Nestled in the heart of the Eurobodalla Coast, between the mountains and the seaboard, the Moruya Golf Club course lies inside the Moruya Showgrounds, occupying around 90 of the 110 available acres.
The racecourse was up and running from 1866, but the golf course didn’t get under way until 1925, when a 9-hole layout with sand greens was brought into play. Al Howard redesigned these holes in 1966, incorporating grass greens into the layout.
Additional land was acquired during the 1980s, allowing long-time member Jim Marsden to add another nine holes in two stages.
Things do get a little cramped in the northeast corner, with back-to-back par threes at #5 and #6 squeezed into that section, and both returning nines end on the same double green, but the routing certainly makes clever use of every square centimetre of land that’s available.
Racecourse Creek plays a part in the playing strategy on several holes, most notably cutting across the fairways on the par five 1st, the par three 6th, and the wonderful par five 16th, where the water hazard snakes in front of the green twice.
Moruya GC occupies reasonably flat terrain right in the heart of the town. It is a pretty site and the combination of water hazards and verdant green fairways framed by mature trees is pleasing to the eye.
It is also a pleasure to play as 'it is an easy walk'. But Moruya will test any golfer. You need to accurate off the tee to stay on the short grass, and avoid bunkers and water with your approaches to post a score
The course bares it's teeth straight away, starting with the long par 5 first hole. Water crosses the fairway at a point which will really stretch a lot of golfers to carry for two- and if they don’t- they will struggle to get home in three- welcome to Moruya!
Moruya has been selected to host the first South Coast Championship next year as a lead into the NSW Open, surely an indication of how well the course is regarded by those in the know.
Notable holes include:
- the long par 5 opening hole with water carry testing the golfer's nerve from the start
- the sharp dogleg par 4 fourth hole where accuracy rather than length on both tee and approach shots will win the day
- the teasing short par 4 seventh hole, with two ponds just short of a green which is itself well protected by bunkers
- the short dogleg par 4 fifteenth hole- it's a tricky hole!
- the longer par 5 sixteenth, a gorgeous looking hole with water in play right for most of the hole and two water carries on the approach to the huge green
- and the huge joint green on holes 9 & 18- it is so big it is quite unique!
Moruya is a quality golf course, great test of golf, well maintained and good value
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.