Review: Wembley Golf Course

A public golf course permits you to simply simply pay your inexperienced fee and walk out among nature’s items to attempt to get somewhat white ball from point A to level B within the least amount of shots possible. It will take just one shot – hit somewhere near the center of the clubface within the common course of where you had been aiming – to really feel the bite of the golf bug. Before you realize it, you’re investing in a new set of clubs and you have a tee time with mates
every week.

This was how tens of 1000’s of Australians discovered, or rediscovered, a
love for golf through the top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the game’s dramatic rise in reputation and participation numbers since 2020, public golf programs, significantly these laid out on native council-owned land in city areas, have come under stress from non-golfing sources advocating the dear greenspace might be higher used for the wider neighborhood. Some have even instructed these programs are the playgrounds for a select few and are a waste of the public’s money.

Nothing could be further from the reality.

In reality, when a local council embraces its golf facility and actively encourages its use, the gains are far reaching. Golfers get to enjoy the well being and social benefits of the sport, while the monetary contribution to the council’s coffers aids the broader community.

The wise people at Perth’s Town of Cambridge Council did just that in 2010 and at present its Wembley Golf Course is essentially the most profitable public golf facility in Australia and native governments all through the nation would do properly to observe their lead.

The Tuart layout’s downhill 15th is a ripping par-5 where risk can yield great reward. PHOTO: Brendan James.

Nearly $30 million was invested in Wembley to create this glorious public golf showpiece. The whole complex contains two 18-hole courses – the Old and Tuart layouts – a state-of-the-art 80-bay automated driving range, quick sport apply area, a mini golf course, one of the country’s largest pro retailers and Western Australia’s only PGA Learning and Performance Centre. At its hub is a shocking architecturally-designed clubhouse, which includes the award-winning 300 Acres restaurant and bar, a 200-seat function room and a children’s playground.

It is a formidable complex that may be a great distance removed from the modest beginnings of golf at Wembley practically 90 years in the past.

In 1933 a private company, Wembley Downs Public Golf Course Ltd, was granted the lease for 150 acres to ascertain a course on the present site – on the north facet of The Boulevard in Floreat Park – which right now is about 15 minutes’ drive west of the CBD.

Under the direction of engineer turned course designer, Walter Fox, timber and scrub were cleared – much of it by hand – from throughout the rolling topography to the east of where the clubhouse now presents views of the property.

The then Perth City Council took over the course in 1943 and within the years after World War II it set about bettering the unique structure and, through the 1950s, a further nine holes were added. The remaining 9 holes to complete a 36-hole complicated opened for play in 1983 and the ‘new’ 18 was later named the Tuart Course.

RIGHT: The quick par-4 7th is considered one of just a few straight holes on Fox’s old course design. PHOTO: Brendan James.

Perth rezoning led to the Town of Cambridge Council taking on the advanced in 1995. The severe investment and planning to rework Wembley into the world-class public golf facility that greets today started in 2010 and was accomplished inside six years.

In the last financial year, Wembley hosted more than 175,000 rounds and 21 million balls were hit on the driving range … overwhelming validation of Town of Cambridge Council’s canny funding in public golf.

The golfing expertise at Wembley – whether or not its enjoying nine or 18 holes, hitting some balls on the range, getting a lesson or enjoying some mini golf with the children – is a good one and it’s designed to encourage you to come back again time and time again.

The Tuart course with the Perth skyline in the background. PHOTO: Brendan James.

For instance, the tees usually are not gender primarily based but are linked to a player’s ability. As you head to the 1st tee, an indication encourages you to play from the coloured tee that most accurately fits your recreation. If you often break 80, by all means play from the back Black tees. If you generally score between 81 and 99, the inexperienced tees are for you, while these which are 100-plus scorers you want to play from the white tees. These recommendations aren’t a tough and fast rule however they are designed for gamers to get extra enjoyment out of their spherical and to maintain an excellent pace of play.

Fox’s original Old Course has easily withstood the test of time as his routing stays as it was nearly 90 years in the past. By modern standards it’s not a long course at 5,793 metres from the again markers, but there are some critical challenges during the course of a round.

While this layout was Fox’s only foray into golf course structure, he clearly had a watch for what makes for interesting and testing golf.

Routed throughout rolling terrain, there are just a few straight holes weaving between this most heavily wooded space of the property. Huge stands of tuart, banksia and gum bushes line every gap and are the obvious hazard as you stand on each tee.

Nearly 21 million balls had been struck on the driving vary final monetary year. PHOTO: Brendan James.

The round opens with a birdie opportunity, if yow will discover the green from the elevated tee. The first half of the 466-metre par-5 1st gap is all downhill to the nook of a dogleg left fairway, which might prove troublesome for the lengthy hitter who doesn’t turn his drive slightly from right-to-left. Three bunkers – two right and one left – lie in need of the green, which is an odd-shape with a slim tongue of putting floor left of a much larger, and deeper, part to the best.

The Old Course boasts some fascinating quick par-4s and two come halfway through the spherical. The 262-metre par-4 9th gap tempts you into having a crack with your driver as it is a relatively straight hole that climbs gradually uphill to a bunkerless green in entrance of the clubhouse. It may be very much a second shot gap and if you can get the yardage right along with your brief approach, to go away an uphill putt, you ought to have a fantastic chance to make a birdie.

Heading back out, the 307-metre par-4 10th demands extra thought on the tee as a large bunker awaits through the top of the slight dogleg left fairway. From the elevated tee, take any membership that will depart you in need of the sand, in the best half of the fairway, and inside a pitch of the inexperienced, which slopes from right-to-left.

For mine, essentially the most memorable sequence of holes at Wembley is on the back nine of the Tuart Course and begins with the nerve-rattling brief par-4 14th and concludes with the diminutive par-3 18th.

The 14th is a good two-shotter of 318 metres off the again tees. The strip of fairway veers barely left and opens as a lot as reveal a narrow, deep green minimize up to the edge of a lake to the left and a lone bunker to the proper.

At 472 metres, the par-5 15th is the longest of all the holes at Wembley and is certainly one of my favourites. It plays much shorter than the scorecard number as the journey is all downhill from tee to inexperienced. The additional distance in your drive right here will tempt many to try and hit the inexperienced in two blows. But it’s a robust shot from a lie where the ball is prone to be slightly under your toes (for right-handers), encouraging a left-to-right ball flight, and the slope of the green and its surrounds is right down to the proper and a deep greenside bunker. Try and fight the hanging lie and go away your shot left of the flag, and you’ll be faced with a testing downhill chip or putt.

Tuart’s closing gap is the shortest of all of the par-3s at Wembley and it is also the latest gap, having been constructed and brought into play during the development of a holding dam a decade ago. The 125-metre gap calls for a tee shot to be performed throughout the sting of the aforementioned dam to a large two-tiered placing floor, guarded by a wasteland bunker right and a small trap minimize into the front right edge of the green. It is a misleading tee shot as the opening plays slightly uphill, which brings the sand into play for individuals who select the incorrect membership.

If, having performed one or each of Wembley’s layouts, you’re determined to progress from the white to the green or black tees, you’re in the proper place to enhance your game.

The sharp dogleg proper par-4 18th is a testing finale to the Old course. PHOTO: Brendan James.

Wembley is house to Australia’s second PGA Centre for Learning and Performance, which options all the latest game-improving applied sciences like Trackman and Sam PuttLab in addition to a group of certified PGA Professionals including former Tour star Michael Long. And if you’re seeking to sharpen up your brief sport, one of the game’s most interesting exponents with a wedge in hand, nine-time Tour winner Brett Rumford, could be booked for a lesson.

It’s simple to see why Wembley is so popular. You can immerse yourself in the recreation here, whether it’s out on the course, on the vary or chipping and putting in the short game space … 175,000 rounds and 21 million vary hits in 12 months tells the story by itself.

FACT FILE

LOCATION: The Boulevard, Wembley Downs, Perth, Western Australia

CONTACT: 1300 818 574

WEBSITE: www.wembleygolf.com.au

DESIGNERS: Walter Fox – Old Course (1932); Unknown – Tuart Course
(1959 & 1983).

PLAYING SURFACES: Kikuyu (fairways), bentgrass (greens).

COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Darren Wilson.

PGA PROFESSIONALS: Jason Roach, Michael Long, Simon Smith, Brad Parker, Paul Criddle, Brett Rumford, Shannon Coad, Ricky Oh, Julian Putter, Claire Elvidge, Josh Madden, Andrew Thomas, Richard Brain, Matthew Elliott and Travis Lord.

GREEN FEES: $37 (18 holes, weekday, booked online), $44 (weekend); $40 (18 holes, weekday, booked by cellphone or in person), $47 (weekend). Concession, Super Senior and Twilight charges additionally available.

MEMBERSHIP: Membership is $229 per 12 months, $99 for juniors, and includes official Golf Australia/Golflink handicap, access to online reserving in advance and a bunch of different advantages.


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