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Played here about a month ago, and when we booked over the phone we were not told that the greens were being aerated.
I played Glen Iris on the 5/1/08, and it was a very pleasant days
This very short course offers many little challenges, such as
very unpredictable greens, tough bunkers and thick rough. If you
are caught in some of the longer rough, a lofted club is very
appropriate, such as a 7 iron or above, because anything lower
than that and you will not get under the ball.
The greens are horribly unpredicable, due to the fact than some
break nearly to right angles, and others hardly turn at all. This
offers a great challenge, and really tests your putting skills.
This course is bordered by trees, which fortunately do not
overhang the fairways, and it also has a fair bit of water.
Thsi course is very good for the price, and also boasts wonderful
Having lived in WA for 12 months and now preparing to move back
home to good old Sydney town in 2 weeks time, I managed to get my
last WA round in today at Glen Iris – BOY did I save the
best till last!
This track is the best public course in Perth by a long way!
Maylands and Burswood are reasonably well kept but not near a
significant challenge, Wembley a bit tighter, but shorter and
less maintained. Altone Park is magnificently kept but is just
too short. Hillview and Rosehill – well just dont bother if
your a single marker, you will get very frustrated by the course
conditions. Collier Park, well its slowly getting there but still
pretty flat and rather un-interesting. Glen Iris is THE PUBLIC
TRACK IN PERTH!
This course is exposed to a sea breeze in the afternoon that
makes scoring a lot tougher, it blew whilst I played. The
majority of this track loves the driver, especially the back
nine, but dont catch a fairway bunker or you’ll be sorry
thats for sure. The fairways are predominantly couch and what can
I say, very nice if you stick to them :) The par 3’s are
quite strong, the picks are the 8th at 155m, 12th is 160m over
water (definitely the hardest one) and 16th is also 140m with
water all down the left side. The hardest of the par 4’s is
definitely the 9th at 395m long and slightly uphill. Even the
shorter par 4’s of around 300m are sneaky doglegs that are
well bunkered – course management from the tee is a must.
The toughest par 5 would be the 3rd, uphill at 510m rated #3 on
The greens of Glen Iris all but rival the quality of some private
tracks in Perth such as Lakelands and Wanneroo that Ive also
played, even though these might be a tad slower – true they
are! The course is well bunkered, however a little soft in some
to the point that your ball can plug in the walls and disappear
sometimes, thats the only aspect that could be improved Ive
noticed, although we shouldnt be missing greens anyway if we
strive to be solid ball strikers :)
If you find the private courses a severe investment to join, do
yourselves a favor and keep your game in check by playing this
course regularly off the plates. Im not saying it will prepare
you for a tough private course for competition, but it will
fine-tune your game to the point that you will have all the
required go-to shots at your disposal!
Im giving Glen Iris the 4 stars, when the bunkers improve I
recommend that the management do make it private. I was a member
of Cabramatta in Sydney for over 10 years (one of the best
private courses in Sydney), this course is only 150m shorter. But
I must say, its conditions and layout are second to none. I will
be monitoring the future of this course closely.
One of the best value courses in Perth. Not long but definitely a
Glen iris is one of my local courses and well worth the money you
pay. We played on the weekend, and although I am not a good
golfer I always find it challenging, the green are firm and the
bunkers are presently sanded well- but not too much. greens are
mostly firm but not too fast-last time i played there in june
they were lightning fast, so hard to read well. All in all, a
excellent round of golf with some tough well protected holes that
require good skills and planning, nad good shot making to achieve
a low score.
I am a regular golfer and just moved to WA. Having played at
various other public courses, I find Glen Iris the best public
course around. Challenging fairways, bunkers and with varying
degrees of difficulties on the greens. Excellent.
Glen Iris is about a 15 min drive south of the Perth CBD area,
and is a public course. Greens fees are 22 for weekdays and 33
for weekends and public holidays (walking). I recommend walking.
It's not a long course, but a little hilly, which adds to the
attraction. I play this course quite regularly and always enjoy
it. Being a public course, you won't expect the course to be
too long, and it's a test for golfers of all levels.
Straight off the bat, I think this course is good enough to be a
private golf course. The clubhouse is kind of small, but I keep
walking off the course thinking that if it was a private course,
then I would defn consider becoming a member here. But not to be
if it was a private course, all the negatives I have of the
course will be null.
The worst thing of the course the bunkers and the fact that
whenever I'm in one of them, I always end up in someone's
giant footprint. There's too much sand in the bunkers anyway,
and 80% of the time, I've had my ball plugged in and
sometimes, you can't find it. The greens could do with more
frequent cutting, and a bit soft. But I can understand why they
don't. Same for the tee box could do with more mowing I feel.
But the bunkers are what gets me.
The front nine is much like a resort style course few trees here
and there, with the houses up close and personal. So there's
a few nettings around some of the holes ugly but useful. The
front nine is a very picturesque nine. Holes 3,4,5,6&7 being
the pick of the front nine.
The back nine is in stark contrast to the front nine. It's
more of a links course. Two very different nines, which seems to
complement each other well. The front nine has more attractive
holes, but the back nine is tougher with the wind.
One of the more challenging public courses in the Perth area.
Well worth a visit.
If bunker play is your thing you'll love this course. With
close to 90 high walled bunkers on this course chances are you
will find a few before the days finished. The front nine reminds
me of a resort type course where houses are only metres from the
tee off areas. Bunkers, water and fast wavy greens are the holes
only defence on some of this nines short holes. There are some
very pretty holes on this nine including the par 4 4th which
needs a pitch across a lake to the green which is surrounded by
beautiful homes overlooking the course. Water comes into play on
the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th holes. The back nine is somewhat
dissapointing after playing the front. The holes are too much
alike and almost all are straight. Only fairway bunkers and
greens surrounded in some cases by four or more bunkers are what
challenge the player. Theres not too much in between fairways to
punnish the stray drive and I think this part of the course
doesn't have the same class as the front nine. This course
can be broken wide open with clean iron shots to the greens. A
nice course although I feel the green fees are a bit high for
what it offers.
I played the full 18 today (10th january 2006)
i know i'm not the best golfer but i shouldn't be losing
at least 1 golf ball on every hole that has water.
Although i've said that, it's not the worst course
i've played on.
I recently had a game of nine holes at Glen Iris having played
the full 18 there several years ago and recqalling I enjoyed the
experience. Teeing off early we played the back nine as patrons
with buggies pushed their way to the front of the queue on the
The round and the company was pleasant enough, however never have
I visited a course in Perth where the fairways are long, the
greens pocked with divots and the bunkers unkempt and unraked.
Infact i would go so far as to say that the course took on a
somewheat unmaintained look about it despite its potential as
being a good layout with sandy challenges able to get most
golfers into trouble without some careful planning.
Playing the greens was more like walking through a minefield and
I don't think my playing partner and I had a clear run at any
hole all day with the ball deviating off course and bobbing
around more than a ship on the ocean. The fairways resembled the
rough experienced on most resort style courses and thre rough
itself was very sandy, unkept and genrally looked untidy. Look a
little beyond it to the boundaries (say the 18th) and parts of it
resembed a tip with old bits of iron, buckets and pots strewn
everywhere as well as long grass. The bunkers (which on the whole
are large and deep regardless of location) were unraked and many
of the rakes located were few and far between and broken in half.
It made escaping from bunkers difficult and frustrating to be
forever in someones footmarks or divots. Now I could say that it
may be the average clientelle that use the course that do not
respect the ettiquette of golf and the responsibility of playing
this game, but course management should take alot of the
I agree with other reviewers that the back 9 is somewhat similar
in most of the holes and infact I rarely had to take out anything
but a driver, wedge and putter on most holes.
And finally the cost of a round is not worth the effort. To be
paying $17 for 9 holes and $27 for 18 when other public courses
in Perth are anywhere up to $4-5 cheaper and far better
maintained, is something I won't be wasting my time or money
with again. its a shame because it does have all the potential in
dover 72 must have had a bad day and blamed the course which is
always a bad golfers easy cop out.
The course I played was nothing short of magnificent. The
fairways were lush and not rock hard allowing you to take a divot
unlike some Perth courses (ie Burswood). The bunkers were well
maintained and for a public course not to many rogue
footprints.Challenging to get out of but not impossible. Not a
long course, you needed to think your way around. So the Driver
had to stay in the bag for some of the par fours.
The corner of holes 3,4,5 and 6 is a sight as good as any
I've seen. With water and sand a plenty surrounded by some
beautiful resort style housing.
Finally, the greens. The best Ive played on. Pure and undulating
without being to quick. An absolute credit to all concerned. Well
worth the money !!!
Great links style bunkering and good use of them too. I loved
this course with its great slope as well
I frequently play this course when I am only out to play a round
of 9, for the fact that the front 9 is so good. The back 9 is not
too bad but if I am going out for a round of 18 i prefer to play
somewhere else. Personal preference and like I said its not too
I agree with badsdotcom, dover 72 as well as brettwaldby must
have been having a bad day - a bad golfer always blames the
The resort style front 9 is challenging with quite a bit of water
and bunker traps, lush green fairways and greens that are not too
fast (which is great in my opinion).
This course is truely a credit to its grounds staff and one which
I will continue to frequently go back to.
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