The coastal town of Mandurah is located within an hour’s drive south of Perth and it has grown in recent times from a small holiday community to the second largest urban area in Western Australia, attracting a sizeable number of visitors to its beaches, waterways and golf courses.
One of only a handful of Robert Trent Jones II designs in Australia – the others being the earlier 1980s layouts at Joondalup, National, Cape Shanck and Coolum – the Meadow Springs course is laid out over gently undulating, open bushland with many of the fairways bounded by tall Tuart trees.
The 18 holes opened for play in 1993 and they're routed in a figure of eight around four sparkling lakes in two returning loops of nine, and no two fairways run parallel to each other. The course may be busy, but once the round begins, golfers play in virtual isolation to each other.The trio of doglegged holes from the 5th to 7th comprises a fine stretch on the front nine but the signature hole on the card is found on the back nine and this hole, the 524-yard, par five, 15th commands impressive views of the property from an elevated tee position.
We played Meadow Springs on a pretty grim Winter's day, but the experience wasn't spoiled. Some lovely holes especially later on in the back nine and I'd be happy going back here any time we're in the area (more than can be said for The Cut down the road). Also wonderful practice facilities, I could spend all day around the practice chipping green and massive putting green. Very friendly and efficient staff in the compact clubhouse.