First used in 1948 on a hilly site to the north of the port city of Bunbury, the golf course of the same name has been improved year after year by a succession of club committees intent on raising its profile.
Bunbury Golf Club lies between the Collie River and the Leschenault Estuary and it’s a tight parkland track with undulating fairways bounded by mature Tuart, gum and wattle trees as well as blackboys and other native shrubs.
Configured as two returning nines, each of which start with a par three, the course is set on free-draining sandy coastal soil with a great mix of holes. All the short holes play downhill – the elevation change in the 136-yard 10th is more than 100 feet – and many of the par fours dogleg right or left between tee and green.Many who play the course for the first time will be caught unawares by a pair of very tough par fours at holes 14 and 15, both of which measure more than 430 yards. Coming at just the right time in a round, these holes – with a stroke index of 3 and 1, respectively – are designed to jump up and bite inattentive golfers already thinking of their 19th hole refreshment.
Regional golf at its best - that is the quickest way to describe Bunbury. It is well worth the drive down from Perth. I was lucky enough to play here twice in two days as part of the Leschenault Classic.
The course was in great condition with an interesting layout that will test golfers of all standards. I played both morning and afternoon and had to contend with the easterly in the morning and breeze off the sea in the afternoon. The greens are well defended and bunkers abound on this course. Once onto the green you have the chellenge of reading your line and anything wayward or heavy will be punished.
Bunbury is possibly the best 18 hole course on offer in South West WA.