Golf

Golf has been a favourite pastime of royalty as well as us lesser mortals for centuries, and there are few cities in the world where you can find playing a round or two of golf as pleasant and invigorating as in Perth. Certainly our Mediterranean climate is conducive to playing this popular sport all year round.

With space to spare, golf courses here in WA are, more usually than not, set in magnificent, undulating countryside, offering the visitor an ideal opportunity for scenic discovery.

Their proximity to native bushland could well mean a close encounter of the Australian kind if an emu or kangaroo decides to share the fairway with you, and if you're here during spring, you will also experience the beauty of our wildflowers.

For the ultimate in golfing luxury, try The Vines Resort (Ph: 9297 3000), 30 minutes drive from Perth in the heart of the Swan Valley. Incorporating an international class hotel complex, The Vines offers a range of other sporting facilities and several fine restaurants. Neat casual golf attire is required.

An easy 25-minute drive along Freeway North, the beautiful Joondalup Country Club (Ph: 9400 8811) was designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior and is WA's highest ranked golf estate. Featuring a bar, restaurant and tennis courts, Joondalup's fees are on par (no pun intended!) with The Vines. Strict dress requirements apply.

There are several grounds located very close to Perth City, including Collier Park Golf Course (Ph: 9484 1666) which is set in a picturesque pine plantation five minutes from the city, in Como. The suburbs are home to many very attractive courses, just as painstakingly maintained but less expensive than their city and country cousins. One is the Wembley Golf Course (Ph: 6280 1333). Then there is Lake Claremont Public Golf Course (Ph: 9384 2887) which offers day and night playing, barbecue facilities and low fees.

For those staying at Rendezvous Observation City, the Hamersley Public Golf Course (Ph: 9447 7137) is a 5 minute drive away in Karrinyup, and features a par 72, 18 hole green, a tavern and reasonable rates.

If you are visiting Fremantle, the Fremantle Public Golf Course (Ph: 9336 3933) is another bargain. Just 2km from central Fremantle, the pleasantly undulating 9-hole course offers views of the ocean all year round, with cooling breezes in summer. Known as Home of the WA Open, Meadow Springs (Ph: 9581 6002) is a championship golf course rated amongst the top three courses in WA. Located 75km south of Perth near Mandurah, Meadow Springs boasts several restaurants and bars.

Motorised carts are available for hire at the more upmarket clubs, although you may need proof of membership of another golf club to hire them. The courses mentioned hire out equipment and offer tuition, although you may need to book in advance. Many have well stocked pro shops. Call and check before planning your visit, since golf is a popular pastime here in WA. Also ask for details of any dress requirements since these do sometimes apply. Several centres offer special rates to pensioners.

Other enquiries about golfing in this State may be directed to the WA Golf Association on (Ph: 9367 2490).

Lake Karrinyup Country Club
North Beach Rd
Karrinyup, WA, 6018
Phone: (08) 9422 8222
Private Club
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Collier Park Golf Course
Hayman Rd
Como, WA, 6152
Phone: (08) 9484 1666
Public Course
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Point Walter Public Golf Course
Honour Ave
Bicton, WA, 6157
Phone: (08) 9330 3262
Public Course
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Cottesloe Golf Club
173 Alfred Rd Swanbourne
Phone: (08) 9384 3222
Private Club
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Royal Perth Golf Club
Labouchere Rd
South Perth, WA, 6151
Phone: (08) 6436 4900
Private Club
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Fremantle Public Golf Club
Montreal St
Fremantle, WA, 6160
Phone: (08) 9336 3933
Public Course
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Seaview Golf Club
Jarrad Street
Cottesloe, WA, 6011
Phone: (08) 9384 0471
Private Club
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The Vines
Verdelho Drive
The Vines, WA, 6069
Phone: (08) 9297 3000
Public Course
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Joondalup Country Club
Country Club Boulevard
Connolly, WA, 6027
Phone: (08) 9400 8888
Public Course
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Canning Vale Country Club
15 Baile Road
Canning Vale, WA 6155
Phone: (08) 9455 6357
Public Course
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Lake Claremont Golf Course
Lapsley Road
Claremont, WA
Phone: (08) 9384 2887
Public Course
Wembley Golf Complex
200 The Boulevard
Wembley Downs
Phone: (08) 6280 1333
Public Course
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Whaleback Golf Course
Whaleback Ave
Parkwood, WA, 6147
Phone: (08) 9457 8999
Public Course
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The Links, Kennedy Bay
Lot 199 Port Kennedy Drive
Port Kennedy
Phone: (08) 9524 5991
Public Course
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