New South Wales Golf Club

Duntryleague Golf Course

Australia, NSW
5.8 (22)
Designer: Eric Apperly
Course Opened: 1902

Golf Australia Magazine wrote of the Duntryleague Golf Course in 2012;

"The front nine covers flatter, easy-walking terrain but there is nothing easy about the opening hole. In fact, I was surprised to see it is rated No.5 on the stroke index. The 431-metre par-4, the longest two-shotter at Duntryleague, calls for you to be on your game from the very first swing. Played from a slightly elevated tee, your drive is to a fairway that rises and falls over the crest of a small hill and turns gradually left towards the green. A wall of trees flanking both sides of the wide fairway form a corridor you will not venture too far from en route to the green. Shorter hitters will be hampered by the hill here and may find they will need a fairway metal for their blind second shot approach.

One of my favourite holes on the outward half also features a blind shot, this time from the tee. The 353-metre par-4 3rd offers a generously wide fairway that doglegs sharply to the right as it heads over the crest of a rise about 190 metres from the tee. The inside of the dogleg is thick with trees, while the left is not much better and longer hitters will have to think hard about their club selection from the tee to avoid running out of fairway. The best approach to the green is from the right, over a greenside bunker and onto the left-to-right sloping putting surface.

The elevation change across the holes of the back nine presents a greater variety of lies and shots, which ultimately makes these holes more interesting. The sequence of holes, starting at the long par-4 13th through to the water-carry par-3 17th, is a real highlight.

For mine, the two holes in this quintet that stand out are the 281-metre dogleg right par-4 14th and the beautifully-shaped short par-5 16th hole. The 14th might seem like a pushover on the scorecard, but this is one short par-4 that deserves plenty of respect. The fairway doglegs hard right around tall gum trees and then descends gradually down towards the smallest green on the course, which offers plenty of differently breaking putts across its surface. Missing the green here makes for a tough up-and-down to save par.

From the smallest green to one of the biggest at Duntryleague, two holes later. From the tee of the 444-metre par-5 16th, you get a view of the wide fairway, which slopes down from right to left, as it turns gradually left, before levelling out beside three cross bunkers cut into the fairway from the left. The accuracy of the second and the third shot approach is the key to a good score on this hole as the green might be large but it is also quite narrow and well protected by the presence of bunkers left and right. Beyond the width of the sand traps are trees, and plenty of them.

I really enjoyed every aspect of this latest visit to Duntryleague. The course was lot of fun to play, while also offering enough challenge where your scorecard could cop a beating if you didn’t show each hole some respect."


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