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Kempsey’s parkland style course is a reasonably flat par 72 layout that sits on the southern edge of town on the Macleay Valley Way. Most fairways are quite wide and there are a couple of reachable downhill par 5’s to help your scoring. There are a handful of bunkers and one main water hazard that comes into play off the 4th and 12th tees and on the approach to the 7th green. This hole is probably the most interesting on the front nine with a slight left bending fairway that falls downhill toward the hazard which cuts across in front of the putting surface. Highlights on the back nine include the downhill 200m par 3 16th, the sharp right dogleg par 4 17th with tall pines protecting the corner and the left dogleg par 4 18th with OOB right and two bunkers guarding the final green. Green fees are usually $26 but on Sundays you can play unlimited golf for just $12. This is superb value and great encouragement for locals and tourists alike to have a hit at this quite country course on the NSW mid-north coast.
What a great country track.
I played on a fantastic Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago and
couldnt have spent the day better.
Before teeing off i had a put & the course Pro – John
from memory came out and was chatting to me about the area and
gave me a few tips on my putting stroke that have saved me 3-4
putts a game – i will definately be back to Kempsey soon.
The course was in great condition and wasnt as easy as i had
expected. The course has some very tricky holes espically the par
3’s – of note the 3rd (18 on the card) much harder
than i gave it credit for and walked away with a tripple then
there is the 16th a long 200m dead straight hole with no sand
– dont be frightened to hit a low wood here as i can see
members struggling here from week to week.
Overall a great day out & a grewat country course –
many Big courses could learn a thing or 2 from here on service.
This Course has a classic layout with magnificently tree lined
fairways. Its downfall is turf condition. The fairways are ok if
there has been rain, otherwise prefered lies are in place. The
greens and tees are on average quite poor. Play all day for $11.
Note: I played this course in February 2003, just after the
drought had broken. It was very wet. I'll avoid commenting on
the course condition in this review.
I've driven past this course a hundred times on various
journeys, but never been tempted to play until this time. It
doesn't look like much from the road, and looks do not
deceive in this instance.
This is a very typical, average country course. Fairly short,
small greens, few water hazards or hidden tricks. What you see is
what you get.
That doesn't mean you can't have fun or test your game.
There are also lots of trees on the edge of most fairways, some
decent uphill and downhill climbs. The par 3's, in
particular, are quite testing.
As a bonus, the local kangaroos seem to be interested in how you
Well I agree with the previous reviewers comments but if you like
a course that is not packed where you can get on and have some
interesting holes then Kempsey should be on your list.
There are some testing holes eg. 12th and 11th but overall if
your a middle handicapper and like to play with your partner on a
course that has good greens, forgiving farways then Kempsey is
Kempsey course has a unique feature not appreciated by previous
reviewers. You can play 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15 and 18 holes
each starting and finishing at the clubhouse without playing the
same hole twice. What a boon to time-poor or older golfers! As an
ex-member and now a travelling golf course agronomist, I know no
other coure like this. Some present-day and so-called golf course
architects could learn a lot at Kempsey. Combined with irrigated
fairways, easy walking, good greens (Kel Nagle once said they
were then the best in Australia) and friendly locals, Kempsey is
worth a visit - you might never leave. Anyone wanting to chat
about the old days can contact me on dabarr@bigpond,com
Measures 5874m Par 72 from the back, where I played it, with 4
similar Par 3s ranging from 130-200m, 10 Par 4s ranging from
290-405m and 4 boring Par 5s ranging from 455-485m. Fairways are
thin and dry, greens are carpet-like mounds and teebeds need be
flatter and greener. There are more kangaroos on the course than
bunkers and good lies combined.
Course lacks a challenge, sure it provides the odd challenge
(7th, 13th, 14th) but with 13 BUNKERLESS greens on the course, it
does not really test the golfer.
Best holes here are the 320m 13th with dogleg right to a narrow
tree-lined driving area, the 455m Par 5 14th is good too with a
large gully in front of the green. The 200m downhill 16th is good
too, with the clubhouse overlooking your teeshot. The pick of the
outward nine is probably the 340m 7th with a downhill teeshot to
a creek cutting across the fariway about 50m short of the green.
Once again, all these mentioned holes could deperately use a few
Played here 27/9/06 and paid $17.60 green fees and after 2.5
hours, I walked off the 18th green, feeling unchallenged and
wanting more. Thankfully, I found 9 interesting holes
Frederickton GC 5 minutes from Kempsey.
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