Outback NSW
Henbury Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 70
6151 M


Henbury Sport & Recreation Club is located in Henbury Avenue, Kandos, next door to Rylstone and close to Mudgee. Only three hours from Sydney, you can enjoy a round of golf on a magnificent 18 hole architect-designed course, backing onto the Capertee Valley and the Wollemi National Park.

Henbury is a park of great natural beauty and a valuable community asset. It provides a natural wildlife sanctuary for kangaroos, which come out to graze on the fairways at sunset. It is a natural habitat for an assortment of native animals, as well as a wide variety of birds including gang gangs, red heads, double bar finches, white cockatoos and grass parrots. Take a stroll around the course and watch the sun set against the mountains.

3 Reviews
Nestled against the Capertee Valley, Henbury Sport and Recreation Club in Kandos offers a good test for all levels of golfers and a friendly atmosphere makes for a peaceful round of golf up in the mountains. The par 70 layout demands length off the tee on some holes and accuracy and shape on dogleg holes. Lengthy holes include the uphill 412m par 4 2nd, the par 5 15th measuring 544m and the 16th that pushes 400m and tough with a headwind. There is definitely no 'cheap' holes on this course. Two of the par 3's sit around 200m and many holes have imposing tree lined fairways that punish any inaccuracy. An interesting feature of this course is the 18th tee shot that crosses over the 8th fairway. It actually reminds me of a course I played in Sri Lanka in 2011! Most of the greens are elevated making it tricky at times to get up and down. The conditioning however, is the only letdown of this course but you'd take a bit of bobble when putting for a $15 round. Henbury possesses a naturally undulating layout that most suburban courses would envy with differing characteristics on each hole. This is definitely a course to include on your golfing trip when visiting the central west of NSW.
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Established in 1931 as a 9-hole golf course, Henbury expanded to an 18-hole in the late 1930s which now measures 5960m Par 70 with four par 3s ranging from 119-207m, twelve par 4s ranging from 324-412m and two par 5s ranging from 467-544m. Course has kikuyu grass fairways with a tree-lined layout. The teebeds also consist of kikuyu grass which are a little bumpy and not entirely flat but in reasonable condition. The small-to-medium sized bentgrass greens are a little bumpy with a few dead/bare patches on most greens. There are no bunkers on the course. The front nine is shorter than the back nine and is generally less hillier but is much more challenging with a lot more variety of holes. The front nine also has a red-staked drainage channel which runs across the 4th & 10th fairways as well as parallel to the 8th fairway. Highlights include the stretch of holes 2-8: the 412m slightly uphill Par 4-2nd (index 1) which requires a teeshot to a left-sloping crest about 260m off the tee to see the green. Most players will find themselves hitting a blind second shot into the 20m long green which sits below the motel. The hardest hole on the course is followed by the most difficult par 3 on the course: the 207m 3rd (index 5) with a long teeshot over a small gully to a 25m long green with thick kikuyu hollows around the green; the 351m slight bend right 4th (index 11) from an elevated tee over a crest which is 200m off the tee with the drainage channel cutting across the fairway about 50m short of the small front-sloping green. The view from the 349m 5th (index 9) tee mound is a slight dogleg right hole with the small but thickly vegetated hillside along the entire leftside. The only relief is that the hole is gently downhill to the 20m long but narrow green. The other side of that thickly vegetated hillside is the 467m 8th (index 15) which doglegs 60 degrees to the left 200m off the tee with trees along the entire leftside and the drainage channel running along the rightside to the 20m long green. The variation of the front nine is evidenced by the back-to-back par 3s: the 195m 6th (index 7) which plays even longer as the green is slightly above the tee; and the 123m 7th (index 17) with an elevated teeshot from the highest point on the front nine to a 20m long green at least 15m below. The back nine is played largely along the northern side of a hill with shallower soils and sloping landing areas on its fairways, thus, leading to more dirt-ridden prone fairways with patches of kikuyu grass coming through in places. Highlights include: the 365m slight dogleg left 11th (index 8) with a left-sloping fairway to the red-staked creek along the entire leftside to a 20m long green; and the 119m uphill 12th (index 18) requiring a teeshot from close to the Bylong Valley Way road boundary over a crest to a small front sloping green with the top half of the flag visible from the tee. Overall, the distances on its par 4s are good with only 2 out of 12 being less than 340m in length. The four par 3s are the course's best attributes with two long par 3s (at 3 and 6) and the elevation difference between tee and green are significant enough to question your club selection at the easiest holes on the course: the two short par 3s (at 7 and 12). Course access is from Henbury Avenue at the entrance to Kandos Fairways Motel off the Bylong Valley Way. Kandos has around 1300 people approximately 580m above sea level about 30 minutes south-east of Mudgee. Played here 10th April 2012 with $15 green fees. Reasonable course with good facilities which include tennis courts. Challenging front nine and well worth a round and there are some good views of Mt Baldy which overlooks most of the course.
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It is a bit hard to review a course after so much rain, squish, squish, squish most of the way around. The fairways are in the most part well covered in grass, but the greens could do with a lot of work and are being taken over by some type of small weed that looks a bit like clover. In a lot of spots the greens are also bare. There are no water hazards or bunkers, so if you hit the ball straight you won't have any problems. If you miss the fairway good luck in finding your ball. The roughs are extremely thick and gobble up balls. This course is what you would expect in a small country town, so don't go with any illusion that your going to be playing on a top course. I will play it again, but not after a lot of rain and would like to see it in drier conditions.
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Golf Course Details
Henbury Avenue, Kandos
Outback NSW, NSW 2848, Australia
General: 0263794101