Golfers in search of the Tallwoods resort will find it a mile or so inland from the Mid North Coast at Hallidays Point, close to the wonderful Red Head, Black Head and Diamond Beaches.
The 18-hole golf course at Tallwoods was the work of the North American Hurdzan-Fry design practice and it weaves in and out of a substantial residential estate, incorporating many different types of tree – including angophora, gum and pine – into the layout.
As might be expected at a resort course, there are five tees to choose from on every hole so all golfing abilities are catered for at Tallwoods. Water comes into play at several holes, particularly on the back nine where the terrain is steep in places. As an added bonus, golfers can soak up some fantastic coastal views from the more elevated tees on holes 4, 14 and 17.
Shaper Guy Quattrocchi was an integral part of the construction crew and, in truth, he was largely responsible for transforming a difficult piece of property into the golf course that has now been in play since 1999. It's rather fitting, therefore that the par three 13th hole is named in his honour.
Another fine hole, "Hell or Glory" at the 18th is a monster 460-yard par four from the back markers and it's played to a green protected by sand and water. As its name suggests, a round here might end in tears or cheers, depending on the score carded at the home hole.
Not a bad layout but conditioning poor. Apparently course fell into disrepair a few years ago, was taken over in 2019 and improvements are slowly being made. I hope the enthusiasm of the new owner doesn’t fade as this course could be very good.
A long course with great elevation changes. Unsure if the recent big rains did much damage but the bunkers were devoid of most of their sand, fairways were anywhere between bare and hard and soft and boggy. Some of the greens were perfect (signature hole 11 across the pond was a magnificent large green in perfect condition) however the majority of greens were very small targets given the length of the holes and, whilst cut, they contained a large mix of grasses and weeds which meant inconsistency across the surfaces as well as between holes.
The holes though are good. No par 4s in the 400s but probably missing a bit of strategy off the tees. Tree lined fairways which are mostly quite generous but placements of bunkers are for the C grader in a lot of cases, sometimes 150-200m from the tee.
There are many tee boxes for every hole so it wouldn’t be too difficult to close them down one at a time and renovate them as they were often very sandy and uneven. Greens need a tougher strain as too many weeds taking over. Bunkers need a heap of sand. All of this would help but given we are coming out of growing season the fairways are the problem. Hard to find a good lie even if you hit it down the middle. The land is undulating but the turf all over the shop.
In its prime probably a solid 4 balls but hard to get past 2 in current shape.
I was looking forward to playing this course but found it was well below its best.
The layout is interesting and challenging but the fairways were patchy and poorly maintained. Quite often finding yourself in the middle of the fairway with bare ground. The greens were in good condition and the tees varied in quality.
The cost was reasonable for the current quality of the course but I wouldn't play again until that has improved.
Tuncurry GC down the road was far better value