Blog 102 – Jugiong

Course 2 for 2021, Royale Jugiong GC, NSW

Bush track created by locals

Nomadic_golfer : January 2021

Par 68, 4993m, green fee $5, Slope n/a (18 holes but only 9 holes currently in play)

9-holes: 3 par 3s from 125-170m, 4 par 4s from 246-343m, 2 par 5s from 440-490m

Recently changed it’s name from Jugiong GC to Royale Jugiong GC; the move was tongue in cheek of course, as they don’t take themselves too seriously here on this course put together by locals. Sand scrapes that has 18 holes mapped out but only 9 were in play in January and the back 9 looked some way off of being playable.

A real bush setting and quite pretty surrounds, some big old gums, some pines, some bushes. Some holes you can hit it anywhere, some (like 9) there is penalty with thick trees right and some left. Very dry in the summer, no water. Pick of the holes is the 4th, a 450m par 5 from the high point of the course, v-shaped – downhill 225m then uphill last 225m. There is a tree in the middle of fairway – can go either side with your tee shot – left side you take on the OB fence but its the most direct route to hole and fairway slopes right so if you go right it goes further right. Elevated green tucked up in the corner against a fence with OB 10 metres from the pin, over the back. The other good hole is the 9th; a par 5 also, of 490m with a downhill tee shot that turns hard left at about 225m on a hard running fairway so you need to turn it hard or hit something less than driver, downhill all the way to green and the last 250m is straight with this probably the most penal hole for missing the cut stuff (particularly right). 7th is the pick of the 3’s – 150m to a pretty setting in amongst gum trees. There is some quirky stuff here, particularly the 170m uphill par 3 3rd, that you can’t hit it higher than about 30m due to overhanging trees; its a 3/4 3 iron running up the hill??

The course is pretty basic, with basically a paddock among grazing country, turned into a golf course. It’s good fun for the locals and not the worst I have played; enthusiastic members keep it mowed.