Lakewood Shores, home to Binningup Golf Club, is arguably Australia’s best 9-hole course, compared by commentators to Pacific Grove in California. Designed by Michael Coate in 1986 this remarkable little beachside course is sheer fun and the par four 4th is all-world.
Mentioned in Tom Doak's Confidential Guide to Golf Courses , having been played by Darius Oliver, who wrote of it having “uncluttered holes arranged in a single loop through gently moving sand dunes and with pleasant coastal outlooks… It developed a following for the quality of its nine holes, along with its ‘honesty box’ green fee system and the fact the course was managed – well – by a single green keeper… Binningup certainly ranks as one of Australia’s best 9-hole courses.”
Sadly Binningup's 9-hole gem shut permanently in April 2020. We're not sure whether the closure was a result of the coronavirus pandemic or other factors. Further details are available at the Harvey-Waroona Reporter.
On the drive down to Binningup from Perth the brooding sky was ominous, the wind sheer on the road should have given us a clue of what was to come, but the first is well protected and walking away with par you have your head held up high, the second a nice par three also is well protected from the oncoming wind. Then we stood on the 3rd, and this hole is on another planet, the wind took at least 50m off our drives making this hole very long indeed.
Then onto the par four 4th, this hole could grace any links course in the world, the wind making this beyond challenging, driving 45 degrees to the left of the fairway to make it on was almost unbelievable.
Lakewood Shores is the best nine hole course I have ever played, you would walk away from playing two nines feeling you had played 18 different holes. Without over egging it this great little course may be the best nine hole course in Australia and really does deserve a place in the top 100!
Take the drive, take on the challenge and you will not be disappointed though you might be a few (maybe a couple of dozen) balls lighter at the end.