The outback town of Kalgoorlie was founded during the Yilgarn-Goldfields Gold Rush in the early 1890s and it lies amidst harsh, somewhat inhospitable, desert terrain in the centre of Western Australia.
A primitive course was established by Goldfields Golf Club members in 1899 so golf has been played in these parts for well over a century. The club is still going strong, operating nowadays from the new Graham Marsh-designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course, which opened in 2010.
Today, the layout extends to 6,768 yards from the back tees, playing to a par of 72, and the nines have been reversed (apart from the closing hole on each circuit) since the course was first unveiled. Highlight holes include the left doglegging short par four 3rd (“Midas Touch”) and the longest of the par threes at the intriguingly-named 17th (“No place for a Lady”).
A number of holes are named after people who helped develop the area and bring prosperity to the town down the years through their work in the local mining industry. It’s rather fitting then for Kalgoorlie-born Graham Marsh to have the right doglegged 18th (”Swampy's Finish”) named in his honour as he helps the town towards a new era of economic success.
Kalgoorlie offers a unique golfing experience like no other course in Australia. Sitting in the red earth of the goldfield, Kalgoorlie serves up outback golf at its very best. It is fair to say that Kalgoorlie is possibly the best public access golf course in Australia.
About a seven-hour drive to the east of Perth in the heart of Western Australia, you will find the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie. Kalgoorlie is the home of the Super Pit, the largest open gold mine in the country it also has a second treasure, an oasis of green the Graham Marsh designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course.
The fairways stand out as vivid green against a backdrop of endless red earth. Eucalyptus trees abound, many wind-beaten providing nothing more than pleasing vistas rather than shade from the sun. Plenty of Kangaroos call the course home with mother and Joeys bouncing around the edges of the course.
The course itself provides an endless golfing challenge to all levels of player. It is hard to pick a favourite hole on this course, every one enjoyable to play. The 218m Par three 17th hole stands out because into the wind it is all carry to the green (I had to take a driver). And the famous triple stepped green on the 18th is worth a mention being on the correct tier is key to achieving a decent score on the hole.
Kalgoorlie golf course is exceptional; sitting on par with the likes of Joondalup and Karrinyup for the title of the Best course in Western Australia, it will only get better with age. No visit to the goldfields would be complete without an attempt to conquer this true Aussie beauty.
This review catches your attention: “possibly the best public access golf course in Australia”. This site must have around 40 odd public access courses currently ranked higher than Kalgoorlie. Is it really flying that far under the radar?
I played the front 9 in mid winter and the course was in very good condition. It is a typical Graham Marsh course that is very pleasing to the eye and a pretty strategic test. Can recommend.