Quirky golf course in Australia

Barry Coombs visits a quirky golf course in Australia

Australia with such a sport mad population is fertile ground for quirky golf courses and this year I discovered another such course in the mid north coast of New South Wales near Port Macquarie called Crescent Head.

 There are only six holes on this course but nine tee boxes and these are played twice to make 18 holes in total. The course itself is spread along a narrow peninsula out into the Pacific Ocean with one side being a favourite surfing beach and the other a steep rocky cliff face.

  One end of the course is high up the headland and a definite buggy ride for anyone who is not too fit. The course winds down towards the end of the peninsula and then loops back up again. The drive down the hill if played accurately can give you an exhilarating feeling but the return up the hill can be a bit dispiriting.

  Apart from the fabulous views of the miles of beach and the ocean, there is a beautiful water tower elaborately decorated in the aboriginal style. The course is very well looked after and the greens are tricky to read but in excellent condition.

  It is not a long course being only 3521 Metres for men and 3427 metres for ladies but it is a good test of golf and very popular both for visitors and locals alike.

  It is part of the Crescent Country Club which has a superb lawn bowls area and a splendid clubhouse. There are regular entertainments in the clubhouse and the catering is excellent with a choice of Asian and Australian restaurants. It was packed when I visited when everyone was enjoying a quiz evening. If you don’t like golf, the adjacent sandy beach and the tidal river are delightful places to relax and get a suntan.

Malcolm Davies