If you are short of time and want to play the best golf courses in Perth, Western Australia here is a quick guide. The below 10 golf courses are open to the public.
- Joondalup golf course (website) is one of the jewels in Western Australia. It is situated about 35 mins north of Perth. It has 27 holes including the Quarry 9, Lakes 9 and the Dunes 9. One minute you are playing an approach shot beneath a 30-metre limestone cliff, the next you are adapting to the fresh ocean breeze on an undulating links style fairway.
2. Secret Harbor Golf Links (website) situated 40 mins south of Perth is in the hub of the Golf coast. Surrounded by fantastic golf courses Secret harbor will not disappoint. Sitting on the ocean secrets golf has many signature holes and is always in beautiful condition. They also have some great deals including lunch at their award winning facilities. Check the specials out here.
3. The Cut Golf course (website) has beautiful views across the Indian ocean. Truly blessed to have such a true golf links golf course along the golf coast. The Cut Golf Course is located just an hour’s drive from Perth by the popular seaside town of Mandurah. Voted Western Australia’s number one golf course in 2008/09.
4. Araluen resort (website) is located 40 kms southeast of Perth City in the uniquely beautiful hills of Roleystone, just minutes from the renowned Araluen Botanic Park. Set in what has often been described as an “enchanted valley”, Araluen Golf Resort boasts a world class golf course surrounded by natural Australian bushland inhabited by abundant native wildlife and boasting breathtaking views of Perth City and beyond.
5. Meadow Springs (website) is situated in the Golf coast in Mandurah, opened in 1987, Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club offers ‘golf as nature intended’. The course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr., presents a highly regarded test for players but is also renowned for its playability. During its short history the West Australian Open Championship has been held at Meadow Springs on seven occasions.
6. The Vines Golf (website) situated 30 minutes from Perth is continually rated as one of Australia’s best golf resorts, The Novotel Vines Resort & Country Club boasts the finest golf courses in Perth, WA, surrounded by native bush with abundant wildlife, lush manicured gardens and the magnificent Swan Valley wine region.
7. Kennedy bay (website) situated just 30 minutes south of Perth along the Golf coast is The Links Kennedy Bay which has beautifully undulating and a true links course in the Scottish and Irish traditions. The gently undulating Windsor Green fairways wind through sand dunes amongst western coastal wattle, grevillea, sedges and lilies.
8. Point Walter (website) nestled in Perth, Point Walter is a great 9 hole golf course for everyone to play. Nestled alongside Perth’s Swan River, with perfect views and scenery, Point Walter Golf Course provides the best way to have a relaxing game of golf. Enjoy the serenity and million dollar views Point Walter Golf Course is highly regarded for its quality fairways, greens and its picturesque landscape.
9. Bunbury Golf Course (website) Situated in a tranquil woodland setting between the Collie River and the Leschenault Estuary, the course at Bunbury Golf Club is a magnificent and fully reticulated 18-hole course. It is rated at #9 in WA’s public access golf courses and regularly described by visiting Professionals as the “Lake Karrinyup of the South West”. Situated 2 hours south of Perth is one of our regional best courses and well worth the visit.
10. Caple Golf Course (website) situated on your way to Margaret River is worth the visit. Operated by Big Red a well known WA icon in the Perth Golfing circles, consists of an 18 hole par 72 championship course set on relatively flat terrain surrounded by an abundance of Tuart, Jarrah, Banksia and Peppermint Trees. The Club is also home to a large amount of wildlife including many kangaroos and native birds.
If you are planning a visit and want to play these courses we suggest staying in Mandurah where there is great accommodation such as the Sebel (website) or the Mandurah Quays Resort (website). From here you can easily access and play Secret Harbour > The Cut > Meadow Springs all with in 15 minutes. Plus play other courses such as Mandurah Country Club and Pinjarra Country Club.
In Perth you have easy access to the above golf courses within 40 minutes plus Joondalup > The Vines > Araluen.
Enjoy your stay and Happy Golfing.
Playing one of the best regional golf courses in Western Australia is always fun. However unlike the title I did not beat Bunbury Golf Course. The course is always in great condition with the putting surface very true. The subtle breaks in the green can have your ball rolling further away from the hole than anticipated, which leads to an act of caution on the next stroke. The course is an easy walk, with some mounds and hills that offer great Tee off platforms. The signature hole Par 3 number 10 is only about 120 meters straight down hill. Not the easiest hole to determine what to hit depending on a prevailing wind, anything from a Sand wedge to a 6 iron. It pays to watch your playing partners to hit first.
So how can you have the best chance of beating Bunbury Golf Course? Even though there are some long Par4’s where a good drive helps, it is position that is going to set you up. Everyone has a favorite club they like to hit and feel confident with. My advice is try to hit your ball so you are using your favorite club to approach the green with. You need to be in a good position on the Green to give you the best chance of holing putts. You will have some anxious moments if you are 10 foot away putting down hill or if you need to chip onto the green from a downhill lie.
Make the time to play this great course and make sure you mention you are a Golf Downunder Card holder to get the best Golf rate.
Bunbury Golf Club Lucy Victoria Avenue, Clifton Park, 6233. Ph (08) 9725 1231 www.bunburygolfclub.com.au
Meadow Springs, feel the Serenity.
No matter how bad your golf is Meadow Springs is always a great golf course to play. You can see why the WA Open has been played at this course 7 times. Each hole is perfectly suited for TV, with water along many holes, lush green grass, rolling hills and clean white bunkers. Being surrounded by 200 year old Tuart trees with hardly no fairways being side by side it truly feels like you are in the wilderness, feel the serenity. Scott Proctor is the General Manager who is a very gracious host. I would recommend taking a cart when you play as I feel golf is definitely for pleasure rather than exercise. Many people do walk the course but as most “resort courses” it can be a bit tough up some of the hills. The landing spots for your drive are quite wide so don’t be scared to pull out driver. The scrub can be dangerous on some holes but most of us only lost 1 ball each which is good for our ability. The course is great for all players. If you dont hit it long that is ok as there is always a way to go around, and there is no long grass in front of the Tee Boxes so your ball will run. I advise to use a soft ball as the greens are quick and you need to be able to feel the ball when chipping and putting, rather than a ball that feels like a rock and continues to roll of the green.
Golf Downunder Card Holders get 20% off the standard rate for 18 Holes of Golf and Cart 7 days a week. Take advantage Today.
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What a pleasure it was to play the Quarry and Lakes at Joondalup Resort and Country Club last week. The Quarry 9 holes lives up to its name as at times you feel as thought you are playing in the Grand Canyons. Your faced with sheering rock walls as you hit your drives over craters that are 30 meters deep. The fairways are in pristine condition, though my playing partner Mitch did not see much of them. As with many courses the feature holes are not the long par 5’s but the short par 3’s. The Quarry has a 118 par 3 where you have to hit over a 30 meter deep crater. If you are long you are in a bunker and if you are short, well don’t be, you wont see your ball again.
The Team Sam and Heather are fantastic and welcome all Golf Downunder Card holders with open arms. As of writing this it is $135 for 18 holes with a cart on their website. If you have a Golf Downunder Card you can play 18 Holes with a Cart and bonus free range balls Monday to Thursday for just $89. Saving $46.
Yes, you can play at Gosnells Golf Club. I took 20 of my mates and played their last Wednesday and everyone had a great time. Traditionally a private Golf Club Golf Downunder card holders can play Wednesdays and Sundays after 12 pm for just $45 18 Holes. Who knows if you really love it you may even become a member.
The golf course is in superb condition with beautiful very true greens that are consistent on every hole. Congratulations to the green keeper. The fairways are a bit narrow compared to some golf courses, but if you do go off the fairways the balls are easy to find. Fairways are surrounded by tall trees which makes each hole very scenic and plenty of shade for the hot weather. It is also a very easy walk with just one cardiac hill on a par 4 which is also the hardest hole on the course. The bunkers are nice fluffy white sand that a few of the guys struggled with. The 18th and 9th hole have you finishing hitting over water, both great holes.
As with many member clubs there is a dress code which you can see here. They also have great practice facilities you can use before you play. Then after your game there is a great outdoor beer garden where you can brag about your day.
Make sure you add Gosnells Golf Club to your agenda. Happy Flogging.