HUNDREDS of homes surrounding the golf course were fortunately protected from a highly volatile fire on the fairway at Wauchope Country Club on Friday night.
Fire and Rescue NSW Wauchope received a call at 9.11pm on June 21 with reports a large fire had erupted on the perimeter of the fairway near bushland.
Crews arrived at the scene in under 10 minutes to find a blaze furiously burning and potentially threatening surrounding bushland and nearby residential areas.
Firefighter Robert Pursehouse said it was quickly established they were going to require back-up and called for assistance from Rural Fire Service crews from King Creek, Wauchope and Lake Innes with an additional Fire and Rescue crew from Laurieton.
"We have to thank staff at the Wauchope Country Club as well who assisted us and provided an all wheel drive vehicle and extra hose lines," Mr Pursehouse said.
The blaze burned well into the evening with crews still on scene after midnight.
"It was made extra difficult due to the lack of rain that the creek did not have enough water in it for us to draw from," Mr Pursehouse said.
"We had a large amount of spotting and burning embers were falling some distance away."
A NSW Police spokesperson said it is believed a pile of branches and bushland debris on the edge of the golf course was deliberately set alight.
Damage to the green is unknown at this stage.
Investigations are continuing.