A round or two of golf is always a great way to get the pals together and let go of some stress in the open air. We’ve popped together a list of all our local golf courses so you’ll always know where to head during your stay. With plenty of options scattered throughout the region, your next hole in one is never far away.
1. Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort
Why not make golf the focal point of your holiday? At Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort, you can stay and play, all in the one location. The golf course, set in the picturesque rolling hills of Kangaroo Valley, is a beautiful place to soak up some sun and fun. There are 18 holes to be enjoyed here and even some of the best golfers might be pleasantly challenged by the undulating fairways and testing greens. At the end of the day, head back to the self contained on-site cabins that offer fantastic views of the surrounding escarpment. There’s also a swimming pool, giant outdoor chess board and board games galore to really take the relaxation game up a notch.
2. Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club
This golf course backs onto stunning Seven Mile Beach, making it easy to mix a day on the green with a dip in the sea. Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club is regarded as one of the best courses on the South Coast of NSW, boasting a fantastic natural links type landscape. This means that the ground of the course is firm and sandy, populated by hearty grass that provides an ideal playing surface. Many golfing enthusiasts love this type of course as they believe it delivers the game in its purest form. The holes can be quite testing but you can always cap off a challenging round with a well deserved beer from the verandah that overlooks the beautifully manicured green. The golf club is also just minutes away from historic Berry, which is well worth visiting for its bustling cafes, restaurants and excellent antique shops.
3. Nowra Golf & Recreation Club
Nestled in between the mighty Shoalhaven River on one side and sweeping escarpment on the other, Nowra Golf & Recreation Club is a player’s outdoor paradise. Some of the 18 holes have actually been carved into the natural landscape, providing tees that sit high above the fairways and reward golfers with spectacular river views. This place is somewhat of a South Coast golfing institution and has been around since the 1950s. The lovely tree-lined grounds are a wonderful sight, particularly in the cooler months when the autumn leaves breathe life and colour to the course.
4. Sussex Inlet Golf Club
Prefer to play at a more relaxed venue with a quaint family vibe? At Sussex Inlet Golf Club, the smaller 9 hole course is packaged up in a chilled out atmosphere for those who might not want to take their golf game too seriously. All visitors have the option of playing 9 or 18 holes and the little ones are encouraged to join in on all the golfing action too. There is often wildlife roaming freely on the grounds so you might even get a friendly smile from a local wallaby as you tee off. Not a bad golfing partner for the day!
5. Mollymook Golf Club
Visitors staying in or near the coastal town of Mollymook are lucky enough to be close to two different golf courses. They’re both operated by the Mollymook Golf Club: one is the Hilltop Course and the other is the Beachside Course. If you choose to play at Hilltop, you’ll be blessed with 18 holes surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt bushland and still be able to hear the waves crashing onto Mollymook Beach. This course is affectionately known as “The Ultimate Challenge” and great for golfers who’d like to test their game a bit. Down at the Beachside course, the vibe is a little bit more easygoing and social, perfect for newcomers to the sport. The grounds provide unrivalled views of the ocean and wrap around lovely Collers Beach Inlet.
6. Worrigee Links Golf Course
Located within Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens Sports Club, Worrigee Links Golf Course feels like a little piece of golfing heaven. The lush, open fairways and perfectly manicured greens provide a pleasurable place to tee off for the day. Whether you’re a pro, experienced enthusiast or just a beginner golfer, you’ll definitely enjoy a round or two here on a golfing holiday. The pro-shop is open every day as well and run by resident expert Greg Drummond, who has all the knowledge to guide you along your journey to becoming the next Tiger Woods! After wrapping up your game, head into the sports club for a well-earned beer and meal overlooking the golf course to cap it all off. The club also offers a “Green Fee Special” on Mondays and Fridays, where you can have access to the green for an all day, all you can play extravaganza!
7. Callala Country Golf Club
Just a stone’s throw from Jervis Bay, this golf course is situated within Club Callala and boasts breathtaking views of Mother Nature. Golfers can enjoy a leisurely round in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and can then pop over to take a stroll and a dip at one of the stunning white sand beaches surrounding Callala Bay. During your visit, you might even get the chance to share the green with some of the local wildlife. Kangaroos and water birds often roam freely across the grounds, and the lorikeets and cockatoos call out to each other from the treetops above. You can play a choice of 9 or 18 holes here and feel like you’re in a national park rather than a golf course!
8. The Country Club, Vincentia & St Georges Basin
A couple of other nearby golfing gems are the Country Club locations in Vincentia and St Georges Basin. At the Vincentia course, the greens are picturesquely positioned on top of a hill and players are rewarded with spectacular views of Jervis Bay Marine Park. Nestled in amongst unspoilt bushland, it’s a great place to escape the craziness of modern life for the day. There are currently 13 challenging holes here with plans to expand in the future. Just a short drive down the road will lead you to the course at St Georges Basin, where the furry friends are also in abundance on the grounds. The early holes are a great place to start for beginners but don’t be fooled, the more experienced golfers will be met with some challenges along the way. Both Country Club venues have a variety of food and drink options but we recommend dining on some Chinese cuisine at the Bamboo River Restaurants, available in both locations.