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.
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.