Blog 179 – Coal Valley

Course 6 for 2022 – Coal Valley GC, Richmond, Tas

The ditch over the back of 1

Fun course for a quick round

Nomadic_golfer : January 2022

Par 70, 4747m, slope 113, $23 green fee

4 par3s 105-193m, 12 par4s 205-369m, 2 par5s 437&463m

This public 9 hole course is Hobart’s equivalent of Spring Park in Dingley, Melbourne. Laid out on a small parcel of land, lots of short par 4s, decent conditioning and small greens make it a good place to learn golf and to concentrate on your short game skills, chipping in particular here though, as there aren’t any bunkers.

There are numerous driveable par 4’s (9 of the 12 par 4s under 290m) with the majority of them asking you to take that risk of knocking it on, as there are multiple lost ball opportunities with water, OB and small patches of thicker, gnarly stuff.

The lone par 5 2nd (& 11th) is the most memorable hole for me. It has lots going on; there is OB left, just outside of a row of small trees, a pond in front of the tee, a stream all the way down the right which juts into the fairway at driving distance then crosses just in front of the green. You have to plot your way down this baby. And the short par 3 3rd (110m) is a beauty, with an elevated green banked up against an OB fence on its left, I nearly had the worst hole-in-1 ever here when my tee shot was headed right of the pin, hit the overhead power lines which kicked it left, and it lipped out of the hole.

Overall, its a good, fun facility epitomised by a dedicated little separate ‘hole in one’ hole, with a synthetic tee just near the clubhouse for extra entertainment. There is also a licensed cafe attached to the clubhouse.