Newcastle Golf Club

Vardon Rd, Fern Bay,

nr Newcastle, New South Wales 2295

  • Office

    +61 (0)2 4928 1365
  • Pro shop

    +61 (0)2 4928 1984
  • Fax

    +61 (0)2 4920 1190
  • Golf pro

    Jason Laws (Head Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:


  • Designer:

    Original design by Fred Popplewell Sr (1915). Later significant improvements by Eric Apperly (1937).
SSS or slope






How to get there:

12 km NE of Newcastle; 155 km N of Sydney

From the centre of Newcastle follow Hwy 121, direction Nelson Bay. At the northern edge of the city, cross the Hunter River (South Arm) via the Tourle St Bridge, direction Nelson Bay. Cross the river again (North Arm) via the Stockton / Kooragang Island Bridge. 1km north of the Kooragang Island Bridge turn right off Nelson Bay Road (Hwy 121) into Vardon Road. Golf entrance is 100 metres on your left.

Newcastle Golf Club

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1916

The industrial port of Newcastle may not seem the obvious place to find one of Australia's Top 10 golf courses, but just across the Stockton Bridge, tantalisingly within earshot (but not sight of the sea), these "inland links" can compete with the best. A fabulous layout in a very natural setting with each hole individually crafted is the key to this long-established and challenging course. The soft, springy undulating fairways are mainly cut through an environment of small trees and bushes, usually with enough room to hit the "big timber" from the tee, although at times accuracy is needed more than length. A case in point is the par-4 6th, a tight par-4 to an elevated and heavily bunkered green - a hole often listed among the world's best. Bunkering throughout is impressive, deep and plentiful, particularly around the soft, receptive greens. The back-nine, with two long par-3's and several long par-4's presents a tough examination, assuming you've coped with the front nine, which itself is no pushover. Overall quality is generally very good without creating a manicured feel to the course. The only oddity here is why the 2nd hole, splendidly located in full view of the clubhouse, is not the closing hole; as it is the 18th brings you back to the car park - a triumph of practicality over aesthetics perhaps !
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Who can play and when?

Visitor tee-times generally available on Mon, Tues(pm), Thur(pm), Fri & Sun. More restricted on Weds & Sat.

Must enquire/book in advance. Official handicap/golf club membership required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: A$88.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Newcastle GC was founded in 1901 on the site of an old racecourse at Broadmeadow in Newcastle. In 1916 the club built 9 holes on a remote stretch of sand dune country at Fern Bay, the golfers travelling by charter ferry from Newcastle. In the 1930's, when a vehicular ferry service made the course more accessible, Eric Apperley was commissioned to design an 18 hole course. It is a tribute to the vision of the pioneers that 7 of the original 9 holes were incorporated into the 18 hole design.

Published ranking

2020 Australian Golf Digest rating: 28th best course in Australia.


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