Newcastle Golf Club in Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia | Golf
Located at the mouth of the Hunter River, two hour's drive from Sydney, Newcastle is one of only two courses in NSW given international recognition by the panel of experts rating the World's Top 100 Courses. It has recently been rated "International Honourable Mention", meaning that it has won sufficient points to be worthy of inclusion in the Top 100 courses in the USA. As only a handful of the World Panel have played in Newcastle, it speaks volumes that those who have played this hidden gem rate it so highly. GolfAustralia magazine ranks Newcastle 13 in Australia.
A true championship course of 6160 metres (6800 yards), it is based on undulating sand dunes like those of the great historic links of Great Britain and Ireland. However, instead of fairways lined by gorse and heather, Newcastle is carved out of a forest of Eucalypts and angophoras abounding in native flora and fauna, including kookaburras, bearded dragons and kangaroos, making it a delightful as well as a challenging course to play.
Although the course is situated only a few kilometres from the busy industrial city and port of Newcastle, the wide bands of trees separating the fairways give a feeling of peaceful isolation from the cares of the world.