Located on New South Wales northern coast, Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club occupies a unique location on Stuart Island.
The Nambucca River meets the Pacific Oean close by, and water dominates every vista
It is a glorious setting!
The golf course is squeezed into the 80 acre island property with nothing to spare.
Originally Nambucca Heads was a 9 hole course and was built after World War Two.
It wasn't until 1992 that the club engaged noted architect Ross Watson and upgraded to 18 holes.
The par 69, eighteen hole course now plays to 5281 metres off the back markers, and although short demands accuracy both off the tee and for the approach
Tight fairways lined by she oaks and paper bark trees dictate play.
There are doglegs aplenty and whatever you do, you must position your ball off the tee to allow a view of the green
Being near enough to dead flat, and only marginally above sea level, the course is ideal for walking golfers.
It is however subject to flooding.
We visited a few weeks after a particularly heavy rain period had resulted in some water damage, but the team already had the course back in decent shape
The slightly raised bent grass greens were in good shape.
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a 354 metre straightaway treelined par 4 running down the island's coast. The setting is fabulous!
- hole 2, a par 5 hard on the coastline with views to kill for..
- hole 5, a challenging par 3 over a creek to a raised green
- hole 11, a longer par 5 with water carry off the tee
- hole 12, a short par 4 with water right
- hole 13, a lovely short par in it's own dell with water ominous long
Nambucca Heads Island Golf Course is a nice course in a spectacular location.
It is an easy walk, and although short it can and will challenge a golfer's ability to stay in play, and play to position.
And there are some truly spectacular holes.
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