Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6198 M


Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course was officially opened on the 1st July 1995. It remains Canberra’s newest course. As the name implies the course features attractive lakes and ponds with challenging water carries across fairways and to greens.

Set in the new northern Canberra region of Gungahlin in the suburb of Nicholls, the course is an easy 10 minutes drive from the Canberra City central. See the Location Map below. The 6198 metre, par 72 (rated 72) championship layout is regarded by many who have played it as on of the more challenging courses in the ACT District.

22 Reviews
Played 14 May 2015. Excellent course and value for money. Though there are lakes around the course fairways are generous. Fairway turf is exceptional and lush green not hard or overly spongy. Good value with carry on drives and great to hit irons off. Good layout with a variety of holes. Bunkers are a bit firm and need more sand to make softer. Greens in excellent condition.
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Gungahlin Lakes is a nice course with that has quite a bit of variety. In some sections it seems almost links-like, in other sections is very much a lakes-like course. The greens and fairways are sound, the bunkers a touch bare in places. In my experience the course isn't managed very well, they over book the course and at times the course is packed and very slow.
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This is quite an interesting layout, with quite a few doglegs in play and lots of water. The course was in excellent condition with well grassed fairways and good greens, in fact the fairways were incredibly lush, given the hot, dry conditions we have had. The greens rolled well and were a good pace. The greens are quite large, with a number of them set on the diagonal to the fairway, so easy to miss with a good shot if you aren't aware of the shape. The rough is well grassed in most places and quite thick and lush, so the ball will sit down in it a bit. The bunkering is good and there is quite a bit of water in play on a lot of the holes, although you don't really need to carry over it very often or far. The Par 4 10th hole is peculiar as from the tee you need to make sure to lay up short of the cross bunkers and rough that cover the second half of the fairway. The par 5 13th is also a layup hole, even though it is only 430 metres (shorter for women) long there are two lakes to negotiate so you need to lay up short of the water, leaving a good 225 metres still to the green. We played on a Friday and, even though when we rang earlier in the week to check if we needed to book and were told "just turn up it is a quiet day", the course was busy with green fee players. This was usual according to the pro shop. We had to line up on the 1st to wait for our turn. Having said that we still got around in about 4 hours. The course can be walked quite comfortably, but there are two massive walks between holes when you have to go under Gungahlin Drive to get from the 3rd to the 4th and the 13th to the 14th. The course is a par 72 (rating 73) for men from the blue markers and Par 72 (rating 70) from the whites. All non competition golf is to be played from the white tees. For the ladies it is a par 72 (rating 74). If you are only looking to play nine holes this is not the course for you as you don't get back to the clubhouse until after 13 holes. The green fees of $25 were excellent value for money. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
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Just remember this is not the forum section for rebuttable comments on other reviews There are quite a number of 5 star ratings here for a golf course having never been rated in Golf Digest's top 100. So here is an unbiased review...Gungahlin Lakes measures 6155m Par 72 with four par 3s ranging from 135-198m, ten par 4s ranging from 276-419m and four par 5s ranging from 460-513m. Course has lush ryegrass fairways, teebeds and rough within a short tree-lined wide fairway layout. The medium-to-large sized bentgrass greens have a lot of poa blended in which makes reading the speed of putts interesting. Every hole is bunkered, however, there are 2 bunkerless greens at 7 and 15 with a total of 39 bunkers on the course. As the name suggests there are quite a number of water hazards on the course with water coming into general play on holes 2,3,4,5,10,13,16 & 18. FRONT NINE highlights include: the 307m slight bend right 2nd (index 11) with a large pond along the entire rightside to a green with 2 bunkers; which is followed by the 190m 3rd (index 5) with a teeshot over the side of the same pond to a long green with 3 bunkers. The layout is split in two by Gungahlin Drive with 10 holes (4-13) on the northern side of the road and 8 holes (1-3 &14-18) on the clubhouse side of Gungahlin Drive. I feel the front nine is quite boring and uninspiring with some repetitive styled holes, like the up-and-back holes 4-8 with OOB homes along the far left of the fairway of every hole on the northern side of Gungahlin Drive. The back nine has, by far, the more challenging and varied collection of holes on the course. BACK NINE highlights include: the 460m 13th (index 10) which plays straight with the flag visible from the tee but the fairway is split by 2 ponds with one pond along the rightside off the tee and the bridge is 280m off the tee with the fairway running out from 260m off the tee. There is OOB leftside off the tee and the 2-tier front-sloping green is guarded by a bunker leftside. The final 3 holes are also worthy of mention: the 513m 16th (index 2) has the large Gungahlin Lake along the entire leftside which splits the fairway about 100m out of the green (even shorter if you take your approach to the bridge crossing) to a 30m wide and right-sloping green with a bunker short; the 135m 17th (index 14) has 3 bunkers to avoid off the tee; and the 419m long par 4 18th (index 1) which slightly bends to the right with the another pond 270m off the tee on the right which runs to the green guarded by 4 bunkers within view of the clubhouse. I must agree that the 326m straight 10th (index 4) is not the best hole on the course from the elevated tee above the fairway you have water along the entire rightside rough and 2 fairway bunkers which divide the fairway from 220m off the tee. You simply play a club to the bunkers and hit the green in two shots, as you would be foolish to attempt to drive the green which also has 2 shortside bunkers. More accomplished players can tear this golf course apart, but its back nine par 5s (at 13 & 16) should be played as 3-shot par 5s whilst the front nine par 5s (at 6 & 8) can be attacked in 2 shots. The Ainslie-owned clubhouse was opened in 1998 with the golf course itself opening in 1995. If you like lots of pokies you may enjoy the atmosphere in the clubhouse. Played here 26/04/2012 with $25 weekday green fees and $37 weekend green fees. Quite a reasonable challenging back nine but there are too many repetitive styled holes here. Members like to think they have the best golf course in Canberra's northern suburbs, but I strongly feel that accolade must go to Yowani. Gungahlin Lakes is nowhere near the standards set by RC and Federal, but is one of the top 5 courses in Canberra, and plays similarly to the Gold Creek & Murrumbidgee layouts.
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I played the front 9 at Gungahlin yesterday and I have to say it was a whole lot of fun! I was very impressed with the layout one of the most enjoyable to play that I have experienced in some time. As pretty much all of the reviews highlight it really is a risk and reward golf course. You need to think about your next shot constantly which is an enjoyable way to play the game. The course was extremely well presented with tees, fairways, greens and bunkers all well conditioned. If you put the ball in the right places you should score really well around well. Following a lot of recent rain the fairways had drained exceptionally well and the greens were very receptive to approach shots which probably took some of the sting out of it. All in all a fantastic course and despite being a different style of course (it is very "resorty" like a lot of the Gold Coast courses), for mine it is a much more enjoyable course than Yowani. Definitely a course that you could play over and over and still enjoy. Can't wait to get back for the full 18 this weekend.
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I've been playing pennants in the region for 3 years now. This course rates as my favourite in the ACT, nudging out Royal Canberra and Federal which are the other best (albeit pricey) picks. It will get better as it matures. A champagne course on a (relative) beer budget.
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Golf Course Details
110 Gundaroo Drive, Canberra
Surrounds, ACT 2911, Australia
Proshop: (02) 6242 4662
General: (02) 6242 6283