Lake Karrinyup Country Club

Lake Karrinyup Country Club is a private golf club located in Karrinyup, Western Australia. The golf club consists of an 18-hole championship golf course, and a 9-hole “short course”. The championship layout at Lake Karrinyup was founded in 1928, designed by Alex Russell who was the Australian partner of the famed golf course architect, Alister MacKenzie.[1]

Course

Overview

The championship course is a par-72 layout that winds its way through undulating ground, native gum-trees, and indigenous vegetation.[2] Designed by Alex Russell in 1928 and opened for play in 1930,[3] the course has seen a number of changes in its lifetime. The most significant changes occurred between 2007 and 2008, when Michael Clayton Golf Design was enlisted to undertake a significant overhaul of the golf course to return it, aesthetically and architecturally, to Alex Russell’s principles.[4]

The signature 8th hole from the tee

Dominated by the lake from which the course gets its name, the most memorable holes are ones which run adjacent to and over this natural feature.[2] The signature 8th hole is a 201-metre par 3 which requires a shot that carries the lake onto a raised green. Also notable is the 507-metre (554 yd) par-5 3rd hole which is flanked along its length by the lake, and the short 302-metre (330 yd) par-4 14th which, due to clever bunkering, presents a number of options off the tee.[5]

Scorecard

The championship course scorecard is as follows. Please note that all measurements are from the Black (Championship) tees.[6]

Hole # Par Meters Yards
1 4 294 322
2 4 428 468
3 5 507 554
4 4 388 424
5 3 179 196
6 4 415 454
7 5 560 612
8 3 201 220
9 4 344 376
Out 36 3316 3626
       
Hole # Par Meters Yards
10 4 337 369
11 5 506 553
12 3 135 148
13 4 414 453
14 4 302 330
15 5 487 533
16 4 428 468
17 3 200 219
18 4 406 444
In 36 3215 3516
Total 72 6531 7142

Rankings

Lake Karrinyup is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 courses in Australia.[5] A slip in its ranking early in the 2000s was part of the motive for the Clayton redesign.[4]

Events

Lake Karrinyup has played host to four Australian Opens (1952, 1960, 1968, 1974),[2] two Lake Karrinyup Bowls (1963, 1964), two Johnnie Walker Classics (2002, 2003),[2] and was the venue for the Perth International since 2012.

References

  1. ^ “Club History | Lake Karrinyup Country Club”. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Smith, Terry (2004). The champions and the courses they played : celebrating the centenary of the Australian open. [South Melbourne]: Australian Golf Union. ISBN 0-9752255-0-2.
  3. ^ White, Michael (1988). Lake Karrinyup Country Club, 1928-1988. Sydney: Lester-Townsend, Pub … on behalf of Lake Karrinyup Country Club. ISBN 0-949853-17-8.
  4. ^ a b Kelly, Richard. “Brief for Redesign” (PDF). Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
  5. ^ a b Oliver, Darius. “Lake Karrinyup Golf Club”. Planet Golf.
  6. ^ “Course Tour”. Retrieved 15 June 2013.

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