Secrets, or Secret Harbour GC as it used to be known was designed by Graham Marsh, and opened for play in 1995 as a nine holer, and as 18 holes in 1999
The links style golf course was built as a central part of a large housing development by the sea just north of Mandurah on Western Australia's coast.
Strangely, although the course is set in dunes by the Indian Ocean, the sea is not seen or heard from the course in any way...
Marsh has fashioned an interesting course through the scrub and dunes with one memorable hole toward the end of each nine negotiating water hazards (note the nines have been reversed in recent years to speed up play)
For the rest of the round the key factors are avoiding the thick bush framing the tight fairways, and missing the many strategically placed bunkers along the way.
With any wind in play Secrets is a stern test of golf!
Notable holes include:
- the par 4 sixth hole with fairway divided by a large clump of undergrowth!
- the short par 4 eighth hole with all water carry approach shot to a back to front sloping green
- the long strong uphill par 4 thirteenth hole
- the tight downhill par 4 fourteenth hole with a delightful target green
- the short par 3 seventeenth hole with water fronting the green
- the downhill par 4 eighteenth green with another lovely elevated target green
Secrets is a well designed, links style course that should be included in all golfing itineraries to the Mandurah area. In recent times, however, the conditioning of the course has suffered somewhat and this does dampen my enthusiasm just a tad. Hopefully this is just a short term concern...
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