Club History

The Lake Karrinyup Country Club is widely acknowledged as Western Australia’s premier private golf club and has been regularly rated as one of the top ten golf courses in Australia.

Founded in 1928 with a course layout designed by Alex Russell (1924 open champion of Australia), the business partner of legendary golf architect Dr Alister Mackenzie (designer of the US Masters Championship course at Augusta, Georgia), Lake Karrinyup has maintained a wonderful bush setting for golfers while providing a tranquil haven for an abundance of native flora and fauna.

Over 75 species of birds have been identified in the wetlands surrounding the large natural lake while kangaroos abound amid flowering large eucalyptus trees and colourful shrubs. Surprisingly, this undulating natural bushland course, which gives no hint of surrounding and sought after urban development, is less than 15 minutes from the state’s capital city of Perth and a couple of Tiger Woods’ drives from the famous white beaches of the west coast.

On the 16th February 2003, while Lake Karrinyup was in the midst of celebrating its 75th anniversary it was also playing host, for an unprecedented second successive year, to the Johnnie Walker Classic and many of the world’s best golfers. So successful for the players, the public and the organisers was the 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic at Lake Karrinyup that the venue was not changed for the following year — the first time in the history of this prestigious international event that it remained in the same location for two successive years. For the record, in 2002 Retief Goosen won the Classic after only a handful of the world’s best could achieve a sub-par performance on this testing course. In 2003, while the course played a little easier and more players achieved sub-par rounds, Ernie Els dominated the field to add the Classic to his long list of international successes.

Lake Karrinyup is a club of strong traditions and the lovely washed limestone and hardwood jarrah timber-lined walls of its magnificent clubhouse reflect the history of its many famous visitors. The first Australian Open to be held in Western Australia was held at Lake Karrinyup in 1952 and Norman Von Nida had to overcome a strong field that included old rivals such as Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle to become national champion. Over the ensuing years in which Lake Karrinyup hosted the Australian Open it has seen some of the world’s best golfers attempt to tame the tough course. Some who did so and became Australian Open Champions included Bruce Devlin (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1968), and Gary Player (1974) who made Lake Karrinyup the home of his seventh Australian Open Championship.

In 1979, Perth celebrated its 150th anniversary since foundation and chose Karrinyup to celebrate the occasion by attracting one of the biggest international fields to the state. Young USA golfer Peter Jacobsen overcame a star studded field which included Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Bob Charles, Jerry Pate, Graham Marsh, David Graham, and Rodger Davis, to win by 5 shots. Having won the British Open and missing by one shot from winning the US Masters and the US Open in 1986, Greg Norman returned to Lake Karrinyup to win the 1986 Western Australian Open Championship — his 10th tournament victory of the year.

The Lake Karrinyup Country Club of today is one which constantly upgrades its demanding world class golf course and fine clubhouse facilities. It is an island of tranquility and natural charm well hidden from any sign of the busy bustling urban landscape that surrounds it. Simply put, it is a wonderful place to play the constantly challenging, great game of golf.