Collier Park Golf Course offers golfers the chance to perfect their swing on the driving range, sharpen their short game by the short game practice green, and hone in their accuracy on the practice putting green. Beside this, there is a charming kiosk, which I have a habit of calling a 'halfway house', with a selection of foods to choose from. The Short Course Guide:
The fairways are mowed short, to give just enough run for distance, but not too short to lead your ball into serious trouble. Some holes require a technical approach with water hazards and bunkers placed strategically for those wanting to 'risk it'.
The Practice Ground (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Although the feature hole is short, a golfer is often distracted by the overwhelming impression of water, and the spectacular fountain which seems to catch the corner of your eye just before impact. The result can be catastrophic with your ball finding it way to a watery grave and you having to add 2 strokes to your score.
In comparison to the other 9 holes, the lakes is not a very long course. However, bunkers are placed strategically to catch the golfers who is looking to gain ground from a long drive. One wayward shot could result in a 'beach-like' experience.
Hole No. 1 on the Lakes Course (Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird)
With the average golfer able to drive it 200 m, most holes are reachable in regulation on a windless day. The fourth hole, however, would be a challenge measuring at 389 m, with an unforgiving bunker for those going for a big drive.
However, with 3 'short' Par 3's, there is room to make up for any lost ground.
Notably, its name is derived from the array of trees placed along the fairways. While the rough is playable, your aim will have to be spot on if you find yourself in the 'woods'.
The 8th Hole on the Pines (Photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The Pines is the second longest of the three 9 holes, which means one can use the 'Big Driver' more often. With only a few bunkers to catch long drives, the Pines is a little more lenient towards longer hitters.
First Hole to the Pines Golf Course (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The longest hole for this set is the first hole measuring at 388 m. On average, if you keep your drive the right side of the fairway, you will be left with, roughly, a 180 m shot to the green. However, with 2 bunkers places right and left of the green means your approach shot will need precision. Depending on your skill level, it might pay to play short with an 'up and down' to save par.
The Island was designed around the natural wetlands which attract native bird and animals. Six out of the 9 holes are strategically designed around this area which also has an island based in the midst of the wetlands area.
The Wetlands in the midst of the Island Course (Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird)
During the winter, the island area is filled with water which can challenge many golfers. However, in Summer it is somewhat dryer, but being a hazard one will still need to adhere to the hazard rules if you attempt to play the shot.
A Golfing Adventure awaits (Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Another added feature of the Island is the remnant Perth sand, which can be found in abundance in the rough and between fairways. One can also see Paperbarks, Jarrah and Tuart which for golfers will be more of an obstacle than a thing of beauty.
A great shot game areas to help save par (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The Island is the longest set of 9 holes measuring at 3159 metres. Most of the par fours are long for the average golfer, with the 9th hole being the longest on the whole course. Measuring at 410 m, it also also one of the straightest holes on the course with the least amount of hazards. Ironically it is ranked as only the 3rd hardest hole.
The Island's First Green. (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The hardest hole on the course is the fifth hole which measures 396 m. With bunkers left and right of the fairway to catch long drives, means one would need to be precise with your tee shot. Furthermore, with two bunkers placed short of the green means that anyone using a longer club and requiring run to make the green, might end up with a little surprise. It would explain why Collier has one of the best short game practice facilities in Perth.
Green Fees start from $27.00 for 9 holes which excludes a golf cart. You can book your round online or directly through the pro shop.
Golf Carts for Hire (Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Collier Park Golf Course is a recognized international public golf course. This means that one does not have to be a memeber to play. Therefore, if you are looking for a course where you can crack the driver down the fairway and challenge your level of accuracy, then Collier Park Golf Course is a perfect fit. Ironically, because of its 27 hole layout, it also is suited for the beginner. Ideally, it is suited for everyone, making it the one golf course where a mixed four ball will feel right at home!