I had the privilege of playing Karrinyup with the Super 6 set-up. It really was a golfing test for everyone who took part. The course was immaculate, it is easy to see why this exceptional course hosts major golfing events, making it the best around in WA.
Every hole is a challenge, you play a hole and wonder why or even how it is stroke index 17 or 18 on the card. 200m par three holes, par four holes bordering on par fives at most other courses and a not too intimidating 560m par five. Add into the mix well-placed water in and around holes and the giant Lake Karrinyup itself and excellent layout starts to come to life.
Karrinyup is an awesome physical and golf workout, so many blind shots at tees hidden by the undulating terrain, an abundance of doglegs that only the most talented of golfers can cut. The real adventure around this course is the challenge of playing to your handicap (37 points won the competition with over 100 people in the field). The fairways are outstanding, the run you get on your ball makes a fade look like a good shot. Perfectly placed bunkers that suck up ball after ball, the run in and around the greens leads everything but the perfect shot into the sand and you are then faced with the added challenge of stopping your ball on the green.
The greens are out of this world, hard and fast any error in approach is punished and only the best will hold near the pin. Wayward balls will end up long or in the sand. Getting onto the green was the first challenge, now you look towards the hole and wonder how much it will turn. Judging how far left or right you need to play is a talent and speed in an understatement, even uphill putts go long without too much effort.
Based on my round and comparing with some of the awesome sand belt courses I have played, Karrinyup is done an injustice by not being in the Australian Top 10.
Date: February 19, 2019