Narooma Golf Club
If you’re a travelling golfer heading down to New South Wales’ south coast, Narooma golf club is simply unmissable.
Yes, it is known for its famous 3rd hole, but don’t disregard Narooma as a one-trick pony. There is plenty to like during your round here.
After all, it wouldn’t consistently be named in Australia’s top 100 courses for the last three decades if it wasn’t exciting.
THE STORY BEHIND NAROOMA GOLF CLUB
Narooma Golf Club was designed by John Spencer and opened in 1980.
It was Spencer’s first designed course and has since teamed up with legendary golfer Jack Newton and Graeme Grant renovating premier courses like Huntingdale (VIC) and The Links Lady Bay (SA).
During the devastating bushfires of 2020, Narooma Golf Club housed hundreds of stranded locals who were evacuated from their homes. Their location right by the ocean and wide-open layout allowed it to be spared from the flames.
THE NAROOMA COURSE
Narooma Golf Club’s opening seven holes play on the cliff tops looking out to stunning ocean scenery. The 2nd and signature 3rd are the picks of the bunch, with the former playing from an elevated tee down to a fairway that sweeps uphill to a green right on the cliff.
From there the next ten holes follow back inland where the fairways are lined with imposing native gum trees. It is a completely different style of golf amongst the woodland a world away from the coastline.
The final two holes return you back to the Pacific. The 18th is said to be the best naturally designed hole at Narooma. From the tee, you will play uphill toward the clubhouse, before the layout doglegs at a 90-degree angle toward the ocean. A beautiful, uninterrupted approach awaits.
This is your last chance to take it all in.
THE SIGNATURE HOLE
Never in doubt, Narooma Golf Club’s 3rd hole is its signature. It is even regarded as one of Australia’s very best par 3’s.
It is absolutely mesmerising; you’ll completely forget the challenge that lies. The tee shot is dangerous with the ocean taking anything hit left or over the green. Regardless of how you fare you won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
DID YOU KNOW
The course’s signature 3rd hole is affectionately known “Hogan’s Hole.” It was named after legendary Aussie larrikin, Paul Hogan, who filmed a Winfield cigarette commercial where the hole is positioned in the mid-70s.
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