Russell Vale Golf Course
18 Holes
PAR 59
2789 M


Russell Vale Golf Club is located in the NSW suburb of Russell Vale on the beautiful Illawarra South Coast. 

We have the reputation of being the “friendliest club on the coast”.

The clubhouse offers excellent bar facilities with “draft beer on tap” together with excellent kitchen and BBQ facilities and seating accommodation for 120 people.

The clubhouse is available for members/patrons functions by arrangement.

6 Reviews
When I played this course after reading the reviews it all made sense. The GREENS, so interesting, such variation of shape and contour. Its not good enough to plonk your iron onto the green and take your regulation 2 putts, you have to get close to preserve your par. Sharpens iron play and putting. Mostly par 3s with kikiyu fairway all the way to the green which keeps the punters moving through on busy days. Good pace generally. Great for beginners for this reason while still giving the newbie the feeling of why golf is glorious because the views are fantastic. Funny arrangement with the clubhouse and pro shop 200 metres apart and very budget demountable constructions. Made me remember its a council course, albeit a very good one.
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With only one Par 5, this course is good for your short game. What Russell Vale lacks in length it more than makes up for in majestic views. You wind you way up the side of the Illawarra escarpement on the front 9 and are rewarded with ocean views. Top quality greens and fairways make for an enjoyable round. 18 holes only took me 90 minutes on a quiet Friday afternoon.
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The greens and views at RVGC are anything but boring. When they are going the greens are as good as you'll find anywhere, they all have subtle and not-so-subtle break. Although mostly par 3's hitting any green in regulation is no guarantee of par. Rewards players with an imaginative short game. All your irons get a work out on the variety of par 3's (they are certainly not the all the same length - hole range from 115m to 210m. The 3 par 4's are fairly straightforward and a great par 5, risk reward 2nd shot over water; all with the magnificent escarpment as a backdrop. Rounds should take under 4 hours in comp; friendliest members as you'll find anywhere. Takes a few rounds to get used to the amount of break and pace of the magnificently designed greens. Don't be put off by having 40+ putts the first time you play there.
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Whilst this council owned course is kept in quite good condition with relatively fast and smooth greens, it can get quite boring.

It's a long haul up the hill on the front nine, and it's hard to differentiate between holes, as they all seem to play at similar lengths (apart from the short par 4 second hole).

Fortunately there is a nice seat at the top of the course where you can take in the magnificent view and catch your breath.

The small but friendly Russell Vale Golf Club is only open to the members, and only on the days that the council allocates for club play, which doesn't include Sundays.

You just have to be aware that it's a par 3 type course that has been tweaked in a couple of places, so don't expect too much.

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Russell vale is an ideal weekend early morning course with some of the best views of any course in NSW. Great use of reclaimed land and Water has shaped a varied, basically par 3 course, with a few longer holes thrown in the mix to give a bit of a challenge. I especially liked the only Par 5 a dog leg to the left over water to the pin.

The good thing is it's cheap and is quick. so if the family beckons for Sunday Lunch, an early start will see you back to fire up the barbie in plenty of time. Good deal on Bank holidays cap off an excellent Public facility.


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I played here 31/3/06 and played off back plates, and it only measured 3607m Par 59 with 14 Par 3s ranging from 115-230m, three Par 4s ranging 245-345m and the 487m Par 5 16th hole. The greens were surprisingly quick, with tiers and dips and true for this short, less than average council-owned course. Bunkers protect the greens of 5 holes (3-7) on the front nine, and 7 holes (11-15 & 17-18) on the back nine. Bunkers are not well placed as many protect the rightside green. However, the 154m 15th green has two hidden rightside bunkers from the T.

The course has two sides: the boring, hilly front nine with mostly par 3s (except the 250m 2nd) that have you hitting the same club from the tee! The views from the tees at 4-8 are worth the most respect on the front nine. The back nine is where this course gets my attention. Holes 10-13 have you hitting the same club for these par 3s, and just when you think you can close your eyes and hit the ball on the green, there is the par 4 14th! The dogleg left par 5 16th, as mentioned, is also my pick on the course. Drivable in 2, if your drive is over 250m, but have water on the left to contend with. The 172m 17th is the most heavily bunkered green on the course, with 3 bunkers forming a U-shape around the green. One hole where accuracy is needed off the T. The 335m 18th is a good finisher, with a very tricky green to read in 2.

Good value with green fees $11.20 WD and $16.70 WE. The front nine needs a facelift to match the more greener, more challenging back nine, but overall a pleasant short game course, where accuracy is not generally needed.

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Contact us

Golf Course Details
Corner of Hicks Street & Princes Highway,
Illawarra, NSW 2517, Australia
Proshop: 0242835322
General: 0242851286