Wollongong Golf Club

Pro's Tips

ALL DISTANCES IN METRES

HOLE 1 - PAR 5

BLACK 472, BLUE 455, RED 398, YELLOW 435, WHITE 367

Aim your tee shot towards the fairway bunker on the left, longer hitters may reach this fairway bunker. Water and a fairway bunker guard the right side for the tee shot. Shorter hitters are best to lay up on the second or third shot to the right side of the fairway avoiding a deep fairway bunker approximately 50m from the green. Longer hitters may reach the green in two, however keep your approach to the left side of the pin as the green slopes severely left to right and front to back. The green is protected by a bunker on the left and a deep bunker close on the front right.

Pro Tip: Play your approach shot to the left of the pin, avoid missing the green to the right as it will roll off and leave a tough chip.


HOLE 2 - PAR 4

BLACK 349, BLUE 342, RED 338, YELLOW 333, WHITE 304

Keep your drive straight as this tight driving hole has Bitou bush and beach to the right and fairway bunkers to the left. The second shot is blind to a small green protected by 3 bunkers. This is one of the most sloping greens on the course, keep your ball below the hole.

Pro tip: Commit to the tee shot. Aim your approach shot at the lights on the left hand side of WIN Stadium. Better still if you have time, walk to the top of the hill to get an idea of the line you need to take.


HOLE 3 - PAR 3

BLACK 209, BLUE 203, RED 178, YELLOW 190, WHITE 178

A long par 3 especially during the warmer months into the prevailing N/E wind. The green is small and slopes right to left, with a pot bunker and bush protecting the right side of the green.

Pro tip: The front left of the green is the best place to play your second shot. A par is a great score!


HOLE 4 - PAR 4

BLACK 288, BLUE 282, RED 251, YELLOW 247, WHITE 246

A short par 4 with a fairway bunker on the right side and trees on the left, longer hitters will carry the fairway bunker. The green is well protected by three bunkers and slopes from back to front and left to right.

Pro tip: Play to your strengths, think about your favourite distance you would like to play from into this small well protected green.


HOLE 5 - PAR 3

BLACK 162, BLUE 155, RED 155, YELLOW 147, WHITE 130

A tough par 3. The green is large and slopes right to left. It is well guarded by water on the left and bunkers to the right and back. A very accurate tee shot is required here.

Pro tip: Select the club for your required distance, pick a target in the distance beyond the green and nail it straight at it! Most poor shots on this hole are due to indecision.


HOLE 6 - PAR 4

BLACK 330, BLUE 322, RED 309, YELLOW 306, WHITE 276

Accuracy from the tee on this hole is paramount. Water protects the entire right side and middle of the fairway at approximately 240m depending on the tees you are playing from. If the flag is cut close to the right side be sure to play to the centre of the green, the ball will roll to the right as the green slopes front to back and left to right.

Pro tip: Aim your tee shot at the path left of centre and your approach shot at the centre of the green. Don’t be suckered in by a flag on the far right or left of the green!


HOLE 7 -  PAR 4

BLACK 380, BLUE 372, RED 309, YELLOW 363, WHITE 309

A long par 4 with the green elevated and exposed to prevailing winds. Out of bounds and water protect the right side of the fairway for your tee shot. A fairway bunker is placed precariously on the left which most players use as an aiming point, longer hitters may carry this bunker. On your approach shot to the green you may play up to 3 clubs more if hitting into a cold southerly wind. The green is large and undulating.

Pro tip: Aim your tee shot to the right side of the fairway bunker on the left. Make sure you take an extra look from both sides when reading this green, wind will also affect the putt.


HOLE 8 -  PAR 3

BLACK 168 BLUE 166 RED 159 YELLOW 145 WHITE 129

Pay particular attention the wind direction and strength. The green is small and protected by bunkers left and right. The green slopes back to front.

Pro tip: An accurate tee shot on the front edge of the green will leave the easiest chip or putt, any ball left or right of the green will leave a difficult up and down.


HOLE 9 - PAR 5

BLACK 455, BLUE 455, RED 380, YELLOW 451, WHITE 380

A medium length par 5, long hitters may reach in two shots. Aim your tee shot at the amenities block to avoid the water protecting the hole on the right side. Accuracy is the key for the second shot. There is water right and water and bunkers left as you approach the green. The green is narrow and separated by a saddle and slopes away from the middle. Holding the green can be difficult.

Pro tip: If the hole is downwind long hitters should back themselves to carry the water on the tee shot, this will leave the best angle for the second shot. All players should avoid missing the green on the right side as this will leave a difficult chip from a poor lie in the rough.


HOLE 10 - PAR 3

BLACK 132, BLUE 128, RED 128, YELLOW 123, WHITE 123

A short par 3 requiring an accurate tee shot to a narrow green protected by bunkers left and right. A shot over the green will leave a difficult up and down. The green is relatively flat with some subtle breaks.

Pro tip: Club selection is the key, make sure to check the wind direction as this will dictate the club selection.


HOLE 11 - PAR 4

BLACK 295, BLUE 289, RED 284, YELLOW 262, WHITE 253

A short par 4 with out of bounds and water on the right side and two hazards on the left of the fairway. The green is large and slopes away from the middle. Bunkers protect the right and left side of the green however they are several metres from the edge of the green.

Pro tip: Be conservative from the tee aiming to the left centre of the fairway. Calculate the required tee shot distance which will leave your favourite distance for the approach shot. Pay particular attention to the speed if you are faced with a long putt.


HOLE 12 - PAR 3

BLACK 174, BLUE 167, RED 164, YELLOW 155, WHITE 155

The green is protected by bunkers on the right and front left. The green is large and has run off areas at the front and right sides. The slope on the left side beyond the bunker will kick the ball towards the green.

Pro tip: Prevailing winds in the summer are behind you however if into the southerly play 2-3 clubs more.


HOLE 13 -  PAR 4

BLACK 420, BLUE 364, PAR 5 -  RED 364, YELLOW 352, WHITE 276

A long par 4 with a great view looking back up the coast. From the tee it looks like a wide fairway however the rough cuts in on the right and left. There is a narrow entrance to a firm green protected by bunkers at the front right and left. The green slopes back to front and right to left. A bogey on this hole for the higher handicap golfer is a good score.

Pro tip: Despite the wide open appearance of the tee shot, be meticulous with your target from the tee. Left centre is best.


HOLE 14 - PAR 5

BLACK 519, BLUE 487, RED 465, YELLOW 461, WHITE 410

A long par 5 only reachable for the long hitter with the wind behind. The tee shot is protected by two hazards on the left and a fairway bunker on the right, however this hole has a fairly generous width fairway. Lay up short of the lake on the left and fairway bunkers approximately 70m from the green on the right. This will leave the best approach shot from the fairway to the green. The green is small and protected by bunkers left and right. An accurate approach is required to hit this green.

Pro tip: For all levels of player - don’t be tempted to go for the green unless you are 100% certain you can make it!


HOLE 15 - PAR 4

BLACK 343 BLUE 343 RED 343 YELLOW 338 WHITE 233

A straight par 4 over a small rise. The fairway is protected by a row of bushes down the left side and a small hill and bunker on the right side which is not visible from the tee. Aim your tee shot down the centre. The green is narrow and is protected by bunkers on the right and back left. There is a bank on the left of the green which can kick your ball onto the green.

Pro tip: Keep your approach shot slightly left of the flag.


HOLE 16 - PAR 4

BLACK 393, BLUE 364, RED 331, YELLOW 331, WHITE 312

Aim your tee shot down the centre. There is more room to the right than it appears, however a lot of rough kikuyu grass lies to the right. There is a row of bushes protecting the left side of the fairway. The green is very narrow and protected by bunkers left and right.

Pro tip: If unsure take one club less and be short of this green for your best chance at getting your ball up and down. Right or left of this green will leave a difficult chip.


HOLE 17 - PAR 3

BLACK 130, BLUE 121, RED 100, YELLOW 102, WHITE 94

The most picturesque and the clubs signature hole. A short par 3 which plays shorter than its length unless into the N/E wind. The green is surrounded by bunkers and slopes right to left.

Pro tip: Enjoy this beautiful hole. If playing into a strong breeze take 2-3 clubs more and swing smooth to ensure the ball does not balloon into the wind!


HOLE 18 - PAR 5

BLACK 508, BLUE 497, RED 468, YELLOW 475, WHITE 417

This is a tricky par 5. An accurate tee shot is required to avoid fairway bunkers on the right and left. A water hazard also protects the left side of the hole from the tee shot. Long hitters will need to aim the tee shot right of centre over the first fairway bunker on the right to avoid running out of fairway to the left. Water splits the hole at approximately 280 metres from the black tee. The second shot (or third for shorter hitters) is played over the water to a fairway protected by water down the entire right side and fairway bunkers right and left approximately 70 metres from the green. The green is small and is protected by bunkers short left and water very close on the right.

Pro tip: Play this hole conservatively. A par is a good score, or bogey for a higher handicap golfer.