Horizons Golf Resort was built in 1992 and has since become hugely popular for both local and holidaying golfers. Located in Salamander Bay, in the beautiful Port Stephens and the Greater Hunter area, Horizons is just a 10-minute drive from picturesque Nelson Bay, a 40-minute drive from Newcastle, plus just a few kilometers from abundant beaches and the Tomaree National Park.
Designed in tandem by the prolific Ross Watson and well-respected Graham Marsh, this course was the last in their collaborative partnership. The swampland it was built on doesn't affect the run of the grass but presents numerous challenges. The natural bush that lines the fairways and prominent water hazards that snake along the course can be punishing. Hole 17 is its drawcard, featuring in the Jeff Barr book '1001 Golf Holes You Should Play Before You Die,' and presenting many of these natural challenges in the one hole.
While playing the course, homes appear behind a bush or in the distance, giving Horizons a comforting and homely atmosphere. The abundant wildlife adds to the experience, especially for international visitors. With a variety of short-stay accommodation at all budgets and tastes, visitors can live the Horizons lifestyle for a weekend.
With the pro club, cart hire, bar, and restaurant facilities, as well as a Top 30 Australian golf course, Horizons is a fantastic combination of lifestyle and play. This popular tourist area is only bolstered by a course worth paying a visit to in its own right.
Nelson Bay is an exciting hub and a great place to base yourself to explore the delights of the region. Visitors will find plenty of fun things to do, from dolphin watching to sunset cruises and the sheltered beaches are ideal for families with young children. Well known for the many Bottlenose dolphins that live around the port, dolphin spotting is an extremely popular pass-time for visitors.
Approximately 3000 Humpback whales pass close to the coast of Port Stephens whilst migrating to more tropical waters from late May to July each year. September to November offers even more excitement when the whales can be viewed returning to Antarctica with their calves. You can also head below the water at Fly Point-Halifax Aquatic Reserve just east of the town, with sponge gardens, soft corals, sea turtles and a colourful array of fish.
Getting to Nelson Bay is easy, with the drive north from Sydney about2.5-hours. You can also fly into Newcastle Airport, which is just 34-kilometres from Nelson Bay.