with elevated tee on the primal dunes, and pretty green complex
- hole 14, a long strong par 4 running parallel with the beach (see pic top of page)
- hole 15, an epic par 5 also playing adjacent to the beach
- hole 16, a world class par 3 in the dunes on the seafront
Belmont is a good course with some outstanding holes- and enormous potential!
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