Stonebridge Golf Course

Hunter Valley, NSW | User Rating: Rate-2 (2.5) | Add A Review

Stonebridge Golf Course is the Hunter Valley’s newest 18 hole championship course. Designed by local golfing master, Jack Newton, this 18-hole Par-72, 6,127m layout offers unique challenges to all golfing enthusiasts. In particular the course’s signature 18th hole will feature a memorable par three playing over a tranquil lake, as well as the stone bridge directing golfers over the water and onto a picturesque green. Perfection to a tee.

Stonebridge Clubhouse will offer members and guests a range of excellent facilities including a clubhouse with a fully stocked Golf Shop, a cafe and a bar overlooking the 18th green and tranquil lake for you to enjoy a beverage after your round.

The combination of a great course design set within a backdrop of the Hunter Valley wine region will make this an appealing destination for locals and travellers alike.

Stonebridge’s exciting expansion are just as interesting as it’s history…

In the 1820s, European settlers began to occupy the Hunter region with a large majority of landowners being Scottish. In 1826, John & David Campbell were granted 2560 acres (the maximum at the time) on Great Northern Road and at the crossing point over Black Creek. They quickly built a cottage (valued at £30) and named their new estate Cessnock, after their family’s seat of power, Cessnock Castle. The convenient location was used as a temporary camp for travellers, often resembling a small village, and in 1853, was divided into allotments and auctioned. By 1901 the population stood at 165, until in 1926, this figure exploded to 12,000 with the discovery of first grade coal.

The Cessnock Golf Club was established in 1927 and developed as a 12 hole golf course by 1946. Three years later, the golf course added the last 6 holes and built a simple club house. Over the next 30 years, the club house underwent several modifications until sadly, in mid-1990, it was completely demolished.

The nearby building, which contained squash courts, was then converted into The Oaks Golf club house. This same site with stylish renovations will be home to Stonebridge Golf club house during the development phase of the Residential Living precinct after which the Club will proudly unveil a brand new club house adjoining the 18th golf hole.

Stonebridge Golf represents the latest incarnations of the course and will continue to be the main public golf course in the Cessnock area.


  • Name: Stonebridge Golf Course
  • Region: Hunter Valley, NSW
  • Address: Mount View Road
    Cessnock, 2325, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Bookings:
  • Proshop: (02) 4990 6703
  • General: (02) 4990 1633
  • Holes: 18
  • Metres: 5930m
  • Par: 72
1. geosta | Rated | 16 Mar 2015 | Add A Review

Played here for the first time last week, they’ve currently got a great special on for mid-week play. Consistent with other reviews, putting surface is fantastic, the fairways were in ok nick after recent rain but certainly not to "championship course" standard.

Definitely a course to get a cart, it’s a very long trip around if you’re walking. There are a couple of holes that have a good few hundred metres between last green and next tee. Signage is also a bit poor but the pro acknowledged that, said new signs coming and gave us good directions.

Seems they are spending a lot of money on the course, new pro shop and bar, new car parks were going in when we were there. I’m interested to see how it develops over the next few years.


  • Great value for mid-week play
  • Putting surface fantastic
  • Some interesting challenges in the holes


  • Fairways not up to scratch
  • Lack of signage between holes
  • Long gaps between some holes
2. MJR | Rated | 01 Feb 2015 | Add A Review

Too many bare patches / grass roots on the fairways, too much unkempt grass on the verges. Good greens, rough fairways. Don’t walk it either or you’ll be there all day.

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3. Ajshooter80 | Rated | 24 Feb 2014 | Add A Review

Played here a few times and have slowly seen the course improve .Recently as 22/2/14. Rain has lead to grass starting to cover the fairways and looking much better.It seems just lack of greens staff to keep the course in top shape is a issue .
I like the lay out and think as this course matures it will be a excellent track . The greens are the best in the hunter and hope to see the fairways and roughs stay tidy and mown as they where on the weekend .The Bunkers needed some attention but have seen worse .

Pro shop staff are always plesant but shop lacks in stock would be nice to see some gear in shop( had trouble getting some Titliest Balls)

Beer was cold and wet and the club nice and new . Food was good and reasonable price .


  • Great Service
  • Awesome Greens
  • great layout
  • Good Cold beer and Bar service


  • Tee boxes need some work
  • fairways still Maturing
  • bunker surrounds need cutting
  • not much in pro shop

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4. Bannannaarr | Rated | 13 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

Exactly the same as the previous post, I too played on new years day.
The Green conditions & design were excellent. (Some of the best I have ever played on, not tricked up but still challenging) I agree with the fairway comment also, my naturestrip is in better condition.
Its a shame, because if the fairways, some tees, and the green surrounds were of a similar condition to the Greens, this would be one of the best courses in the Hunter Valley, as it would be a playable but challenging course.(If Fairways matched Green condtions = 4 stars)


  • Excellent Greens, Design and Conditioning
  • Great design of Green Surrounds & Bunkers


  • Distance between some Greens & next Tee (When walking)
  • Fairways were in extremely Poor Condition
5. MickF82 | Rated | 02 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

I’ve never seen such a massive difference between the condition of greens vs the rest of the course. The putting surfaces were superb, and generally well designed. The rest of the course was pretty much a cow paddock. The par 5s were super short (one at 380m, I hit driver-wedge to be on in two). I can’t believe Troon run this place – it’s way out of character with all their other high-end courses. I won’t be coming back until I hear that the course conditions have improved dramatically.


  • Excellent greens


  • Fairway conditions
6. theveteran | Rated | 13 Sep 2012 | Add A Review

Recently played Stonebridge with great expectation after reading all the hipe. Very disappointed in the condition of the fairways and green surrounds. Greens are great but if you need to chip to them then good luck as a good lie around them is hard to find.Some of the par 5’s are very short – one being less than 400mts others not much longer. The score card is not indexed above 18 and as a result a player on a 21 handicap gets 2 shots on a par 3. Nice club house with cold beer at reasonable prices. Has a long way to go to match other courses in the vicinity.

7. inahole | Rated | 06 May 2012 | Add A Review

you must b 1 smart fellow saucehead answering your own questions opens this weekend mate

8. Saucehead | Rated | 13 Aug 2011 | Add A Review

Apparently course will re-open Late 2011, early 2012, it also gets a name change to Stonebridge Golf Club

9. inahole | Rated | 04 Jul 2011 | Add A Review

easter 2012 new 9 set

10. Saucehead | Rated | 29 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

anyone know how the works on The Oaks are travelling, are they still on track to reopen in December 2011?

11. KristianJ | Rated | 11 Jun 2010 | Add A Review

This course is well and truly overshadowed by its higher quality neighbours. There are aspects of it that I liked (holes 4 and 5 were a nice little run), but all in all, it was quite a mixed bag.

Fairways were in pretty reasonable nick, greens were surprisingly fast, but patchy in some places (almost 1/3 of the 15th green was very patchy). The front 9 felt more interesting and less up and down than the back 9, and there were some bewildering design characteristics (such as a lone fairway bunker on the 18th that seemed to be only 160m or so from the back tee and didn’t really cut into the fairway proper).

The course closes next month for 18 months and will be redeveloped into a Jack Newton design. Will be interesting to see what he does to improve the layout – for a course that hosts a prestigious junior tournament, it didn’t seem to have the sort of spark and overall finesse that you’d expect. Not bad value, but you get better value at the other Hunter courses, even though you do pay a little more.

12. switowrot | Rated | 29 May 2010 | Add A Review

no knowledge of our booking when we arrived.the fairways were not the best,greens o.k.clubhouse good.drove for an hour to play here but would not do so again.

13. herbiehib | Rated | 24 Apr 2010 | Add A Review

Played on Thursday 22nd Apl and really enjoyed the course and the members were friendly. The greens had just been cored 3 days before but were generally in good condition. The trees on the fairways can become a pain in the butt but make you think about your course management rather than just hitting the ball. Loved playing here and will return one day if possible

14. Hussy | Rated | 14 Jan 2010 | Add A Review

Played last week, very nice course, challenging, good greens, fairways were also in good condition. Staff were nice, met the Club President who was a great person and spent about 10 minutes chatting to me. Very pleasant experience.


  • Great value for Hunter Valley Course
  • Terrific people, very welcoming
  • Challenging 18 hole course


  • Pro shop not well stocked with clubs and very expensive
  • Doglegs were frustrating
15. ajp17 | Rated | 07 Jan 2009 | Add A Review

Very straight forward layout provides a good test. On the drive in it gives you the impression of some rundown course but once you get out there it is alright. Holes 7, 17 and 18 are my favourites. Gets very warm up there in the middle of summer. People are friendly up there. It is a cheaper alternative to the other courses in the region e.g. The Vintage

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16. drodrigz | Rated | 06 Jan 2009 | Add A Review

Played on Fri 2 Jan 2009. Fair experience. The course advertises itself as the home of the Jack Newton Junior golf tournament. Unfortunately the first impression of the course is of a run down golf course that has had better days and only fit for juniors. The entry road is full of pot holes to a dirt parking area, the driving range is a grass field, and the putting greens small and mediocre. And this used to be the Cessnock Country Club? However, I liked the course itself. The feel is like a country stroll through the Oak trees or across fields and paddocks. The layout is a decent test of golf with an even amount of open and narrow driving holes. The oak trees are a problem if you are not straight. Some oak trees narrow the driving areas. Even if you are straight, some trees obstruct the approach to the green. The fairways are in good condition – the greens average. The strong smell due to recent fertilizing was tough to handle and the cow chips on the fairway were a bit of a nuisance. Every Friday during the summer, greens are over watered to the point of being flooded with the hole totally filled with water. Inexpensive: $18 M-Th, $22 F-Su. However, Fridays during the summer should be the weekday rate due to the flooded green conditions.

17. J_B | Rated | 16 May 2008 | Add A Review

Good fairways, terrible greens- bumpy and patchy, front nine has a good layout, back nine is a bit up and down. $18 is great value and not too crowded.

18. joshgately | Rated | 17 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

Terrible, Go else where, i attempted to play on this course in November and found nothing but trouble, called for tee time but no record when i arrived. I was really looking forward to this course because of the reputation but remain bitterly dissapointed. Also played at Branxton and would reccomend it prior to the oaks. Course in terrible condition compared to others in the area. I will probably give the course one more chance in the coming months, if no improvment i will not return

19. thevon | Rated | 16 Oct 2006 | Add A Review

If you are going to be in the Hunter Valley and don't mind a very basic course then this one is OK for the price I guess. The fairways are OK and the greens are fair for a public course but don't miss the greens even by a few feet as you will be chipping off terrible lies - even short of and through the greens.

However, that said, the bar is about pub prices and the course is fair.

20. surfrat | Rated | 31 Mar 2005 | Add A Review

This course is a must if in the Vineyard area and your looking for an alternate to the over pricing which comes with this area. The greens are true, the fairways are lush and with the course always growing it really does pose a challange to any golfer. The back nine has some really hard holes which require pin point accuracy from tee to green. Give it a go,

a real course with real people involved.

21. passyone | Rated | 02 Dec 2002 | Add A Review

This golf club is very nice. Plenty of trees, always in good condition and a great club house.

There are times when strategy comes into play so you can't just blast away with your driver. If you've had a good score here, you've played well.

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