Wonderful weather, pristine beaches and an easy-going character
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, 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. Glen Iris Country Club is located 15 minutes south of the city at Jandakot. The magnificent course was designed by Michael Coates, WA's leading golf architect, making a round definitely worth while. An easy 25-minute drive along Freeway North, the beautiful Joondalup Country Club 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 which is set in a picturesque pine plantation five minutes from the city, in Como. Located alongside the Burswood Resort Complex, the Burswood Park Public Golf Course is also convenient for city visitors. 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 City of Perth Golf Complex in Floreat. Then there is Lake Claremont Public Golf Course which offers day and night playing, barbecue facilities and low fees. For those staying at Rendezvous Observation City, the Hamersley Public Golf Course 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 Municipal Golf Course 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 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.