The Course

Total - Metres 5764 | Par 70

Campbelltown Golf Course is an 18 hole championship course. Fantastic for both the professional and social golfer, the course features a picturesque lake making for a challenging final hole!

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Hole 1 - Old Menangle Road

Metres 334 | Par 4 | Index 9/26

Although this first hole measures 334 metres, it tends to play longer due to its gradual uphill climb to the green. The drive over water can be daunting for the faint hearted. Three well-positioned bunkers on the left are ready to catch any errant tee shot. A drive up the right side of the fairway is the ideal play here, leaving a mid to short iron approach to the green, but be careful - any shot long of the green and your short game will need to be working at 100 per cent to get the ball down in two shots.

Hole 2 - Rightly Inclined

Metres 403 | Par 4 | Index 4/22

This second hole although playing at a length of 402 metres, has a very generous driving area. Because of the fairway cambering from left to right it is best to aim up the left side, allowing the ball to roll to the center of the fairway and avoid the fierce bunkers on the right. The hole then doglegs downhill to the right where a good approach shot to a generous green will be well rewarded. Remember to take enough club to avoid running the risk of landing in the hazard just short and right of the green. A four on the card here leaves golfers of any level pleased.

Hole 3 - Glen Alpine

Metres 490 | Par 5 | Index 17/32

Now begins the examination, this hole of 490 metres is only reached in two by the mighty. This being the first of three par fives on the course, most players are hoping to have no worse than a five on the card. The hole is heavily guarded by out-of-bounds all the way down the left. It is a genuine three shot hole to reach the green. A driver of the tee is sometimes not the best option for the more experienced golfer. A blind second shot is required over a crest that needs to finish short of the bunker that is well positioned in the middle of the fairway. This will leave an easy pitch to a very large green with the only trouble being a large bunker at the front of the green to catch an errant pitch.

Hole 4 - Threepenny Bit

Metres 132 | Par 3 | Index 15/29

One of my favourite holes on the course and a good example of holes not having to be long in length to be difficult. It measures only 132 metres but you have to be precise with the your tee shot to hit the green. A hazard guards the entire front of the green, a bunker guards the back and a wayward shot left or right will be caught by the trees and put in the hands of the golfing gods to where your ball will be deflected. If your writing 3 on your card here be happy and go to the next.

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Hole 5 - Fifth Avenue

Metres 356 | Par 4 | Index 3/21

This hole requires a strong tee shot left of center to avoid the fairway bunker that protects the right side but be careful not to go too far left as the trees will catch a wayward tee shot. The hole is quite strong considering it's not the longest par 4 on the course. The green is well protected by bunkers short and right with an additional grass bunker bordering the green on the left. A 4 is well earned at this hole.

Hole 6 - Oasis

Metres 150 | Par 3 | Index 12/36

This Par 3 is a little tricky considering the relative large green. Generally played into the wind. The wind is a big factor on this hole with the majority of golfers coming up short. The green is a classic example of Bob Harrisonʼs design work. Four bunkers surrounding the green with the 2 on the left being quite deep making getting the ball down in 2 for a par quite difficult. A tee shot to the center of the green is the safe bet, if you go flag hunting on this hole be prepared to be penalised.

Hole 7 - Euglone

Metres 491 | Par 5 | Index 6/24

This par 5 brings even the best to their knees. It is a generous driving hole with the fairway cambering right to left downhill. The second shot is the shot on this hole that needs to be played without your ego getting in the way. The fairway doglegs to the right around to the green it is heavily protected by large trees all the way up the right. Most golfers cut more of the corner than they need too and as a result find themselves in trouble in the trees. The key is to take a shorter club and play your second further left, this will allow an easy pitch from the top of the hill into a generous green.

Hole 8 - The Old Oak Tree

Metres 341 | Par 4 | Index 7/23

This short par 4 plays relatively straight and slightly uphill. A good tee shot through the corridor of trees will always finish on the concave fairway enabling the golfer to hit a short iron into the slightly elevated green. Always play more club than you think as a second shot short of the green will make getting your par a difficult task.

Hole 9 - The Peninsula

Metres 365 | Par 4 | Index 10/27

Before you even play your tee shot, take time to look at the wonderful vista that stretches out over the large lake encompassing 5 of the golf courses holes. Back to the task at hand. The 9th tee shot is not a problem as the hole feeds downhill to the flat of a generous fairway. The green is positioned to the right and is located out on a peninsula, this is where many golfers find a watery grave due to water surrounding 70% of the green. A large green side bunker is nicely positioned on the left to catch the faint hearted who steer their shot away from the green to avoid going in the lake.This hole was included in the 2010 top 18 public holes to play in NSW.

Hole 10 - Loop's Onset

Metres 328 | Par 4 | Index 13/30

This 328 metre hole requires the golfer to head left of center and to choose a club that will bring you in short of the treacherous fairway bunker. An errant tee shot right will find the hazard that meanders all the way up the right side of the hole. Once the first task is completed this leaves the second, an approach shot that is generally best hit to the green left of center avoiding the left green side bunker. It should be a straight forward 4 on your card. A bogey 5 or worse at this hole will leave you disappointed and a little hot under the collar.

Hole 11 - Billabong

Metres 401 | Par 4 | Index 2/20

This hole is the longest of the par 4's on the course and is intimidating for most golfers. With a hazard guarding the whole right side a good drive of length and accuracy is required to give the golfer the best chance of a par. After negotiating the first part of the equation a second to the left of the green is generally the best play for the amateur golfer as the large mound at the left side will channel your golf ball down onto a large flat green, from here the putting is very fair with no undulations to negate.

Hole 12 - The Steppe

Metres 159 | Par 3 | Index 11/34

A great par 3 of 159 metres that requires a well struck shot with an emphasis on accuracy. Bunkers short left and right are there to catch a mishit shot. A steep embankment on the right feeding down to a hazard is a big no no. Most golfers will hit their ball left of centre here allowing the green to roll it to the center. Once again a 3 on this hole is well earned.

Hole 13 - Bow Bowing

Metres 453 | Par 5 | Index 18/35

This is the last of the par 5ʼs on the course and the shortest, most golfers are looking for a birdie 4 here. With hazard all down the right side a tee shot up the left edge of the fairway is the best play. The hill on the left will feed the golfers ball to the center leaving the longer hitters with the chance to use a long to mid iron to easily reach this green in two but the majority of golfers will lay up to a flat large section of fairway. The third shot will be an easy pitch over a narrow hazard to a relatively flat green. Most will be hoping to make 4 but donʼt be disheartened with a 5.

Hole 14 - The Wetlands

Metres 138 | Par 3 | Index 14/31

Only short in length at 138 metres but has brought to a halt some potentially good rounds over the years. The tee shot flies across the corner of 2 water hazards all the way up to the green, once there it is surrounded by sand. Like the fourth the golfer has to pick the right club here and make sure it is well struck. Any mishit tee shot here and the number you put on the card could be quite large.

Hole 15 - Switchback

Metres 335 | Par 4 | Index 8/25

A drive over the hill to a generous landing area will leave a short iron in on this hole. The feature of this 335 metre par 4 is the green, it is very narrow and undulating having almost 3 tiers. It is imperative that your ball comes to rest on the correct tier to give yourself the best opportunity to make a good score. The second shot is the key to this hole as a poor drive can be forgiven but a poor second makes a chip shot anywhere around the green one of the most difficult on the course.

Hole 16 - Old Dairy

Metres 319 | Par 4 | Index 16/33

Fortune favours the brave, not the case with this hole. Downhill and measuring only 319 metres, more birdies are made from laying up to 100m out than trying to drive the green. Laying up to a distance of 100m will allow the golfer to hit a fuller second shot thus imparting a lot more spin on the ball helping it grip a green that slopes severely from front to back. The green is well protected by bunkers. The hole runs parallel to the 9th hole and is another wonderful opportunity to take in the magnificent views of the golf course.

Hole 17 - The Compound

Metres 199 | Par 3 | Index 5/28

These next 2 holes I call the destroyers and believe me they can bring professional golfers to their knees. The first of the destroyers is this 199 metre par 3, the golf course really starts to bear its teeth here. Hitting a metal or a long iron over two water hazards to an undulating green that is periled with danger. A hazard short right and one green high and left with out of bounds thrown in makes a 3 a great score.

Hole 18 - Harrison's Revenge

Metres 370 | Par 4 | Index 1/19

This hole known as Harrisonʼs Revenge, named after course architect Bob Harrison who later became Greg Normanʼs chief golf course designer. It is the signature hole on the golf course measuring 370 metres and it is not hard to see why. The hole requires a drive down the center, out of bounds guards the right and water down the left. A drive that is a little too far right will leave the golfer with the option to lay up closer to the lake and playing a third to the green or run the risk of hitting a metal or long iron over the large expanse of water to reach the green in two. Once on the green, putting is made difficult by the undulations.