Nomadic_golfer : July 2020
Par 70, 5583m, slope 113, green fee $25
6 par 3s from 147 – 212m, 8 par 4s from 290 – 356, 4 par 5s from 475 – 522m
Still in mid-July, trying to avoid the post-50 blues and I’m attacking the 3rd track in the NSW Northern Rivers region, Kyogle. This is a bustling little town of under 3,000 people, 30 minutes further inland from Nimbin & 750km north of Sydney, lying on the Richmond River. Cattle farming is prominent but its probably best known for forestry and timber mills.
The course is a 9 holer, sitting on a small parcel of land and has 2 completely different sets of tees. Despite being situated in the town and being able to see the clubhouse from virtually every hole on the course, there are plenty of points where the large trees and the surrounding environment, looking back up over the nearby hills, make you feel miles away from anyone (especially on a Monday morning with the course to myself).
Kyogle is not the easiest course in the world as it has some length with par 3’s of 212, 187 and 170m, and 3 par 5s over 500m. The par 4s are quite pedestrian however, with nothing over 360. It is pretty lenient on wayward drives and with small greens, making birdies is tough but there aren’t many bunkers and you should make plenty of pars.
Fairways contain a few grasses, including bits of kikuyu, which is not dominant and as such there is some run on them. Greens are currently dormant, not sure what grass but soft and slow. Best hole is the 6th (and 15th), a 355m slightly uphill par 4 bending softly right to a raised, stepped green (below).
Overall, it gets a tick for the environment and the views and for getting the long irons out of the bag, but it is not in the best handful of golf experiences in the region.