Course Reviews

Course Name Lord Howe Island Golf Club
Location Lord Howe Island, N.S.W., Australia
Comments from Richard Tapper, Hanmer Springs, Canterbury, New Zealand
This is an exquisite and challenging course that must rate as one of the best nine-holers around. An unbelievable backdrop of a turqoise lagoon and breakers on a coral reef. It is short but extremely challenging - you have to have a good short game.

Lord Howe Island is, in its entirety a World Heritage site and is administered by the NSW Parks and Wildlife Department. It is less than eight miles long by two wide and has a population of approx 290 people and almost everyone is either involved in catering to tourists or the palm seed industry. The number of tourist beds is strictly limited so as not to strain the environment.

The golf course is short at only 1682 metres for 9 but is very tricky, witness the fact that when I was last there a year ago the course record for 18 holes was still only par. It was architect designed and whilst some of the shaping was done by a golf course builder who barged his equipment the 500 miles from the mainland and provided his staff all free of charge, the rest of the work was done by the members, in especially one Mr T Cameron. It has five par threes, three par fours and a par five - this could have changed. It is only manned on club days because green fees works on an honesty system.

The annual Lord Howe Island Open is held the second week of November each year with 108 entries accepted. It is a five day event which I imagine is unique in the world and is most often completely subscribed five or six months in advance. This I would recommend to anyone who wants an absolutely unique golfing and travel experience.

Tell them that Richard Tapper referred you to them - and go and play in the Open. April/01

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