Outback NSW
Coonabarabran Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6190 M
5 Reviews

With an ACR of 73, Coonabarabran’s 9 hole par 72 track measures almost 6200m is certainly no pushover. Although most fairways are reasonably wide in parts, it is imperative to get good distance an accuracy off the tee with a few long par 4’s which includes the monster 430m 3rd. The par 5’s aren’t as daunting and range from 437m to 472m but the 14th does have water right and a left dogleg with two bunkers guarding an elevated green. The par 3’s here are the real test with no easy tee shots. The 4th/13th has a hazard left and a large gum protecting the green and the 8th/17th has water down the right from tee to green and measures 190m on the front and 175m on the back. For a rural 9 hole course, Coonabarabran can be testing and the quiet bush setting makes for an enjoyable round of golf in Australia’s Astronomy Capital. $17 for 18 holes.

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The Coona members and grounds men have done a great job of turning a nine hole course into eighteen with the tee placements. On occasion a hole is unrecognizable from its predecessor on the front nine. Well done. Only four bunkers but the greens are terrific. Very dry fairways at the moment with preferred lies. These fairways are generous with tee and tree placement bringing in the difficulty. The par threes in particular are varied and deadly. Wind is the only hassle for the fives. Played on Tuesday, a lone back nine, then joined up with the Vets for some company on their nine holes. Captain Dave and his wife Lynn helped me with directions and the history of the club. Buggy hire available. Very friendly staff so make a point of playing if in the area. The Relic.
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Measures 3060m Par 36 with two par 3s ranging from 145-190m, five par 4s ranging from 320-430m and two par 5s ranging from 437-446m. I was impressed with this course layout and its conditioning for such a small town. Course has fairly lush kikuyu grass fairways with 9 bentgrass greens which are reasonably paced. They have a full-time greenskeeper working here and I was impressed with the greens and this medium-sized tree-lined layout. The layout has a lateral water hazard running through the length of the 5th & 8th holes and has a total of 8 bunkers. There are 18 tee mounds and the par of the hole does change on 4 holes when playing the alternate back nine tees. The course has benefited from the wet summer with over 400mm of rain in the first 3 months of 2012. 1st-437m Par 5 with an elevated tee to a slight dogleg left with a 15m tall tree leftside of the fairway off the tee to avoid in order to reach the 20m long green which is guarded by a bunker rightside. The 10th-403m is a par 4 hole at the ladies tees which plays straight. 2nd-353m is a slight bend right with a tree-lined wide fairway and a dry yellow staked water hazard across the fairway about 50m short of the bunkerless green. The 11th-468m Par 5 tee is further back against the road boundary. 3rd-430m is a long par 4 straight hole with the flag visible from the tee mound. The 12th-354m is slightly shorter and also plays straight to a bunkerless green. 4th-145m has a 15m long green with a bunker short right. As mentioned the 13th-195m is further back adjacent to the 9th tee with a challenging teeshot through the trees. 5th-370m is probably the best hole on the course. The slight dogleg left hole has trees left at the dogleg corner, so your teeshot requires your ball to be right. Be careful not to be too far right as the red-staked lateral creek hazard is along the entire right edge of the fairway. The green is guarded by 2 shortside bunkers. The 14th-472m is a par 5, which being further back, the creek is not really is play but still a challenging hole. 6th-320m is a slight bend left with the same creek along the far left side of the fairway. The bunkerless green has a dome-like shape to it with balls feeding off to the edges. The 15th-363m has a more pronounced dogleg left turn. 7th-369m doglegs 45 degrees right from 200m off the tee to a 30m wide green guarded by 2 shortside bunkers. The 16th-326m does not require a long teeshot to reach the dogleg turn. 8th-190m has the red-staked lateral creek hazard along the entire rightside to a bunkerless green. The 17th-175m is close to the 8th tee. 9th-446m is a slight dogleg right from 250m off the tee to a green guarded by 2 shortside bunkers. The 18th-374m again does not require a long teeshot to reach the dogleg turn. Both par 5s are the course's weakest holes but its par 3s and the 5th hole will challenge most golfers. Coonabarabran is a small Orana Region town of around 3000 people approximately 520m above sea level and is the first town the Castlereagh River flows through once it begins its journey west of the town in the heart of the Warrumbungle National Park. The town is used as the closest access point to the scenic Warrumbungle National Park. The Warrumbungle Mountain Range is the only prominent landmark in the area with the highest peak being over 1200m above sea level. Played here 11th April 2012 with $10 green fees and course access is from Dalgarno Street about 2km east from the roundabout in the town centre. There are no better 9-hole golf courses around and the closest 18-hole layouts are Gunnedah which is about 60 minutes east along the Oxley Highway or Narrabri which is 75 minutes north along the Newell Highway through the Pilliga State Forest. Friendly club and members with a great 9-hole country course to be proud of. Highly recommend a round here.
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A good little 9 hole country course. The use of two sets of tees to make the 18 hole layout is good and the holes play decidedly different on the two nines. The 4th/13th is a good example of this, a par 3 of 140 metres first time around, but a tough 195 metres through a small chute makes par a good score the second time around. Greens and fairways were reasonable, the use of the local preferred lie rule is not really necessary on most of the course. Friendly members, we played in the Sunday comp with no problems, visitors were made to feel welcome. Great value for the Sun day comp with reduced green fees of $6 plus a comp fee of $6. Normal green fees are $10 for nine and $15 for 18 holes.

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Firstly I Should state that the course is a 9 hole course with 18 playable holes (different Tee positions).

As for the course considering that this section of NSW needs water it is not a bad track. The course is lined with trees and can be very tight in places needing a straight tee shot. The greens are on the easier side with not a lot of breaks but are on the smaller side so it takes a great shot to hit them in GIR. I have a hadicap of 21 and shot 88.

Overall if you are in the area stop and have a go, 7/10.

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Golf Course Details
River Road, Coonabarabran
Outback NSW, NSW 2357, Australia
General: 0268421292