The coastal town of Mandurah is located within an hour’s drive south of Perth and it has grown in recent times from a small holiday community to the second largest urban area in Western Australia, attracting a sizeable number of visitors to its beaches, waterways and golf courses.
One of only a handful of Robert Trent Jones II designs in Australia – the others being the earlier 1980s layouts at Joondalup, National, Cape Shanck and Coolum – the Meadow Springs course is laid out over gently undulating, open bushland with many of the fairways bounded by tall Tuart trees.
The 18 holes opened for play in 1993 and they're routed in a figure of eight around four sparkling lakes in two returning loops of nine, and no two fairways run parallel to each other. The course may be busy, but once the round begins, golfers play in virtual isolation to each other.The trio of doglegged holes from the 5th to 7th comprises a fine stretch on the front nine but the signature hole on the card is found on the back nine and this hole, the 524-yard, par five, 15th commands impressive views of the property from an elevated tee position.
Meadow Springs serves up a golfing challenge on most holes, from the 12th onwards each hole could grace the best that WA or Australia has to offer. It is an extremely well designed course that uses the terrain to maximise the enjoyment of the layout. The greens are well designed and plenty are well defended, however, many are well trodden and have plenty of pug marks.
The par three 8th is the best hole on the front nine, a decent carry over water is must to make a stepped green with well placed pin positions, short ends up wet and long is punished, there is a safe route down the right, but this will add a short or two to your tally.
The par 4 9th also has water in play this time on your left and right and a decent tee-shot is a must to give you a chance of getting on in two. But it is the back nine where this course comes into its own, after a pretty mundane 10th and 11th the course lights up with challenging hole time and time again.
The par three 16th is an awesome challenge and the up hill 17th well test the best of golfers, the massive green is stepped and many a golfer has come undone with a long put that ends up back at your feet.
Meadow Springs is well worth a visit and really does offer up some good golf with the real chance of a birdie for those brave enough to take on the back nine.
Robert Trent Jones Jnr has certainly left a legacy in Australia with some quality golf designs that are all unique in their own way, and fit the land they sit on. Meadow Springs, which opened in 1993, is no exception.
While the highlight for me is the way the course winds through the trees, Meadow Springs does have a distinctly different character to his other Aussie courses while still displaying traits common to Trent Jones courses. The greens are big and contain significant movement. Reaching the green is only the start of your journey each hole!
Meadow Springs has a nice selection of short par 4’s, doglegs, longer holes, and some impressive water holes thrown in. It’s one of my favourite golfing venues in Western Australia, and is always beautifully groomed.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
Played this course for the first time and it certainly exceeded my expectations! The first 2 holes I played by myself, I usually prefer playing by myself, it's my time away from everything.
At the 3rd hole 2 members in the group ahead asked if I wanted to play with them as they were only playing the front 9. I was hesitant but joined. Well I was rusty on the opening two holes but that all changed from 3 - 9! ended up 4 over which I was pumped about!
The course as a whole though;
Great couch fairways with plenty of roll, greens were interesting without being too tricky. The course seems to flow very well, and you only really tend to see the group in front as the routing means you don't go back on yourself to much. The course is surrounded by beautiful natural Australian bushland with a housing estate tucked in behind.
We played Meadow Springs on a pretty grim Winter's day, but the experience wasn't spoiled. Some lovely holes especially later on in the back nine and I'd be happy going back here any time we're in the area (more than can be said for The Cut down the road). Also wonderful practice facilities, I could spend all day around the practice chipping green and massive putting green. Very friendly and efficient staff in the compact clubhouse.