Western Australia

Map of Western Australia

Bounded by the Indian Ocean on three sides and bordering the Northern Territory and South Australia on its eastern flank, Western Australia – which has an enormous landmass of over a million square miles – is the largest state by area in Australia. Most of its two and a half million residents live in and around the capital of Perth in the southwest corner of the state, with a large percentage of the population claiming European descendancy.

Golf WA is the amateur governing body for both male and female golfers who are members of over 250 clubs in Western Australia. Men are arranged in 24 districts and women organised into 15 regions. Women golfers were actually quicker off the mark when they established the Western Austrian Ladies Golf Union in 1914, seven years ahead of their male counterparts, the Western Australian Golf Association.

There are several highly regarded old tracks from the 1920s and 1930s to be found in the state, though they’ve all undergone some sort of upgrading work in recent times. The old Alex Russell layout at Lake Karrinyup is best of the bunch, though Cottesloe, Western Australian and Mount Lawley all have their admirers. Of the newer courses that have appeared in the last decade or so, Kennedy Bay and the Cut have received most of the accolades.

Our Western Australia Best In State Rankings were last updated in February 2019. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Western Australia

Lake Karrinyup (Championship)

1st Western Australia - Best in Area

Lake Karrinyup Country Club, "the place where the bush kangaroos graze", has held the Australian Open four times and the lake is an obvious focal point...

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Kennedy Bay

2nd Western Australia - Best in Area

Michael Coate, in conjunction with the late Roger Mackay and Ian Baker-Finch, has created a wonderful modern links course at Kennedy Bay.

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Joondalup (Quarry & Dune)

3rd Western Australia - Best in Area

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Joondalup – "the place of shining waters" – is one of only a handful of golf course projects undertaken in Australia by RTJ2.

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The Cut

4th Western Australia - Best in Area

The Cut Golf Course is named after the nearby Dawesville Channel which was cut into the narrow strip of land separating the Harvey Estuary from the Indian Ocean...

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Meadow Springs

5th Western Australia - Best in Area

The Meadow Springs golf course is laid out over gently undulating, open bushland with many of the fairways bounded by tall Tuart trees.

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Kalgoorlie

6th Western Australia - Best in Area

A primitive course was established by Goldfields Golf Club members in 1899 and the club is still going strong, operating nowadays from the new Graham Marsh-designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course, which opened in 2010.

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Western Australian

7th Western Australia - Best in Area

Unusually, the round at Western Australian Golf Club starts with an intimidating par three, one of five short holes on the card.

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Mount Lawley

8th Western Australia - Best in Area

Mount Lawley Golf Club began in the late 1920s when members cleared the original bushland, prepared the ground, planted trees and weeded the fledgling fairways over a two year period...

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Cottesloe

9th Western Australia - Best in Area

The Perth suburb of Cottesloe – famed for its beaches, cafés and relaxed lifestyle – is where the Cottesloe Golf Club was formed in 1908.

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Sun City

10th Western Australia - Best in Area

Sun City Country Club was formed in the 1970s as a sporting amenity for a new satellite city, with Bob Green and Murray Dawson, the inaugural Club Captain, setting out the course.

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