In the Ballina-Byron Hinterland, in far northern New South Wales, Teven Valley Golf Course is a nine-hole wonder. Nestled in a valley surrounded by remnant rainforest and intersected by platypus-filled creeks, the setting is truly stunning and now has a golf course to match.
In 2016, when Curt Zuber bought the course, he could see that the run-down country layout had amazing potential. He engaged the services of Craig Parry who used his knowledge of the courses he had played during his fine professional career to design one he would want to play.
While the predominantly par 3 holes may appear easy at first, they can present a challenge. Teven’s members have dubbed the ninth “The Scorpion” due to the sting in its tail. Also a feature of Teven is an amazing, short-game area.
It took three years for the two-man team of Paul Gumbleton and Bob Simmons – from Monash and Kingston Heath, respectively – to bring the vision to life. They faced challenges from drought and fires to floods, but the course opened in December 2020. Unique drainage systems were installed to ensure the biodiversity of the area and lessen any impact on the environment during construction. This investment has meant the course drains exceptionally well and has withstood the multiple rain events so far this year with ease.
Teven can boast being the first all-Zoysia tee-to-green course in Australia. The turf is incredible to play off and the staff are often asked if it is synthetic due to its exceptional uniformity. The TifEagle greens provide a superior putting surface that are always firm and fast. (Teven’s turf was provided by Daley’s Turf through Lawn Solutions Australia)
Complementing the course is a stunning new clubhouse. The staff are friendly, their coffees are great and the local beer on tap is delicious. The general manager says, “We aim to make everyone’s visit to Teven an enjoyable one and our greatest achievement in the build is that overwhelmingly golfers describe their round as being great fun.”