Whether you’re a pro or a novice, Bunbury’s golf courses have enough views, traps, lakes and friendly kangaroos to keep you happy all day.
Those who book a couple of nights at the Sanctuary Golf Resort may want to bring a few spare balls. Built on wetlands, 12 of the 18 holes have water traps to challenge and frustrate even the most experienced golfer. Like most golf resorts in WA, you don’t have to be a guest at Sanctuary to play a round or two. Casual rates are reasonable and vary between mid-week and weekends although naturally, the rates are a little higher for casual visitors than they are for guests staying at the resort. If you’re just visiting the Sanctuary Golf course for the day, it’s a good idea to call ahead and book, especially on the weekends. You can choose to play either nine holes or the full 18, which has a par of 72. Tuition is also available through the pro shop. Other features at Sanctuary include an aqua driving range overlooking a lake, a fully stocked pro shop (where you can also hire gear if you don’t have your own), a restaurant and bar. If you’re travelling with friends or work mates ask about their golf, accommodation and food packages.
Just 10 minutes out of Bunbury in Clifton Park is the Bunbury Golf Club, where you can play golf any day of the week. The course is a traditional wooded course, with a couple of holes running alongside the Collie River. While you’d have to be a terrible shot to hit it into the water, there are plenty of sand bunkers to test your ability and patience. The course is lined with native trees and shrubs and it’s not uncommon to have a kangaroo for company while you play.
The club has a shop where you can buy or hire your clubs, balls and trolleys. If you don’t feel like walking the course you can also hire motorised carts from the shop. It’s best to call a day in advance to ensure that you won’t miss out or arrive during competition times. If you’re new to the sport lessons are available, and you can choose to learn solo or with your friends. The club also has a driving range and a clubhouse and bar where you can enjoy a well-earned drink at the end of your day. Bunbury Golf Club can also organise catering or a barbecue if you have a large group playing.
If you’re looking for a golf course that’s a little easier for beginners but still a pleasant hit for experienced golfers, head 15km south of Bunbury to the Capel Golf Club. The course is fairly flat, surrounded by native trees and home to a large number of kangaroos. As a private golf club, it’s important for non-members to call ahead and book, as visitor times vary.
A bit further afield is the Binningup course, about 30km north of Bunbury. Binningup is tucked away in sand dunes, right on the ocean and has beautiful views. It features lakes and bunkers and is wooded along the sides of the grass – all in all it’s a very picturesque setting. Most times of the year you don’t need to call ahead to play at Binningup, unless you’re in a big group or want to play on a Saturday. Saturday is Club Day but the course re-opens to the public at 3.30pm. The Binningup Country Club is just 500m from the first tee, so you won’t have far to walk after lunch to get your round started.