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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 277
R OBERT Trent Jones Junior has designed or overseen the redesign of more than 300 golf courses in more than 40 countries across six continents. His designs can be found on mountains, in deserts and on the edge of the world’s oceans. There is no terrain the award-winning architect has not embraced and put his stamp on. Jones’ mode of design is simple as he listens to the land through his shoes while walking the courses as he designs them. His philosophy is even simpler. “I like to present golfers with a blend of penal, strategic and heroic golf puzzles that it is up to each golfer to solve for himself,” he says. “All great courses possess an overall mood or rhythm that engenders feelings of anticipation mixed with nostalgia in most players when they reflect on the course. The architect produces this effect in great fashion similar to the way in which a composer creates a great symphony.” Jones Jnr’s design at Joondalup, like Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, must be considered great. It certainly invokes as much drama and memorable moments as the German composer’s final complete symphony. Joondalup Resort, about 25 minutes’ drive north of the Perth CBD, is one of only a handful of courses Jones Jnr has designed in this country, with the others including the highly ranked Old Course at The National Golf Club in Victoria and Joondalup’s sister course, Meadow Springs, near Mandurah south of Perth. His 27-hole creation at Joondalup and, in particular, the Quarry/Dune layout, is unlike any course you will find in Australia. When expanding further on his thoughts as to what makes a great golf course, it is easy to imagine he is thinking of Joondalup as he speaks. “Each hole is deftly adapted to the site’s natural attributes. A great course also has balance, which derives from the melding, in a pleasing order, of holes of varying degrees of difficulty,” he says. “For me the hallmark of a great golf course resides in a golfer’s ability to remember and visualise all the holes after playing the course once.” ► TOP-100 SPOTLIGHT The amphitheatre surrounds of the 4th hole on the Dune nine. The par-4 2nd on the Quarry nine is a real rollercoaster ride.
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