Owned and operated by the Ainslie Group, one of the leading hospitality groups in Canberra, the 18-hole layout at Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club (known locally as “The Lakes”) first opened for public play in 1996, so it’s one of the newest golf facilities in the Australian Capital Territory.
Co-designed by Ted Parslow and Jamie Dawson of Enviro Links Design Pty Ltd, the course was renovated only a decade after opening when Jamie Dawson returned to add new bunkers, upgrade tees with ornamental stone walls and landscaping, as well as install new cart paths.
The course is characterised by lakes and creeks, with water featuring on many of the holes, particularly on the back nine. The toughest hole is kept until last at the 417-metre 18th, where a pond cuts in on the right side as the fairway bends gently towards a heavily sand-protected home green.
A younger parkland course in Canberra's northern suburbs, with plenty of lakes and creeks in play as it's name would suggest. The design is interesting but conditioning used to be the biggest let down, but over the past few years the course has come along very nicely. The course is fairly short but the presence of the hazards means that shot-making has to be precise. I think the standout feature of the course is the short par 4 holes which offer so many options.
Gungahlin Lakes is a serious contender as the third best course in the ACT region.