Forster Tuncurry Golf Club began in 1950 with a 9-hole course which was laid out by A. W. East from Sydney. Two more holes were added shortly after then more land was acquired to allow an expansion of the layout to eighteen holes in 1970.
The course became so popular that it was decided to form another club named The Great Lakes on a coastal stretch nearby. When it opened for play in 1984, the other course was actually just an offshoot of Forster Tuncurry Golf Club, called Tuncurry (with the original course called Forster).
The original Forster course occupies a very tight, 70-acre property next to One Mile Beach, with an overall length less than 4,900 metres. Played to a par of 66, there’s only one par five on the card (at the 13th) and seven par threes that vary in length from 143 metres on the 14th to 197 metres on the 1st.
Wedged into a tight 70 acre site surrounded by housing and roads, the original course at Forster is also divided by a road.
Around the clubhouse the front nine moves through gently rolling terrain, touching One Mile Beach at the intriguing 5th hole- undoubtably the best hole on the course
Forster is an easy walk with tree lined fairways and low profile greens. It's not a long course. It has a par of 66 and measures nearly 4900 metres off the back tees It's all very pleasant with a bit of a holiday feel.
However the course changes when it crosses the road after the tenth hole. Holes 11 through 17 occupy a very small parcel of land and are claustrophobically tight. I don't think I have ever seen a series of holes where the lines of play are so constrained. Tall trees each side of these fairways demand accuracy off the tee. It's a bit unique. I like it!
The Forster course is a nice local course. The course is centrally located, easy to walk, pleasant to play - and the members love it
There are some nice holes- the 5th in particular- and those 'avenue' holes in the back nine are memorable and fun to play. Members are blessed to also have the Tuncurry course which I think is a bit 'special'.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.