The Sapphire Coast offers a smorgasbord of golf courses, some internationally-acclaimed and each with its own unique style.
“They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.” ~ Gardner Dickinson
The hardest choice will be deciding where to play, there are five courses within one hour’s drive of Merimbula, in the centre of the Sapphire Coast. You can play all five courses from around $160.
You can share the 27-hole course at Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club with local wildlife or try to avoid hitting the centuries-old gum trees on the 18-hole course at Bega. Other 18-hole courses in the area can be found at the coastal villages of Eden, Bermagui and the glorious Tura Beach. Tura’s championship course has million dollar ocean views and was designed by Australian golf legend and five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson, and his design partner, world renowned golf course architect Michael Wolveridge.
Tathra Beach was designed by another of Australia’s legendary players – Kel Nagle – and offers 12 holes (and more great views), while there are nine-hole courses at Mandeni Gardens (north of Merimbula), Cobargo and Candelo.
Mini golf and golf tuition is also on offer, so there is literally something for everyone, whether you are a pint-sized player, just starting out, or have years of experience under your Niblicks.
All the clubs have a range of facilities and refreshments on offer, so play a round or two with friends and then sit back and relax and enjoy the views.
Bega RSL Golf Club
Think of a good country course – lush, green, towering gum trees, a friendly welcome, plenty of character and no crowds. That’s Bega Golf Club.
The 5,819 metre course has a par of 72. There is a wide variety of holes from the rollercoaster 463 metre par 5, 1st, to some excellent doglegs and challenging par 3s. The greens are very good and there are not too many bunkers. The fairways are well grassed. But it’s the huge trees, abundant bird life and lush smells of the fertile Bega Valley that form the backdrop to this most pleasing golfing experience.
Mens main competition day is Saturday with Ladies on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is often a Medley Competition on Thursdays.
Booking sheets for competitions are available at the clubhouse or simply phone the pro shop. Visitors are most welcome.
Bermagui Country Club
Simply put, Bermagui is a beauty! And tough. Long par 4s – plenty in the 370-400 metre range – with sloping fairways and a number of blind shots to the excellent greens. Many holes have doglegs.
There are some fabulous views of the quintessential seaside town of Bermagui, Horseshoe Bay and the brooding Mount Dromedary (or Gulaga to the local Kooris). Fairways are lush and most are lined by a variety of beautiful trees. While you wouldn’t say this is a heavily bunkered course, there are many strategically placed sand traps. Water features prominently on a number of holes, not least being the 164 metre, 15th, where the fairway is a lake.
Be aware that at 6,085 metres (par 72) this is a serious walk with plenty of hills.You might consider a cart. We think you will really enjoy this high quality challenging course, the beautiful views and abundant bird life.
Golf competitions for men are on Thursdays and Saturdays and there is usually an 18 hole stableford event on Tuesdays open to both men and ladies. Ladies competitions are on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Sapphire Coast Golf School
We are located at the stunning Tura Beach Country Club on the far south coast of New South Wales.
The 18 hole championship golf course was designed by Peter Thompson and Mike Woolveridge, stunning ocean views from the Golf Course and Club House. We have a modern Pro Shop with all of your golfing needs.
Whether you’re male or female, if you would like to learn how to play golf or you feel like you aren’t achieving your full potential we can help you. Sapphire Coast Golf School will create an individual program specifically for you to achieve your goals.
02 6495 9068
Tathra Beach Country Club
Located just behind the main beach of this pretty seaside village is a little gem of a course. Tathra Beach Country Club’s fairways are well grassed and undulating and the greens are good. The course follows the winding contours of the Bega River’s estuary – Mogareeka Inlet – so expect lovely water views. There is also abundant wildlife.
The 9 hole layout has different tee placements to enable a very satisfying 18 hole round of 5,632 metres, par 72. The course is easy walking and given the proximity to the sea stands up to wet weather extremely well.
Men’s competition days are on Thursdays (roll up start from 8.30am) and Saturdays (timesheet available). Ladies competition golf is on Tuesdays from 8.30am and Saturdays from 9am. There is a mixed competition on the last Sunday of each month.
Back at the club house try the bowling greens, bistro and club facilities.
Pambula – Merimbula Golf Club
Natural beauty abounds with bushland, wildlife and views over the Merimbula Lake which are simply dazzling. Situated between two of the Sapphire Coast’s hugely popular tourist towns, Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club is a high standard, 27 hole layout. As each 9 has its individual character you can play a variety of courses and conditions, lengths and challenges, all at the one location.
The greens are large and subtle, presenting a real test of judgement for line and speed. Fairways are lush and well maintained. This is a high quality experience which will bring you back for more. The first 9 is shorter than 10-18 and 19-27 but includes some terrific holes, while the last 9 is the longest and probably the most difficult. For instance, check out the 182 metre 27th, uphill and over water. Depending on which combination is played the course varies from 5,780 metres and par 71 to 6,214 metres and par 73.
Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club has an impressive clubhouse with all modern facilities and accommodation and golf packages available. Contact the club or visit the website.
Normal competition days are Saturday and Wednesday for Men and Tuesday and Thursday for Ladies. There is also a mixed competition on Sundays. The club also has a special festival of golf each October.
Top Fun Mini Golf
18 Holes of challenging mini golf, set in a landscaped garden. Grab a golf club and take a step into the magical and exciting world of Top Fun’s Miniature Golf.
The 18 hole mini golf course is constructed on concrete with all weather turf carpet on top. The layout is especially designed to give maximum fun for all ages. The course record is 36 putts, so come along and see if you can break the long standing record.
The course is open 7 days a week, day and night. Why not visit our kiosk for a nice refreshing drink or snack while the kids experience a sporting adventure they will remember for a lifetime.
So, what are you waiting for, grab a club, ball and score card from Top Funs Pro Shop and let the fun begin…..
Wheel chair access is available.
Tura Beach Country Club
Now here’s a high standard, beautiful and challenging course which is a true test. Tura Beach Country Club is located 5 kilometres north of the booming holiday town of Merimbula.
The variety of Tura Beach is amazing with the front 9 stepping down to the beach and some links-style holes offering breathtaking views of the blue Tasman Sea. The back 9 takes to the forest with abundant bird life and the lush scents of the eucalypts. The layout was designed by Michael Wolveridge and five times British Open winner Peter Thomson. It opened in 1984.
With significant water hazards (check out the 181 metre, 5th, for instance), plenty of strategically placed sand traps and fast, breaking greens this can be a memorable round and, at times, a humbling experience. The layout is 6,018 metres and par 72. Please be aware that this is no flat layout – so if in doubt take a cart! Promoting itself as “The Club With the Million Dollar Views”,Tura Beach Country Club welcomes visitors. The beautiful clubhouse has a breathtaking panorama over the course to the ocean and is a great location for a meal or a refreshing drink.
Mens competition days are Tuesdays and Saturdays, Ladies competition days are Saturdays and Wednesdays. There are 9 hole ladies competitions on Monday and for men on Thursday. There is also a fun mixed competition on Sundays. Visitors are welcome to enter the competitions – ring the club for further details.
Mandeni Resort Golf Centre
The resort has a 9 hole golf course, 9 hole pitch and putt, aqua driving range and mini golf.
Golf for everyone at Mandeni
- 9 hole Golf Course – A picturesque easy walk yet challenging par 34. There are three par 3s, four par 4s and one par 5.
- 18 hole Pitch & Putt – short golf course that’s great for starters or working on your short game. Holes range from 50m to 120m.
- 18 Hole Mini Golf – challenging and unique.
- Water Driving Range – hitting a bucket of balls into the lake, great fun for all ages.
- 9 Hole Social Golf Comp at Mandeni on Sunday mornings.
0403 706 692
0419 017 498
Eden Gardens Country Club
Wow, what a surprise packet! Just north of the centre of this beautiful coastal town is a simply terrific golf course. In fact it was described recently by one golf scribe as the Augusta National of the far South Coast. This John Spencer designed, par 71, 5,706 metre layout, winds back into majestic native forest. It boasts wide, well-grassed and sometimes undulating fairways, fast challenging greens (the ball will break – don’t let your nerve), reasonably friendly sand traps and a number of water hazards.
While it’s not the longest course in the area, there are plenty of doglegs which require precision hitting and careful course management. The overriding natural impression, however, is created by the many huge and magnificent trees and the prolific birdlife and other wildlife. This is well supported by the club’s picturesque gardens, native wattles and waratahs.
There are Mens and Ladies competitions on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well as 9 hole competitions on Wednesdays and Fridays. Visitors are most welcome.