The Perth suburb of Cottesloe – famed for its beaches, cafés and relaxed lifestyle – is where the Cottesloe Golf Club was formed in 1908. The membership quickly outgrew the original, confined 9-hole site (still used by Sea View Golf Club) and so they decamped to a larger property at Swanbourne in 1931 where a course was soon fashioned amongst the scrub and sand hills by club professional David Anderson.
The Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrott design company made significant changes to the layout in the early 1980s when the club lost part of the course to outside development and in more recent times, Graham Marsh – former Cottesloe club champion and now acclaimed architect – carried out a number of improvements in time for the club’s centenary in 2008.
The course begins with a straightforward, short par four to help ease golfers into their round. Thereafter, things get a little tougher. Hole 3 is not so benign, a 436-yard par four with out of bounds to the right of the fairway and the 6th hole plays uphill, doglegging right to a green with a pronounced right to left slope.On the inward half, the par fives at holes 14 and 17 – each with intimidating fairway bunkers – are very demanding whilst the 407-yard 18th is played uphill all the way to a green that slopes from front to back.
Cottesloe is rightly up there as one of the best courses in WA, in my humble opinion it is ranked too low both in the State and Australia wide rankings.
You get a false sense of security as you stand on the 1st, a short par four with well placed bunkers, rough that sucks up your ball and a well defended green. From then on things only get better and better is an understatement, Cottesloe has it all. The endless vistas standing on elevated tees blow you away. It is a hard slog round this course but it is immaculate, there isn't a blade of grass out of place.
The undulating terrain makes this course feel a lot longer than it is, well placed tee shots are a must to have any chance of being on the green in regulation. Cottesloe stands out in a state that has so many impressive golf courses. If you get the opportunity to play here I highly recommend it.
Although Cottesloe GC was originally formed in 1908 as a 9 hole course, it moved to the current site in 1931 when the club pro David Anderson set up the course. In the 1980’s Thomson Wolveridge & Perrett were engaged to undertake a significant remodelling of the course. Since 2008 Graham Marsh has been undergoing further changes, lengthening the course, and tidying up the bunkering.
Cottesloe has kikuyu fairways – never a favourite of mine, but I have to admit they present as one of the better playing surfaces I have come across. The kikuyu is cut so tight that it is hard to pick a blade to test the wind, and the ball sits beautifully.
It’s one of the premier golf clubs in Western Australia, and a privilege to play. The course is immaculately presented, and whilst not overly long, it presents a strong challenge for any golfer.
It is hilly and with the kikuyu those with lower ball flights will find it plays longer than the card, and it is a pretty solid walk as well! Highly recommended!
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
The first course I played whilst on holidays in December 2015. This course is very underrated in my opinion.
Stunning elevation and directional change help enhance this course, beautifully set in the hills high above the famous beach suburb of it's name sake.
Great bunkering can be seen at Cottesloe and it's a credit to the superintendent that they can keep it looking so sharp considering the dryer, warmer climate that this course entails year in, year out.
Well worth the trip from Perth to play here :)