Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club
Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club is a naturally spectacular course set in the stunning Southern Highlands region of NSW.
Although it is situated miles away from the sea, the course was inspired by the links-style courses in Scotland. The sweeping ryegrasses, wide undulating fairways, classy hole names and even the old school clubhouse, all pay homage to the origins of the game.
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THE STORY BEHIND MOUNT BROUGHTON GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Although the clubhouse looks like it has been there for centuries, Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club only opened for play in the summer of 1994.
The course was designed by pro golfers Frank Phillips and Bill Dunk, the latter winning the second most Australian PGA Championships (5) behind Kel Nagle (6).
From its inception, the club rapidly grew throughout the late 90s rising through the country’s course rankings. Today, it is still the number one course for travelling golfers to visit when in the Southern Highlands.
THE MOUNT BROUGHTON GOLF COURSE
Mount Broughton is a Scottish-links style course that features rolling fairways, lush greens, natural waterways and a remarkable backdrop of the mountains.
The layout is quite open which allows a strong breeze to wreak havoc on your game. The less skilled golfers will certainly be challenged with lengthy carries over long rough and water, so it might be wise to bring a few extra balls.
Some of the course’s unique holes include the 7th and 13th which have active railway lines running up the sides. You will also get some joy from the par-3s which are blocked off by a mix of ryegrass and bunkers.
The closing holes are a trio of beauties. Just from their names, you can see how each hole will play out.
The 16th a par-3 heavily bunkered in front of the flag is called “Risk-an-hope”, the glamorous 17th is called “Broughton’s View” and the final 18th called “WeeDram” – meaning a shot of Scotch Whiskey – tells you enough about what you’ll need at the end of the hole.
THE SIGNATURE HOLE
The signature hole at Mount Broughton comes early in your round at the 2nd hole. It is a very demanding one-shotter, especially since you haven’t been able to get fully accustomed to the environment.
The 145-metre par-3, rightly named “Long drop”, plays from an elevated tee into the breeze and is laid out tee-water-fairway-water-green, making even a lay-up a difficult option.
DID YOU KNOW
Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club’s clubhouse is ranked in Golf Digest’s top 25 clubhouses in Australia.
The clubhouse is small and simplistic, with a heritage look that makes you feel like you’re walking off one of the historic links-style courses in the British Isles.
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