Tura Beach Country Club
Tura Beach Country Club is a stunning 18-hole championship golf course designed by none other than legendary Aussie golfer Peter Thomson. It is located in NSW’s famous Sapphire coast and is a convenient 5-minute drive from Merimbula.
The layout presents spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from its tees and greens. The routing weaves its way around a eucalyptus forest down to the beach before returning back up to the clubhouse.
Tura Beach is one of the best non-metropolitan courses in NSW and it consistently ranks in Australia’s top 100 public-access courses. It is also a regular host of Legends tour events, Pro-Ams and regional championships.
THE STORY BEHIND TURA BEACH COUNTRY CLUB
Tura Beach Country Club was designed by 5-time Open champion Peter Thomson who aimed to create a course that means all things to all manner of golfers.
The clubhouse and first nine holes of Tura Beach were opened in 1982 to the slogan “the club with the million-dollar views”. Two years later it would be the club with an 18-hole championship golf course.
In the 1990s, it was known as one of the best layouts in NSW ranking in Golf Digest’s top 100 Australian courses.
THE TURA BEACH COURSE
Peter Thomson describes the Tura Beach Country Club as two contrasting courses. One part bears great resemblance to the classic seaside courses in Britain, whilst the other part showcases the incredible beauty of Australia’s unique forestry.
While Tura Beach is visually stunning, it is equally difficult sporting a slope rating of 135 from the ladies’ tee. This par 73 layout features large – and sometimes tiered – greens, stiff winds coming in from the Pacific and plenty of elevation changes.
The front nine plays mostly downhill as it weaves its way to the beach. The sensational views start on the 2nd. It is a short, fun par-5 that dares you to take on the green in two with a big bunker catching anything short and water wrapping around the back.
On the 3rd green and 4th tee box, you will be able to hear the soothing sounds of waves crashing on the beach as you reach sea-level.
From crashing waves to the scent of eucalyptus, the back nine routes its way through the forest in what Thomson compares the serenity to Pinehurst and Augusta.
The closing holes are absolute crackers. The picturesque 16th is a tough downhill par-5 with rolling fairways. The 17th is a risk-and-reward style par-3 that is protected by enormous bunkers. While the short 382-metre par-5 18th plays downhill from the tee before demanding a tough uphill approach.
THE SIGNATURE HOLE
The beautiful par-3 5th hole is the signature hole at Tura Beach and is ranked in Australia’s best par-3 holes.
It is 181 metres in length and is almost fully consumed by a stunning lake that disconnects the tee box from the front of the green. Short hitters will most likely find refuge on the fairway to the left, while big hitters will be tempted by the lack of bunkers to take on the flag.
DID YOU KNOW
Tura Beach Country Club was NSW’s first residential golf course.
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