The Links - Shell Cove

Illawarra, NSW | User Rating: Rate-3 (3.5) | Add A Review

The Links Shell Cove is a unique and picturesque golf course located in the Illawarra region on the South Coast of NSW. Once referred to as the “Beast of the East” due to its challenging nature, The Links has transformed itself into a golf course known for its friendly, inviting atmosphere and is an enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels.
With four tee options, a fleet of 60 golf carts and social times available 7 days a week, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Golf Operation staff to book tomorrow’s golf adventure!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Name: The Links - Shell Cove
  • Region: Illawarra, NSW
  • Address: Shellharbour Road & Southern Cross Boulevarde
    Shell Cove, 2529, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Bookings:
  • Proshop: (02) 4237 5955
  • General: (02) 4237 5955
  • Tollfree:
  • Holes: 18
  • Metres: 6087m
  • Par: 71
1. spoloprip | Rated | 24 Sep 2014 | Add A Review

Enjoy the layout of the course with various high and low tees. Some spectacular escarpment views Tough rough here and there but bail out areas abound. Greens just been cored but that’s fine for future visits. THANKS

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2. soupy | Rated | 17 Sep 2014 | Add A Review

Great Course and excellent club and staff. Easy to find. course was wet due to heavy rain but was very good. In Dry conditions would be excellent . Lots of interesting holes ..great views .. also great pricing to play … Highly recommend

3. cehigamop | Rated | 21 Jul 2014 | Add A Review

Tough Course in Conditions

4. vaprocadr | Rated | 25 Jun 2014 | Add A Review

Always enjoy playing at shell cove, The course is in good shape and the greens were fast.

Only damper was the group we were following were extremely slow and did not wave us through although they had every opportunity to do so on the par three’s. The frustration we felt made us give up on the sixteenth as we had simply ran out of time ( Four and a half hours to play 16 holes )

5. dricecrid | Rated | 21 Jun 2014 | Add A Review

I play here quite often, love the course. Staff take great care of the faiways/greens and are always friendly. Excellent links course and challenging true to the nature of this style of course.

Cart included in gren fee is fantastic and great value.Often very quiet on weekdays.

It seems from the reviews that this course has imporved dramatically over the years.

Excellent experience every time I play.

6. Darren16 | Rated | 09 Jun 2014 | Add A Review

Fantastic course, as challenging as it gets. Perfect fairways and greens.

7. mgj | Rated | 17 May 2014 | Add A Review

Played here a couple of years ago and found it an interesting layout then. The course is now in far better condition which made my return visit even more enjoyable. A brand new cart and 18 holes for $22 would have to be about the best value golf going around. The staff in the pro shop and restraunt (great lunch) were very friendly. A great day

8. recrigiwr | Rated | 13 May 2014 | Add A Review

Having played there before, I was happy to see the fairways in good condition, greens had not long been cored and some work being done on bunkers, which was bad luck but good to see the work being done.

The layout here with a touch of wind makes it a great challenge requiring a good strategy and thoughtful tee shots. Thoroughly enjoyed the round, some good golf and not busy!

9. sprayaway | Rated | 05 May 2014 | Add A Review

Played on Saturday with strong and icy south westerlies! Brrr. Really enjoyed the layout as each hole presented different challenges and required a lot of thought. Graded tees were a little confusing, but helped match our ability to the holes in question.

Would definately go back – greens were a little patchy, but fairways were well grassed and lush.

hopefully next time it will be sunny and we can enjoy the course a litle more.

10. DazBut | Rated | 25 Apr 2014 | Add A Review

Played the course a day after serious overnight rain so it was very wet underfoot. A good quality course. Friendly staff and locals. Some challenging holes catering for different abilities with graded tees. Greens were in excellent condition though all bunkers were out of play due to recent heavy rains (so of course did not hit a bunker all day). Signage was helpful and assisted with shot selection. Overall a very enjoyable day despite tough going on the back nine. Would return for another visit.

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11. hathecrec | Rated | 19 Mar 2014 | Add A Review

Challenging. Great value for $25 inc cart but I wouldn’t want to walk it, very hilly, some long walks between green and tee. Enjoyed varied holes inc water. Good greens but a lot of turn.

12. gowrepheb | Rated | 11 Mar 2014 | Add A Review

This was outstanding value, 4 golfers, 2 carts for a total of $88. A challenging golf course in need of a little more attention to improve the course presentation. Greens in excellent condition although a little too many contours for my liking.
Club house drinks on a Monday after 4pm were $2 a schooner!

13. Philldog | Rated | 22 Feb 2014 | Add A Review

I really enjoyed my round.I was able to flow round with limited stops at tees waiting for other players.Many public courses try to accommodate for to many players.
The course was in fine condition.Will recommend Shell Cove to friends and family.

14. swephovit | Rated | 22 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

Had a very enjoyable round on this challenging course. Pro shop staff were very helpful and we were not pressed on the course at all. Some easy holes but plenty of challenges as well

15. sekeslicr | Rated | 20 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

Great course, well maintained and a challenge for all levels of golfer.

16. frihemesw | Rated | 15 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

I played the course with a couple of mates. As high handicap players some of the tee shots were quite challenging, but also rewarding.
The course itself was quite attractive and I will definitely play this course again.

17. dopraphem | Rated | 10 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

Excellent coarse greatly improved since we were here 18 months ago better drainage a pleasure to play

18. malabibop | Rated | 07 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

Just played Sunday, the course is in great condition, quite windy to make it more interesting. Enjoyed it so much went back again Monday. The best course in the Illawarra.

19. malabibop | Rated | 07 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

Just played Sunday, the course is in great condition, quite windy to make it more interesting. Enjoyed it so much went back again Monday. The best course in the Illawarra.

20. relochoph | Rated | 06 Jan 2014 | Add A Review

Was a reasonable course. Since I have played this course last they have made it easier. The conditions were difficult due to the wind but still managed 83 off the stick from the back markers. Perhaps they have made it too easy.

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21. Philldog | Rated | 16 Dec 2013 | Add A Review

Good challenging course. Was able to play with plenty of freedom as not too many people playing. I have booked to play this weekend also…keep up the good work!

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22. mibrogeth | Rated | 09 Dec 2013 | Add A Review

The course in in superb condition and we really enjoy ourselves. We arrived earlier than the allocated time and the pro allows us to tee off immediately without any hassle. We were able to return to Sydney after the game well ahead of the anticipated time. The wind was blowing though and we will definitely return for another game hopefully in a ’windless’ day to get a more decent score in our cards.

23. webichano | Rated | 06 Dec 2013 | Add A Review

We had a great fun day at Shell Cove.. a beautiful, albeit pretty tough course, we got around in 5 hours and, as a midweek game, we literally saw one other group on the course which made for a lovely, relaxing, stress free game. It’s also pretty windy there, but that adds to the challenge!!

24. naleuibra | Rated | 01 Dec 2013 | Add A Review

A great course to get so mates together as they have plenty of carts makes it more enjoyable great service at the pro shop wonderful staff!

25. pratrojoj | Rated | 25 Nov 2013 | Add A Review

Fantastic course. Came down from Port Stephens to play it. Brought friends who loved it too. Great range of holes. Excellent use of elevation changes. Several risk/reward holes. Strong southerly increases level of difficulty. Exceptional value for money. Friendly helpful staff. Well done!

26. wripimaca | Rated | 18 Oct 2013 | Add A Review

Great course to play on. Friendly locals and courteous golfers. Look forward to booking another game at the course.

27. spaslitic | Rated | 25 Sep 2013 | Add A Review

This was my son’s first game of golf and he was having lots of fun until I sub-luxed my knee, and we seen a 2 metre black snake slithering across the 17th and 11th fairways. A beautiful course but he was too scared to get out of the golf cart after seeing that snake. Although the minor mishaps, to score a +5 on a course, I’d have to be leaving there smiling. Thanks for providing a memorable experience.

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28. drafrihumu | Rated | 11 Sep 2013 | Add A Review

Simply a great golf course, great staff, great price. Nuff said.

29. dopraphem | Rated | 07 Sep 2013 | Add A Review

Excellent course have played it twice this week definatly need a buggy.

30. Alsin | Rated | 29 Aug 2013 | Add A Review

Had an enjoyable game course has a great layout greens were very quick and challenging to read. We had 4 players of varying expertise and all would return

31. Bulli | Rated | 01 Aug 2013 | Add A Review

Myself and a mate played here two weeks ago and it wasn’t great at all, despite the ability to be great.

It was just after rain and the cart tracks were mud infested, pot holed and abysmal. The 13th Hole path is more akin to a 4wd track !! Its stated you cannot go off the tracks to get to your ball, so people were taking so much time to have a shot, as they had to walk to their ball, view their shot, walk back to their cart, get a club and then walk back to their ball, line up the shot and have it.

The club utilises deal websites, that make golf affordable, though they oversubscribe their tee off times…hence lots and lots of waiting to tee off and play the hole. It is very frustrating.

The course is challenging and quite beautiful. I love the design and nature of the course.

Until they provide better facilities and manage the number of golfers, so it doesn’t take forever to play, I won’t be back in a hurry. I’d rather spend my money elsewhere. Shame as its a great place otherwise.

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32. agakhan | Rated | 11 Jul 2013 | Add A Review

Played today, course is still muddy. We had a two slow high handicappers ahead of us who played from the black tees and had two players at our back who did not care how close they hit to us. Did not enjoy a bit and will never play. Course is very challenging and a test for your best golf. But so long they price is cheap and invite hackers, I will rather play at Port Kembla.

33. frinecosi | Rated | 02 Jul 2013 | Add A Review

After more than a week of heavy rain and the first day the course had re-opened the greens were in remarkable condition. The fairways as expected still very wet. The Layout great and would certainly return

34. Macka12 | Rated | 11 Jun 2013 | Add A Review

I’ve played this course a few times and really enjoyed it every time. Some really lovely holes with plenty of challenges and it’s always been in great condition when I’ve played. When the wind gets up this course can be brutal. Some really good deals with vouchers come up for this course too. Pro shop and clubhouse staff always very friendly. Great clubhouse atmosphere with fantastic views over the course and the food is great.

Overall this is well worth the trip down from Sydney.

Pity there aren’t better practice/warm-up areas or at least a driving net to warm-up in.

PROS

  • Great condition
  • Really interesting holes with plenty of challenges
  • Fantastic clubhouse
  • Friendly staff

Cons

  • No driving range or practice area apart from using your own balls on a rough area of land on the other side of the carpark
35. sidreuoci | Rated | 01 Jun 2013 | Add A Review

It’s a great time again to play on this beatiful gold court, we incredible price for it, super cheap. Although i’m a beginner, had to give way to certain people behind us, but over all, it’s really good, friendly staff, nice view. Will be back again.

36. wrauodros | Rated | 12 May 2013 | Add A Review

Beautiful course, carts suppied no waiting. Courteous helpful staff. Offering 18 holes so late was a bit of a waste however as we only had time for 7 holes being beginners.

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37. Largent74 | Rated | 19 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

Yeah I can’t imagine playing golf and not being able to drive a cart directly to my ball. Leaving the cart on the path and walking to my ball is just a massive inconvenience. I would rather plough up the fairway so that the group behind can get to my tyre marks for their next shot without delay…. Enough sarcasm, carts suck and should only be issued to players with a medical certificate. Go somewhere else fatty

38. Hendo9799 | Rated | 19 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

This course was fantasticly set out and was fun to play. I think that the carts should be able to drive right up to the ball to save time, and make the round quicker therefore not holding anyone up.

PROS

  • Wonderful greens

Cons

  • Must keep carts on path
39. bradedrak | Rated | 16 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

Interesting course. A links like course, so some lovely shaped holes.
Worth a visit

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40. paulj88 | Rated | 15 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

friendliest club in the Illawarra course getting better all the time.pro
shop staff and bar staff are quite something never rude will help out with any issue you may have.New restaurant is great very good food at a reasonable price Plenty of carts at a good price if you are thinking of joining a golf club you could do a lot worse than this course port kembla over priced kiams same the links is far and away a better deal than either of the above

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41. rewiuocro | Rated | 15 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

I have played this course several times, coming down from Sydney to enjoy the open spaces, views and challenges offered by this well maintained and managed club.

42. friswaces | Rated | 10 Apr 2013 | Add A Review

nice layout and the course was in top condition.. well done

43. tatecomew | Rated | 30 Mar 2013 | Add A Review

Great Coarse, fairways were lush and greens were fast it took a little over 2 hrs to play the front 9 due to the crowd though it flowed quite well. Will definitely be back

44. spocrosaf | Rated | 26 Mar 2013 | Add A Review

I have played th eLinks a handful of times.
On my most recent visit I found the fairways to be in excellent condition and the roughs consistant.

The layout is great, you have plenty of challenging lies in terms of hitting balls above and below your feet and there is always some wind around at the Links, even on the stillest of days.

The greens were a bit shabby but to be fair they appeared to be in the midst of annual renovations

45. hotrouepo | Rated | 21 Mar 2013 | Add A Review

Greens just cored.Very slow and bumpy.Excellent layout with some very interesting holes.But far too difficult for B grade/older golfers.Rough is impenetrable,fairways fairly narrow ,and some long uphill par 4s into prevailing wind.We thought we played very well for our hcps of 14 and 16 but still got into too much trouble.Felt exceedingly lucky to lose only couple of balls between two of us.

46. slislimec | Rated | 25 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

Great country course

47. thobrophi | Rated | 21 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

Awesome course, will play it again for sure

48. fronecodr | Rated | 14 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

Played shell links on the 13th of jan and its a good deal on iseekgolf . The greenkeeper must have school hols off though , because the bumpy slow greens really let the rest of the course down . I am from southern Sydney , and was suprised to see the dried out dams . Can only guess its been a dry few months and they use the catchment water on the course

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49. steprobro | Rated | 02 Jan 2013 | Add A Review

Friendly staff, challenging course, great day will be back

50. Turf_n_Surf | Rated | 27 Dec 2012 | Add A Review

Played Dec 2012 after some rain, back markers, handicap of 3. I have mixed opinion on this course. Its an interesting layout with links style lumps and hollows and its share of pot bunkers. Unfortunately, the course is somewhat shabby and doesn’t play to its potential. We played after some rain in a stiff southerly and it was certainly challenging. The kikuyu gave no fairway run and the bounce off greenside chips was too unpredictable. Most disappointing were the greens which were a lottery – way too furry, bouncy and slow. I’ll concede that they were most likely unmown due to the holiday period. Permanent signs on most holes warned carts off the fairways. I suspected all this when I sighted the Shellharbour Council sign on the first tee. All up its a well designed layout in council course condition. Port Kembla GC is the pick of the Illawarra courses.

51. wechetres | Rated | 24 Dec 2012 | Add A Review

Played Shell Cove last Friday and conditions were great for low scoring.

The rough has been cut back a bit to allow for quicker play which helps if your drives are a bit off on the day. If you are a reasonable driver that can hit 220 – 240m reasonably consistently then this course is for you. Greens are firm so they tend to run a bit more than most other clubs but are generally run true to give you confidence when lining them up.

Favourite hole is the 16th when driving over the swamp with a nice draw and landing the ball and the left hand side of the bunker to setup a juicy shot into the green.

Staff are always friendly and always enjoy my round there unless when the wind is blowing 30km+.

Sometime the special discount green fees encourage weekend hackers which can slow the round down to 5 hours which is never fun.

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52. StevoC | Rated | 01 Dec 2012 | Add A Review

Great course would play there anytime especially at the price we received through you.

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53. driwrojal | Rated | 14 Nov 2012 | Add A Review

Very enjoyable course. A lot of different holes so not boring to play in any way and a challenge for all levels. Greens were a bit slow but that may have just been when we played. All up certainly worth playing if you are on the South Coast and great value.

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54. flashwrecca | Rated | 08 Nov 2012 | Add A Review

Played here a few times in recent years. I rate it very highly as a course. A real thinkers track with lots of variety and challenging shots bot from the tee and into greens. The girl in the proshop was friendly and helpful and enhanced the good feeling of the place – and the view from the 19th as you sip on a refreshment is one of the best.

55. prijasleu | Rated | 04 Nov 2012 | Add A Review

Excellent value for money. $15 pp with cart. Good condition, even if greens were a little bumpy.

56. dawebohep | Rated | 25 Oct 2012 | Add A Review

I have played the Links before and it is a great course. Unfortunately I had car troubles and was unable to play this time. I guess the money goes to a good cause of investing in the course for future games.

57. Markovens | Rated | 21 Oct 2012 | Add A Review

Played 19 October 2012 for first time around 11am and was really looking forward to it. The view from the Clubhouse over the course was just stunning and staff very friendly but at Pro Shop should ask if played before and give some advice. Only issue we had travelled from Sydney and the food area didn’t open until 11.30am except tea coffee and some finger food. Have something other than crap pies or sausage rolls please….
Noisy construction site next door was a turn off and very visual that looked ugly for guess what….more crappy housing "little boxes made of ticky-tacky on the hill side and they all look just the same".

Now the course was really well laid out and a challenge from the first tee. Pity I could’t figure the distances and club selection proved a challenge as there were some tough holes. Forgot my Golfshot app and I struggled.
But the course was a beauty and beast waiting for the contest and conquer and rewarded good shots but stayed the bad …fair enough. When I got on fairway life was sweet but in the rough life was harsh. They were slashing some narly areas near water that should be hazards so good to see addressing.
What is going on with the 15th hole with a mound of earth and crap in front of what looks like an about to be extended water hazard? That was a mess and neither of us could find our balls in the debris!

I played poorly on several holes but my partner shot a great round.
Overall, I think it is a thinking persons Links course that will grow in statue and I’d played it differently a second time.
YES we will be back as unfinished business on a diamond course that needs respect.

58. hathesove | Rated | 21 Oct 2012 | Add A Review

Very enjoyable day,course is very challenging and in very good condition,service from all staff was excellent.

59. Yolondakate | Rated | 05 Oct 2012 | Add A Review

Enjoyed the day and the lunch at Relish. Kids enjoyed it too.

60. Jknight | Rated | 11 Sep 2012 | Add A Review

Great course very challenging and yet fair in good condition

61. mountainman | Rated | 03 Sep 2012 | Add A Review

I played the course on the 31/08/12 and enjoyed my round and the value for money and played off the blue markers.
As expected at this time of year the course is pretty brown as a result of a cold winter, but still looked nice.
The greens are large and fast and have plenty of contours. Anything above the pin can leave you with a very scary down hill putt. Even the slightest tap of the ball can leave you with a long uphill putt for your second putt.
There are no trees to speak of and the water on the course does not significantly come into play. I played to my handicap so walked off happy and I was glad to have joined up with some locals who guided me around the course and made my day enjoyable.
It would have been nice to have a map of the course on the back of the scorecard, as the layout was a bit confusing at times.
My only real criticism was some areas of rough. The kikuya has been allowed to grow to knee high in some areas, so if your ball strays off the fairway, good luck. I went looking in one area for my ball. I didn’t find mine, but found three others. The locals I played with advised me that the rough was a lot worse and work is being done to get rid of the areas of long kikuya. Until it is gone it would be my suggestion to mark these areas as hazards, that way you can take a drop at the point the ball entered, rather than being unable to find your ball and having to go back and play a ball from where you hit.
I’ll be back again if I get the opportunity.

62. PenguinWoods | Rated | 02 Aug 2012 | Add A Review

PLayed here again a little while ago, and not much has changed. Still a genuine links layout with an aussie feel, with some wonderfully layed out and exciting holes. It has a slight resort feel but after playing there twice it appears to be more of a club course.
They put us on some ridiculously easy tees, which is a shame as with good straight driving the course is easy. From the backs i don’t doubt it would be brutal. It rained a bit but i still enjoyed myself, easier and more enjoyable the second time round.Some really great holes
As a sydney-sider coming down for a few nights to try and get to the best tracks in the area, we ended up playing Bowral GC, Port Kembla and here, plus a quick 9 at Moss Vale. Sadly we got turned around at Wollongong. I would say Port Kembla is the best course in the Illawarra, however Links shell cove isn’t far behind.

63. Redandgreen | Rated | 22 Jul 2012 | Add A Review

A fair course that becomes challenging as the breeze comes up. The greens are good size with intersting breaks that take some reading.

Playing off the social markers gives a signifincant advantge on a number of holes.

64. wriwrociw | Rated | 30 Jun 2012 | Add A Review

Good day of golf. Interesting holes, some pretty tough depending on wind, good views , play was fairly consistant only minor delays

65. Moggie | Rated | 12 Jun 2012 | Add A Review

Loved it had a great day thank you

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66. midirons | Rated | 19 May 2012 | Add A Review

Played here on 18th May 2012.
Course was in good condition again.
Fairways and greens were enjoyable to play off and on.
Best course in Illawarra region by far.
On my favourite list and one of the best courses
you can play for under $40.

67. goslofrim | Rated | 17 May 2012 | Add A Review

Course in good order. Very challenging course.

68. nicaslitr | Rated | 17 May 2012 | Add A Review

Great course, played with 3 mates of all abilities and everyone enjoyed the course and layout, You really have to think before you hit. Great staff and easy roll up on the day.

69. George2 | Rated | 04 May 2012 | Add A Review

Great golf and interesting layout, greens in good condition.

Enjoyed the golf and day outing from Sydney.

PROS

  • Fast and true greens

Cons

  • Hole 13. All Tees moved upfront for the day (probably red tee)3/5/12
70. drespobre | Rated | 21 Apr 2012 | Add A Review

beautiful course, great greens

71. dikogesti | Rated | 10 Apr 2012 | Add A Review

Enjoyed the day with three friends.
Green fees were cheap but that may be just to get players back.
Rough has been mowed since I played there last and made it easier for us high handicapers.
Greens were in great condition.

72. braslespi | Rated | 27 Mar 2012 | Add A Review

Had a great day. Tee off at sunrise. Demanding course and requires accuracy to stay out of the long grass in the rough. Good mix of holes. The course is in good condition and I would recommend for a great day out

73. Kaaarlheinz | Rated | 25 Mar 2012 | Add A Review

Played the Links on Friday, the course has come a long way since I last played there (2005). The fairways and greens are in great condition and I have to applaud the decision to remove the long rough. Staff in the pro shop should be congratulated; they were all very friendly and helpful. Architecturally an interesting club house with the pro shop located on the ground floor however, disappointing to see torn carpet in the shop which really isn’t a good look. Another criticism is that there was only one set of tees to hit from. A course of this nature, which had up to 5 tee boxes on just about every hole, should have more than one option to play from. I certainly recommend the links to play but would just like to chose which tee I play from.

74. MickF82 | Rated | 06 Mar 2012 | Add A Review

One of my favourite courses. The layout is challenging and requires you to hit every club in the bag. There are loads of scoring opportunities but you’ll need to take a few risks. Local knowledge is very helpful here too. Conditions are generally good although the course doesn’t hold water all that well. There is generally a little wind around so be prepared to play your ground game.
IEven though I live in Sydney I will be back as often as I can.

PROS

  • Interesting layout with lots of risk/reward
  • Good value for money
75. spomostau | Rated | 28 Feb 2012 | Add A Review

Great and challenging course! Contrary to a review above, the green fees are definitely reasonable!

Friendly staff at pro shop and hotel.

PROS

  • Green fees offer value for money

Cons

  • Cart pathways definitely need to be re-done
76. jthommo | Rated | 05 Feb 2012 | Add A Review

i played the Links with 3 mates we all thought it was a good test of golf. it is a links course but i found it more a target style course pick your spot and hit it , alot of lay up tee shots and second shots into par 5s.
All in all i will play again , for $30 green fees with a cart not much better then that

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77. Glenn1972 | Rated | 03 Feb 2012 | Add A Review

Good Challenging Links Course

78. rieuwen | Rated | 10 Jan 2012 | Add A Review

Ive played here quite a bit recently and have just become a golf member…
I have to say that the course is quite good and I thoroughly enjoy it. I do agree if your early, there is a real bargain to be had with the fees (incl a cart).
The front nine is bar far my favourite, but the overall course is challenging and well kept.
Well done Shellharbour Council…

79. renemococ | Rated | 04 Jan 2012 | Add A Review

The course is developing nicely now having played it approx 6 times. The green are in great condition (very true) and the fairways are improving all the time.
The course is a real challenge at the best of the times but when the winds are up, it definitely makes for tough golf.
The cart tracks on the back nine (adjacent to Hole 13 and 15) need repairing.
Otherwise, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and at $15 for green fees with cart, a real bargain.

80. phawraste | Rated | 30 Dec 2011 | Add A Review

A good day, and the golf was the same. Teeing off before 7.00am is great value with a cart, recommend to all golfers. Some tough holes but all in great condition.

81. meswethos | Rated | 23 Dec 2011 | Add A Review

Thought the course was in great condition, had a great game, funny watching the guy that thought he was John Daly try to play, he had all the expensive gear but was a terrible at golf

82. behaspith | Rated | 06 Dec 2011 | Add A Review

Even though the weather was cold and windy I had a pleasant morning playing golf with my partner. The fairways were in excellent condition. The back nine greens were good to read, unfortunately the front nine had sand which caused the greens to play very quick. I found a couple of sand bunkers which had a good layer of sand which made it suitable to play my shots.

My partner and I have played at the course on and off for the past six years and since the Council took over a couple of years ago the course has improved greatly. They have particularly cleaned up around the roughs,creeks and hazards so you may have some chance of a shot or at least a chance of finding your ball.

If you are keen to play early in the mornings as I and my partner do the price is unbeleivable.

83. hocratrek | Rated | 03 Dec 2011 | Add A Review

Haven’t played there for a while, and I was very impressed. Fairways and greens looking great, rough is at a great level for all players. Good to see some of the back markers being used.

84. DB2 | Rated | 30 Nov 2011 | Add A Review

Not terribly long but very difficult. A very strange course in many respects with the Par 5’s a clear standout. The par 3 were solid and many of the Par 4’s are just plain crazy like the 16th. Certainly a course you need to play a number of times before you know where to hit it on many of the holes.

From a condition perspective, it’s not great. The greens are ok but quite slow and bumpy. The fairways are average at best and don’t miss the fairway because it’s full of Parramatta grass.

Overall, I was a little disappointed, but wouldn’t mind giving it another shot.

85. doslethik | Rated | 21 Nov 2011 | Add A Review

Great links course, some very challenging holes especially when the wind gets up – great day had by all.

86. DoubleBogeyDazzler | Rated | 17 Nov 2011 | Add A Review

WOW, this course literally blew me away! Talk about a gale force wind. Despite that, I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed playing this course. Classic links layout with lots of the rough stuff and plenty of water hazards.
Just try clearing the lake (190m) from the back tees on the 5th hole Par 5 with a 50kph wind blowing into your face, what a challenge.
Great clubhouse and burger afterwards, will def be back for more!

87. jigavakic | Rated | 14 Nov 2011 | Add A Review

We teed off on Sunday @ 6:40am.
What a treat to see an abundance of widlife!!

We had a great day, and some good laughs, especially when you cant find that perfect shot you just hit.

Course has a great layout and at $34 for a round of golf for 2 people with a cart, you cant go wrong.

88. phokiuita | Rated | 08 Nov 2011 | Add A Review

I have been playing this course socially for about 6 months now. I have found that in the last 2 months a great inprovment in the condition of the fairways and some of the rough has been cleaned up a bit. The club seems to be putting more effort into maintenance now.

89. ErnieEls | Rated | 14 Oct 2011 | Add A Review

Course was in good condition, greens a little bit slow but coming back from being cored, and the fiarways were also patchy just needs a little bit of TLC budget might not allow for it. I played this course when it first opened and it was in excellent condition allround A1. It still is great value for money and is the best played off the back tees!!!!

90. Manny | Rated | 04 Oct 2011 | Add A Review

Played this course on Anzac Day with five mates, and we enjoyed it. Easy drive from Sydney, so won’t hesitate to try it again if there’s nothing available in sydney metro at short notice. Well kept course, both fairways and greens were good, and the course had challenges for all levels of players.

91. auswik | Rated | 28 Sep 2011 | Add A Review

We enjoyed the course as it provides plenty of variety and the setting is extraordinary. Great value for early tee off times and the staff are very friendly. Highly recommended.

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92. phewimiti | Rated | 16 Sep 2011 | Add A Review

Not a bad course with some interesting par five that you can’t simply blast off the tee. Very undulating with alot of tee shots being hit blind over a ridge. It would be good if they could bring the lakes into play a bit more as the course lacks water.
My only real gripe was with the speed of play. I played he front nine in just over an hour, however the back took me almost two and a half due to a group of four elderly men, who refused to let anyone play through and insisted on searching for any lost balls until they found them. I think when there are four groups banked up behind you then you need to speed up your play. This problem is not the fault of the links itself, and is a bit of a trend that i have noticed lately.

All in all a good afternoon on the course.

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93. billyo13 | Rated | 27 Aug 2011 | Add A Review

Tough course – ball in rough – grab a new one, dont waste your time.
Cart paths need some work. As do – on course directions.
It is easily the toughest course on South Coast/Illawarra – good round at the other courses will give you false confidence.
Par 3s a highlight as is back 9.

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94. Billyboy32 | Rated | 21 Aug 2011 | Add A Review

Great course, although we picked the wrong day to play as it rained for the first nine (no I mean pelted down). The second nine was better but the wind became even stronger from the south-east, at least 50kph which made the holes into the wind very difficult. However, we loved the layout and the difficulty of some of the holes, while others were very fair even for high handicappers.

95. prosispom | Rated | 19 Jul 2011 | Add A Review

this course needs a good tidy up to bring it up to a top standard. The course itself is a good challange but cart paths, fairways need improving. Don’t stray from the fairway otherwise you can kiss your ball good bye!!! Still for the price with a cart is great value.

96. rnm | Rated | 20 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

Great course, some challenging holes. Defiantly value for money. Only real let down is the greens… the last 3 times i have played there they have been a little bumpy for my liking (there has been a lot of rain though lately) Nothing a good cut@roll wouldn’t fix!

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97. grahamc | Rated | 07 Jun 2011 | Add A Review

Very good value.Course could be maintained a bit better.Management need to discourage abuse of fairways by improper use of carts.

98. auswik | Rated | 16 Apr 2011 | Add A Review

Very scenic and challenging course withy friendly staff. Would prefer something is done to reduce the amount of very long grass in the rough.

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99. behaspith | Rated | 22 Feb 2011 | Add A Review

The course is looking exceptionally well with the fairways lush. On the day the greens were a bit slow, not having been cut very low, but once playing a few holes got to get the pace. Over the past few years since the council took over management of the course it has improved greatly with the cutting of rough to a reasonable standard and maintenance of the course very good.

PROS

  • Great place to have a game of golf, even though it is a bit of a challenge if you haven't played there before.

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100. rososlicr | Rated | 14 Feb 2011 | Add A Review

Simply put I enjoy playing there. Staff are very helpful, the course is incredibly scenic. Enjoy standing on every tee and green and just looking at the surrounds. The greens might have been a bit slow, but still ran true and in general the course is in pretty good nick. Drove an hour to play here and even without the discounted green fees its still good value for money. Looking forward to playing here again soon.

101. TheFoz69er | Rated | 10 Feb 2011 | Add A Review

I dont know what is going on at this course but the standard of the course has really gone downhill this past 6 weeks. the greens are slow and brown, the fairways wnd tees are in very poor condition, huge divots are taken out at most shots. very dissapointing compared too my previous visits

102. GUS72 | Rated | 27 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

another great experience……… all O.K and better

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103. kowresada | Rated | 18 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

A challenging and enjoyable course. The course has brutal rough and other hazards, in play on most holes, which would ruin the round of anyone who cannot keep to the short stuff. Many holes require careful club selection and familiarity with the course will assist scoring.

The layout across hillsides and valleys is visually pleasing and provides great variety of holes and many uphill and downhill challenges.

We played for the first time in January 2010 and for the second time in December 2010. Scoring improved and appreciation for the course’s challenges increased.

The course is in very good condition, but suffers from poor signage and no course map and hole diagrams on the card. A few holes have new diagrams on the tee (which are excellent and include critical distance information). Otherwise, you are on your own.

I will keep coming back to this course every holiday season.

104. wbgillaus | Rated | 17 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

my wife and i really liked this course. she plays off 25 and i play off 5. the course is interesting and challenging with a good mix of very hard to easy holes. we played during a fairly strong north-easterly wind. some uphill into the wind long holes were very difficult. i played off the blue tees, off the black would be a real test. if you can’t control you tee shots then on this course you will spend a lot of time looking for your ball in long grass. the greens were a very good surface, lots of undulations but manageable. tees were in excellent condition

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105. dotreswah | Rated | 10 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

I have played this course probably a dozen times since 2006. It was not until this year (played twice over the christmas break) that I could say I really enjoyed it as a course. The greens are in the best shape I have seen them and the deep rough is really penal. In previous years the greens and fairways were a bit patchy / sparse which would have been partly drought related. The rain has made the course lush so it was a real pleasure to play. All new courses take 5+ years to establish so if you played this course a few years back I would encourage you to play again.
I played with a strong north easter one day and then three days later with a gentle southerly. The difference was 5 wood versus pitching wedge on some holes so the course really changes with the conditions. Most of the holes have a links feel and make you think through your options when coming into greens.
Best golf in the Illawarra

106. jagofroph | Rated | 07 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

play off 2 and found this course great as I tend to hit relatively straight but get off the fairways and there is trouble
course is in great condition and a credit to the green staff
great course to play and we were lucky as there was only a light breeze

107. BB15 | Rated | 06 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

Enjoyed the course. A very good test. Fairways and greens in good condition

108. Cheners | Rated | 06 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

How anybody can be impressed with that layout escapes me. Most uninspired golf course I have played! Not a single memorable hole, and with one exception, none of the lakes are brought into play at all. A classic example of the poor design is the 18th tee, which is located in a hole with no view, when adjacent to it is a ridge which offers the chance to site the tee high up, with (I assume) some sort of view, and at least with a view of the fairway and green ahead.

109. pralocach | Rated | 06 Jan 2011 | Add A Review

Wonderful course….Wonderful!!!! The round only set me back $40 for our entire group, carts inclusive as well. Greens were in superb nick, speed of play was fairly quick as well. Signature holes incl 5 and 16.

110. flashwrecca | Rated | 21 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

One of the best courses I’ve played anywhere. Really loved it. Very interesting and not overly long but a real thinkers course in which you have to hit your tee shot in the right spot rather than mindlessly bash away.

111. DaveDMargaret | Rated | 14 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

true links was a real test , course in great condition afterall the rain, staff friendly and welcoming , will definately return

112. drosladra | Rated | 13 Dec 2010 | Add A Review

Played early morning Sunday 12th. Links style course in good condition. Would come back for sure. If you miss fairway don’t bother looking. Some great holes.
Pick of the Par 3’s — 6th & 12th
Pick of the Par 4’s — 16th & 18th
Pick of the Par 5’s — 3rd & 5th

113. Lavender | Rated | 18 Nov 2010 | Add A Review

I thought the staff were very helpful. The signage on the tees were missing which made it very difficult for first time players,not knowing the directions of the greens. For female golfers it is a very hard course to play..

114. TheFoz69er | Rated | 15 Nov 2010 | Add A Review

played here last week and thought the course was fantastic, cannot believe some of the critisism this place gets. A well maintained course with perfectly manicured tees, fairways and greens. I was talking with one of the greenkeepers during play and was told that the course was maintaines by only 6 staff, my hat goes off to them on a wonderful job they have done. Is on par if not better than most clubs in sydney (where i play alot).

115. gedagewip | Rated | 12 Nov 2010 | Add A Review

In great condition, lots of variety and punishing if your not straight. The frames are ready for the signs to be put on them which will help everyone know where they are and where to hit, as that’s a bit of a challenge at the moment. I managed to get 18 holes with a cart for $10, but this felt like a $50 course.

116. funky2662 | Rated | 18 Oct 2010 | Add A Review

Talk about hard markers some of the comments on this course are not helpful. I have probably been fortunate enough to play most courses in Australia and this course is better than most. Whilst it’s not the toughest it has a decent layout good greens and fairways and rewards those willing to take it on. If I lived withing 100kms I’d be a member.

117. alanpom | Rated | 15 Oct 2010 | Add A Review

Some great holes on this track, but you get what you pay for when it comes to overall quality. E.g. played it a week ago and again yesterday – an old vinyl lounge seat could be seen in the gully near the 9th green, which is about 100m from the club house. This says it all about this course – no one seems to know how to manage its landscape and no one seems to care that much. While the course has gradually improved in some respects (e.g. fairways, greens) since it was built, it still suffers from careless maintenance. The new pathways have been finished with road base not concrete; the turning bays on the concrete cart paths are not large enough to allow a cart to turn around without going off the path and chopping up the edge (which has caused a lot of pooling of water over the path after rain); miss a fairway and it often means a lost ball as the grasses encouraged are less than optimum for such a course (many people complain of lost balls – my record is 10 in one round, without even trying); etc. etc. The course needs greater care in its management, but whatever the arrangement is between the local (Shellharbour) council and the leasee seems to prevent this. Yes it’s worth a visit (but wear blinkers for the minor details that could easily be taken care of make the experience much better than it currently is).

118. mini | Rated | 09 Sep 2010 | Add A Review

I enjoyed playing this course for the 1st time on Tuesday 7/9/2010, the design, terrain, fairway, bunkers and green condition are fantastic. If you enjoy a bit of a challenge, this would be the course.
Directional signs are lacking but if you keep your electric cart along the cement pathway, your next hole would be further along the way. But I would suggest a diagram of each hole, distance, par and hole # at the Tee box would be helpful. There were extensive, new concrete pathway being laid out at the time of play otherwise, I would have enjoyed myself even more. I have to travel nearly 2 hours to get there but definitely worth another trip.

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119. rodmclaurin | Rated | 23 Aug 2010 | Add A Review

Had a great day; not necessarily a great round. Very good value for money.

120. vigocaleh | Rated | 02 Aug 2010 | Add A Review

This is one of the better value courses. even with the course quite wet it was very enjoyable and extremely challenging. Make sure to take extra balls

121. PenguinWoods | Rated | 05 Jul 2010 | Add A Review

Real links course that portrays the beauty of Wollengong and sorrounds very well. Course was in good condition and was a joy to play. This relitively new course will mature into a great links but does require some changes. For starters this course is made less enjoyable and simple like a round of golf should be by the fact there is no signage. Why not i dont now but it was a real pain getting the card out to check distances. Also some shots are blind and a good hole map on each tee would be a great help and the piece of paper with a course map on it did not suffice. The course otherwise is in good nick with plenty of bunkers and excellent fairways. The greens were slow and more tricky that first thought. I cannot comment on the bunkers, for i didn’t get in one surprisingly(wahoo). The rough was very unforgiving and the driver is best left in the bag on quite a few holes. I believe this course will mature into a excellent golf club over time, but i dont think that they’re in the top 50 courses in australia. Overall 7/10

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122. Patagonia | Rated | 07 Apr 2010 | Add A Review

Played here over the long weekend with a couple of vouchers – just paid $34 for the cart. Was looking forward to the challenge and had heard some good things about this course, but it does have some major issues – explaining the bargain price.

Frustratingly, and unforgivably in my book, there was not a single sign on the course telling you what hole you were playing or where the next tee was (apart from 1 vague sign in the direction of the 8th tee). The only way we could tell we were on the right tee was to check with a small map which we asked for especially (lucky we did!) and by checking the par score against the length of the whole in front of us. Luckily we got through, but not without some serious farting around looking for the next tee on several occasions – wasting our time and energy. YOU NEED TO HAVE SIGNS ON THE TEES! – even if just the number of the whole, but a little map of the hole would also be nice! It’s a simple rule, but this course flouts it, at the expense of the playing experience.

Compounding this problem was that there were a few blind tees where you had to guess where you were hitting to – not a good thing when you don’t know you’re on the right hole to start with, let alone if it’s a dogleg left/right/straight hole! Combine this with the long paspalum grass means you WILL lose balls, if only because you hit to where you thought the fairway was! And if you hit in that grass and go looking for your ball, I’m telling you the only thing you’ll find will be the pointy end of a brown snake.

Having said all this, the course has potential. Adding signs is not hard and the management should address this issue as soon as possible. This would also alleviate the blind tee issue to some degree if you can make an educated (rather than a pure) guess about where you are hitting to.

Some of the holes are quite scenic, with good views of the surrounding hills, and some nice elevated tees on the better driving holes. The course condition was also quite good when we played, at least for a public course at this price. But in all honesty, I won’t be back soon, and not until the aforementioned problems are sorted out.

PROS

  • Good condition of greens
  • Diverse holes keep the round interesting
  • Cheap
  • Friendly pro shop

Cons

  • Not a single sign on the course makes it disorienting
  • Too many blind tees
  • That grass will eat your golf balls
  • Smokey two-stroke carts
123. wivewopej | Rated | 06 Apr 2010 | Add A Review

Played links with friends from the Gold Coast they enjoyed the course very challenging in parts. Course was in good condition due to all the rain that we have had a little bit wet in parts.

124. crogitrou | Rated | 05 Apr 2010 | Add A Review

Let me said first great way to book to play golf. Fast and easy. The Links is a good lay out but the condition of the course is i think very bad. I’m glad I payed $17 for the game plus cart. I would only play on the layout for that kind of money or cheaper…..

125. srsayers11 | Rated | 05 Apr 2010 | Add A Review

Course in good condition after recent rain. Stray of the fairways in some areas and balls will be lost forever. Otherwise enjoyed the challenge.

126. a59b | Rated | 02 Apr 2010 | Add A Review

Great course , but you need to be hitting the fairways otherwise you are going to have a long day – take plenty of balls if you aren’t hitting straight . Greens are in good condition – they have been cored recently . Lots of risk and reward holes and trouble if you risk too much .
Worth playing again and again – one round will have you convinced you can play the course easily , the next round it will show its teeth and leave you wondering what went wrong . A good links course !!
$ 25 per player with a cart is hard to beat .

127. Divotor | Rated | 26 Mar 2010 | Add A Review

Played 20/3/10. Fortunate enough to encounter calm conditions, so scored well…lucky me!
What can I say….nice, but a real brute if the wind gets up!
Greens cored early March so a bit slow and bumpy…will be great around April.
Course has matured somewhat in the last few years and can only get better, provided the money is there for lasting maintenance.
Regularly offering some cheap deals, so check it out…well worth a game.

128. dogowner | Rated | 17 Feb 2010 | Add A Review

We found the course to be challenging, the pros were friendly and service good. We were forever guessing what tee we were playing – no signpost on what tee you were on nor signposts on where the next tee was. Considering the amount of rainfall the greens were excellent.

129. uostiliri | Rated | 28 Jan 2010 | Add A Review

Fantastic course layout.
providing a good challange with risk/reward holes. My advise, just pull out the driver and go for it !
Everything is in great condition.
Tough to read greens.
Rolling fairways.
Dont go into the rough!
We WILL be going back again!

130. predipret | Rated | 26 Jan 2010 | Add A Review

Very challenging course, balls hit not on fairways are almost always lost.But a very enjoyable course also. Not for the beginner.

131. billy_bobo14 | Rated | 18 Jan 2010 | Add A Review

excellent layout and design. The back nine 9 is more impressive than the front nine. for $33 incl cart…A BARGAIN! well worth the drive from sydney (1.75 hrs from northern beaches). holes 12,13,14 and 16 standouts.

132. uibrastof | Rated | 17 Jan 2010 | Add A Review

Overall, my partner and I enjoyed it. Frankly the front nine holes don’t give a good impression with maintenance, condition and layout. Looks like course has copped some rain which might have effected condition.
Back nine holes are just great. Really impressive.
Between the front and back nines, its like playing two separate courses.
Pro shop staff helpful and friendly.

I have been playing golf for 35 years (I am 52) and I think golf etiquette is something golf course management generally should and can improve. Just simple stuff like the pro shop giving all players a quick rundown on golf etiquette would make everyone’s game more enjoyable AND faster.

133. MaccaGolf | Rated | 11 Jan 2010 | Add A Review

I played the links course on a windy sunny, beutiful day. I found the course to be in extremely great condition and for $25 with a cart on a Sunday, I will be making the trip from Sydney more frequently. We were one of maybe 10 groups on the entire course, meaning we never had any waiting at tee’s and no one following up behind us. The layout is full of variety and a challenging game in the wind.
To me the value of this course compared to others is umbelievable and the environement and vista from all parts of the course is a Sunday’s golf dream. Looking forward to playing there again, especially the 16th hole.

134. dramothew | Rated | 09 Jan 2010 | Add A Review

lovely location but it is much too easy to lose balls.

135. timgolf | Rated | 11 Dec 2009 | Add A Review

Interesting layout. Well worth a visit.

136. CasperBosnich | Rated | 06 Oct 2009 | Add A Review

This is the first time I have played the Links with no wind. Its still a challenge but definately not as long or scary on some shots. The rough is bit shorter than I remember but its still a lost ball if you miss on the wrong side with many holes. I shot 77 from the black markers so maybe I just didnt see as much rough as I have the last couple of rounds there. The greens were great even if they were a bit slower after a couple of days rain. I will definately be back again for another round, cant argue with $25 inc a cart!

137. Birdy_Pete | Rated | 06 Oct 2009 | Add A Review

Played here yesterday. Something different, links course in the country side with beautifull views.

The drainage of this course is very good considering all the rain over the long weekend. The greens are in absolute top condition.

This was also a nice break getting out the city, will be back

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138. maphastak | Rated | 03 Sep 2009 | Add A Review

Tough golf course very tight leave the driver in the bag and you will score alot better.

Yard markers need to be repaired and replaced in some cases as a first time player the yardage is what i found the hardest.

Needs to be matained alot better lots of areas need to be looked at the rough that is marked has a hazard i find very unfair if the club want to draw all levels of golfers they need to address this problem as these rough areas just look like lack of maintenance not rough you would see on a traditional links course.

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139. croprapra | Rated | 02 Jul 2009 | Add A Review

Great golf course, some quite difficult holes especially some of the back nine, wouldn’t like to walk it though, there are some long distances between holes.

We were lucky to begin with no wind then near the end of our round it started to blow, would be very difficult in strong winds.

Overall can’t wait to play there again. Some greens were dificult with their pin positions but in perfect condition considering they had just had a week of rain.

140. Dulberf | Rated | 31 May 2009 | Add A Review

Played here today in heavy rain, light rain, overcast and full sun!!! Great course and definitely worth the green fees, and the drive from Sydney.

I usualle love to walk a course but today we had carts, and definitely not a course I’d like to walk.

141. spackler | Rated | 05 May 2009 | Add A Review

Loved it, greens were supurb, challenging didn’t always pull the driver out on the par 4’s & 5’s. Few golfers on the course made the experience even better. I would become a member in a flash if I lived 20km’s closer, will definetely be back.

142. haprodeph | Rated | 15 Apr 2009 | Add A Review

Played The Links the day after very heavy rain, no carts allowed which made the walk very heavy. The course although wet presented very well. Played from the black tees which makes the course vey challenging even off a 6 handicap. The Greens and entire course were in good condition and definately worth a revisit especially at the exceptionally cheap green fees.

143. zuluwoffle | Rated | 14 Apr 2009 | Add A Review

Played here today and was extremely happy with the course. It was a shame that the golf carts weren’t able to be used due to a heavy downpour the night before. Be warned that if the golf carts can’t be used, you’ll get a fair amount of exercise walking this course. I saw quite a few players only being able to complete a few holes instead of the whole course.

Really looking forward to going back and playing this course when the golf carts are available and the course is dry.

144. Steve9 | Rated | 14 Apr 2009 | Add A Review

Good layout unfortunately the weather was terrrible absouletley poured with rain. Would love to go back and play in nice weather.
Terrific value for $20 per player cart inclusive.Greens very undulating look very fast in dry & windy weather.

145. drivefreg | Rated | 14 Apr 2009 | Add A Review

The Links is a great course, especially for the price. Pity about the bunkers being taken away on the 9th and the 3rd, i think the more of a challenge the better. Otherwise fantastic golf course.

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146. himosleuo | Rated | 09 Apr 2009 | Add A Review

played the links at shell cove on Monday 23/3/2009.
what a wonderful surprise, well maintained course fairways mowed, bunkers with soft sand, the greens where very slow due to them being cored two weeks earlier, a very challenging experience off the championship tees, the black tee markers witch add about a extra 600 metres or so from the blue members tees.

hit is straight or as a typical links course you find rough & plenty of it

147. wrebravoh | Rated | 19 Mar 2009 | Add A Review

great layout, greens very hairy and extremely slow (had been cored recently)
Great value – $52 for 2 including electric cart

148. Jesus_nazas | Rated | 03 Feb 2009 | Add A Review

Played the links on 1/02/2009. WHAT A GREAT COURSE. Good layout, nice Fairways, Quite Long EXCELLENT. Will be playing there soon FOR SURE.

149. jam_kwe | Rated | 06 Jan 2009 | Add A Review

What a great golf course!

Its not easy by any means but its the type of course that inspires you to play better. It punishes you for trying to be Tiger Woods when you’re not but rewards you for playing smart. And how good do you feel when you pull off that magic shot to set up a birdy chance or sinking a par or two! They’re the moments on a golf course that are worth remembering.

Conditions were great, greens were well kept, fast and consistent. Tees were in pretty good condition, fairways well manicured, rough was tough, bunkers a challenge and the service was awesome, drinks driven around by a lovely young lady who helped inspire us to greater deeds!

Well worth the trip and great value.

150. golferjohn | Rated | 22 Dec 2008 | Add A Review

Played 15/12/2008. Course in good condition, particularly compared to a year or so ago. Preferred lies but did not use; course OK without. Found it difficult to judge right club to hit green because of the varying wind speeds – never less than significant. Very enjoyable but played in carts; walking might have been taxing in the breeze. Played off forward tees and on some holes that was a significant advantage eg 5th over water. Rough was not penal for the most part. Greens were possibly a bit two-paced and a bit slow; some downhill putts did not reach cup and not because of timidity! Pro shop staff very friendly and helpful. My friend and I would play there again any time and we will.

151. naamoneurell | Rated | 08 Dec 2008 | Add A Review

Had a good day out, despite it being quite windy. The greens were fantastic to putt on but were very hard which made it difficult to hold the greens at times. There were some bare patches on the fairways but they were generally good. The bunkers suffered from not being properly raked by the players. Overall a very enjoyable day and fantastic value at the iseekgolf price.

152. harro8u | Rated | 26 Nov 2008 | Add A Review

without a doubt the best course in the area , the layout is top notch and its a shame some people bag the course , i find people who don’t score well bag the course , those players should play calderwood if they want to score well this afterall is a championship layout and is now ranked in the, for me no course in the area is close . top 50 courses in australia to play under $50

153. grant90421 | Rated | 03 Sep 2008 | Add A Review

Booking online with iseek was fine but half the course was closed due to coring the front nine, so more info like that would have been helpful, as we made a special trip to play there & hired a cart & everything!

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154. lamqdinh | Rated | 11 Jul 2008 | Add A Review

I enjoy this course and I will come back more often. The staff are excellent and helpfull, the course are well maintained. The course has very interesting layout and quite challenging. It is definately a value for money golf course that I’ve ever played in.

155. Starrman70 | Rated | 02 Apr 2008 | Add A Review

i have been a member for 12 months & have witnessed the course improve over that period, it is a challenging course & give you great satisfaction when you have a great round. The atmosphere is terrific with the club’s staff going out of there way to make you feel welcome, i have bought clients to the club for a round with some of them becoming members due to there pleasurable experience. I would highly recomend anyone play a round & experience this challenging but very sociable course. I’ve played on some goat tracks before & this certainly isn’t one of them, it picturesque & is improving with time.

156. ElHitmanio | Rated | 02 Apr 2008 | Add A Review

I’ve been playing at the course socially quite reguarly for the past 6 months or so. Although not much of a golfer myself i always enjoy the hit and think it’s a great course. I think the number of people playing on the course shows that it’s very popular for a reason. I’m now a member of the course and if you could become a member of the clubhouse/19th i would be a life member.

157. turkeyshooter | Rated | 02 Apr 2008 | Add A Review

Great challenge that is different everytime you play. Have told lots of friends about it and they are all fans of the course as well. Great spot for a beer afterwards i must say, and the staff are great from the pro shop downstairs to the people behind the bar. Well worth the effort. Get a cart though!

158. Stiff13 | Rated | 02 Apr 2008 | Add A Review

As a new member of the Links (and a beginner golfer), i’d have to say that this is the best of the “limited” courses i have played at. I must also give the staff a huge wrap as they are always helpful and willing to share their expertise.

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159. frosty88 | Rated | 27 Mar 2008 | Add A Review

Still an extremely challenging course but very enjoyable. Fairways are always very even and the greens always true. Have played a few of late in the area but none of them as good as “The Links”!!!!

160. Nassar | Rated | 25 Mar 2008 | Add A Review

I signed up to the Links back in the day when you use to be able to see a puff of dirt when you ball hit the surface, even back then it was by far my preferred course. Now not only is it worthy of a postcard with its spectacular views and feel it’s a course that weather you having a good or average game you regardless enjoy every bit of it. it got vote for the Illawarra’s best course!

161. nothappyjan | Rated | 03 Jan 2008 | Add A Review

Played in yesterday’s (2/1/07) comp. The green fees are far TOO costly, the competition score card we all received was a photocopied flimsy piece of paper !! We were told to play off the blue markers, which were all out of place!! On some holes the blue markers were placed next to the black markers (which were the back markers), on others holes they were near the yellow makers, one hole DIDN’T HAVE BLUE MARKERS another one had one blue and yellow markers?? The course and its layout is definately a challenge, take plenlty of balls if you don’t hit the fairways. Found the fairways and greens to be in pretty ordinary condition. Finally, it would help to place some signage to show where next tee/s are. Won’t be going back !!

162. oneplanemachine | Rated | 27 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

Well we are dead set mixed up about the links. some of us (me included) like the layout, but some of the others, really DO need a cart to play it. The result is some of us end up in carts and others who should play in carts end up not doing so. It really becomes quite painful.

The course always seems to be kept in the condition of being cut by a council groundsman who just doesn’t seem to give a f*&^ because he is getting paid regardless. Maybe whoever is running it should take ownership of the maintenance and do it themselves. (NOTE SHELLHARBOUR LINKS MOLLYMOOK SEEM TO KNOW HOW TO GET IT RIGHT) The Bunkers are really in shit condition though many have been rebuilt, and not before time.

As for the layout though, Pretty good, though I wonder if it is going to progress to its potential. how can you operate a range with NO rangeballs? Some of us like to warm up beforehand… After all the bets ARE on..

We did think that you could do with a refreshment cart selling BEER on the course, (or if there was one we didn’t see it), and we did have one lady with us who got a bit ‘caught short’ on the backnine with no ’’(you know what) nearby..

Some of the boys loved the TAB on site though.. pity they had to complete 18 holes ‘cause some of them were ready to go the punt..

Now I could mention the crows apetite for golf balls as well…...

163. NUFFIETHEGOLFMAN | Rated | 25 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

I played 18 holes at “The Links – Shell Cove” in early October and I must say was surprised by the criticism that this course has taken as of late. The challenge was great and the layout was quite tough, as a 5 handicapper, I loved the toughness of this layout and feel it will only improve out of site, give its greens, rough and fairways are maintained correctly, I shot 8 over on my first round there off the plates (6107m). Im actually moving to the Illawarra from Perth in a few weeks and am actually tossing up the notion of joining this club over Port Kembla. Ive played Port Kemble which seem quite predictable and flat, this course is very hilly, well contoured and you cant see the green on lots of the tees, its AWESOME! I think Perth has also got me used to playing long tracks as was a member at Wanneroo. Shell Cove just seems very affordable for me, plus Im 25 yrs old, quite fit and dont think the walk will kill me. Im also looking for Pennant opportunities down the track and and feel chances could go my way in a young club. I recommend giving it a look if your a low marker, want a challenge and are looking to move to the Illawarra region.

164. agakhan | Rated | 07 Jul 2007 | Add A Review

I can cope with the challenge, it was the wait that killed the game. Played today 7/7/07, started at 12 and at 3PM had just done 9 holes. We never held any one but in between two blokes behind us got abusive and had to call the pro-shop. What was the pro-shop doing all this time, 3 groups ahead of us were making video of their game and holding every one. Quit after playing 14 holes in digust. Will never play, ever.

165. quasimodo | Rated | 07 Jul 2007 | Add A Review

I agree with everyone else with the course, It is a good course. However for such a difficult course with such low green fees it attracts a lot of hackers (myself included). I support anyone having a go and understand that once I was a beginner, but both times I have played this course, (with a free voucher) I have had really slow rounds including a 3 and a half hour 9 holes which we had to walk off after 10 holes because of frustration.

If people are slow and the staff are aware of it (which they were) something has to be done. It would be nice if the staff could control the round times of the people playing on the course. I would like to play here again but I dont really want to spend 7 hours doing it, I would prefer to pay more money to get more serious golfers who can play at a decent speed on this course because its too hard for people who are have just bought a set of clubs and receive a free game with them.

To be fair though this is probably the best course I have played in this region, Its just a shame that i’ve had a couple of bad experiences. I would come back but never again on the weekend.

166. TazzieHacker | Rated | 06 Jul 2007 | Add A Review

I played this course this week. I found it to be a good course which is well maintained. The day i played it wasd so windy that you were struggling to hit driver 200m but on other holes you could hit your PW 150m. The course has many challenges especially the No.1 rated hole the 13th. You have a blind tee shot up hill with Long rough on the left and GUR up the right and then for the second shot you have an approach to the green which isa surrounded by 5 or 6 bunkers. Also the greens are very slick at one stage i putted up hill to the hole and fell short and the wind blew that hard that my ball ended up about 10m off the green. I recommend this course to be played but make sure you pick the right day as it is not enjoyable to play in the wind.

167. kjgreen | Rated | 15 May 2007 | Add A Review

played here in the tuesday open competition and was pleasently surprised , i read the other reviews before playing and by the sounds of it i am glad they now keep the rough at a managable level , from what my playing partners were telling me you could be off the fairway by only a few feet and not find your ball , i was mostly impressed with how they made the golf course to suit the terrain not the other way around , well worth the trip down from sydney (only 45 minutes from sutherland) and 27 dollars is not too much , although they do not have a team comp only individal which i found odd , i strongly recommend playing with someone who knows the layout , the measurements they give to bunkers etc seem dubious in some places , one said i had 240 metres to a bunker and i hit a easy 5 rescue to lay up and landed in on the full , all in all give it a go if you like links style golf and it will only get better i think

168. handicapch | Rated | 05 Mar 2007 | Add A Review

As you drive into the carpark, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the vast open spaces and picturesque views. When the winds blowing this can be a very demanding golf course.

After reading earlier comments on this course I was pleasantly surprised by the lush fairways and excellent greens. Alot of work must have gone into this course over the last 12 months as it was in superb condition.

We started on the back nine and were soon in trouble (straight driving is a must if you want to master this course). Plenty of risk/reward holes and depending on the wind your strategy for each hole may change every time you play. The front nine is a little easier but only just. Stay out of the water and long grass that adorns the fairways and you may play to your handicap.

This is an excellent layout that I can see improving over time.

Friendly staff, excellent green fee prices and great facilities makes this course a must if your in the Illawarra area. I’ll be back again to take up the challenge.

169. frosty88 | Rated | 05 Mar 2007 | Add A Review

I have always found the links course to be very challenging and rewarding. I hadn’t played the course for a little while but having played a few times recently I’d like to add that I think it has improved out of sight. The course has always been very challening and a very good test of your wits as well as your game. The greens are in tremndous shape and were running very true at a good pace and the fairways very even throughout. It truly is a magnificent links course which I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone in the area looking for the links golf experience.

170. mickeyj | Rated | 05 Mar 2007 | Add A Review

I had forgotten (siince I had played the Links for a good 12 mths) just how enjoyable yet challenging this course is. If ever in the area a keen golfer should line up to confront this excellent course. It presents a diverse set of challenges on all of the superbly presented holes and provides a real feel for true Links courses.

The staff were friendly, the Clubhouse is magnificent and an enjoyable day is had by those willing to test their ability.

To play the magnificent back nine again was a really pleasing 2 hours.

Mark this down as a future Championship course and for those travelling give it a try.

171. playyourbest | Rated | 25 Jan 2007 | Add A Review

Shellharbour Links is certainly a challenge. From the 1st tee you have a free hit that can be a little wild and still be ok for your approach to the par 4 green, but after that its a long, tight, undulating challenge. If you're playing well, then it will be rewarding. If you're struggling for form then forget it.

Played there last weekend in the comp and despite the drought it is doing ok. The tee boxes and greens are superb. The fairways very dry, but where in NSW isn't very dry right now. To get around dry fairways they had preferred lies in the fairways going, so no excuses really. Hit a straight t ball, then walk up and place it on a nice spot. Spray it and rack up some heavy scores.

Layout is by far the best in the Illawarra. Just depends if you like a park land course or a challenge.

After the round, the perspective from the clubhouse is excellent and the food was pretty good to.

The last factor to consider is the wind. It comes from the Nth or the South, so holes are effected. Prevailing northerly at the moment, so be prepared to take 2 or 3 clubs more than usual.

172. phang | Rated | 07 Jan 2007 | Add A Review

Maybe it was my low expectations before arriving at the course to play for the first time that led me to believe that this course couldn't be that hard. Maybe it was because I had been playing relatively well over the past few rounds. Boy was I wrong!

The course raised it's ugly head and bit me hard. Each hole seemed more challenging than the last. Then came the wind. Rolling off the sea shores, over the valley, and gaining pace as it shoots up the side of the hill like it was intentionally funnelled towards the course, it had the ability to make short holes long and long hole even longer!

OK, the fairways were above average and the cart paths still needed some work but besides that, the greens were true and general course conditions were acceptable.

Now comes a stern warning. Remenicent of a round at The Vintage, The Links is extremely unforgiving if you do not keep it on the fairway. Tall scrubs lines nearly every hole from tee to green. Water hazards are effective in making you either play short to be safe or demands near perfect contact of club and ball to clear them. Either way, be sure to bring extra golf balls than normal as the probability of a lost ball is high and the need to hit a provisional ball is even higher.

Don't play this course if you're looking for a nice and easy round. Play this course if you're up for a real challenge.

173. golftragic123 | Rated | 05 Nov 2006 | Add A Review

Played Saturday 4th Nov.-06.Monthly medal . Playing off black markers on the par 5, 5th into a southerly was a challenge. Riding the same southerly back through 16th, 17th & 18th holes was fun.

The risks and rewards of this layout make for a very exciting and challenging game. Especially in stroke play .

Full credit to the green-staff for the excellent condition of the greens and the extensive work being done on the cart-tracks and much-needed mulching.

The condition of the fairways is quite good considering the ongoing dry periods experienced through Aug-Sep. I cannot agree less with the complaints of 23rd October reviewer (Bumbly1) and urge him and his playing partner to do as promised and not rush back !!

174. whiteman | Rated | 31 Oct 2006 | Add A Review

Fantastic layout which has to be truly appreciated playing from the black tees. Try the Wednesday challenge once a month (stroke). This course can tear you apart if you are not careful but does reward the confident player who can control their game and keep their patience. Course changes massively depending on wind direction. Some good works being done on the course which will really improve the place further. Best holes are 8, 13, 16 and 18. Greens can ruin your score, really need to keep the ball under the hole here.

A bit dry - if only the course had access to a good water source. This is probably the only thing holding the course back at this stage.

175. bundy1 | Rated | 23 Oct 2006 | Add A Review

Played here 21/10/06 and would not rush back. For a higher end course it is lacking in the course maintenance stakes as far as the general course is concerned, greens were good but Fairways and tee boxes poor. Fairways very dry and in many areas rockery exposed due to washaway or carts ripping up the turf (Not good for the golf clubs!)

My playing partner was at the course 18 months earlier and commented things have gone down hill since his last visit. It may be the drought but not having fairway watering in place wont make things better by mid summer. The ground was so hard on most tee boxes I couldnt get my tee in.

Layout is quite enjoyable and open as expected for a Links course but due to very hilly terrain carts definately recommended. (Which in turn doesnt help the course due to high cart traffic areas damaging turf)

Layout tough and challenging but course could be a lot better than its current condition.

176. beanbag1 | Rated | 01 Sep 2006 | Add A Review

this would have to be the best day of golf i have had in a long time ,just a great course fairways were lush, greens ran very true and just great value for money ,being a drummond member i get a discount 2 for 1 so with a cart it cost my mate and i 33 bucks each to play.cant speak highly enough of the track, they are still improving the course for cart use but this will only make the track better will be back for sure

177. q-tip | Rated | 12 Aug 2006 | Add A Review

Measures 6107m Par 71 (or 5640m Par 71 from the white plates). Course is very new, and could tell with the incompleted cart paths, which by the way, causes the course to have more wet areas than it should for such an undulating new course. This problem could be better planned with drainage and a sprinkler system. Now after rains, the course is extremely sloshy.

But the course does provide a challenge that is comparable to other Illawarra courses. It is no NSW, that is no sure, and it would never be really. The course is somewhat boring, with good length on the par 4s but the four par 5s are all shortish ranging from 460-510m from the back plates and even shorter from the whites.

The best holes I feel are the 370m dogleg left 16th with OOB wetlands on the left and creek cutting across fairway near the green. The 411m Par 4 dogleg left 8th with creek across fairway and 388m Par 4 uphill 9th are great outward nine closers. The par 3s are weak. Greens here are quite true and fast.

Payed here 11/8/06 and only paid $24 weekday green fees. There are discount rates, but I think you might have to be a member somewhere for it. The staff are very professional and allowed me to play the back nine with a cart for free, as the match play folks arrived earlier than expected. Good young management team, but something should be done about the drainage. Yes, I'll play here again, if in the area. Oh, and great detail on the scorecard too!

178. thefreeloaders | Rated | 09 Aug 2006 | Add A Review

played 29th july a course that keeps you on your toes with some interesting holes and some demanding ones the breeze was not strong but could emagine it being a monster of a course in strong winds with no fairway watering the lies in the fairway can be inconsistent and the greens are large and undulating and make putting difficult course was still very wet so we had to walk, please take a cart as its a long walk, however a beer on the balcony in the great clubhouse over looking the course is a great way to finish your day, the green fees are very resonable with discounts for groups and the best scorecard i heve seen anywhere along with the map of the hole with yardages on each tee i found very helpfull, while it is not "the royal and ancient" it is a great days golf

179. mickeyj | Rated | 31 Jul 2006 | Add A Review

Magnificent scenery,a challenging layout, some wonderful and memorable holes and a remarkable clubhouse. For those who have written that the course was in poor condition - you must have played a while ago and/or are used to plush, easy courses made for rich women. This course is a true test of your ability, coupled with a sense of the Royal and Ancient Links style. One to savour and remember.

180. daveygolf | Rated | 05 Jul 2006 | Add A Review

This course is going to be good.

I have played the course a few times now and every time i go there it is improving out of site. I dont no why people are complaining about expensive green fees? It cost me $24 for a game during the week which is a very competitive rate. The course is still very young and will only improve more over time. The layout is great with some awesome risk/reward type of holes. I will definatley be going back again!

181. daveygolf | Rated | 30 Jun 2006 | Add A Review

I played at Shellharbour Links about 6 months ago and was greatly impressed by the layout and the design of the golf course. The thing i was most let down by was the presentation of the course. The greens were a little bumpy and the fairways patchy, especially around the greens, which made chipping alot more difficult than usual. I went back last week with some mates to have another game and i was in awe at the amount the golf course had improved. The greens were smooth, of good pace and enjoyable to putt on and the fairways alot greener and great to play off. The biggest improvement was the condition of the ground surrounding the greens, which made getting up & down a much more achieveable goal. Well done to all the staff out there and I cant wait to get back there, Shellharbour Links is on the right track to becoming a premier golf course.

182. golftragic123 | Rated | 24 May 2006 | Add A Review

Well worth the trip down from Sydney !! Awesome, challenging layout . Tricky in NE winds. Course has different characters in different wind conditions.Greens are true and excellent . Beware of 17th, 9th, 7th and 18th greens : definite 3 putts with rear pin placements.

Rough spots in fairways in places need top dressing and water and time .

183. thechopper | Rated | 10 Mar 2006 | Add A Review

Played there last month for 3rd time and am continually impressed with the layout.

It is very challenging and makes you think before you play your shot to get the ball in the right postion to attack the greens.

However, saying that is is in terrible condition. We paid $49 to play in the comp and should been refunded at least 75%. The fairways are awful as there is no fairway watering. All the bunkers where terrible as well, either washed out or too much sand. The greens where very good, fast and hard.

Check before you go about the condition as you will be disappointed if it has not improved

184. jugheadsch | Rated | 23 Dec 2005 | Add A Review

Before heading down to play this course I took the liberty of reading the reviews. I have to agree that the fairways could do with an upgrade, possibly to a couch type grass. there seems to be way too much clover on them. Fortunately for us, it was a dry period, and the fairways were not wet. I would think that if it had rained much in the week leading up, the fairways would be very muddy, meaning I dont think their is very good drainage.

Having said this, I found the greens to be in very good condition, and very true. As I said in the headline, it is a thinking type course. Very well designed, and definitely a challenge. It wasn't always a case of letting it rip off the tee.

At this stage, I would have to rate Shellharbour Links as one of my favorites in NSW, only because I probably played my best round, not necessarily my best score, but considering the degree of challenge I was very happy.

Providing the fairways do not diminish in the future, I would be more than happy to play here again.

185. shappo69 | Rated | 19 Sep 2005 | Add A Review

Shellharbour Links is a great golf course for people who wants a bit of a challenge.Some of the lies are a bit sketchy but with a bit of TLC, this course can be good enough to put itself up near links courses like NSW and Moonah Links

186. sonata99 | Rated | 12 Sep 2005 | Add A Review

I had heard both good and bad things about this course so made the trip down from sydney with much anticipation.

The design of the course is strong and makes good use of the topography and natural features of the site. These features combined with strong winds for much of the round made for an interesting and challenging experience. I was very disappointed with the condition of the course overall. Greens were bumpy and the grass used on them was more like what you might see on a lawn tennis court. Fairways were very patchy and heavily infested with clover and other weeds.

187. logz88 | Rated | 21 Jun 2005 | Add A Review

Shellharbour being the new "championship" course does not live up to expectations. The course layout and scenery is good yet the greens and fairways are very brown and the fairways dry. Very poor. Not worth thte green fees!

188. Golfing God | Rated | 09 Apr 2005 | Add A Review

Shellharbour Links is a challenge for most golfers although this does not justify the expensive green fees. The course never seems to be in excellent condition.

189. markcrilley | Rated | 15 Oct 2004 | Add A Review

Played the Links in the company of a friend, a new member of the Club, who had raved over the layout.

I found the course to be an extremely interesting layout with a classic links appeal, rolling countryside and an abundance of water hazards.

The layout from the tee is especially fair (providing a challenge or a bail out option) with one exception, a brute of a par 5 which requires a long water carry which would be near impossible with even a mild southerly 'against' you.

Overall an excellent layout which will mature into a classic beauty.

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