Formed in 1928, Capel Golf Club initially operated from Tren Creek before moving three years later to the Capel racecourse. In 1964, the club upped sticks and relocated to a site just off the Bussell Highway in Stratham, where it remains to this day.
Holes are laid out on relatively flat terrain, with tight fairways lined by a plethora of different tree varieties, from Tuart to Jarrah, Banksia and Peppermint. Only a few holes, including the par four 2nd and par three 12th are orientated on an axis other than northeast-southwest, with many of the fairways running parallel to one another on both nines.
The Club hosts a number of competitions during the year, including the Capel Junior Open, Ladies’ Summer Cup, Easter Medley, Capel Classic, Capel Cup and the Capel 3000. The Capel Pro-Am, held annually in late May, is a major lead up event to the South West Open.
Another great country course in the Margaret River wine region, I put this slightly behind Bunbury and Busselton however. A slightly less memorable golf course with less standout holes, but having said that Capel is also much like the rest of the region, so well maintained by the greenstaff on a small budget no doubt. Kudos!
Capel gets one thing right - greens that are the envy of most courses in the region. Slick and immaculate, they run true and are a test for all levels of golfer. Beyond the greens, Capel is long and serves up an ongoing challenge that will delight some and defeat many.
The golf course is very much a sum of all its parts. Lots of enjoyable, playable holes rather than anything that stands out and, this is what gives it its charm. When you throw a few hills into the mix, the elevation changes add a layer of complexity and making the correct club selection a headache when dealing with the wind. The bunkers need some attention to fulfil their potential, though they are positioned spot on, often defending greens front and back.
Capel is an enjoyable walk in native woodland that is often interrupted by glorious golf shots and magnificent vistas.