The Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club set on the beautiful Nambucca River

Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club has to be one of the most picturesque public golf courses in Australia. Its unique location on Stuart Island surrounded by the Nambucca River at Nambucca Heads makes it a magnificent setting for a game of golf. Where else can you play golf while watching dolphins swim by in the pristine river while an abundance of birdlife including pelicans, osprey and sea eagles fly overhead.

Images courtesy of Hewysurf


Second Round of the

Kempsey  Haval Island Challenge Series

goes to a visitor from Sawtell.

On Friday 8th May we played  the 2nd round of the Kempsey Haval “Island Challenge Series” .

The Men’s Nett winner was Luke Neal (20) from Sawtell with a fantastic score of 63 nett.  Phillip Mander (13) was runner up with 65 nett. Best Gross went to Harry McMillan, a mate of Luke’s , with 68 (great effort off minus 2 handicap!). The Women’s Nett winner was Henny Oldenhove (17) with 69. Six players played to their handicap  or better and received a sleeve of balls.

Progress scores on the race to Royal Pines is on display in the Clubhouse. Next round is on Friday 12th June. Entries are available on line or by ringing the pro-shop.

Island Challenge flyer


Your Board believes that it is prudent, in these uncertain times to continue to keep members updated with events at our Golf Club.


At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic we expected our club to trade at a significant loss until club house trading could be resumed. It is pleasing to report however that despite this lack of trade, the club's trading position is far better than we assumed. (Not great but better). This is assisted by larger than usual numbers participating in golf and our ability to offer take away beverage services. What a delight it is to see so many on the course. We are also aided by a number of financial assistance packages which allows us to keep our staff employed and on standby ready for the time that we are able to resume full trading. It is encouraging to see some light at the end of the tunnel as I write this report.


With the above matters in mind there is no doubt that we will not see a full resumption of services in the short term. We are hopeful however that we will be able to offer limited services sooner than we initially expected. Johnathon and his team are ready to spring into action as soon as we are able.


Your Board are delighted to announce that we have appointed Greg Jager to the position of Course Superintendent. He is expected to commence duty on 18th  May. Greg comes to us from Royal Pines Golf Resort where he was the Assistant  Superintendent, a position he held for the past eight years. He has a wealth of experience in golf course horticulture along with landscaping, irrigation installation and course preparation for championship tournaments. Greg knows our course quite well and has worked extensively building and maintaining Ross Watson designed golf courses (for those unaware out course is a Ross Watson design). He has visited our region annually, has family ties in the area and is excited to be joining our team. I am sure all members will make him welcome.


In a previous report to members I indicated that membership fees may need to increase this year. Due to the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in and the uncertain timing of a resumption of club house facilities I am pleased to advise members that your Board have determined to leave membership and playing fees unchanged for the for the coming year. Whilst an increase in revenue would be welcomed into club coffers the Board believe that it would be unfair to expect more from our members whilst we are delivering less. I hope you are all OK with this decision.


The structure of trophy allocation for events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays has been amended slightly to provide a more consistent delivery of prizes. This will work as follows:

Players will be grouped into a minimum of one division and a maximum of three divisions depending on the number of entries. (This is calculated on a set formula). The winner of a division will receive a voucher to the value of $40.00. The runner up of a division will receive a voucher to the value of $30.00. These winners will not be included in the ball competition and ball prizes will be allocated to the remaining players whose scores are in the next highest 25% of scores on the day.

If any matter is unclear please ask as we will be very happy to explain it to you. Prize allocation for ladies competitions and Sunday events are being considered separately and more information regarding these will be provided when complete.


Johnathon has led from the front during this period and his expertise and commitment to our club has been extraordinary. The Board are extremely grateful for his untiring efforts. Paul has also assisted with controlling fields and collating results and we have all become accustomed to seeing his smiling face in the Pro Shop. We would not be doing so well without his commitment to the club either. It is appreciated.

The crew on the course are coping well since the departure of Brendan and have had quite a job on their hands as Jed has been off on sick leave also. Good to see you are recovering Jed. Well done to Bruce, Graeme and Peter (on the rough mower) for your continued commitment to our club during these uncertain times. Finally, I advise that our club is in a fairly good place compared to most other businesses. We are determined not to "mark time" and we are continuing to follow our development plan with many projects still being undertaken.

As mentioned above we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of members and we are delighted that so many of you have the best interests of the club at heart. Your expressions of support to myself and other Board members has been appreciated and it makes our work worthwhile.

We are looking forward to a decent "break out" when all restrictions are lifted but between now and then good golfing.

Geoff Harris,


In the Clubhouse
  • Clubhouse open for Take Away Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 9am - 4pm
  • On Course cart servicing players during competition Tues, Thursday & Saturday
  • Restaurant open for takeaway lunches noon - 2pm Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun
  • Pro Shop open everyday till 4pm

Information Bulletins for Members

Captain's Update - Golf Recommences

Medley Single Stablefords are being played on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. A Women's competition is available on Wednesday. Bookings at or by ringing the pro shop on 65688172.  As there are only 2 per group it is important that players arrive to play otherwise it leaves your partner unable to play. Please contact the pro-shop as early as possible if your circumstances change.

In this time of uncertainty due to CoVid 19 things seem to be changing almost on a daily basis. After announcing that the playing of Golf was banned from midnight on March 30th the Office of Sport has announced that Golf can now  be played as a opportunity to exercise. Therefore we have recommenced our golfing activities. Most likely things will change again but at this stage we are re-creating competitions and social golf is also allowable.

All golfers must follow the rules set to adhere to Social Distancing.

Temporary local rules Incorporating local distancing

All events will be Medley Single Stablefords. The time sheet will be set up in pairs with a 10 minute  interval between groups. Please don't arrive  earlier than 20 minutes before your tee time and don't linger too long after play is finished. Only 1 person per cart. Heavy fines apply for individuals and clubs who don't adhere to the rules of social distancing.

All Honourboard and Club competitions have been postponed including Top Gun Shootout, Eclectic, Keno Ambrose, 4BBB K/O, Pennants

Results for recent events are available by clicking on the Daily Competition Results to the right above this line.

Andrew Bagust, Captain

2020 Nambucca Vets Tournament Cancelled

Unfortunately we have to cancel this year’s Tournament due to the circumstances and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. All entrants have been advised by email, and we are making arrangements for refunds to everybody – these may take some time to process, and your patience will be appreciated. If you have any queries, please direct these by email to the Tournament Committee at – not the golf club.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

MNCDGA Championships 

The MNCDGA Championships have re-scheduled for Sunday 27th September. All details remain the same as before. All bookings for the day including cart bookings with have to be re-made at the appropriate time. Clubs will receive details later in the year.

Andrew Bagust


The Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club set on the beautiful Nambucca River

Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club has to be one of the most picturesque public golf courses in Australia. Its unique location on Stuart Island surrounded by the Nambucca River at Nambucca Heads makes it a magnificent setting for a game of golf. Where else can you play golf while watching dolphins swim by in the pristine river while an abundance of birdlife including pelicans, osprey and sea eagles fly overhead.

But this is not just a great location. The par 69, 18 hole layout designed by Ross Watson is both a challenge for the experienced player but enjoyable for an average golfer. It is a flat easy walk on fairways lined with she oak and paper bark trees. Our Bent Grass greens are often described as the best north of Newcastle and are the result of decades of dedicated work.

Located ten minutes off the Pacific Motorway, 30 minutes south of Coffs Harbour may we suggest you call in and take a look. You may enjoy a cold drink or lunch on the deck overlooking the river.

If you are interested in joining our great club click on the links below for more information or check out the membership details under the Golf / Membership tab.

Membership Flyer

Membership Form


Reciprocal Clubs

Nambucca Golf Club is currently reviewing its reciprocal arrangements with other golf clubs. Members of other golf clubs with which we  have entered into reciprocal agreements are entitled to play at Nambucca Heads for the same costs as Silver Members. To play either in competition or socially costs $20 for 18 holes or $14 for 9 holes for players with reciprocal rights. The list of clubs with exsisting rights is constantly changing and can be viewed via the link below.

Clubs with Reciprocal rights at Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club.

The 2020 Golf Calendar is now available under the Golf tab.



Island Sunday and River Sunday

On the first and third Sundays of each month we conduct mixed events open to members and visitors alike. These are very social events with a shotgun start at 11am so that all players finish at the same time to socialise and enjoyment the clubhouse amenities including free snack food.     The first Sunday is always a mixed 4BBB Stableford while the third Sunday is a mixed 4BBB that is varied each month.

Entries are via the competition booking tab on the home page  or by ringing the proshop on 65688172.

Bridge Repairs -Ladies
Dining Room
Beautiful  Island Course