Vintage Drive, McDonald's Rd,
Rothbury, Hunter Valley, New South Wales 2320
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Rural countryside (including vineyards).
Greg Norman Golf Course Design (lead designer Bob Harrison).
63 km W of Newcastle; 170 km N of Sydney
FROM THE SOUTH : from Hwy 1 (approx 125 km north of Sydney) take the Cessnock exit (Hwy 82). After 35 km enter Cessnock and continue to follow Hwy 82, exiting Cessnock on Allandale Road (which becomes Wine Country Drive). After 5 km turn left into Broke Road. After 1.8 km turn right into McDonald's Road. After 2 km the entrance to The Vintage is on your right. FROM THE NORTH : from the New England Hwy (Hwy 15) in the centre of Branxton, turn south onto Clift Street (Hwy 82) and follow direction Cessnock. After 8 km turn right into McDonalds Road. After 2 km the entrance to The Vintage is on your left.
Here among the Hunter Valley wineries, Greg Norman has designed a very distinctive and challenging golf course - thoroughly absorbing from start to finish. The neighbourhood is a mix of new real estate being developed not too far from the course, and fairly open "bush" or scrub - although several copses of tall eucalyptus trees are also dotted around.
The course itself is what you'll need to pay most attention to (a strokesaver is advised on your first visit). It places a high demand on excellent course management and well targeted shots - this is no push-over of a resort course.
On a majority of the always testing holes, water is in play, sometimes reaching across the fairway (as at the two opening holes) and needing to be carried to reach the safety of the well-paced greens. At other times water hazards come in the form of small, natural and reed-lined lakes, teeming with birdlife.
Even with the new houses dotted around, there is a bush-like, open, naturalness to this course, and the back-nine contains the added attraction of some wonderful views across the Hunter Valley to distant hills and mountains beyond.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility.
The Hunter Valley was home to some of the earliest wine production in Australia in the 1830's, but the real boom period came in the 1970's. Now there are approximately 100 wineries in the Hunter Valley, and many of them within a stone's throw of The Vintage. The Vintage golf course is managed by the Arizona-based company, Troon Golf (www.troongolf.com).
2020 Australian Golf Digest rating: 51st best course in Australia.
Vintage Dr, Rothbury NSW 2320.
+61 (0)2 4998 2500Visit website
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Vintage Drive, Rothbury, NSW 2320.
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