Good news everyone! You no longer have to be one of the darlings of so-called the city fathers to enjoy golf. Indeed, once the domain of gentlemen pros and nobody else, it’s a sport that’s fast becoming popular amongst people of all ages and skill level. And it’s no hard to see why, with our ever-growing desire to get outside into the fresh air, clock off from the digital world and get active, golf is becoming a great and more inclusive option to do all these things and more.
Fortunately for us, Perth and its surrounds are filled with some of this country’s best golf courses, and you’re in luck because they want you. If in the past you were scared off by membership requirements and fuddy duddy gatekeepers, fear not! Getting out onto the course isn’t just better for your Vitamin D intake and fitness, it’s better for the financial viability of golf courses in the long run, and we’re sure these favourites below will welcome you with open arms:
Wembley Golf Course
Wembley Golf Course proclaims to be Australia’s best public golf course, and to be fair it’s pretty hard to argue. 36 holes, a huge two-story automated driving range with spectacular city views, an epic mini golf course (perfect for date night) and a stellar 19th hole AKA the bar, it’s got something for every level of golfer. It’s also only a pitching wedge from the city centre, so you’ve really got no excuse.
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Araluen Golf Resort
Nestled amongst the Roleystone Hills 40kms south east of the city, Araluen Golf Resort would have to be one of Australia’s most picturesque courses – seriously, you’d just be stoked to go for a walk around its lush 18 holes. Dodging native Australia wild life, it can be a tricky course for those just starting out, but totally worth your time just for the adventure. Wait til you see their signature #16 Par 3:
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Collier Park, just 10 minutes out of the CBD across from Curtin University, is one of Perth’s best value and most diverse courses. With three individual 9-hole courses each providing their own challenges, they’ve got a huge driving range and a great team of professionals ready to get your golf game going no matter what level you’re at.
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Maylands Peninsula Golf Course
Set against epic views of Perth City and Optus Stadium, Maylands golf course is another central gem. Nice and flat, with gentle undulations and a bunch of lakes, don’t let the lack of hills fool you into thinking it’s a cakewalk. Their green fees are fantastically priced, and if you finish up on a Wednesday arvo grab a $10 steak from their Swanbank Bar & Café.
Photo via @tonyyraph
Secret Harbour Golf Links
For those looking to get coastal and a little further out of the big smoke, Secret Habour Golf Links is amongst the 25 best public courses in Australia. You’ll also feel like a real old school golfer, with the course based on traditional Scottish courses. They do a great signature package that includes 18 holes, a motorised cart and brasserie lunch.
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Whaleback Golf Course
A quick 20 minute trip out of the CBD in Parkwood, Whaleback has been a Perth staple for decades. Like Wembley it too features a two-story day/night driving range, and if you want to get real deep into your game it has the TopTracer Range analyser. Carts are reasonably priced, and if you fancy a quick hit before sundown their twilight sessions are ridiculously cheap.
Photo via @geeza1982
Point Walter Golf Course
If 18 holes feels a little daunting for you, don’t worry because Perth also has some great shorter options too, including Point Walter Golf Course. Tracking along our iconic Swan River, the views are some of the best you’ll find in Perth, and they also offer one-off lessons if you’re looking for a little touch-up before getting started.
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Lancelin Golf Club
This one’s more of a day trip option, but after spending the morning fishing or surfing up in Lancelin, why not hit the greens at Lancelin Golf Club? As relaxed as the coastal locale in which it resides, they’re more than happy for you to just turn up and go for a hit. There’s only 9 greens, but you can play it as 18 holes and both options only cost $20.
Photo via @jezzreilly
Hamersley Public Golf Course
Another short trip north of the city, Hamersley Public Golf Course in Karrinyup is a great one for those with a higher handicap. Excellent value, especially during the week (and if you’re splashing a concession card around), it’s long, winding green fairways make for the perfect midweek escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Photo via @mikeyscia
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