Golf Course Review: Rum Corps Barracks Golf Course

Last week, my dad and I had a round of golf at the 9 hole Rum Corps Barracks course at Windsor. It’s located next door to the Sebel Resort on Macquarie Rd, just before the Richmond RAAF Base if you’re travelling west, and is a good little option if you only have time to play 9 holes instead of 18 on any given day.

There are 6 par 4s and 3 par 3s, with the par 4s generally a medium length. Of particular challenge are the 3rd and 4th, which have sharp right doglegs where good placement off the tee is essential to avoid going out of bounds to the right. The green for the 120ish metre par 3 9th is 3 tiered sloping towards the front, and depending on the pin position on any given day, it can be difficult to 2 putt from off the green (last Saturday it was a couple of paces from the left and on the second tier).

Otherwise, for a reasonable golfer there’s not too much of a challenge presented, with not much undulation as you walk the course. The driver can come out on the straighter par 4s, whilst on the 3rd, I took a 3 wood off the tee but skewed it a bit right and ended up out of bounds, and on the 4th I think I was able to take a 3 iron and still have a clear shot to the green. The par 3 7th is around 145m, but plays at least a club less due to the 10 or so metre elevation drop from tee to pin.

The pro shop is surprisingly well stocked for a little course, and there’s a driving range adjacent. At $15 for 9 holes, it’s par for the course when it comes to what you pay compared to other 9 holers, but it’s worth the effort. Weekday players can save $4.50 with the 2008 Golf Course Guide, and pay just $12 for 18 holes. Contach the club on (02) 4577 6600 – bookings generally are not required for small groups, but it’s best to check before you head out.

Overall it’s certainly a very decent little course – not as picturesque as Grose River or Kurrajong Hills, but definitely more pleasurable to play than the Colonial at Werrington (which I’ll have a bit of a discussion about in the next entry).

Rating: 3 stars

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