Newcastle Golf Club – December 2015 While I had already arranged to play a round at Newcastle Golf Club through Mark Gilson, I met member Mark Ingrey at the Australian Open last week and we decided it would be fun to tee it up at his home track together.
And fun it was.
It was hot, about thirty five degrees celsius and I was very happy to have a cart to get a little breeze as we zipped around the course.
Paul (the GM) advised there had been some winter damage but I didn’t notice. The winter damage on PEI was absolutely brutal and this track is in great condition. The fairways have a good run and the greens are a pleasure to putt on.
He also mentioned the snakes. I hate snakes and while I saw lots of warning signs (and Mark told me stories) I was pleased to not see any.
I love golf regardless – give me a hole and pin to aim at and I am happy but the 3rd to the 8th holes at this course are a must play.
I did seem to fix a lot of pitch repairs though which I do find annoying and my first trip to the beach was in someone’s footprint. Very annoying. I had a shocker in the sand yesterday and struggled to get the ball out cleanly, in not one but I think by the 18th (yes I hit the trap there too) I was up to about ten bunkers.
Clearly I am directionally challenged.
My driving was steady all day and I dropped some amazing putts. I stepped up to my ball twenty five metres from the pin and told Mark I was going to hole it and save par. Hole it I did which neither of us could quite believe.
I did this a couple more times. Perhaps I just need to talk to the ball.
Mark and I had a lot of fun and laughed most of the way (not just at my bunker shots).
I can see why this course hovers around in the top twenty best in Australia.
And then there were the practice facilities. Wow. I wanted to move into Jason Laws Golf Academy. What an amazing set up! If you live anywhere near Newcastle this is the place to practice.
As we got to the academy there was a lesson underway on the fairway with Paramobile as part of the Stand up and Play initiative. It made me very happy to see paraplegics still able to enjoy a game they love.
What a fantastic program!
If you haven’t yet played at Newcastle Golf Club, add it to your list.