Golf in Kiama
Whether rolling green valleys to coastal cliffs; laced by rainforest or with unbroken sea views; scenery dazzles across the Kiama region’s three golf courses: Kiama Golf Club, Gerringong Golf Club and Jamberoo Golf Club. Whichever you choose, you’ll be playing alongside local wildlife, including wallabies and friendly water dragons, as well as all manner of birds.
If your course has coastal views, you might even spot dolphins and whales during migration (May through November). Regardless of whether you choose nine or 18 holes, and to play by foot or cart, golfing experiences on the South Coast are as scenic as they are stimulating.
Kiama Golf Club
On the banks of the Minnamurra River, this 18-hole, 66-par course offers panoramic views of the escarpment and ocean from many of its challenging, tree-lined fairways. If you’re looking to tune your game, an on-site golf pro can provide a lesson before teeing off. After a round, golfers and guests gather in the clubhouse’s Mystics Bistro for modern-Australian dishes overlooking the greens.
Gerringong Golf Club
This course occupies some of the most in-demand real estate on the South Coast, its 18 holes spread over an open valley stretching down to the ocean. Lush greens overlook windswept Walkers Beach, wedged between the coastal villages of Gerroa and Gerringong. When you’ve finished your round, head into the 19th-hole clubhouse for a cool beverage and light bite.
Jamberoo Golf Club
You can blame your bad swing on the distracting setting of this golf course, sprawling over the pretty Jamberoo Valley with the verdant rainforest of the Illawarra Escarpment as your backdrop. Or on the distractions of the 96 species of birds who frequent the 18-hole course, flanked by Hyams Creek and the Minnamurra River. If you don't want to pick up a club, try a round of Footgolf instead – as its name suggests, the sport is a fun mash-up of golf and soccer, with the goal of sinking a ball into an oversized cup with a minimum number of kicks.
After golf, relax and unwind with a hearty lunch at Jamberoo Pub, home to a petite museum commemorating the life of local soccer legend, Johnny Warren.