A course of great variety. The first 6 holes are played along or to and from the cliff and the rest of the course heads inland through the forest.
A tough walking course – not overly long at about 5900m but at times very hilly and some long walks from green to tee. If you are in holiday mode and you bring the kids out just let them know not to go near the sheer cliff drops that are 3 metres off the fairway at holes 2 and 3 and tee box of 4.
The opening holes are quite expansive and you can have a bit of a lash with the exception of # 2 where a draw or hook is wet. The greens are sizeable with a number of them tiered and it’s a good thing to be below the hole as they are slippery.
Holes 8-16 played across the road contain the best holes. The signature hole is #3 (very similar to #6 at Eyemouth) however the inland holes are well shaped and need much tighter driving as they are either tree lined or well bunkered with the lagoon playing a large role in a number of holes. For me holes 15 and 16 are the best holes on the course.
The par 3s (aside from hole 3) are a bit weak. 9 is a straight 170m, 14 is a slightly downhill 150m and 17 is a steep uphill 125m. None of them bring much to the table.
The par 5s are lovely looking holes but they are all a bit short, none of them stretching to over 450m and a decent drive will give you the chance to get home. The four par 5s however are all nice holes but just need another club or two of length.
The last hole is not long but is so steeply dog legged and protected it is almost impossible to have a go at the green. If you get a 200m drive (needs to be left) away you can either cut the corner and go for the green in a completely blind shot as you are going over some serious trees or you can lay up with anything as low as a wedge to have a straight forward shot into the green.
All up a very nice course that was in reasonable condition and occupying some great golf territory. An early 1990s book by Tom Ramsay “Great Australian golf courses” has 48 courses which includes Narooma. Unsure whether it would still hold a spot in the top 50. This ranking of 88 sounds reasonable. Warren
Date: April 29, 2018