Joondalup is a true golfing experience, from the first to the last you will need to be on top of your game. All three combinations of holes will challenge even the best golfers and you will come away knowing that you tried to tame one of the best courses in the country.
The quarry layout on all three holes leads to an abundance of great and feature golf holes. All three nines kick off with daunting par fours that are either stroke index one or two depending on your combination. All three have the ability to set the tone for what is to come. Perfectly manicured fairways, large well placed bunkers and as many rise and falls as Reginald Perrin present a challenge and a test to all golfers; add into the mix monster greens that can leave you with a 30m plus putt after hitting them in regulation and you have a course that sets the bar so high that few in Australia reach or exceed it.
Each nine has stand out holes, on the Quarry you have the 2nd a par four with elevated tees, a huge bunker sitting well below you that eat balls for breakfast and then from around bunker a 140m uphill shot onto a blind stepped green. This is followed by everyone's favourite a short par three where everything between the tee and green is out of bounds quarry, anything remotely going right will be punished. The 4th a longish par five can only be described as spectacular, a long drive is needed to have any chance of getting onto the elevated green in two, this hole has a double dogleg and as the fairway rises into the distance on the second part there is also a 120m long bunker if hit leaves you facing a sheer cliff face.
The Lakes is a different beast, it has the highest sections of the course which brings the wind off the Indian Ocean into play. The par four 5th and 7th are the two stand out holes for me. The 5th is a downhill shot with a split fairway, too far to the left and what seems like endless bunkers are there to meet you, the right is the way to go but anything wayward will leave a challenging shot in. The 7th is your classic risk reward hole, take on the wind with your driver and you could be sitting pretty with less than 150m into a massive green, but a random gust can push your shot anywhere off target. The par five 9th is a lovely hole, downhill with water for the final 150m to your left and perfectly placed bunkers to the right close to the green, make this hole the perfect ending to any game.
Then we come to the Dunes, and this nine has a few tricks up its sleeve. I really like the par 4 2nd hole, a downhill drive to an elevated green with a perfectly placed tree between the two, with bunkers to the left and right making a par here is even my satisfying. The par three 4th is a great golfers hole and anything right could be rewarded with a lucky bounce off the quarry face onto the green. The par four 6th hole is a nice challenge, what seems like a good drive could disappear into the bush without you knowing and leave you looking in the wrong place, the tee is blind and you are playing downhill to and elevated green.
When you put any combination together at Joondalup you have a course that should rightly sit in the top echelons of golf courses in Australia and in my humble opinion its current rating is a joke and does not reflect how good this course really is!
Date: April 30, 2019