This jewel earned a reputation for its demanding design and consistently fine condition as soon as it opened for play. Eight years and that image hasn't changed.
The club holds weekly open competitions each Wednesday (ladies), Saturday and Sunday, while the fourth Wednesday of each month is the Vets Advantage day, where you subtract your age from 100 to determine the green fee.
Additionally, the last Friday of each month is the Black Tee Challenge. The tee markers go right back, the flags are tucked, the winner receives a Titleist stand bag and any entrants who better their handicap receive a dozen Pro V1 balls. Come December, the 12 winners from the year are invited to return for the chance to win a grand prize golf package.
LOCATION: Championship Drive, Medowie. Pacific Dunes is a two-hour drive north of the Sydney CBD via the F3 freeway and Pacific Highway.
CONTACT: (02) 4916 0500.
DESIGNER: James Wilcher (2005).
PLAYING SURFACES: A1 bentgrass (greens), Santa Ana couch (fairways, tees and rough).
COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Andrew Perrett.
PGA PROS: Kurt Linde and Joanne Mills.
GREEN FEES: $70 weekdays, $90 weekends (prices include cart). After 3pm twilight rates are $40 on weekdays and $45 on weekends.
MEMBERSHIPS: Full membership is currently open and costs $1,600 per year with no joining fee. A country membership and annual country pass also exist for golfers living more than 100 kilometres away.
CORPORATE AND GROUP DAYS: Pacific Dunes’ corporate memberships come with a wide range of benefits, including four memberships (two nominees and two wildcards), fully catered golf day for 35 guests, unlimited golf with no green fees, preferred rates for functions/conference facilities and more.
ACCOMMODATION: The Anchorage Port Stephens at Corlette is an easy half-hour drive from Pacific Dunes. Phone (02) 4984 2555 or visit www.anchorageportstephens.com.au for more information.
PACKAGES: Social groups of 20 players or more receive a premium stand bag for the group to use as a prize. Valid from Monday to Thursday, the cost is $70 per player, which includes golf, cart use, complimentary practice balls and more.