Pacific Dunes is a highly rated course located at Port Stephens just north of Newcastle in NSW. It’s design is a triumph (by architect James Wilcher) of creating an exciting and memorable course from an essentially flat and unspectacular site. The front nine runs through native woodlands, where tree-lined fairways demand accuracy. The course opens up on the back nine with a more resort-style wetland setting with frequent watery graves to be avoided. The clever design is complemented by year-round championship-ready levels of course conditioning – the couch fairways are carpet-like and the bent grass greens are wonderful surfaces containing subtle breaks. Pacific Dunes Golf & Country Club is a terrific addition to any NSW Central Coast / Hunter Valley golf holiday itinerary.