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Golfing at Guilderton, W.A.

Sand scrapes are not my preferred putting surface, but in some parts of Australia they are the only affordable and manageable option for golf courses. The choice is simple – sand greens or no greens. Sand greens win every time.

Guilderton is a small holiday/farming village about 100 kms north of Perth. It is a delightful little spot right on the beach at the mouth of the Moore River, and they have a golf course.

This nine-holer winds around the top of a small hill and offers a very interesting challenge for holiday makes, and good golfers alike. Distance is not an issue on this course, direction is!

From a number of tees you cannot see the green. It is either over the hill, or around the corner. Tee shots need to be placed carefully or will be in the tea tree – lost or unplayable.

Approach to the 6th green. Note the sloping fairway in the foreground.

Par 5’s should be meat and drink for long hitters. Watch out for No 2! A severely sloping fairway winds along the side of the hill, and a well-placed drive down the left could well end up in the scrub on the right – lost or unplayable.

Consecutive par 3’s follow. Number 3 requires a blind shot over the rise to a green just 150m away. Number 4 is just 110m, but is all uphill. A neat little par 4 follows where a gentle slice or a big fade will be required to get a long drive anywhere near the green on this 300m hole. Undulations on the remaining holes offer enough difficulty and variation to keep the good golfer interested. On all these holes judgement of distance and placement of shots is a key ingredient to a good score.

The sand greens were consistent,  tees and fairways have a good coverage of grass, and the course is well maintained. For $10 a day it is great value.

Conclsion: a neat little golf course that is worth exploring.