Rottnest Island Country Club

History

The year was 1959. Des Sullivan, a highly decorated wartime pilot was installed as the new Island Manager. He loved the game of golf and thought a golf course on this favourite holiday destination for Western Australians was a must. It took some time to convince the original Rottnest Island Board.

On February 3, 1960 approval was given to go ahead and lay out 9 holes. The official opening of the club was scheduled for August 20, 1961, and two West Australian Newspaper identities Paul Rigby and Bernie Kirwan Ward were invited to open the course.

Based on these foundations, the golf course has provided golfers with a thrilling 9-hole layout for over 50 years.

In 2013, the Rottnest Island Authority, under the guidance of Chairman John Driscoll, authorised the most impressive refurbishment in its history, labelled by some as the greatest ever enhancement to Rottnest Island.

The original sand greens and artificial tee boxes made way for new grass greens, tees and fairways. The redesign was completed by renowned Australian golf architect Ben Davey of Davey-Shearer Architects. A state of the art irrigation system was installed to ensure the course become a world-class golfing facility.

These new renovations have given the Country Club a new lease of life, with multiple teeing positions on all 9 holes providing golfers of all abilities an enjoyable experience whether playing 9 or 18 holes. The layout is unique, and unlike any golf course on the mainland.

In addition to the golf course, lies an artificial lawn bowling green, licensed clubhouse and full function facilities.

We invite you to come and experience one of Western Australia’s most unique golf courses, in the idyllic setting of Rottnest.

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