Perth’s Best Tests of Golf
For visitors to Perth wanting to play not only the best courses available, but also those that will provide the sternest test of their golf game, here are the six toughest courses in the Perth region and what we believe a 16 handicapper would likely shoot from the back markers.
Joondalup Country Club
Lakes and Quarry courses. Playing 5926 metres from the back tees, golfers playing this resort course may think the wide fairways and large greens would be conducive to low scores. Reality is, tee shots need to be accurate and approach shots need to find the right part of the green to avoid tricky breaks which can confuse even those well accustomed to the nuances of the putting surfaces at Joondalup. 16 handicapper score. 92
All 18 holes and 5953 metres of Araluen Country Club are as memorable as they are challenging. With dramatic changes in elevation on many of the holes and trouble on either side of the fairways, players new to Araluen may leave a lot of shots and golf balls out on the course, but no-one ever leaves without the desire to return for another crack at what is one of WA’s most scenic and tranquil golf adventures. 16 Handicapper score - 92
The sister course to Joondalup Country Club, Meadow Springs has 18 holes of truly memorable golf and not a ‘bad’ hole to be played. The large breaking greens can leave very testing putts when approach shots are not hit to the right portion of the putting surface. Tee shots need to find the preferred side of the fairway and undulating lies on many of the pristine fairways can make what looks like a simple approach shot much more difficult than it may first appear. Four lakes, 67 bunkers and 6189 metres make Meadow Springs a terrific golfing challenge. 16 handicapper score - 93
A true links style course, Kennedy Bay is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Its 18 holes measure more than 6400 metres and although the firm fairways provide extra yardage and run from the tee, the 110 bunkers and elevated greens make this course a challenge in calm conditions and a brute when playing in the prevailing afternoon breeze. First time players will learn a lot about themselves and their golf game and no matter what their final score, will always want to come back to Kennedy Bay for another round. 16 Handicapper score – 95.
Western Australia’s championship course and the current home of the Perth International Golf Championship. Huge greens and wide fairways can provide players with a false sense of confidence and playing from the back tees requires accurate tee shots and good iron play in order to put together any sort of a respectable round. Some of Australian golf’s best bunkering, along with water hazards and fast greens make one of the finest courses in Australia a must play and a talking point for all visitors to the region lucky enough to play here. 6531 metres from the back tees. 16 Handicapper score – 96
Located just an hour south of Perth city and with its fairways running along some of the states most rugged coastline, this links course is rated by many locals and visitors to Western Australia as the states toughest test of golf. The afternoon breeze can make many of the already hard holes, with blind tee shots and slick greens one of the best golfing challenges anywhere. Average shots which, on most other courses would still be in play are punished severely and golfers that find the fairway with their drive need to be super accurate with their approach shots to hit greens in regulation. A fine course and one that will always lure players back again and again to tackle the many holes they would play differently the next time around. 6385 metres from back tees. 16 handicapper score - 97.
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