Home to some of the most picturesque and challenging golf courses in Australia, the NSW South Coast is the ultimate location for a golfing holiday. The Eurobodalla region alone has half a dozen courses to choose from, each with their own unique draws – including arguably the most iconic par 3 in the country. For golfers looking to play a full 18 holes, Narooma Golf Course, Club Catalina and Moruya Golf Club all offer a fantastic day out on the green.
Narooma Golf Club
When Paul Hogan filmed a Winfield commercial on the third hole in the mid-1970s, the Aussie comedian didn’t just leave behind a name for the now-famous par 3 requiring players to hit over the ocean to a clifftop green, but also helped to immortalise Narooma Golf Club as one of the nation’s must-play courses.
Boasting panoramic Pacific Ocean views from the opening six holes, the par 72 course then meanders around a coastal lagoon, making the entire course incredibly scenic. Look out for the mysterious graves on the fifth hole marked by three white crosses, rumoured to belong to aviation pioneers who crashed on the site when flying from nearby Montague Island.
With the South Coast’s rugged coastline visible to the north, Montague Island to the east and Glasshouse Rocks to the south, the clubhouse also offers fantastic views along with four bars, a whale-watching platform complete with binoculars, and Paul’s on the Course Brassiere, with fresh Narooma seafood, including local oysters, a star feature of the menu.
It might not have the ocean views of Narooma Golf Course, but Club Catalina in Batemans Bay – which celebrated its centenary in 2020 – has its own unique attraction in the form of an abundance of kangaroos that can often be seen grazing alongside the fairways of this par 72 championship course. Free from steep climbs and back-breaking bunker shots, Club Catalina’s mostly flat, attractively landscaped fairways make for a relaxing golf day. Known as The Red, The White and The Blue, the three nine-holers can be played in any combination, making this well-kept course a great option for players keen to tackle several rounds. Anchored by the buzzing Catalina Restaurant, which also offers takeaway wood-fired pizzas, the recently refurbished clubhouse offers all the amenities a golfer could want for, from a well-stocked pro shop to big screens streaming the match of the day.
Moruya Golf Club
Tucked behind Moruya’s charming town centre, just off the Princes Highway, Moruya Golf Club is a fine option for players who love to tee off in a countryside setting. Similarly to Club Catalina, the par 71 course is relatively flat, with beautifully manicured greens including the vast double green shared by holes 9 and 18, and a prevailing north-easterly breeze providing relief on hot summer days. With some heavily bunkered greens, tight doglegs and water in play for half the course, however, the layout will keep most players on their toes. Be sure to check the course information page on the club’s website before you tee off, which lists handy tips for approaching each hole.
Looking out over the course, the large, modern clubhouse features the Double Green restaurant, a pro shop where you can also grab refreshments to go, and the Fairway Bar, which hosts the best happy hour in town on Fridays and Saturdays, with $4 tap beer and wine. Visit the Moruya Golf Club website for the full schedule of popular weekly events.
Mogo’s back in business
As one of the towns hardest hit by the South Coast bushfires in December 2019, the region’s rapid recovery has been nothing short of inspiring. Mogo’s beautiful green pastures have begun to regenerate and many of the town’s businesses have already reopened. Plans are also underway to start rebuilding structures that were completely devastated by fire.
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden
Technically, we all know that July is mid winter. But this year, as the Eurobodalla Shire Regional Botanic Garden prepares to reopen on July 4, the feeling of renewal means that in these parts it feels decidedly like spring.
Entertain the kids
From whale watching to kid friendly walks, beaches aren’t the only way to entertain the kids on this stretch of the coast.