Mollymook Golf Club
Mollymook Golf Club is a 27-hole golf facility that is home to one of Australia’s premier public-access courses. It is located in the popular NSW beach destination of Mollymook located 3 hours south of the state’s capital, Sydney.
The famed Hilltop championship course is a beautiful bushland style that is laid out through tree-lined fairways and rolling greens. Whilst its 9-hole Beachside course boasts stunning views of Mollymook beach.
For a course ranked inside Australia’s top 100 list, it is reasonably priced and a perfect golf destination for your NSW south coast sojourn.
THE STORY BEHIND MOLLYMOOK GOLF CLUB
Mollymook Golf Club was carved out of a dense eucalyptus forest and opened for play in 1977.
It was designed by two unknown golf architects Ken McKay Snr and Bill Andriske. The former a club pro, the latter a former course superintendent.
In 2020, the surrounding region of Mollymook was devastated by the catastrophic bushfires. It’s beachside course and clubhouse became a sanctuary for displaced locals and first responders. Luckily, the club survived and their courses were unscathed.
MOLLYMOOK’S HILLTOP COURSE
Aesthetically admirable but nonetheless difficult, the Hilltop course presents itself as the ultimate golf test on NSW’s South Coast. Here you will be challenged by the length of the fairways, the accuracy of each shot you play, and how you read the large, undulating greens.
The first four opening holes are a good variety of tough par-4s. Out of the four, only the 2nd doglegs left whilst the others dogleg right at different degrees. They all have one common test – to hit the driver well and accurately from the tee.
Much like the front nine, the back nine’s first four holes are just as impressive. It starts with the steep downhill 10th and follows to the narrow tree-lined 11th.
Then there’s the par-5 13th – a local’s favourite. It’s a tough, blind tee shot to a fairway that swings sharply to the right, the rest of the hole is an illusion – it’s dead straight with a stream splitting the green. The only question left is where are you going to lay-up.
The finishing holes at Mollymook golf club are sublime. It is headlined by the signature 17th that we will get into more detail below, but it is the 18th you have to keep an eye out for. Whilst it’s the shortest par-5, you will face a challenging uphill approach to the flag which is protected by big bunkers on either side.
THE SIGNATURE HOLE
Mollymook Golf Club’s signature hole is the visually spectacular 17th. As you approach the hole, you will be seduced by the vivid colours of flowers that are blooming by the tee box. It’s a fair distraction for the challenge that lies ahead.
From the tee, you will play down a tree-lined chute to a green that is cut off by a creek – that wraps to the left – and is protected by three bunkers – two to the right and one to the left. This means that any mishit won’t go unpunished.
DID YOU KNOW
Mollymook Golf Club finished third to Bonville (1st) and Barnbougle (2nd) for Australia’s favourite course in 2020. The votes were taken from ordinary Aussie golfers and polled on Golf Australia’s website.
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