A golf course is making a green in the shape of Australia

Mount Lawley Golf Club is changing the shape of Australia, quite literally.

The iconic par-3 13th hole at Mount Lawley Golf Course, affectionately known as “Commonwealth” due to its resemblance to Australia’s shape, is undergoing a transformation.

As part of Mount Lawley’s ongoing green replacement program, in collaboration with course design experts OCM Golf, a new green is being constructed to more faithfully mirror the contours of the Australian continent.

Located just 7 kilometres from Perth’s CBD, Mount Lawley Golf Club has provided golf enthusiasts with a sneak peek of the redesigned green through aerial shots shared on their social media platforms. The new green is unmistakably Australia-shaped, with the added feature of Tasmania represented as an island within the new front-right bunker.

Amusingly, the pin positions on this hole are often described using Australian geographical references. The club’s website notes that “pin positions are often described by their ‘geographical’ location. When the wind is blowing, Alice Springs represents the safest target, even when the pin is cut at Kalgoorlie or Broken Hill.”

Mount Lawley Golf Course is not only making headlines for its innovative course design but also for its environmental stewardship.

As Golf Industry Central reported in July, the club was honoured with the prestigious Australian Sports Turf Managers Association’s Claude Crockford Sustainability and Environment Award. This accolade recognizes the club’s commitment to sustainability and environmental management.

“The course provides a vital urban habitat for a diverse range of native animal species, among them the forest red-tailed black cockatoo and endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo. The club has recently installed the first round of owl boxes to provide safe nesting sites for owl species currently experiencing decline in the Perth area and has also mounted microbat boxes as roosting sites for bats found in the region.

The club is also proactive in the protection of the spectacular migratory Rainbow Bee-eater, and through the building and installation of special ‘Quenda bungalows’ is creating safe havens for the Southern Brown Bandicoot (Quenda) from predatory foxes and feral cats.”

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