A perfect exercise getaway at Merewether Golf Club

SET COURSE FOR MEREWETHER: The golf course is the perfect place to get some much-needed exercise. Pictures: SUPPLIED.
SET COURSE FOR MEREWETHER: The golf course is the perfect place to get some much-needed exercise. Pictures: SUPPLIED.

If you have been looking for inspiration to maintain your fitness in light of recent club and gym closures, a round of golf could be the answer.

A feature of the landscape since 1933, the golf course at Merewether Golf Club is open for business.

The open course is the perfect spot to continue to take the opportunity to exercise and maintain social distance protocols.

The golf club itself closed at midday on Monday, March 23, as part of the state-wide closure of all clubs, but the course remains open.

Merewether Golf Club secretary-manager Adam Cecil has encouraged the district's golfers to continue to make use of the facility, which caters for all levels of golf, from Pro AM competitors to the once a year golfer.

Adam said the greens had a good reputation among pro and social golfers.

"The first thing golfers look out for is a good green," he said.

"The greens here, they are challenging, but they roll true."

The 18-hole, par 70 parklands style course, which is lined with trees, offers a challenge for everyone. Depending on the wind direction, players can also find a very different experience on the course each time.

Visit the pro-shop to organise to tee off. People can be found on the course seven days a week, from dawn until dark, with most people teeing off before 4pm.

"Golf is always a good social outing," Adam said.

"It's a relaxed environment that offers you a chance to clear your mind, exercise, be part of nature, and chase that little white ball around."

The club's rules have been adapted to encourage social distance, for example, no exchanging of scorecards and no handshakes.

Merewether Golf Club welcomes casual players as well as members. Playing members can access the course at a reduced fee rate. The club is currently offering 14 months' membership for the price of 12 as part of a membership drive.

While the club was first established in 1933, a great deal has changed at the club, including the clubhouse's position and the course layout.

There are more changes set to come, with plans in place to redevelop the course to include a 148 unit over-55's retirement village.

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