Gosnells Golf Club is located between the Perth suburbs of Canning Vale and Southern River, about 20 kilometres southeast of the central business district. The club relocated here in the early 1960s (after nearly 20 years at nearby Maddington) with Murray Dawson setting out a new 18-hole course.
Occupying a property of around 125 acres, this tight, tree-lined track extends to 5,921 metres from the back tees, playing to a par of 70. The shorter outward half features three par threes measuring between 134 and 197 metres, while the inward half concludes with the longest (and toughest) of the three par fives on the scorecard.
One of the country’s greatest golfers, Graham Marsh, played at Gosnells in his early amateur days, winning the handicap championship within twelve months of joining the club. He went on to claim more than sixty titles as a professional before returning as a course architect in the mid-1990s to remodel the layout.
Highlight holes include the 162-metre 9th (played across water to a two-tiered, raised green positioned next to the clubhouse), the right doglegged 12th (rated stroke index 1, located in the north corner of the property), and the 505-metre 18th, where the shallow home green sits immediately behind a little lake.
Ahhh Gosnells. A place that has beaten me up so many times!! One of Perth’s toughest layouts, and I’d say the most consistently well conditioned too. The greens strike fear into most, regularly rolling at 13/14 on the stimp metre, bunkering is excellent, and a great collection of holes. Should be in the top 10 and I would rate this above Royal Perth, Royal Freo, Cott and Mount Lawley and it is up there with LKCC and WAGC as the best in the metropolitan area.
Maybe i am a bit bias as I been a member here for some 31 years and have seen many changes to the course over those years, and what they have done has improved the course.
Not a long course in today's standing, but in the summer months with the Freo doctor blowing this courses changes totally.
The opening par 4 which is drive able by the big hitters to the 5 par 3 this course challenges every aspect of your game.
The course is in great condition and with a good pro shop, and excellent service in the club house, any golfer who is looking to play a great course in Perth you cant go wrong by playing here.
Tight and short are great ways describe Gosnells. On paper you get a false sense on security that you will come away with a decent score, this soon changes on the 1st, a shortish par 4, that has more sand than the Sahara desert. Every bunker is within range of each club you might choose. Once you walk away at your tail between your legs you realise that a good golfing experience will be had.
Gosnells serves up good golf holes, never too long and lots of par three in the mix but don't be fooled they each present a challenge. The greens could be better but overall the course has it all. I liked the par three 9th, uphill and depending on the time of year water on your left, a decent shot is a must as the hidden bunker can suck you ball like a magnet.
The over hill 10th is a tricky par four that requires two decent shots to be on or around the green. The 16th, 17th and 18th are a great combination of holes that each tests a golfer in their own ways. 16th is a dogleg par 4 that requires an accurate tee shot. The 17 another par 4 is straight up hill with perfectly placed trees to block what you think is a decent drive and finishing is a par 5 that requires well positioned shots to be on a tricked up green, with water to the front right (depending on the time of year).
Any golfing trip to Perth should include a cheeky round at Gosnells.