Designed by Brian Crafter in the early 1980s, the 18-hole layout at Lakeland Country Club lies half an hour’s drive from Perth city centre in the northern suburb of Gnangara, close to the sparkling waters of Lake Gnangara, the most southerly of the Wanneroo wetlands.
Fairways occupy around 135 acres of a proposed residential development which is earmarked for the south-eastern portion of the property but, even when the housing is built, it will have only a minimal visual impact on the golf taking place within the adjacent main paddock.
Feature holes include the par four 3rd and 4th along the northern perimeter, where both green sites have been significantly remodelled. 3On the back nine, the 143-metre 3rd is regarded as the signature hole, playing over a triangular shaped pond to a raised plateau green.
Terry Gale completed an extensive course upgrade at the end of 2020.
Lakelands GM Murray Paul updated us in February 2021 on the renovation work carried out by Terry Gale:
“The whole process was a five year undertaking. All greens and surrounds were changed. Bunker size, shape, positions were changed. We added fairway bunkers to all but one hole. We redesigned our signature hole completely with an enlarged lake and a different playing direction.
The course par remains the same, but some individual hole pars have changed. We are now finished with major works and can concentrate on growing grass and keeping out weeds. We have also put more effort into environmental endeavours that any other in town.
This has cost us a small fortune but has been a benefit to the course conditions and maintenance effort.”