The best golf courses in Perth Western Australia

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.

  1. 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.

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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.

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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.

The Cut

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.

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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.

Green Fee and cart discount of 20% at Meadow Springs

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 golf “myths” you must know.

4 golf “myths” you must know.

4 golf myths that every golfer should know.

  1. Keep your head down.  Every golfer has been told this at least once.  Generally it is from a mate that does not really know what you are doing wrong and it is the old go to saying.  The down swing motion is so quick have you ever seen your club hit the ball.  The truth is your body is generally moving up causing you to top the ball or miss it altogether.  Just concentrate on hitting down on the ball and letting the loft of the club do all the work.  You can also put to much stress on your neck by keeping your head down.
  2. You keep slicing your driver because the shaft is too flexible.  “Says your club fitting mate”.  It is the opposite that is true.  A flexible shaft will actually make you hook the ball.  The reason being by the time your hands are through the ball they have already started to turn, by the time the club face is at the ball it is closed.  So you can blame the club for that errant drive.
  3. The lower the loft of your driver the further the ball will go.  The reality is the lower the loft the more side spin is put on the ball.  This can increase a slice or a hook and decrease distance.  Try a driver with extra loft.  Tiger Woods uses a 10.5 degree driver so depending on your club head speed I would suggest this is the lowest you go.
  4. You need to rotate hard and fast on your down swing to hit the ball further.  Lean this and your mates will think that you have been on steroids.  Steve Soule Golf Professional.
     

 

Golf Deals

Golf Deals

How to get Great Golfing Deals all the time!

We love to do the things we love and if golf is one of them, then you know a Good Golf Deal when you see it.  For Golf Courses they need more people playing golf.  I have yet to see a public golf course that is booked out in every tee time every day.  Sure there are peak times where play is slow, however there are many more days where you can have the course to yourself.  We find this very true for those “resort” style golf courses that are magnificent to play.  You may see specials for Golf Courses but they must be used by a limited time or you have just missed the expiry date.  That is where the Golf Downunder card is gold.  All Golf Downunder card holders get discounts all year round.  That way you can plan your golf well in advance.  You get discounts such as 30% off at Secret Harbour Golf Links or a saving of over $50 at Joondalup Golf Course.

If you play golf in Western Australia the Golf Downunder card is definitely worth getting with discounts at over 15 great golf courses.  The card is just $59 a year and you also get a Free dozen golf balls plus much more.  Golf Downunder is also expanding into Melbourne where you will also be getting great deals.  make sure you subscribe to Golf Downunder to get the very best golf specials.  Simply go to the home page www.golfdownunder.com.au and enter your details at the top and hit “Keep me updated”

Great golfing deals

Beating Bunbury Golf Course.

Beating Bunbury Golf Course.

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 Golf Club

Meadow Springs Golf Club

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.

Meadow Springs Public Golf Course

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Joondalup Golf Course at Discounted Green Fees

Joondalup Golf Course at Discounted Green Fees

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.