Are the experiences a manifestation of the spirit of a man, found there in 1930?
Tragedy at Mount Lawley
I suppose it is not unusual for a golf club to see a few deaths during its life time. With a large percentage of patrons being retired and older, and the sport itself at time taxing on the body, heart attacks are no strangers to the green. Lightning strike have also taken their toll on more than a few golfers nationally (and internationally), over the years.
However, Mt Lawley Golf Club has another type of death to add to its records, but we will get to that soon enough.
Golf Club History
After a series of in-home meetings, they stepped up the process to involve the greater public. In 1927, they held a meeting in the local cinema, after which over one hundred people had each pledged what would be half a years annual membership to the soon to be established club.
From there the actual construction of the course was underway. The original design was for an 18 hole course with a separate 9 holes for the women but, unfortunately, financially this could not be supported, so 10 holes were developed instead.
The course finally opened to play in 1929, and according to the Mt Lawley Golf Clubs official website, 'As the fairways were still in the very early stages of their development, many had large sandy patches, and soon golf balls became the same colour as the ground and very hard to spot.
The course has changed quite substantially since its early days, now featuring a full 18 holes.
The Golf club officially opened May 31, 1930, but saw itself featured in the headlines a few months beforehand. At 8:20am on the 10th February, the clubs green keeper James Elliot Tinlin was doing his morning work, when he stumbled across a body in some scrub between holes. Next to the body was a partially empty bottle.
Tragic Death and Ghosts
Some psychics and clairvoyants have felt 'unusual sensations', and one claimed she had 'never felt so terror stricken in her entire life'. According to Golf Australia, Mt Lawley 'is the most haunted golf course on the planet!'
A pretty big call considering some of the encounters people have had at the Royal Perth Golf Club, which has an even more macabre tale to tell...