The Course History
Designed by Bob Green of Golf and Recreation Planners and the club’s first captain Murray Dawson, the golf course at Sun City Country Club is one of WA’s favorite layouts.
The first round was played on July 27, 1974 after a construction phase of just 15 months and its quality was immediately broadcast by three WA PGAs from 1975 to 1977.
A major highlight of any round at Sun City has always been the long sweeping breaks on greens which seem to keep their line secret until just after impact of putter on ball.
Another unique fascination of the course is the length of many of its holes, demanding good use of every club in the bag, including the longest irons. This fascination is made even more acute off the tee, where the many dogleg fairways (12 out of 14) demand a perfect line into the outside of the corner.
Naturally, time and the large number of imported trees now almost 40 years old have changed the original characteristics of the course, and it is with great excitement that the club enters a new phase – a revision of the course.
A Master Plan for this revision has been completed by the renowned Ogilvy Clayton team including 2006 US Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy and touring PGA Professional Mike Clayton who co-designed the stellar Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania with world renowned Tom Doak.
Playing Sun City any time is a joy. The benefit of a revision can only take this course higher in status. New highlights of the revised course will include
- lower lying challenges on dogleg corners to replace existing ‘walls’ of trees penalising only the shorter hitter
- two shorter Par 4’s loaded with options off the tee, but commensurate difficulty for the more conservative lay-up.
- a short Par 3 to balance the lengths of existing one-shotters.