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Golf Australia Express : 50 Favourite Aust Golf Courses
44 NAROOMA GOLF CLUB NAROOMA, NSW www.naroomagolf.com.au VOTES: 227 “From the seaside cliffs and million dollar views to the tree-lined fairways on the back nine, there is no more beautiful place to play.” – Nicole Anderson READER COMMENT: 1 Ballingalla Street, Narooma NSW 2546 www.naroomagolf.com.au (02) 44 76 0500 For golfers, no visit to the south coast of NSW is complete without playing a round at Narooma’s famous golf course. With its unique and stunning coastal setting, the course is both a challenge for serious golfers and a pleasure to play for the not-so-serious. Perched atop cliffs jutting over the Pacific Ocean, the course is split into two distinct sections. The first seven holes are coastal links at its finest and bring in all the challenges of playing golf near rugged coastline, including whimsical wind changes, elevated tees and perplexing doglegs. The obvious highlight is the 141 metre par 3 third hole, which is ranked among the top short holes in the country. On any given day players could use anywhere from a sand wedge to a three iron to clear the sea cavern and try to hold the small green. The final hole on the coastal stretch is a tough 424 metre par 4 seventh that requires two breathtaking shots to match the scenery you’ll see en route to the blind green. It is the longest of the strong collection of par 4s at Narooma that range in distance to include three risk-and-reward short par 4s. The final 10 holes revert inland to a traditional parklands layout carved into the forest and natural lakes. The back nine comes to life on the 369 metre par 4 13th with a blind tee short that needs to avoid the dam to set up a tricky downhill approach to a two- tier green. It sets the standard for the remainder of the course, which demands accuracy to score well. The final four holes provide an opportunity to cash in on hopefully astute play earlier on in the round. Two short holes and two reachable par Ss mean birdie comes into play on every hole if the fairway is found and players play within their limits. The 450 metre par 15 18th is the standout among the par Ss, with a long tee shot down the left setting up a choice to go for the green in two or lay over the trees – either way, it’s a spectacular finish to a stunning course that is deservedly in the top echelon of public access courses in Australia. Post-round you can enjoy a great meal at Pauls On The Course in the clubhouse. Stay and play packages are also available.
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