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A well designed and interesting layout. The course winds its way
around tree lined fairways with the occasional Kangaroo to boot.
Most holes are straight foward, however accuracy of the tee is
required as the tree lines are very dense, making an escape to
the green very difficult. The course does play short, so be
prepared to play lots of wedges into greens. While a good variety
of holes is offered, they could certainly be strengthened with
some more bunkers or trees. The greens were nice and true but
very slow. Fairways were a little patchy but you would be unlucky
to get more than one bad lie on a fairway per round. The club is
fantastic and SWR is a beautiful part of the world. Well worth a
hit if your in that part of the world.
As a holiday destination, South West Rocks can be easily
overlooked, being a 30km diversion off the highway requiring a
However, if you want a quiet vacation, it's a great place,
and the golf course is good enough to keep the serious golfer
Everything about the South West Rocks Country Club is good,
without being great. It's fairly flat, with mostly tree-lined
fairways and mid-sized greens.
The card doesn't look very imposing, but the distances are
deceiving. The fairways are soft and sand-based, so expect not
much roll on your drives.
There is some water near a few greens to gobble up poorly struck
shots. There is one great 380m par 4 (6th) and two interesting
260m tempting par 4's that are easy a lay-ups but penalise
the gamble that fails.
As an indicator of merit, it's almost as good as Coffs
Harbour and better than Kempsey or Sawtell.
The clubhouse is also the main club for the town, and serves a
very good all-you-can-eat buffet.
I played here twice on holiday earlier in the year and enjoyed
the relaxed, friendly and holiday paced course. Isn't it nice
not having to tee-off with a gallery of people backed up waiting
their turn. I expected a goat track but was happy to be presented
with a well-maintained and fairly challenging course. Don't
be fooled by the modest pro shop.
Although mainly flat, a section of the course is built on
reclaimed coastal wetland. This has resulted in several
watercourses running through the course creating a good number of
water hazards that are in play. Unfortunately this also lead to a
large number of mosquito's which ate me alive on a number of
holes, so make sure you pack the Aeroguard.
I felt the course played shorter than the card, as the greens on
a few par 4's seemed easily reachable with an accurate drive.
There is either a good reward for showing some courage or a long
search for your ball for not getting it right. Most of the par
3's hard bunkers in play and the par 5's were mainly wide
and straightforward. Overall it is a good course that will give
you a challenge at a relaxed pace.
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