Sanctuary Golf Resort

South-West WA, WA | User Rating: Rate-3 (3.5) | Add A Review

Just 8 kilometres from the centre of Bunbury you will find the South West’s finest resort golf course. Designed in 1994 by renowned Michael Coate, the course boasts 64 strategically placed bunkers and an abundance of man-made lakes that come into play on 12 of the 18 challenging holes.

The picturesque course which is open to the public 7 days a week is complemented by an aqua driving range and a well stocked pro-shop. With private tuition and group clinics available, the Sanctuary is a perfect venue for both corporate and social golfers alike.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Name: Sanctuary Golf Resort
  • Region: South-West WA, WA
  • Address: Old Coast Road
    Bunbury, 6231, Western Australia, Australia
  • Proshop: (08) 9725 2999
  • General: (08) 9725 2999
  • Holes: 18
  • Metres: 5808m
  • Par: 71
1. Nicholstones | Rated | 26 Nov 2010 | Add A Review

This quite an interesting Resort style course, with wide fairways and plenty of hazards in play. The greens are very large and undulating and were quite slow when we played it. The front nine is relatively straight forward, although still with plenty of hazards, but not in play unless you are off line. The back 9 however has water in play on most of the holes except the 10th. It is a good test of shot making and nerve. Having said that neither of us lost a ball, so it can be played. The fairways are in good condition and the overall feel of the course is good. Green fees of $46 on weekends (Fridays count as weekend) is a little expensive, but certainly worth a visit if you are in the area. We walked the course and it is quite an easy walk, so a cart is not required.

2. Rodgo72 | Rated | 26 Apr 2009 | Add A Review

Played this course a few months back.. I have to agree with applecore 54. The overall layout was good inparticular the back 9. with a lot of shot options and the daunting water it is a good test. Large size tiered greens and plenty of resort style bunkers this course has the potential to be the best public course outside of perth.

When we played the weather was mild, However when you walk onto the greens the amount of moisture comming out of the greens was an indication of the heavy overwatering in which the greens must recieve. I have been told this is also the case on extremely hot days aswell. The greens do run fairly true but with being that soft there is many deviations from footprints. During the wetter months the place is very wet, i see they are topping some bunkers up with sand to combat the swimming pools they are left with after a decent shower. Overall our experience was plesent. just think that the place could be in a little better condition

3. applecore54 | Rated | 24 Feb 2008 | Add A Review

NOt the best course to play at quality wise, very muddy and soggy fairways during colder months and feels like your walking through a swamp. Course layout isn’t to hard and suits the weekend golfer

4. chillip | Rated | 07 Dec 2007 | Add A Review

Sneaky. Is probably the best way to describe this golf course. It’s not as wide as most resort courses and is tricked up to catch out the unwary on the fairways. I played my round with the help of a local and we were both scratching our heads trying to work out the distances to traps and hazards. If you are not hitting your irons really sweet, give this course the miss. The course is not long so an iron off the tee proved to be the better option on many holes with water or fairway hazards.

The greens at least run true unlike many resort style knee knocker greens. If you are lucky enough to make the greens in regulation you have a good chance of walking away with less than bogey.

The course is best described as a parkland course with resort style hazards. The pro shop was reasonably helpful and friendly, and the food available in the clubhouse is cut above the rest, with excellent service. It nice that someone can make you feel five star when the course has just made you hit rock bottom. I think next time I’m in the area I’ll give other course a try.

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5. iseekgolfguru | Rated | 09 Jul 2007 | Add A Review

Playing in mid winter this course is harder than normal. There is not only the usual amount of the wet stuff ready to sneak your ball away from you if you are wayward but the fairways can be a bit muddy in places as it is such a low lying course. This means some of the bunkers can be a bit wetter than you would like but thats part of the challenge too.

The greens are soft and receptive but run true once you are there.

Plenty of bird life on and around the course for those who smell the roses as well as chase balls.

Access is easy driving in and a good place to rest up locally.

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6. zano1980 | Rated | 02 Nov 2005 | Add A Review

This course can be found just out of Bunbury and is the most talked about course in the South West.

It is an extremely well laid out 18 hole resort style course, but oh so challenging. It doesn't play overly long, only 5,808m from the back tees, but is a course that gets you thinking. Wide fairways and not much trouble if you go bush. Very open and easy to get out of. The major thing to watch for is all of the water - there is plenty.

The front nine tends to be fairly simple and has some pretty easy scoring holes. However, you hit the back nine and your score goes up from there!!!!

With an abundance of bunkers and endless water, it is all too easy to add shots to the round. Looking up the fairway of the 12th and you think "It is like a bomb field out there! Where the hell can I drive too?" With at least 9 bunkers at the 180 -250m drive area, it is all but impossible to thread the needle. You then continue to battle another large contingency of both bunkers and water until you get to the 16th.

This is a par 5 commonly known as the "Island" hole. You drive to the 200 -250m mark just in front of a little embankment that ends up being water. The second shot brings a moral dilemma. You have the option to hit onto an island which is about 60m wide and 150m long, or just go over it. The back of this island sits about 150m from the green. A lot of people go for broke here and if you can clear the island and land on the green side of the water (looking at hitting at least 180m depending on original drive and there always seems to be a wind right in your face coming off of the ocean), it becomes a certain par and even an eagle chance. Most people lay it up at the back of the island and then hit about 150m to the green making for a two put par.

I must admit, not just one of the most challenging courses I have ever seen, one of the most fulfilling as well. If ever in the area, I highly recommend to take it on.

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