Muree Golf Club is a scenic 18-hole golf course on the Eastern fringe of Raymond Terrace CBD at Port Stephens, bounded by the Pacific Motorway, Pioneer Park and the historic Pioneer Cemetery. The course is a hidden jewel, and was selected for the 2010 NSW Amateur Medal, as only the second course outside the Sydney Metropolitan area since 1974. It is home to many giant tallowoods, a dense native gum which was sought after by early settlers for heavy hardwood suited to maritime and industrial uses. Our many trees are home to a koala population, protected by the foresight of the club’s founders in 1940, when they proclaimed in our constitution that we should protect and nurture them as part of the club’s raison d’etre. We have done this as best we could, but encroaching development has made the task more difficult. Injured and sick koalas are often released here by professional carers, as a sanctuary situation is available to them here.
The vegetation is mature, with very little ‘impossible’ rough, and just a few water carries. Our course may be a little shorter than some, but it makes up for that in its subtle demand for accuracy.
Club carts are available (with or without snack packages and social group deals) to smooth out the ups and downs that make the course interesting. We hold open competitions on Wednesdays, Tuesdays (for ladies), Saturdays (except for the first Saturday each month) and Sundays, and we award significant cash (voucher) prizes. Each weekday after midday we hold a six hole stroke competition with ham or meat prizes, presented to winners at 6-30pm Fridays at our Monster Meat Raffle.
As a tribute to the koalas and their dwindling numbers, we recently commissioned renowned Gloucester chainsaw artist Geoff Hitchcock to create our ‘Giant Koala’, fashioned from the remaining trunk of a blackbutt tree next to the (brand new August 2014) sixth green, which had become dangerous to players. You will note from what you see around our course and clubhouse that the koala has been the club’s emblem and mascot for more than 74 years at the time of writing.
From the clubhouse surrounds, you can see the Brokenback Range, which defines the Hunter Vineyards to the West, famed Barrington Tops to the North, the sandhills and ocean of the Stockton Bight to the East, and the John Hunter Hospital and Charlestown CBD to the South. All are within an hour’s drive, as are Shoal Bay, the Myall Lakes, and just ten minutes away is the Williamtown Airport. Plenty of good accommodation is to be found along the former (now bypassed) Highway. Public transport will take you to Newcastle, Shoal Bay or Stockton at regular intervals.
We have a seven day Bistro and Restaurant, with pleasant views over the course and beyond for our patrons. Our auditorium is suited to weddings, parties or similar functions for up to 200 persons, with smaller functions also catered in dining facilities and/or al fresco. We operate gaming, racing and eftpos facilities, and our friendly staff are always keen to please.