Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Release your inner Adam Scott: golf holidays

When you’re standing on the manicured fairway in the sunshine, ready to take a well-thought-out swing, it’s hard to imagine a more picturesque sport than golf.

It’s one of the world’s oldest sports and has remained popular for a very good reason – many good reasons, in fact. It’s physical activity, but not so strenuous that it’s antisocial or no longer in the fun category. It’s cleansing for your mind but at the same time keeps you fully engaged. It’s social but also a game you compete against yourself in. It’s also a sport for all ages and ability levels.

But there’s no need to tell you all that. For many of us, golf is life. Luckily, in the South-West and Great Southern we have some beautiful greens. Some are membership-only, but there are plenty of excellent public access ranges too.

Public Access Golf Courses

Albany Golf Club

This links-style course in the Great Southern region is undeniably beautiful. Near Middleton Beach, with rolling fairways and clubhouse views of the vast King George Sound, Albany Golf Club is not to be missed if you’re in the area. Visitors can come by any day of the week, although the club lists Saturday a.m. as limited access, as well as Wednesday a.m. only and Thursday p.m. only.


Busselton Golf Club

Not only is there public access, but there are also holiday packages for golf-loving visitors to the area. The two-week package features 18 holes for just $250 or 9 holes for $175. You can play a round every day, if you like, with unlimited balls. Plus, you’ll get a $50 voucher to spend in the bar or the store. There are also competitions open to all players and designated family days so you can bring the kids.


Dunsborough Lakes Golf Club

Golf enthusiasts in the Dunsborough, Yallingup and Busselton area will appreciate this course. Tucked in between lakes, clusters of trees, and holiday homes, sits Dunsborough Lakes Golf Course. You’ll also find ducks, kangaroos and enthusiastic pink and grey galahs dropping by to visit. It’s close to the action of the area, and with multiple outstanding cafés and coffee shops nearby to relax at afterwards, it’s a very pleasant day out.


Margaret River Golf Club

Its awarding of 2017’s Best Regional Golf Course in WA was well-deserved. Situated in the middle of Western Australia’s premier wine-growing region, it’s a great choice for a spot of holiday golf with a good mix of difficulty for all levels, with some doglegs thrown in for a challenge. Here you’ll find plenty of friendly resident kangaroos on the tree-lined fairway, relatively few bunkers but a number of water hazards in the front nine holes, plus hills in the back nine.


The Cut, Mandurah

Just one hour south of Perth is The Cut, so named for the nearby man-made Dawesville Channel, and has been voted one of Western Australia’s best courses – above Perth’s Cottesloe Golf Club and even The Vines (the former home of the PGA’s Heineken Classic). Here you’ll find superbly manicured greens surrounded by dunes and plenty of pretty low-lying coastal vegetation. The afternoon breeze adds an extra layer of challenge depth, as does the steep gradient on some holes.


We have stunning holiday homes in all these locations, so browse our list to find the perfect home for your next stay in the region.

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