Course Map

The outward eight holes at The Links is set in the valley all leading towards the natural wetlands. A very picturesque outward side which is all viewable from the tavern.

The inward 10 holes wraps around the hill to the east which helps to protect these holes from the strong winter westerlies, as you work your way around this side, enjoy the views (but try to avoid) the Killalea Lagoon.

When the southerly or nor east wind blows on this course there is nowhere to hide, and if you venture out in the breeze you will certainly know your alive on this beautifully undulating links style course.

A few holes of note which really make playing the Links exciting are some of the shortest, in particular the drivable par 4’s hole 7 and 15, both of which play under 300m but offer the element of risk vs reward.

These are complemented by demanding par 3’s in holes 2, 3 and 14, whilst we firmly believe Hole 18 is one of the best finishing holes in Australian golf. With the level of difficulty of this hole greatly impacted by the daily conditions, this par 5 finishing hole gives you the opportunity to really finish well. Very exciting for our championship events when an eagle or birdie is certainly up for grabs and a tournament can be won or snatched away from you.

We know you will enjoy Links Shell Cove golf, feel free to take a tour of any of the holes below and we will see you soon.

1st Hole Par 5

A gorgeous risk reward downhill par 5 from an elevated tee with the largest landing area on the course, find the fairway and have a crack for two if you dare. Access to the front to back sloping green is protected by a pond on the left and a strategically placed approach bunker.

QUARRY
494 m
BRICKYARD
450 m
STEELWORKS
421 m
RAILYARD
387 m

2nd Hole Par 3

The first of the par 3’s on the front side plays more up-hill than it looks with the green sloping from right to left towards the pond.

A new back tee was added in 2017 adjacent to the 6th green, play from here and a par is a great score on the hole.

QUARRY
157 m
BRICKYARD
129 m
STEELWORKS
105 m
RAILYARD
105 m

3rd Hole Par 3

An addition, as part of the course rerouting in 2016, course shapers couldn’t wait to make use of this existing area with a short par 3. At only 140m playing over the pond can prove tricky especially with a swirling wind. Whilst the safe play may seem to be long and left, it at times can be worse than a water ball. Visiting tour professionals believe hole 3 at the Links plays just as dramatic as Hole 17 from the TPC course.

QUARRY
169 m
BRICKYARD
141 m
STEELWORKS
141 m
RAILYARD
97 m

4th Hole Par 4

A great medium length par 4 with the killalea lagoon on the left, be sure not to bite off more than you can chew from the tee. It is advisable to lay up short of the approach bunker, for a mid-iron into a green that slopes heavily from right to left.

QUARRY
332 m
BRICKYARD
318 m
STEELWORKS
283 m
RAILYARD
212 m
5th Par the links shell cove

5th Hole Par 3

A strong par 3 which requires a mid to long iron up the hill. The green is guarded by both a bunker on the right-hand side and one in front of the green, creating an optical illusion, as there is quite a bit of dead ground between this bunker and the putting surface. The green was recently reshaped in 2017 and is actually 4 small greens in one, creating interesting putting lines.

QUARRY
169 m
BRICKYARD
169 m
STEELWORKS
152 m
RAILYARD
119 m

6th Hole Par 3

A mid length par 3 downhill with breath taking views of the course and green below. A large ridge runs diagonally across the green making club selection a priority.

In 2016 a greenside bunker on the left was removed which now brings the small pond into play. This green is scheduled for reshaping in early 2019.

QUARRY
153 m
BRICKYARD
123 m
STEELWORKS
123 m
RAILYARD
91 m

7th Hole Par 4

Another hole that differs from the original design that was changed in 2016 under instructions to allow 1 reachable short par 4 hole on each side.

Hole 7 offers the players the choice of a split fairway: playing up the left but more difficult side offers an un-obstructed view of the green; whereas the safe play off the tee is the right fairway, however approaches from this side will have to avoid the crossing creek and small pot bunker.

The green is the largest on the course and offers an array of pin locations.

QUARRY
297 m
BRICKYARD
282 m
STEELWORKS
282 m
RAILYARD
236 m

8th Hole Par 5

Originally a par 4, hole 8 was lengthened and transformed into a par 5 with a slight dogleg to the right, using inspiration from the saddle on hole 15 at NSW Golf Club.

The safe play off the tee is out to the left of the bunker in the middle of the fairway, where from here it is best to lay up to approximately 110m for an approach to the green sloping heavily from back to front. To reach the green in two shots players must thread the needle off the tee between the bunker and natural garden on the right which is only 13 steps wide.

QUARRY
427 m
BRICKYARD
427 m
STEELWORKS
427 m
RAILYARD
367 m

9th Hole Par 4

A short par 4 starts off the inward 10. Place your tee shot at or just short of the ridge leaving a simple pitch shot uphill to a friendly green.

QUARRY
315 m
BRICKYARD
315 m
STEELWORKS
288 m
RAILYARD
220 m

10th Hole Par 4

A strong par 4 from an elevated tee invites the driver out of the bag where a big one is needed; favoring the left side will make for an easier approach to a flat but subtle green set on a plateau. If you get the chance (while you’re playing partners putt out) turnaround and take in the view of the front nine with the wetlands in the foreground.

QUARRY
398 m
BRICKYARD
370 m
STEELWORKS
335 m
RAILYARD
335 m

11th Hole Par 3

Severely downhill par 3 overlooking the natural vistas and wetlands down below. Club selection is vitally important, as anything over the back of the green makes for a tough up and down, and you will also need to look out for the sucker pin front left!

However, standing on this tee, this is your best chance of your round to have a hole in one, with 42 being the total so far since the course opening back in 2004.

QUARRY
136 m
BRICKYARD
136 m
STEELWORKS
116 m
RAILYARD
100 m

12th Hole Par 4

A fantastic scenic par 4 on the edge of the course. A well-positioned drive between the bunkers will set up an uphill approach, which play’s a club longer into the prevailing nor Easter

QUARRY
363 m
BRICKYARD
314 m
STEELWORKS
274 m
RAILYARD
233 m

13th Hole Par 4

Another redesigned hole from 2016, the tee on hole 13 is the highest point of the golf course and offers fantastic views of the course in the foreground being protected by Killalea lagoon disappearing into the escarpment.

The tee shot plays down hill and whilst it may seem prudent to get as close as possible to the pond, the best approach is from the upslope on the right of the fairway. The green is a flat one with only subtle breaks however keep in mind it sits at an angle to the fairway and is well guarded by the pond.

QUARRY
356 m
BRICKYARD
356 m
STEELWORKS
318 m
RAILYARD
279 m

14th Hole Par 3

Originally built as a par 5 green, however it is easy to see why it seems as if the green was designed for a par 3 instead. The high face bunker on the left of the green is only a visual hazard as it is some 35m short of the middle of the green.

A new back tee was put into play in early 2018, head back and have a look as many say this is the most peaceful spot on the golf course.

QUARRY
165 m
BRICKYARD
165 m
STEELWORKS
137 m
RAILYARD
120 m

15th Hole Par 4

This is the short par 4 on the inward side, playing under 270m, giving players a chance to make a birdie and start off a good run home. The big hitters can certainly take on the green and get a chance at an eagle, however balls finding any of the three bunkers will create a tough second shot. Players laying up short of the bunkers are left with a simple pitch to a slightly elevated but mostly flat putting surface.

QUARRY
271 m
BRICKYARD
271 m
STEELWORKS
239 m
RAILYARD
210 m

16th Hole Par 4

The signature hole at the Links which dog legs left around the natural wetlands. The big bombers have been known to have a crack at the green, nevertheless for most players the line is to aim at the large fairway bunker. This positioning will set up a picturesque approach into a green set amongst the fescue hills. Our favourite hole location is front right and reminds us of the approach to hole 14 at Augusta National.

QUARRY
376 m
BRICKYARD
348 m
STEELWORKS
312 m
RAILYARD
291 m

17th Hole Par 5

A great three shot par 5 which snakes around to the right of the natural hill. Lay up to the base of the hill for the 3rd shot to a small green perched on top. A wedge shot needs to be precise otherwise the false front will send the ball spinning back toward your feet.

QUARRY
494 m
BRICKYARD
470 m
STEELWORKS
436 m
RAILYARD
378 m

18th Hole Par 5

One of the great finishing holes in golf and the most demanding tee shot on the course is left till last. The reward for players finding the fairway and reaching the top of the hill is the view to the inviting green nestled into a natural amphitheater. The approach to the green is protected by marshy wasteland in front and a bunker to the right. Hole 18 is one of those holes where any number from 3 to 10 is possible, and championships have been, and can be won or lost.

QUARRY
410 m
BRICKYARD
410 m
STEELWORKS
410 m
RAILYARD
347 m

QUARRY

Our hardest course derives its name from the hard basalt extracted from the Bass Point quarry that shares a border with the golf course. Operated by Hanson’s as part of the Heidelberg cement group and has been part of the local community since 1880. The team at the quarry has and continues to be a strong supporter of The Links Shell Cove.

quarryHandicap Range: 0-6
Slope Rating: 129
Scratch Rating: 70

BRICKYARD

As bricks are used as foundations for any strong building, the bricks at The Links Shell Cove are used as a symbol of recognition to those foundation members from the original Shellharbour Golf Club. The brickyard course is used for the majority of our men’s competitions.

brickyardHandicap Range: 0-18
Slope Rating: 122
Scratch Rating: 68

STEELWORKS

Our most popular course for play, The Steelworks tees are used as a symbol to recognise the steel industry and its influence in Wollongong and the greater Illawarra. Many of our members have a personal connection with this industry as employment at the steelworks was a backbone for their families’ settlement in the Illawarra.

steelworksHandicap Range: All
Slope Rating: 113
Scratch Rating: 66

RAILYARD

The Railyard course is a symbol to the proximity of our course to the now closed “Dunmore Station”. The original sign work from the station can be found situated around the course. This course is also used for the majority of our women’s competitions

railyardHandicap Range: All
Slope Rating: 114 (Ladies)
Scratch Rating: 67 (Ladies)