Blog 154 – Port Sorell

Approach to par5 2nd

Course 54 for 2021 – Port Sorell, Tas

Pleasant 9-holer set close to the beach

Nomadic_golfer : November 2021

Par 70, 5249m, slope 113, $22 green fee

6 par3s 124-169m, 8 par4s 280-367m, 4 par5s 425-457m

Located on the Central North coast of Tasmania, 10 minutes East of Devonport, running to within ~200m from Freers Beach and right alongside The Shearwater Resort, is this pleasant little 9-holer. It is set on low-lying flat terrain, with a small rise up to the 7th green and 8th tee.

It was in neat condition with very true, moderate paced, softish greens without much break and about medium sized. Fairways had a full cover of thin-leafed grass, a bit prone to getting flyers from the fairway. Fairways are tree lined with a mixture of trees, including a few rows of tall poplars.

Six of the holes are located on the beach side of the main road and are not overly penal on misses, with rough cut short under trees and nothing too thick. 6,7 & 8 are across the road, with a water hazard on the left of the 280m 7th and a stream running across the fairway at driving length of the par 5 8th which also has a lot of bushes and gnarly stuff left. With 2 par 5’s and 3 par 3s in the 9, it is on the short side and is set up for good scoring with those receptive, true greens.

Most greens are protected by bunkers and there are a couple of fairway bunkers also. My favourite holes were 2 of those across the road: 6 (a picturesque little 125m par 3 with a big gum right and a green surrounded by lots of mounds; and 8 (a 460m par 5 from an elevated tee, turning hard left around thick trees, with that stream cutting diagonally across the fairway at driving length requiring a definitive plan off the tee. Go left and you can carry that stream, shorten the hole and have a crack at the green but you are risking thick rough and OB if you get too greedy.

Overall, it’s a nice place to play golf, with the sound of the ocean, an easy walk and a well conditioned and user friendly layout.