Nelson Bay Golf Club
Nelson Bay Golf Club
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The 27 hole championship golf course by the sea, in a natural setting with native trees, flora, wildlife and birds. Nelson Bay Golf Club is a members club which is open every day to the thousands of visitors to Port Stephens each year. Visiting golfers, whether individuals or groups, are welcome 7 days a week. The 27 hole layout, ranked in the top 50 courses in Australia for rounds costing under $50, offers great value and an enjoyable experience to golfers of all levels. Located in the heart of Nelson Bay just walking distance from the CBD, it is the ideal destination for your next short break, family holiday, corporate golf day or extended golfing holidays. The Club has undertaken a $10 million project of rebuilding the Clubhouse. It includes a function centre with its own dedicated bar and entrance, main bar, sports bar, indoor/outdoor gaming facilities, cafe/lounge area, Bluewater Grill Restaurant, children's room all with stunning 180 degree views of the course and headlands.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Gail105
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Unfortunately my experience was not pleasant this morning. I am a $99 member of Howlong as I don’t play regular golf. We went to play Nelson Bay Golf competition today and as the Howlong GC says Nelson Bay is a reciprocal club didn’t think there would be a problem. They wanted to charge me $55 to play the comp. I understand if they didn’t want to charge me a reciprocal price (e.g $40) but to charge me a social rate was just unfair. Not even a warning for next time. They are not flexible and so as I refused to pay that, the other couple we were playing with had to pull out unless they could find another couple at last minute. Very disappointing, so maybe Nelson Bay Golf Club should advise Howlong GC so they can at least put that on their website as this does not include $99 membership holders.
Written 13 March 2020
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Hi Gail, thanks for your feedback. As per our reciprocal rights agreement, which you can obtain from Howlong Golf Club, the arrangement is extended to Full Golfing members. As a remote member of Howlong ($99 member) the standard green fees apply. We hope this helps.
Written 16 March 2020
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Janet K
Mt Martha, Australia40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Pro Shop should warn you about the state of the back 9. Pay full price and the fairways have been cored and there is mud everywhere and the ball doesn't run. Areas dug up in front of greens. After complaining after our game we were told that preferred lies were the way to go, but on the 12th there was no relief anywhere. Either warn people and offer discounted rates or give it a miss if you want 18 holes. Grass sparse on other areas of fairways.
Written 9 August 2023
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JEndo
Gosford, Australia165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Went for dinner with my family here while we there in the area for the weekend. Probably a good idea to book during busy times. The staff were friendly enough though the night we were there it was packed so staff were super busy.
The food choices were good, something for everyone but a little pricier than other places we have been to especially for the serving size. Food was nice enough though. Not a bad place for dinner but nothing to rave about either.
The bistro part where meals were felt very packed and squashed and was very loud.
There was a indoor playground in the eating area for young children and live music in the area next door.
Written 27 November 2022
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Bill R
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We were a group of eight and had booked two rounds of golf three days apart. First of all the staff showed no interest in us, they couldn't care less. We had to navigate our own way around the course, dodge large potholes on all of the cart paths and found the course itself in a neglected state. To make matters worse, one of our group lost a club on the course and rang a couple of times to see if it had been handed in and was treated as if he was a criminal. As a result of all of this, we cancelled out the second day we had booked as the whole group of us did not want to go back there.

I could not recommend it.
Written 26 April 2021
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We are so sorry that you had this experience. Your feedback has been passed on to our management team for training and to improve our service.
Written 5 July 2021
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Macdariens
Sydney, Australia255 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Went to the club a few days again and greeted by a rude lady on the reception.

Not sure if this is the normal greeting but we won’t be back and will make sure I share the way visitors are greeted at the club.

Most clubs are after visitors and welcome people, but not this one.
Written 1 November 2020
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We are sorry you felt this way about your visit, please let us know more about your experience so that we can improve our service.
Written 1 February 2021
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John C
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had a large group visiting Nelson Bay. This included a round of golf (a great course) and a dinner at the Golf Club. The food was so good at the golf club's 'Bluewater Grill' that we ended up eating there on 3 nights! The club itself is first class and the staff really friendly. Our group is going back next year and we'll be basing ourselves again at the Golf Club - and likely give the food another workout!
Written 20 March 2022
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Thank you so much John. We really appreciate your wonderful feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written 23 May 2022
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Clive W
Abbenes, The Netherlands13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Visited the golf course for the Kangaroo Tour- it was excellent. Dave, our guide, was very informative and we got up close to the kangaroos and even saw and heard a kookaburra. The golf cart was large and comfortable and we saw the course and the nature - outstanding and beautiful
Written 15 October 2023
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Larry S
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Course was great however 5 hours for around dress code thongs and T shirts are ok get drunk if you want. At one stage we had 8 people playing on a hole in 4 cars oh yes take the bunkers and fill the divots if you want. Advice to all do not play at this course
Written 10 November 2023
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Chels87
Brisbane, Australia338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Dined in the busy Christmas holiday season that the Bay sees. Booked a table.lovely dining room. great staff and friendly. Amazing meals and they came out so fast. Kids loved the small playroom. I ordered lamb and it was amazing.
Written 10 January 2021
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Thank you for your feedback, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again.
Written 1 February 2021
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Karen N
Windsor, Australia66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Sorry but wasn’t impressed with this place. We had a three day stay in Nelson bay. Ate at several clubs and this one was disappointing. Advertising restaurant closed at 8. Arrived at 7.-.15 and advised we need to order immediately as the kitchen was closing. Should have left then The meal was just average for the price. Sorry guys very disappointing. Bar staff grumpy. But the reception staff and waitresses were lovely.
Written 1 September 2022
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Hi, Many thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are generally sorry that your experience was well below your expectations. I will make sure to relay your thoughts through to the appropriate staff here at NBGC.
Written 7 November 2022
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