The Coast Golf Club is a challenging 18 hole championship course. Open to the environment, each day can present a new challenge. A mix of tight drives and heart breaking greens ensures a challenge for players of all levels.

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The Coast is a classic links course and course management is the key to successfully playing the course.

These notes have been written after extensive interviews with the Coast's resident professionals, Tim and Gary

Notes for the holes are given to low handicappers and B and C Grade players. As a matter of form, low handicappers are presumed to either hit a straight ball or employ a slight draw (right to left) which adds distance to most shots and the higher handicappers are presumed to hit a slight fade or slice (left to right) which decreases distance.

 DISTANCE: High handicappers are presumed to hit a drive between 170 metres and 190 metres. Low handicappers are presumed to hit drives of more than 200 metres. Advice for playing each of the holes is predicated on these distances. 

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 Hole 1: Par 4 - Sponsored by Plumbers Supplies Co-op


High handicappers should aim their drive to the left bushes and bring in the shot to land on the fairway. Higher handicappers can safely aim to the right because their distance will safely take the dam out of play. The fairway slopes slightly from left to right and B and C graders should consider this as a par 5. Getting on the green in three is safe and sure method of play. On the second shot, avoid going to the left because approaching the green from this side invites disaster. The green slopes from the middle to the front and even though there is a garden at the rear of the green, most golfers will pull up short when approaching the green.

Blue - 372m,    index 3

White - 367m, index 2

Yellow - 350m, index 2

Red - 365m, index 2


 Hole 2: Par 5 - Sponsored by Glenn Duffus Photography

 

This is one of the easiest holes on the course and presents little danger after the tee shot. On their tee shot, B and C graders should aim to the left because even the slightest fade will plant you in the middle of the fairway. Aiming right could place your ball in the trees or undergrowth and even if the ball is found, a bad lie can be the result. Low handicappers can safely aim for the middle or right hand side. For the second shot, high handicappers should hit a rescue club or a four iron while the low handicapper can actually go for this par 5 in two. The only danger is hitting too long because there is a hill and a dam at the back. Better short than long. The green is spongy and receptive to a pitch shot although when the wind is at your back, perhaps bouncing the ball on the front of the green and letting it run up to the hole is the best strategy.

Blue - 449m,    index 18

White - 445m, index 18

Yellow - 387m, index 18

Red - 393m, index 11


 Hole 3: Par 5 - Sponsored by Helping Hand Group

On the tee, aim for the mounds on the left because the natural slope of the fairway is left to right. There is an out of bounds area on the left, so low handicappers should be aware that danger lurks on this side. On the second shot, aim for the left mounds (rescue or long iron) and you should be equal to the ladies tee for the fourth hole. Low handicappers can hit to the top of the hill, leaving less than 80 metres for a chip onto the green. There is a cliff directly behind the green, so short is better than long. If the wind is at your back, consider going down a club. Pin placement is a vital component on this hole and high handicappers should simply aim for the fat of the green. Two putting this green is a bonus.

Blue - 465m,    index 15

White - 463m, index 16  

Yellow - 385m, index 16

Red - 408m, index 3


 Hole 4: Par 3 - Sponsored by Cane Financial


Wind is the dominant factor on this daunting par 3. When hitting into the wind, go up at least two clubs. Short is better than long and right is better than left because the rocks on the left can exact a harsh penalty. The green slopes from the back to the front and placing the ball below the hole will reap rewards. This is one of the signature holes on The Coast and is a sometimes harsh welcome to links golf.

Blue - 180m,    index 7

White - 146m, index 13

Yellow - 138m, index 13

Red - 115m, index 15


 Hole 5: Par 4 - Sponsored by Indian Palace Restaurant


High handicappers should aim to the left, bringing in the ball with a slight fade. Low handicappers can safely aim for the right hand side, taking advantage of the natural slope of the fairway. B and C graders will have difficulty getting on this green for 2, so take your medicine and position your second shot short of the green. There are hazards on the left and poor lies await the golfer on the right who will be greeted by a downhill chip shot. The green slopes downhill from the back and leaving the ball below the hole for an uphill putt is highly recommended.

Blue - 393m,     index 6

White - 352m, index 6

Yellow - 335m, index 6

Red - 333m, index 5


 Hole 6: Par 5 - Sponsored by Sydney A C Pty Ltd


This par 5 is one of the hardest on The Coast and high handicappers would be more than happy landing on the green after four shots. There is plenty of room on the first shot although the hazard looms on the left and poor lies will plague the golfer who opts for the right hand side. The second and third shots for the high handicapper should be with a rescue club or a long iron and the middle of the fairway is the safety option. The green slopes severely from the back to the front so keeping the ball below the hole is a must. If your fourth shot remains short of the green, consider putting the ball from the fringe.

Blue - 475m,    index 10

White - 480m, index 9

Yellow - 368m, index 9

Red - 429m, index 4


 Hole 7: Par 4 / 5 - Sponsored by Garlo's Pies

This is the hardest hole at The Coast and even A graders treat this as a par 5. High handicappers could consider hitting a rescue club from the tee but hazards abound both on the right and the left. Low handicappers should look at hitting an iron from the tee. For the better golfer, landing your ball near the bridge is a premium shot but going for this green on your second shot is really not an option. Your second shot should leave you about 100 metres short of the middle of the green. The problem remains a narrow target area and a fairway which slopes severely to the right, feeding the ball into the hazard. Nearer the green is the grass bunker which also poses dangers for all grades of golfer. For your second shot aim for the left side of the fairway and then pitch on for your third shot. A 5 on this hole is considered a good score.

Blue - 403m, index 2

White - 386m, index 1

Yellow - 317m, index 1

Red - 372m, index 1 


 Hole 8: Par 3 - Sponsored by The Juniors

 

Consider taking an extra club because this hole has more distance than first appears. Far better right than left because the creek definitely comes into play and an easy chip shot from right should garner an easy bogey. Better short than long on this hole because dangers lurk at the back. The green is very receptive to a chip shot and this is considered one of the easier holes on the course.

Blue - 180m, index 9

White - 157m, index 14

Yellow - 106m, index 14

Red - 106m, index 18


 Hole 9: Par 3 - Sponsored by Cherio Civil Works


A difficult uphill par 3 with an out of bounds area on the left. Take at least one extra club to cater for the uphill shot. Better short than long but beware of the hairy fringe on the front of the green which can trap the unwary. If you are short of the hole, you must chip as a putt from the fairway will land you in the short stuff and a 5 is a real possibility. This is a severely downward sloping green so you must leave the ball below the hole. Downhill putts can run off the green and a poor score is the result. 

Blue - 160m, index 14

White - 153m, index 10

Yellow - 148m, index 10

Red - 136m, index 16


 Hole 10: Par 4 - Sponsored by Ken Smith - N G FARAH

For the high handicapper, consider taking a rescue club or a 3 wood off the tee, avoiding the two hazard areas on the right. If you are in the hazard, take your medicine and hit out onto the fairway. Going for the green from the hazard is a very low percentage shot although low handicappers could try. This is a two-tiered green with dangers over the back and the left. The green has a severe downward slope from the rear so the ball must remain below the hole to have a chance at a holeable putt.

Blue - 274m, index 13

White - 256m, index 11

Yellow - 240m, index 11

 Red - 243m, index 14


 Hole 11: Par 4 - Sponsored by Core Mortgage Brokers

High handicappers must treat this as a par 5. Off the tee, aim for the right hand side of the fairway and consider hitting a dependable iron for the second shot (perhaps a five iron) The low handicappers can take the aggressive line and shoot over the left hand side of the bulrushes although you can run out of room on the other side of the fairway. Low handicappers should leave the driver in the bag and opt for a club with less distance. For the second shot, the fairway slopes from left to right and shots to the fairway can end up in the right hand hazard. For the third shot, take an extra club because balls hit to the front of the green can roll back onto the fairway. You need the insurance of that extra club to remain on the green. There is a crested hill at the rear of the green which can prevent the long shot going over the back.

Blue - 342m, index 12

White - 342m, index 8

Yellow - 342m, index 8

Red - 342m, index 12


 Hole 12: Par 3 - Sponsored by Jennings Financial Services

Better left than right for this uphill par 3 and take an extra club to carry the extra distance. The green slopes from the front to the back and a quick downhill putt can be the result if the ball lands above the hole. If your ball is in the grass valley to the left of the green, consider putting the ball to cut out the risk of a difficult chip shot.

Blue - 172m, index 8

White - 141m, index 15

Yellow - 139m, index 15

Red- 129m, index 13


 Hole 13: Par 4 / 5 - Sponsored by MIB Training


Take a driver off the tee and aim for the middle of the fairway. There is an out of bounds area on the left and a difficult hill and gorge await the unwary on the right. High handicappers cannot get on this green in the regulation two shots, so take your medicine, hit a rescue club for your second shot and leave yourself with a pitch shot for your third. For the low handicapper, this green can be reached in two although danger lurks over the back, the out of bounds extends the entire length of the hole and the bunker to the front left can bring you undone.

Blue - 398m, index 1

White - 374m, index 3

Yellow - 370m, index 3

Red - 378m, index 10 


 Hole 14: Par 4 - Sponsored by Viadux

Often, this tee shot is into the teeth of a gale and getting over the gorge is the first challenge. The high handicapper should aim for the left side of the fairway because this opens up the green for your second shot. A graders can aim to right because they can reasonably draw the ball into the green. For the average golfer, treat this as a par five and work your second shot to the left side of the fairway, leaving yourself a half pitch to the green. The steeply sloped bunker at the front of the green poses a real danger, so aim your chip shot for the fat of the green. The green slopes right to left and is receptive to a well elevated pitch shot. Danger to the left and at the back of the green, so better short than long.

Blue - 392m, index 4

White - 334m, index 4

Yellow - 321m, index 4

Red - 294m, index 7


 Hole 15: Par 3 - Sponsored by IndustraLight

A very difficult hole where your shot really depends on the direction of the wind. For the average golfer, consider hitting a rescue club and even if your ball is short of the hole, a relatively easy chip shot awaits and a certain 4 can be the result. The better golfer can aim for the right hand bunker and draw the ball. The green slopes back to front, so putts over the hole can be punished.

Blue - 170m, index 17

White - 158m, index 12

Yellow - 117m, index 12

Red - 156m, index 17


 Hole 16: Par 4 - Sponsored by China Venture


A truly daunting hole where the average golfer should consider laying up the second shot, leading to an easy chip onto the green. Off the tee, the high handicapper should aim over the left hand bushes, counting on the fade to land the ball on the fairway. Low handicappers should hit their 160 metre club off the tee, landing the ball at the top of the hill from where you have a real chance of getting on in 2. There is danger at the back of the green where balls can be easily lost, so take care in selecting your club for this approach to the green. There is a severe slope on this green and if a ball can land below the hole, a better result is guaranteed.

Blue - 322m, index 11

White - 317m, index 7

Yellow - 263m, index 7

Red - 267m, index 8


 Hole 17: Par 4 - Sponsored by SunSecurity

Off the tee, aim for the church steeple because danger lurks on the left. The high handicapper must lay up for this hole, playing perhaps an 8 iron for your second shot, aiming for the bridge. The fairway slopes severely from right to left, so the bridge shot should open up the green for your third shot. Low handicappers can definitely go for the green on your second shot. Once again aim for the steeple on the first shot. Approaching your second shot, remember there is an out of bounds area over the right hand path but you should aim to the right for your second shot as the ball will gravitate towards the green. Danger lurks on the lft with a hazard and a hellish bunker, so right is better than left.

Blue - 380m, index 5

White- 343m, index 5

Yellow - 325m, index 5

Red - 269m, index 9


 Hole 18: Par 4 - Sponsored by BuildFit

A graders can definitely go for the green but the higher handicapper must aim for the fairway on the left. The left side of the fairway will allow for an easier second shot. For those who land in the water, there is a drop zone at the top left hand side of the fairway. For the second shot, take at least an extra club to counter the uphill shot to the green. For this second shot, ask your golfing companions to give you a line from the path near the pond. The green slopes from left to right, so leave the ball below the hole.

Blue- 280m, index 16

White- 277m, index 17

Yellow - 274m, index 17

Red- 274m, index 6