Known locally as “The Gem of the North,” the course at Wanneroo Golf Club lies around half an hour’s drive north from Perth city centre. It was founded in the early 1970s by a group of golfers who were unhappy with the standard of public golf facilities in the northern suburbs, and since then the club has gone from strength to strength.
Occupying a compact 115-acre property on the outskirts of the Banksia Grove suburb, the course was designed by Bob Green and Murray Dawson and constructed to a very high standard by club volunteers and sponsors, its tree-lined fairways becoming the first fully irrigated holes in Western Australia when they opened for play on 14th March 1973.
The course has enjoyed plenty of tournament play in recent years. It previously hosted the Western Australian PGA Championship in 2003, which was won by home favourite Kim Felton, and since then it has co-hosted with Lake Karrinyup the early rounds of both the men’s and women’s Australian Amateur Championships.
The extension of the freeway has made the drive to Wanneroo that little bit quicker. It is still a trek that takes you out into the bush north of Perth. But once you arrive there is an oasis of green to welcome you, you won't be disappointed. You might even get lucky and have Hawk training jets flying low overhead out of RAAF Pearce.
With tall trees, plenty of dog-legs and true greens on the golf course, most holes have been open fairways and are pretty forgiving. Errant balls can end up in challenging positions in the rough or behind monstrous gum trees. The course is always in superb condition when playing you can make allowances on the hottest of days when yellow patches appear on the fairways. It can easily hit 45 degrees at Wanneroo during the summer; this must present ongoing challenges to the greens staff.
The greens aren't the fastest in Perth but are pure; they present a challenge with devilish breaks and, nuanced contours. Combined this gives all golfers a never-ending putting challenge even when you hit a green in regulation. Sometimes walking off a green with a two-putt is an impressive achievement.
Wanneroo presents you with 18 holes of enjoyable and challenging golf, make sure you pack the sunscreen and wide-brimmed hat when you make the journey out into the wilds just north of Perth.