Australias Highest Golf Course. Who Knew?
Posted on Thursday, 19th of March 2015
When you think of Thredbo you may think of the mountain either covered in snow or with stunning green vegetation peppered with wildflowers, the great restaurants or even the village and its atmosphere, but do you ever think of the Thredbo golf course?
It’s a little known fact that Thredbo has a nine hole, par 64 golf course hidden on its hillside to the west of the village. It stands at 4,136 metres above sea level and playing a game of golf on it is subject to there being no snow cover, namely between October to May.
Those who are aware of the golf course will know that, aside from the March flies, there is very little to moan about, but then again, welcome to Australia the land of insects!
Emily Scobie, from Chatswood in Sydney is a very casual social golf player. She played there in 2014 as part of her pre-purchased All Mountain Pass.
She relished the opportunity to slip away from the little children, get out on the Thredbo golf course and hit a few balls with her partner and her parents, enjoying the sunshine.
“The course is relatively easy because it’s not an 18 hole course and it’s really nice. The bike track surrounds it which is quite pretty”. She was so happy with her trip she plans to return a little more regularly.
Ken Brown is from Avalon in Sydney and played golf in Thredbo over the Christmas New Year period 2014 – 2015. He is a self professed ‘very social golf player’, and usually plays the nine hole golf course at Palm Beach. He rates the Thredbo golf course a little more difficult than Emily, and says “It’s a very challenging place, it looks like no challenge at all, but if you think it’s a pushover forget it”.
He played with his son just before 6pm and said he was surprised how many people were on the course at that time of the day, and says people were shaking their heads saying “it was harder than we thought! as they passed each other”.
Ken found the Thredbo golf course very picturesque and liked the honour system for those who haven’t got the All Mountain Pass, (the honour box as you entered the golf course that you could put your green fees cash in).
“There were very interesting little holes around the course and if you hit your ball off the fairway it would disappear into scrub and you’d never hope to get it back”.
He felt your enjoyment of the course would depend on your grade as a golfer but personally thoroughly enjoyed the course.
Ken has been to Thredbo several times and recommends “it is a good place for a three or four day golfing holiday”. He purchased an All Mountain Pass on a previous visit to Thredbo with his grandchildren and extended family and found there was “so much to do on the pass you couldn’t use it all!”
Why not make Thredbo your next golfing holiday as a couple or with extended family? There is enough to do for everyone, so your grandkids or your grandparents or parents will all be able to find activities to suit, and even if you’re not into your sport Thredbo is more cultural than you may think.. The Lantern Apartments have a large range of 3 to 4 star self-contained apartments. They all have kitchens and washing machines and are either at the top of the hill or all around the village.
Ken stayed at Elevation, one of the several Lantern Thredbo Apartments, and was extremely satisfied. He says, “It was so accessible to get into the apartment, we went straight into the building into the lift, the apartment slept four but there were more beds inside, it was excellent and there was plenty of room”. Contact Jill and Ian for a complete guide to which accommodation would best suit your needs.
For the Thredbo golf course, green fees are $15 per person and golf club rental is $15 and includes a buggy. Fees are payable at the same place you can purchase your All Mountain Pass, which is at Thredbo Sports, at the base of the Kosciusko Chairlift. You can ask all your questions to staff there about the pass and buy any equipment you need.
A one day all mountain pass includes a ride on the bobsled ride Leisure Centre entry, tennis court fee and green fees for golf. A one-day pass is $49 for adults, $27 for cube or $98 for families. A four day pass is $116 for adults $69 for kids or $232 for families.
Get into all the summer activities before the snow starts falling from June (fingers crossed) and don’t forget Lantern Thredbo Apartments has a special 3 nights for the price of 2 and has some early bird winter accommodation specials.
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