The Australian Futures (Trainee Professional) Championships were held at Newcastle for the 10 years up until 2005. Players in this increasingly important event came from as far afield as Great Britain, the USA, South Africa and New Zealand. Many of the winners, such as Rodney Pampling, who led the first round in the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, have gone on to successful tournament careers.
In 1995, the Australian Ladies Amateur Championship was held at Newcastle, won by Julie Hall of England from Helen Beatty of Western Australia.
In 1972 and 2011 Newcastle hosted the NSW Open. In 1972, Club Champion Owen Beldham defeated a field of top professionals. Owen’s first round 68 and his 72 hole total 284, 4 under par, both stood as records for 24 years.
The current course record is 65, and the 72 hole record is 276, both set by Ryan Smith (Resident Trainee at the time) when he won the Australian Futures Championship in 2002.
Other competitions held at Newcastle Golf Club have included the 1989 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship, and the 1999 NSW Foursomes Championships.
The Club hosts three prestigious events throughout the year with the 36 Hole Autumn Record (scratch event), held in May of each year, being one of the State’s most prestigious amateur Vardon Cup events. “The Cove” Senior Amateur Event is a senior Vardon event held in August each year. The Newcastle Cup (handicap event) is held in November each year and enables golfers from all levels a look at championship golf on one of Australia’s best layouts. It is a mark of the championship nature of the course that in more than 60 years, par for the 36 holes has been broken only once.