Mandurah Country Club
The Mandurah Country Club is a part of Western Australia’s famous golf coast. The course is a hidden gem located right in the heart of the city of Mandurah.
It offers a beautiful parkland setting where the fairways are lined with majestic eucalyptus trees. It is also home to a family of kangaroos who will add an extra obstacle to your round.
THE STORY BEHIND MANDURAH COUNTRY CLUB
The origins of Mandurah Country Club date back to when the city was just a small fishing and farming village back in 1960. To raise capital for the club, debentures were issued and in the space of three months, 146 men and women had invested.
Still, there was only enough money raised to build the first nine holes that were opened for play in 1961. The remaining nine holes were eventually created in 1964. Both nines were originally designed by a retired farmer and keen golfer of the region, Murray Dawson.
His work would be appreciated by the likes of major winners Sam Snead and Tom Weiskopf who attended celebrity golf days. It was also the host of The Halls Head Western Open from 1981-1983 that saw the country’s best golfers attend.
In 1995, Greg Simmonds upgraded the course in what would be a six-year project. He replaced the fairway grass with Santa Ana couch, reshaped the greens as well as added 40 new bunkers.
THE MANDURAH COUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSE
The Mandurah Country Club course begins with a tricky initiation. The par-4 1st plays off elevated tees to a downhill dogleg right. The only real option is to lay-up on the left, anything right will land on the next green!
As you head back toward the clubhouse, the 9th will make you work for your halfway drinks. It is a tough uphill par-4 that has a few sand traps plotted around the hole. This makes for a tricky approach, which is best placed short of the hole.
The fairways seem to narrow through the back nine with precise tee shots required to hit the fairways. The 13th and the 15th, in particular, will be tough to handle as they dogleg at tight angles.
The course ends on a strong finishing hole. It is a 488-metre par-5 that doglegs around to the left with a huge gradient up to the green guarded by bunkers. Missing the green upon approach will leave you with a very difficult recovery.
THE SIGNATURE HOLE
The 6th hole at Mandurah Country Club is the club’s bittersweet signature. It was named in Western Australia’s top 18 holes not only for its beautiful look, but it’s underlying toughness.
This par-3 runs 221 metres from the championship tee making it a long slog for members come time for the Monthly Medallist. The best place to land is beyond the pin with a swale protecting the front of the green.
DID YOU KNOW
Mandurah Country Club has unearthed some of Australia’s best golfing talent.
First was Jarrod Moseley. He was a winner of the 1999 European Tour event the Heineken Classic where he beat Els and Langer by a stroke. He would win the 2002 Australian PGA Champs and narrowly go down in a play-off for the Australian Masters a year later.
The second was Jason Scrivener who currently plays on the European Tour. He won the New South Wales Open in 2017, where he set the best score in the tournament’s history with a 24 under par.