The fairways have been completely replaced and replanted with grasses suitable for the arid circumstances of an Island golf course. The putting greens have been re designed and the sand greens as they were, are now, as they should be, green.
The now family friendly bowling green has been upgraded and re-surfaced and is available every day of the week. Come out and hire the bowls and create your own family competition whilst you are staying on the island.
Sharp dog-leg left par 4 measuring 300 metres from
the mens, this hole provides the big hitters with a chance
to hit the green (depending on whether or not the seabreeze is in). For those more ‘sensible’ golfers, a long iron to the corner will leave you
a short iron into a green exposed to the elements.
The course’s only par 5, and what a hole
it is. Only 442 metres from the back,
this is a genuine 3 shot hole for most
golfers. Lateral water lines the right side
of the fairway, catching any drive that is
slightly errant. Those long enough may
reach the corner in 1, although the dogleg
approach uphill into a well-protected
green will prove tricky. Be sure to take an
extra club, as you won’t want to be short
on this green.
Teeing off from Brennan’s View gives a stunning
view back over towards Garden Lake, and a great
overview of the course. A fairly straightforward
par 4 that is quite long, measuring 374 from
the back markers. A seasonal creek meanders
across the fairway, during summer you’ll be
inclined to take it on and hope for it to roll
through, in winter however there will be waterso
club selection is critical off the tee. The
fairway narrows toward the green, which in itself
provides one of the more challenging surfaces.
Another tricky par 4, a
little over 350 metres, the
same creek to navigate as
the 3rd. This hole however
will be decided on the
putting green. A 3 tired
monster that has to be
seen to be believed, you’ll
be chasing a 2-putt and
A driveable par 4 for the big hitters,
only 324 metres and downhill,
although go for the green at your
own peril, hit it left and you will never
see your ball again. The ‘sensible’
play is to lay up short of the creek,
leaving a 70-80 metre approach to
the undulating green. Good position
on the green will reward you with an
achievable putt- get it wrong and you
are staring down a 3 whack.
One of the hardest holes when
played at maximum length of
180m, this par 3 provides a
challenging test for all players.
Should you manage to navigate
the narrow chute of tea trees off
the tee, you are again met with a
green that will only reward you
should you hit it to the right area.
Beware, this hole has broken
many a good rounds of golf.
Another hole providing sweeping panoramic views
of the course and the nearby Mount Herschel.
Although not overly long (328 metres), if you
aren’t accurate off the tee you will record a high
score. Left is dead here, automatically reload if
you venture into the dunes- you won’t find your
ball. The 7th is also home to ‘McNab’ (named after
club legend Cam McNab who never seemed to
miss it). A very shallow but wide green awaits you,
with 2 distinct areas you must be sure to be on
the right side if you are any chance of a 2 putt.
The shortest par 4 on the course at 281
metres, long hitters need to think twice
before taking this on. The green is well
protected by an old army firing range,
which is prone to swallowing balls in its
midst. Most players will have enough
trouble negotiating ‘Lockey’s Lake’ (named
after club life member and former Island
sergeant Merv Lockhart). The green
is relatively deep, allowing aggressive
approaches at front flag positions.
Measuring 163 from the back
tee, this hole is equally as
tough as the par-3 6th hole.
Most players will find a long
iron needed to reach the
green, followed by careful
placement to the right area
of the green, with its 3 tiers
providing an epic finish to
Western Australia’s most
unique golfing experience.