PAR 72



Vardon Road
Fern Bay NSW 2295

02 4928 1365

Welcome to Newcastle Golf Club.

Located at the mouth of the Hunter River, a two hour drive from Sydney, Newcastle is one of only two courses in NSW given international recognition by the panel of experts rating the World’s Top 100 Courses. It has recently been rated “International Honourable Mention”, meaning that it has won sufficient points to be worthy of inclusion in the Top 100 courses outside the USA.

As only a handful of the World Panel have played in Newcastle, it speaks volumes that those who have played this hidden gem rate it so highly.

Australian Golf Digest ranks Newcastle number 20 in Australia (All Courses – March 2018)

A true championship course of 6200 metres (6780 yards), it is based on undulating sand dunes like those of the great historic links of Great Britain and Ireland. However, instead of fairways lined by gorse and heather, Newcastle is carved out of a forest of eucalypts and angophoras abounding in native flora and fauna, including kookaburras, bearded dragons and wallabies, making it a delightful as well as a challenging course to play.

Although the course is situated only a few kilometres from the busy industrial city and port of Newcastle, the wide bands of trees separating the fairways give a feeling of peaceful isolation from the cares of the world. Facilities include a full-length practice fairway, large chipping and putting greens, fully serviced golf shop, bar and catering.

Our famous string of holes – 5th, 6th and 7th


Ranked as one of the 20 best holes in Australia, Newcastle Golf Club’s 5th hole is a favourite with the members. The second shot on the 5th hole at Newcastle is 368 metres, par 4 dogleg left, where a good drive finishes in a lovely swale, leaving a demanding mid to long iron shot to the green. Into a stiff southerly on-shore breeze, the second shot may frequently need to be a fairway wood.
The green is tightly guarded by bunkers on both sides, the deep one on the left being particularly demanding. It is nearly impossible to run the ball onto this green, as a ridge in front of the green guides it unfailingly into the bunkers on either side.

The acclaimed hole was also featured by renowned golfing journalist Tom Ramsey in his book, The Best 18 Holes in Australia. Be proud if you make par on the 5th, as one of the top ranked holes in Australia, par is a real accomplishment.

The 367m, par 4, 6th hole at Newcastle Golf Club is ranked in the top 500 golf holes in the world. The drive must be very straight to avoid the steep hill and the trees on the left, and the slope on the right which guides the ball into rough and more trees. The second shot must hit the elevated green on the full to avoid the severe penalty of a short shot running 20 or 30 metres back down the hill.

The slope on the green keeps golfers fully concentrated if they want to two-putt. As one of only sixteen holes from Australia to be featured in The Best 500 Holes in the World, the 6th provides an exciting challenge for any golfer.

The stunning and testing 7th hole at Newcastle Golf Club continually wins design acclaim and is ranked as one of the best 18 holes in the world, outside of the USA and the British Isles. This fantastic par 3, has deep front bunkers requiring the golfer to hit his ball onto the green – and to hold it there. Shots that are too long roll down the slope at the back of the green. A delicate chip shot is needed for the golfer to secure his par. Despite its design acclaim many members would argue for the 485 metre par 5 10th hole, with its undulations requiring blind tee and second shots, to be a better hole, or the two short par 4s, the 8th and the 11th.

So why not come and experience NSW’s Number 1 regional course and make your own mind up on our top ranked golf holes.

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