Western Australia’s premier golf course is known to interstate and international viewers through the succession of top-tier tournaments held at the Perth club, including February’s World Super 6 Perth. Framed by a large lake and with fairways riding the considerable slopes of the land around it, Lake Karrinyup is a quintessential West Australian golf course with the flora and fauna to match. Alex Russell’s original design received a facelift at the hands of Michael Clayton’s design firm a decade ago, reviving many of the best parts of the 90-year-old layout.
Long regarded as a right-to-left player’s course, Karrinyup owns far more intricacies than just a series of right-turning doglegs. The bunkering style – rugged and resplendent – is a vitally strategic element of the design, as are the numerous elevation changes. Repeatedly throughout the round players face uphill, downhill and sidehill approaches (and often a combination of the three) in a supreme test of wits and ball-striking prowess. To play Perth’s premier course is a test of golf intuition and navigation.
Lake Karrinyup Country Club
Ranking in 2018: 17th
Prior rankings: 15th (2016), 9th (2014), 11th (2012), 12th (2010), 19th (2008), 15th (2006), 7th (2004), 14th (2002), 11th (2000), 10th (1998), 10th (1996), 6th (1994), 8th (1991), 7th (1989), First Ten (1986)
Where: North Beach Rd, Karrinyup WA 6018
Phone: (08) 9422 8222