Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club: Course Review

Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club

YOU constantly hear the waves crashing on the magnificent Seven Mile Beach as you play the Shoalhaven Heads Golf Course but you never get a glimpse of the water.

That’s because even though the beach is just a few score metres away over the sand hills there is quite heavy coastal bushland blocking the view.

In some places that might be a negative but here it is not.

With the beach running the entire length of the eastern side and national park bordering the north the Shoalhaven Heads course has been literally carved out of the coastal scrub.

For the vast majority of your playing time at the course you are fully enclosed by the bush, with only the crashing waves to the east and Mount Coolangatta peaking over the trees to the west to remind you your location is a strip of land a couple of hours south of Sydney on the NSW coast.

The rest of the world could be a million miles away, and on a golf course that is definitely a plus.

In fact, on many of the holes the bush marks the out of bounds areas, giving you even more of the feeling you are fully enclosed in a little golfing paradise.

As for the playability of the course itself, it seems to have many instant converts and I ended up there largely because of the very positive word of mouth it kept getting (from fellow south coast golfers) about its continued development.

And that is a proviso here: the course is currently only 15 holes so in effect the first three holes are played as is twice. Negotiations, planning and financial efforts are underway for the remaining holes.

Though it is an easy walking course with no dramatic geographic features (apart from its actual location) very thoughtful design has made it constantly interesting to play.

Many of the fairways are undulating, there is extensive well placed bunkering and the coastal scrub means keeping straight is often the only option.

A key feature are the very large, undulating and hard surfaced greens that make putting a challenging delight.

Not super quick on the day I played, but often the opportunity for some very long putts on contoured but very true putting surfaces.

All in all Shoalhaven Heads is an interesting course for all ages and abilities but with no big hills to climb and not overly long it does suit older golfers to a tee.

I played in the weekly Thursday morning veterans competition that usually attracts 80 to 90 men (and a growing number of women).

The Shoalhaven Heads township is an unpretentious holidaying destination with a great golf course, seven miles of glorious beach, good fishing in the Shoalhaven River and a number of local wineries and other attractions.

There are numerous caravan parks and other accommodation options.

Golfing tourists can also try other interesting nearby courses such as Nowra with its unique hillside tees and the very picturesque and enjoyable Jamberoo.

Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

2 COMMENTS

  1. Fabulous. I want to play there now!

    Anywhere near Seven Mile Beach is a good place and to now know there’s golf nearby makes it even better.

  2. Gday folks

    I recently played at Shoalhaven Heads and am pleased to report that the course is now 18 holes and fully opperational with two loops of 9 holes. The course plays a par 70 of around 5400 metres for the men and par 72 5050 metres for the ladies. The condition of the course as always is excellent with the greens in super condition. This course is now among the top courses on the south coast and at $26 for 18 holes represents excellent value.

    For those of you who have not played Shoalhaven Heads make sure you do soon as you will not be disapointed

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