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THERE’S NO NEED TO LET YOUR GOLF HANDICAP SLIP WHILE YOU’RE ON HOLIDAYTHE MARGARET RIVER REGION HAS PLENTY OF PLACES FOR YOU TO RAISE YOUR GAME. BY DIANNE BORTOLETTO.

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olf is game that polarises the population, you either love it or hate it but everyone can play it regardless of ability. We explore four spectacular courses in the region to take a swing. The Margaret River region is quite the paradise for golfers. There are highly-rated and picturesque courses in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta that, by golfing standards, offer exceptional value for money. Visitors are able to play at any of those courses without a membership and if you didn’t bring your clubs, club hire and buggy hire are available. The great thing about golf in the south west is that the courses are in top condition, well-maintained with some offering spectacular views. Often golfers will share the fairway with a few hopping locals, great for Instagram. Golf is game suitable for all ages and fitness levels and it’s a pleasant and rewarding way to

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maintain fitness (or work off that long winery lunch). It must be said that a favourite with golfers is arriving at the 19th hole to wet the whistle. Golf WA chief executive Gary Thomas says golf is a healthy athletic pursuit suitable for everyone. “When you’re on holiday, it’s about having a hit and having some fun.” According to Gary, studies show that those who play golf live a few years longer and their happiness index is higher. Start swinging!

Busselton Golf Club Busselton Golf Club is Western Australia’s biggest regional golf club in terms of membership and its regarded as one of the best in regional WA, a reputation it has held for many years. It’s a pretty tree-lined course that’s simultaneously challenging and rewarding. The Pro Shop had an upgrade in recent years and offers excellent facilities. Busselton Golf Club was the first course in the south west to introduce an innovative new gold tee. Positioned down the fairway, it takes the golfer’s starting position closer to green. As an example, teeing off from the gold marker shortens a 357-metre par four to a more accessible 261-metres. The gold tee is perfect for beginners, seniors, those with injuries and those

who prefer a shorter game. Gary says it offers tremendous value when you consider it costs $45 for essentially four hours of entertainment. BUSSELTON GOLF CLUB 277 Chapman Hill Road, Busselton 08 9753 1050 Visit busseltongolfclub.com.au

Dunsborough Lakes Golf Club Compared to other golf clubs in the region, the 18-hole Dunsborough Lakes championship course is relatively new. It was built as part of residential development. Besides one section of course, its layout is hidden from the homes and it doesn’t feel like you’re in the middle of a housing estate. The coastal elements, namely the wind, make some of the holes longer and some shorter than they appear. The course is challenging and also fun. It’s a beautiful course with natural dunes and habitat and lots of water traps so bring plenty of golf balls. The driving range is fun as you get to hit off grass and over lake. If hitting balls into a lake is your ideas of fun, then you’ll love Dunsborough Lakes. It’s a good all-round course that will challenge both the devout and the occasional golfer. “Dunsborough Lakes offers great holes, and

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Your Margaret River Region Autumn 2019  

The definitive guide to the Margaret River region, published on behalf of the MRBTA. Read all about the people who make this part of the sou...

Your Margaret River Region Autumn 2019  

The definitive guide to the Margaret River region, published on behalf of the MRBTA. Read all about the people who make this part of the sou...