Rotto’s best kept secret

Mogens JohansenThe West Australian
Golfers enjoy a round of golf on the 9-hole course on Rottnest Island.
Camera IconGolfers enjoy a round of golf on the 9-hole course on Rottnest Island. Credit: Travis Hayto/Rottnest Island Authority, Travis Hayto

Rottnest Island Public Golf Course is one of the island’s best kept secrets.

The course combines the relaxing island ambience with challenging design and it’s suitable for both novice and experienced golfers. The nine-hole course is tucked away behind the settlement between Karma Resort and The Basin.

John Birkett is the Rottnest Island Golf Club’s patron and he’s passionate about its heritage and recent course improvements.

“The golf course sits within a sports precinct that includes a bowling green, putting green, clubhouse and oval which are a little paradise within a larger one,” he says.

“We love seeing people from all walks of life enjoying a round of golf, learning how to play and loving the game. There’s a real sense of community here, dating back from when it was built from scratch by volunteers 60 years ago to the thriving club we have today.”

Rottnest’s regular golfers say the course is a joy to play as it changes subtly with each season.

Breezes move from the west to the south and east, and in winter the course’s creeks flow, creating interesting hazards. The tuart trees cast beautiful shadows as the sun dips over the horizon and there are even remnants of an old rifle range used by the Australian Army during the Second World War.

Aerial drone view of the Rottnest golf course
Camera IconAerial drone view of the Rottnest golf course Credit: Travis Hayto/Rottnest Island Authority, Travis Hayto

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Rottnest Island Public Golf Course is open from 8am to 4.30pm daily.

karmagolf or call 0438493325 for bookings.

Golf clubs and golf carts can be hired from the clubhouse and catering for groups is easy.

The clubhouse includes a country-style fully licenced bar and function rooms.

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