Those who visit Norfolk Island Golf Club are greeted by the remains of a rugged history coupled with stunning coastal views. Located within the historical KAVHA (Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area) and the oldest of eleven penal sites around Australia that have been classed as World Heritage Sites, make this an incredibly unique setting for golf. The clubhouse and pro shop area was home to the Stipendiary Magistrate in convict times, built in 1843.
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Point Hunter, Kingston. Within the World Heritage Listed KAVHA (Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area) convict settlement site
Course par length rating
- Men: Blue Markers 72 5,682m ACR 69
- Ladies: Red Markers 72 4,860m AWCR 69
Kikuyu fairways with 328 greens
Open Links style golf with the coastal breeze and Kikuyu grass being a main feature
- Men: Mr Michael Barry 62 (August 15, 2007)
- Ladies: Miss Belinda Kerr 68 (August 15, 2007)
Marie Bailey, Jim Olsson, Joan Kenny, Dan Cuthbertson, Geoff Bennett
Mr Alex Carr, Mr Jack Clapp, Mrs Rose Evans, Mr Jules Laing, Mrs Marge Clapp, Mrs Kit Donkin, Miss Valerie Nobbs, Mr Alan Roberts, Mrs Elsie Hickey, Mr Jim Olsson, Mrs Naomi Christian, Mr Ben Christian, Mrs Nornie Douran, Miss Marie Bailey, Mr Teeney Menzies, Mrs Gwen Findlay, Mr Ross Reynolds, Mr Dennis Sterling, Mr W. Borry Evans, Mr Tom Lloyd, Mrs Joan Kenny,
Mrs Joy Evans, Mr Bob Selby, Mr Lou Evans
1st / 10th
A par 4 that rewards a straight drive. Longer hitters should determine where the pin is positioned on the green before playing their tee shot. This is because an errant drive that misses the fairway on the same side as the pin is on the green, will lead to a difficult angle at the hole due to the two bunkers guarding the front left and right of the sloping green.
2nd / 11th
Affectionately known as “The Quarry” due to the large area on the left hand side of the hole that often plays as a hazard depending on weather conditions. Most B and C graders will be unable to carry the quarry, so position yourself back from the severe upslope, rather than being on it. This green is the smallest on the course and makes hitting it in regulation difficult from most positions. If you don’t find the green, try and leave yourself the easier uphill chip.
3rd / 12th
The first of the par 5’s. It is the longest hole on the course and usually plays into the wind. This is a hole where you can pull the driver out and “give it a rip”. For those who have not played the course before, do not make the mistake of heading towards the 7th / 16th green that lies to the left of the 3rd / 12th green. When approaching the green, try to avoid the bunkers that guard the front left, front right and back right of the green.
4th / 13th
This is Norfolk Island’s signature hole and most talked about. This hole can play in a variety of ways from day to day due to the exposed conditions. Drivers being used from the mere 145metre back (13th) tee are common place. Even in favourable conditions, a tee shot that finds its way on to the small putting surface is an excellent result. A very difficult chip awaits all players that miss the green on the left side however this is far better than going out of bounds on the beach.
5th / 14th
The second of the par 5’s with one of the most spectacular teeing areas your likely to see on a golf course (the back men’s tee). The glaringly obvious feature of this hole is the large bank that divides the fairway and poses a problem for those who end up at the bottom of it. A gap in the bank gives the player a view of the rest of the hole while also tempting the longer hitters off the tee with favourable wind conditions to try and “knock it through the gap”. The newly designed green rewards a 3rd shot that comes into the green from the fairway rather than the left hand rough. At all costs, avoid the very deep bunker short left of the green.
6th / 15th
A relatively easy, straight par 4 with a narrow fairway. Take the location of the pin into consideration when deciding what angle to come into the green from. Possibly the most important aspect of this hole is to control the trajectory of your ball here as it is common to play the hole into the wind. There are fewer trees on the right hand side and it is also generally a better angle to approach the green from.
7th / 16th
An open par 4 once you are past the trees near the tee. The right hand side of the hole is generally the best angle to the green, however watch out for the little bush that lies just off the fairway about 80 metres from the green. The tier in the green can lead to some tricky pin positions and also makes it a little more difficult to chip to, however, a definite birdie chance.
8th / 17th
It makes sense to keep your tee shot to the right on this dogleg left par 4, as anything that heads left will either be blocked for the next shot or go out of bounds. Longer hitters can keep it further left with their tee shot to help shorten their approach shot to the green. Watch out for the bunkers around this large green.
9th / 18th
This par 3 looks to be relatively easy with no bunkers or water around however it has proven to be a hard green to hit in regulation. The hole plays exceptionally long from the back tees on the 18th. All shots that land short will more than likely not roll up on the green. An up and down is on the cards here, but be wary that if the pin is on the left hand side, and you’ve missed the green on the left hand side, it will make things a lot tougher.
Generally, the dress code of the golf club is fairly relaxed to suit the style of the island, however the following basic rules apply:
- A good standard of dress is required at all times
- Footwear must be worn
- Metal spiked golf shoes are not permitted in the clubhouse
- Please remove wet or muddy golf shoes before entering the clubhouse
- Men – A tailored golf shirt, tailored pants or shorts, with walk socks or sports socks and suitable golfing shoes
- Ladies – A tailored golf shirt, dress shorts, skirts or slacks, socks and suitable golfing shoes