Pambula Merimbula Golf Club
Pambula Merimbula Golf Club is a 27-hole golf course located on NSW’s sensational Sapphire coast. Merimbula is about halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, and while it is driveable it also has its own airport.
The club is a very popular course among travelling golfers who make up 60% of the Pambula Merimbula’s 50,000 yearly golf rounds. Its main selling point is its selling price ranking in Golf Australia’s top 20 best value for money golf courses in the country.
The course has also ranked in Australia’s top 100 public access courses and was the host of the NSW PGA Championships between 2003-2007.
THE STORY BEHIND PAMBULA MERIMBULA GOLF CLUB
Back in the day, golf clubs struggled to gain any popularity in Merimbula with two previous attempts to establish a course both unsuccessful. It wasn’t until 1965 that the club was formed and allocated 52-acres of land to begin construction.
The club’s small timber clubhouse and a nine-hole course was undertaken by volunteer labour. In 1966, it was opened for play with green fees set at 50 cents per player.
In 1974, the nine-hole layout was moved from sand greens to grass greens and five years later, nine more holes were created to make it an 18-hole course. In 1988, it had completed construction on a further nine holes to complete the 27-hole layout it is today.
THE PAMBULA MERIMBULA GOLF COURSE
Pambula Merimbula Golf Club is a challenging layout that offers a good mix of narrow driving holes and large, undulated greens. It weaves through native bushland and pristine lakes that plays to an audience of local wildlife.
The first hole is an easy introduction. A 253-metre par-4 that brave big hitters could make the green in one. Make sure you get a par there because the next hole is the toughest par-4 on the course. It is double the size of the 1st and has its green protected by multiple bunkers.
The back nine is filled with lovely tree-lined holes. Right in the middle of the nine are three back-to-back crackers. The 13th and 14th are two dogleg par-4s that both play uphill, whilst the signature 15 includes a double dogleg.
The course has left its hardest test to the last on the 18th. It spans over 400 metres and besides the first 100 metres it’s an uphill battle. Once you have reached the green, you have earned your drink at the clubhouse.
THE SIGNATURE HOLE
The 15th hole at Pambula Merimbula is described “as pretty as a picture”. It is beautifully tree-lined and features a sparkling water feature near the green.
It is also one of the easier par-5s on the course. If you manage to keep it on the fairway you can get to the green in three. Big hitters who are tempted to get there in two have a carry over water and a bunker catching anything short to contend with.
DID YOU KNOW
Scott Draper won the 2007 NSW PGA Championship at Pambula Merimbula Golf Club. Earlier that same year, he coached Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open
Not quirky enough for you? Get this, only two years earlier, he had won the mixed doubles at the Australian Open with none other than Sam Stosur as his partner.
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