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Go green: Five-course special for golfers

Russell Vale Golf Course

You know you deserve a golfing break. Barry Thompson, of Tradies Helensburgh Social Golf Club, picks five quality courses – listed here in no particular order of preference – waiting to be played:

1. Boomerang Public Golf Course

Great to play but its benign appearance can lead to disaster if taken too lightly. Watch the 7th and 12th holes.

2. Russell Vale Golf Course (pictured)

My old legs demand a cart to challenge Russell Vale Golf Course. This hilly course holds many surprises but remember when putting, all greens run to the sea.

3. Wollongong Golf Course

Wollongong Golf Course is so highly esteemed, touring professionals use it as a practice course. Not many trees on this links layout but get into the coarse rough and you’re in trouble.

4. Port Kembla Golf Course

The park-like tree-lined Port Kembla Golf Course is ideal for all grades of players but play a conservative game to avoid punishment.

5. Calderwood Valley Golf Course

Tucked under the mountains near Albion Park is the beautiful Calderwood Valley Golf Course. Each hole has its quirks and the course is a delight to play.

I hope that I’ve whetted your appetite for a buffet of golfing action along this wonderful stretch of coastline. See you on one of these popular courses one day soon.