Mount Lawley Golf Club
Perth’s Mount Lawley Golf Club is one of Western Australia’s prestigious sporting clubs. The private golf course is conveniently located only 15 minutes from the CBD.
Whilst it is not chirped about like other courses in the area, Mount Lawley’s natural features resemble that of the state’s #1 course, Lake Karrinyup.
The club has a very good resume too, regularly hosting the WA Open among other state and national amateur championships. It is also one of only 22 courses in the country that has ranked in Australia’s top 100 courses since it began in 1986.
THE STORY BEHIND MOUNT LAWLEY GOLF CLUB
In 1926, the idea of Mount Lawley Golf Club came to fruition by a group of willing members. They helped clear bushland, weed the fairways and prepare the surface under the guidance of Royal Perth professional, David Anderson.
In 1930, the course was ready for play with only 10 holes laid out. In 1936, the rest of the holes were completed with the next change coming in 1951 when the two nines were reversed to its current route.
In the late 90s, local architect Michael Coate took on a length restoration program to prime the club for the Australian Amateur championships in 2003. His work propelled the course to 16th in the country, the highest it has ever ranked.
THE MOUNT LAWLEY COURSE
The key to a good score at Mount Lawley Golf Club is accuracy. It is a little tighter than what golfers might be comfortable playing with. The tree-lined fairways are narrow and offer small landing areas with subtle undulations, however there’s some relief in the size of the greens.
In saying all that, the first hole is anything but narrow. It is a nice confidence-building hole before the challenge really begins. Cue the 2nd hole. As you step up to the tee, you are immediately intimidated by a narrow blind tee shot over the hill.
From “over the hill” to “bunker hill”, the par-3 6th promises to excite as you swing towards a two-tiered green protected by bunkers. Closing the front nine is a long par-5 stretching 500 metres from the men’s tees. Shaped in a boomerang, this hole feels like it curves forever depending on how far you can hit.
Over to the back nine, “the tenth”, much like the 1st hole, provides a great birdie chance with minimal challenge and generous landing space from the tee. This time around you know what layout to expect with the rest of the nine, particularly the 12th which plays very similar to the 9th with its sweeping dogleg.
The closing holes are epic. The short par-4 16th, called ‘the trap’, will entice big hitters to get to the green in one through the trees and heavy scrub. Meanwhile, the 18th features two strategic fairway bunkers and a lightning-quick green to cause a little havoc to your scorecard.
THE SIGNATURE HOLE
You will love the par-3 13th. Named ‘Commonwealth’, it is the shortest hole on the card and it will have you play to a green that’s designed in the shape of Australia.
While a birdie looks likely, the 13th can turn into a bogey real quick. The wind has more of an effect here than any other hole on the course and, much like the Aussie landscape, there is plenty of undulation on the green.
The best tip is to aim for Alice Springs!
DID YOU KNOW
Mount Lawley is one of the few clubs in the country who has produced a major winner.
In 2019, Hannah Green won the Women’s PGA Championship by one stroke in Minnesota to become the first Aussie to win a major since Adam Scott. Even better, it was her first professional win!
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