A links-like layout that sits on Middleton Beach, the course at Albany Golf Club was first used for golf in 1900 - two years after the club was established – and it was not until 1963 that the original 9-hole circuit was enlarged to a full 18 holes. It's a personal favourite of Craig Parry as "it plays hard and is never the same".
Occasional sightings of King George Sound can be made through trees and thick bush lining the fairways but this dense coastal vegetation helps to isolate the holes as a rather uninspired routing along the coastline results in many of the fairways running parallel to each other.
Lightly bunkered, the layout provides a raw links golf experience but, even though the club has been renewing a couple of greens every year in recent times, some feel more of the money splashed out in 2000 on a new clubhouse – relocating it from the south to the north end of the course – could have been better spent on the course.In 2009, the course was heritage listed – an honour the club is truly proud of – and quite an achievement when you consider that in its formative years, golfers had to contend with ruminating cattle and sheep that were keeping the rough down and odious by-products from the nearby whaling station which were used to fertilize the fairways and greens.
It is a few months since I travelled down to Albany and played this course, but it is definitely worth a good review. Albany serves up Australian links golf to a good degree. The wind off Middleton Beach adds a dimension to a course that is well laid out and a challenge to navigate.
The fairways run well and decent drive is crucial on this course, the green were fast and had good breaks that would present a test to most golfers. I even saw a snake slivering over the rough on the 5th.
Albany sits along side Bunbury as one fo the best regional course in WA. If you are heading course, chuck your golf clubs in the car and enjoy what Albany has to offer, a great track that will produce a test to golf that few other links courses in WA can live up to!
Albany GC is a natural links style course set sea side in Albany's sand dunes. Amazing views can be had here of the ocean nearby. The fairways are typical links land with swales and undulations, and the smooth greens are very quick with subtle variations. There is thick vegetation on course and off the tee you must be accurate to score well, but the wind here can effect your round as well sadly. The course heads out and back along the same parallel area close to the beach. Certainly a must play if in town.
Stayed in Albany for 6 weeks and played the course about 12 times. Very tough course to score on. From the Whaleback 1st to the narrow 18th it is a real test. The prevailing westerly winds add to the degree of difficulty. The turf is deep and clinging and approach shots must be played high as a pitch and run will stop short. The greens are fast and true. My favourite hole is the par 5 11th-fairway is narrow and runs between hillsides covered in bush.Second shot must be played over or around a bushy hill encroaching from the left. Two good shots still require anything from a 5 iron to a PW to the green depending on the wind. Members are very friendly and hospitable.