Nelson Bay Golf Club is located just minutes from Nelson Bay Town Centre, in the Port Stephens region. It is one of only two golf courses in town - with the other one, Horizons Golf Resort, located at Salamander Bay. Nelson Bay Golf Club is popular with locals and visitors, due to its central location and 27 holes to play. For those who don't play golf, the Clubhouse is also scenic spot to sit with a meal at the Bluewater Grill Bistro.
My husband and I visited Nelson Bay Golf Club for the first time on a weekday - for him to play 18 holes, while I walked with him for exercise. It costs $45 for a visitor to play a game of social golf over 18 holes and $50 on the weekends (see here for details). After visiting the pro shop we walked to the first tee, ready to play...
Although I can't play golf myself, my husband plays off a handicap of 4 so he gets around the course quite quickly. He found the first 9 holes to be reasonably interesting, with narrow fairways on some holes and an impressive tropical, landscaped area between holes 5 and 6. Tall Gymea Lilies poked up through the ferns along the side of the course and the 6th tee was a scenic shot to hit from, high up on the side of the hill with the lilies.
Although the Gymea Lilies weren't in flower on our visit, see below for a photo from the Nelson Bay Golf Club Facebook which shows their spectacular, towering presence.
Towering, red Gymea Lilies throughout the course. Image: Nelson Bay Golf Club Facebook
Although there was a temporary hole in the first 9 and an artificial tee in the second 9, my husband enjoyed his social game at Nelson Bay Golf Course. He prefers to play Newcastle Golf Club if he can, however, Nelson Bay was an interesting morning, exploring a new course and playing some new holes. See here for a hole-by-hole aerial view of the course.
After walking up to the Clubhouse after the 18th green, we were impressed with the size of the club and outside balconies. The Nelson Bay Clubhouse is a brand new, modern facility that was only built in August 2017 after a fire burnt down the previous building, which had been standing for over 50 years. At a cost of $10 million dollars, the new building stands proudly overlooking the course and is a highlight of any visit to this scenic golf course.
Inside the Clubhouse, the décor is fresh, bright, tropical and inviting. After signing in, keep walking and you will find the central bar area with the Bluewater Grill Bistro on the left. If you are visiting for lunch after a game of golf, there is a Lunch Specials Menu with meals for $12 and Kids Meals for $10, which include an activity pack and ice cream - or alternatively you can choose off the full lunch menu.
There is a separate dining area with a large glass window overlooking the golf course, or you can sit around the side of the bistro near the bar in cosy booths. If you have kids, they will love the indoor playground with a glass window, so parents can watch from their tables.
Inside the Bluewater Grill Bistro dining area, with playground
We enjoyed our visit to the Bluewater Grill Bistro so much after our initial visit, that we have returned a number of times with our young daughter just for lunch. The Lunch Specials Menu is excellent value with generous meal sizes and plenty of variety. We were also impressed with the size of the kid's meals, as they were big enough for an older child and included an activity book that entertained for the length of the meal.
The whole family is covered at Nelson Bay Golf Club and the Bluewater Grill - why don't you give it a try this weekend?