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Now I am never going to rubbish a golf course that is in a
small town. Played recently after
hearing all the greens had been redone. A
lot of the greens struggled with decent grass covering. Hopefully summer will sort that out. Otherwise a couple of nice little holes. Like many small courses a few trees in
awkward sports and it was difficult to get the ball stopped on the small greens
with approach shots.
$15 9 holes, $20 18
holes for non members is a bit much. As
also previously commented, if you're in the area travel 25 minutes up the road to
Bulahdelah for a better golfing experience.
I play regularly at this course, handicap varies between 9 - 11. For a 9 hole course its in fantastic condition. All greens have been rebuilt & increased markedly in size, they are very tricky if you hit them in the wrong spot, large swales, long pretty fast putts, theyre a great challenge! Fairways are really good & the rough has been thinned out which suits me! The Kangaroo's are friendly & you can get an unhurried game at any time.
Since the completion of the Karuah Bypass in 2004, traffic passing through the town and the golf club has declined. The club relies on generous volunteers and a strong community to keep the course functioning. The 9 hole layout is quite short at 5226m and includes reachable par 5’s and the longest par 4 at just 339m. The main feature at Karuah are the stand alone trees in the fairways that punish even a well hit tee shot. On 3 fairways, tall gums impede your view down the fairway and on the par 5 7th/16th in particular, your second shot is blocked and careful navigation is needed to avoid a messy score. Highlights include the sharp left dogleg par 4 3rd/12th with OOB lurking right and the par 3’s both have water in play. The 4th green in particular is guarded by two bunkers and has a large dam to clear. There is currently construction of a new 1st green and a temporary pin is in place. Along with this, the other greens have recently been cored with plenty of grass and sand left on the surface. Understandably, clubs need to maintain courses, but charging full price with terrible putting surfaces is unreasonable. $20 is questionable with this standard and if you travel 30 minutes up the road Bulahdelah charge $10 midweek with impeccable greens. Karuah is a great track for beginners with some short holes but the more serious golfer should look elsewhere with numerous options within an hour in both directions.
Typical country style course with 2 sets of tees on the 9 hole
course. Honesty box in place $13 for 18 holes.
Greens very rough more like cricket pitches and very short holes.
Trees on some holes tend to be in ridiculous place.
Easy to find coming up the Pacific Highway heading north from
Newcastle take the exit into Karuah and the course is on the
right after 1-2kms before you get into town.
Not the greatest course is the world but worth a game for a
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