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South Australia Golf Vacations
South Australia, a hidden gem in the world of golf, offers an enchanting blend of natural beauty and golfing excellence. Known for its world-class wine regions, stunning landscapes, and vibrant city life, this region adds another feather to its cap with its remarkable golf scene.
The South Australian golf courses are a blend of traditional links and modern designs, nestled amidst rolling hills, picturesque vineyards, and rugged coastlines.
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We offer a number of golf tours in South Australia with flexible options available to suit your needs.
Our self-guided golf tours are designed for each groups requirements and can include access to some of the State’s most renowned courses, such as Royal Adelaide, Grange and many more.
Adelaide, the heart of South Australia, is a haven for those who cherish golf, fine wine, and captivating local attractions. The city’s golf courses are renowned for their pristine condition and challenging layouts, offering an idyllic blend of sport and relaxation. Complementing the golfing experience, Adelaide’s world-famous wine regions, like the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, invite visitors to indulge in exquisite wine tasting and gourmet dining. Beyond the greens and vineyards, the city abounds with local sightseeing opportunities, from its bustling Central Market to the serene Adelaide Botanic Garden, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a diverse and enriching experience.
Signature Golf Tours has access to the best courses in and around Adelaide, and with current partnerships and access to many accommodation providers throughout the region, we can provide options to suit each groups needs. Whether it be budget or luxury, hotel or apartments, we can ensure your stay is a comfortable and memorable one.
Why not choose an Adelaide Golf Tour for your next golf holiday? You can’t go wrong! Our self-guided golf tours are fully customisable to suit each groups needs, so contact us today to start discussing your trip.
Our recommended Adelaide golf courses;
Royal Adelaide Golf Club
The Royal Adelaide Golf Club is one of Australia’s most prestigious and historically significant golf clubs. Established in August 1892, it originally started in the North Parklands before moving to its current location in Seaton in 1906. The course is known for its unique terrain, featuring flat areas as well as undulating dunes that contribute to its memorable holes. This layout has earned the course iconic status both in Australia and globally.
The course, which became ‘Royal’ in 1923, was initially laid out by local Cargie Rymill. Dr. Alister MacKenzie also made some contributions in 1926, with some of his suggestions incorporated into the course design. The club later employed Michael Clayton for renovations, further enhancing the course’s character. The Royal Adelaide Golf Club is a par 72 course, stretching over 6557 meters, and has a slope rating of 133. It has hosted several prestigious tournaments, including the Australian Open and the Women’s Australian Open, showcasing its capacity to challenge the world’s best golfers.
The club offers a range of facilities, including a driving range, golf school academy, teaching professionals, and a clubhouse with dining options. The course’s design and facilities have made it a favorite among golfers seeking a blend of historical significance and challenging play.
The Grange Golf Club
The Grange Golf Club is renowned for its two internationally rated 18-hole golf courses, the West and the East, both offering unique golfing experiences. The West Course, a classic golf course featuring tall pine trees, tight greens, and well-placed bunkers, was first opened in 1926 and later redesigned in 2007 by Mike Clayton Golf Designs. This course is laid out on excellent golfing country, accentuated by wide corridors, Callitris and Monterey Pines, and expansive native grass areas.
The East Course, originally designed by Vern Morcom and opened in 1967, underwent redevelopment by Greg Norman Golf Course Design, reopening in 2012. Its strategic design features flatter ground on the front nine, transitioning to some of the best golfing land on the property on the back nine. The course challenges players with decisions on tee shot lines, incorporating bunkers and native areas that offer premium lines into greens seamlessly set into surrounding undulations.
The Grange Golf Club is the current host of LIV Adelaide and has also hosted several other major tournaments, including the 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, the prestigious World Amateur Teams Championships, and the Australian Amateur Championships. Greg Norman, a golfing great, won his first professional victory at the West Lakes Classic held at this club, highlighting its significance in the world of golf.
Glenelg Golf Club
Glenelg Golf Club, established in 1927, is a private golf club located in Adelaide. It is recognized as one of Australia’s premier golfing facilities and is currently ranked within the top 40 golf courses in the country.
The 18-hole golf course at Glenelg is a par 71, measuring 6,267 meters in length. It features couch grass fairways and bent grass greens. The course design, which includes revetted-edge style bunkering, is reminiscent of traditional Scottish links courses. The course was designed by Herbert ‘Cargie’ Rymill in 1927, with later contributions by Vern Morcom in 1954 and a renovation by Neil Crafter and Bob Tuohy in 1998. In 2016, Glenelg Golf Club was ranked 25th among the top 100 Australian courses by Golf Australia Magazine.
Glenelg Golf Club has hosted several state and national championships, including the South Australian Open and the Australian Amateur Championships. The course record is held by Brett Drewitt (Men) with a score of 64 and Minjee Lee (Women) with a score of 65.
Kooyonga Golf Club
Kooyonga Golf Club is renowned for its rich history and championship-quality golf course. The club was founded in 1923 when H.L ‘Cargie’ Rymill, a South Australian golf pioneer, purchased a stretch of swampland and sand hills known as May’s Paddock. Recognizing its potential for great golf, Rymill designed the first nine holes, which opened within a few months, and by June 1924, a full 18-hole course was ready for play.
The course at Kooyonga is known for its challenging layout, requiring strategic thinking and skillful play. The late Peter Thomson, after winning the 1972 Australian Open Championship at Kooyonga, described the course as one that “needs to be played with the head as much as the hands.”
Kooyonga Golf Club has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments, including six Australian Opens (five men’s and one women’s), twenty South Australian Opens, and two Australian Amateur Championships. The club has a tradition of attracting the world’s greatest golfers, including Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman.
The clubhouse has undergone significant refurbishment, with the most recent multimillion-dollar upgrade completed in 2021, transforming it into a modern facility while retaining traditional elements. The club is consistently rated amongst Australia’s top golf courses and provides an outstanding golfing experience for both local and international visitors.
West Lakes Golf Club
West Lakes Golf Club is recognized for its challenging and well-maintained 18-hole golf course. The club, originally known as Riverside Golf Club, started as the Woodville Gardens Golf Club in 1934 and transitioned to its current location in 1951 due to the post-war building boom in the late 1940s. Over the years, the club has undergone significant changes, including a name change, clubhouse renovations, and course improvements.
The course itself presents a challenging Par 70 layout, stretching over 5,632 meters, and is known for its tight and testing design. This layout was completed in early 2011, making it a more challenging course for golfers. The course is set on the sand belt at West Lakes, providing excellent greens and is playable in all weather conditions. The club’s facilities include a quality clubhouse and catering services, contributing to a unique golfing experience for both members and visitors.
The transformation of the course from wasteland to a quality golf course reflects the club’s dedication to providing an excellent golfing environment. The West Lakes Golf Club offers a blend of challenging golf and quality facilities, making it a notable destination for golfers in Adelaide.
Flagstaff Hill Golf Club
Flagstaff Hill Golf Club is a picturesque and award-winning golf club that has been recognized as the best golf club by Clubs SA in 2011 and 2012. The club offers an 18-hole course that provides a variety of challenges suitable for golfers of all standards. The course features a par 72 for men and a par 73 for women, ensuring a balanced and enjoyable experience for all players.
Flagstaff Hill Golf Club is also known for its well-maintained fairways and greens, providing an excellent golfing experience all year round.
Currently, the club is undergoing a significant development, with a new clubhouse expected to be completed by December 2024. This development is set to enhance the facilities and services provided, further cementing Flagstaff Hill Golf Club as a premier golfing destination in Adelaide.
Blackwood Golf Club
Blackwood Golf Club, located in Cherry Gardens in the Adelaide Hills, is renowned for its picturesque setting and welcoming atmosphere. Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2020, the club is easily accessible, being just 7 minutes from the Blackwood roundabout and 15 minutes from the Tollgate.
The club’s course is set in a tranquil bushland environment, with wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, and kookaburras often seen on the course. The fairways and greens are beautifully framed by majestic trees and foliage, maintained in excellent condition throughout the year thanks to the club’s own water supply. The course also features strategically placed bunkers and water hazards, adding both beauty and challenge to the game.
Mt Compass Golf Club
Mount Compass Golf Course, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide, has emerged as one of the rising stars in Australian golf. Previously known as the Fleurieu Golf Club, it underwent significant transformations under new ownership and the design expertise of Neil Crafter. This transformation led to Mount Compass achieving top 100 honors in major golf publications.
The course is about an hour’s drive from Adelaide and is noted for its layout and conditioning, offering exceptional value. Characterized by over 80 refurbished bunkers, many of which capture a links style with rugged and overgrown edges, the course requires strategic play and concentration. Its design cleverly incorporates elements like elevation changes, slopes, water, and trees, creating a diverse and engaging golfing experience.
Key feature holes at Mount Compass include the Par 4 third hole, requiring a well-thought-out tee shot to avoid water, and the Par 3 twelfth, which demands a significant carry over water.
Recent improvements to the course have focused on greens, fairways, bunker reconditioning, and tree management, with ongoing fine-tuning to enhance the golfing experience. The club’s efforts have not only improved the course but also raised awareness, attracting golfers from both local areas and beyond.
Links Lady Bay
Links Lady Bay Resort, located on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, an hour’s drive from Adelaide, is a premier golfing destination that combines the tranquility of the countryside with the challenge of a championship golf course. The resort’s golf course, designed by the renowned trio of Jack Newton, Graeme Grant, and John Spencer, is a par 72 course stretching over 6,400 meters. It’s known for its St Andrews style sand-based layout, offering a varied golfing experience with some holes providing sweeping coastal views and others nestled among the hills.
The course is recognized for its strategic design, demanding both skill and a bit of luck, and is strong enough to challenge experienced golfers while still being enjoyable for average players. The subtle bent greens, wide fairways, and variety in routing have earned it the accolades of being the number one resort course and the number one public access course in South Australia. The course, which opened in 1998, has hosted several significant tournaments, including the Australian Junior Championship and the South Australian Mid-Amateur Championship.
The resort itself offers a range of facilities and accommodation options, enhancing the overall golfing experience. With the addition of the Links Lady Bay Resort in 2004 and the 4.5-star Grand Mercure suites in 2007, it provides guests with luxurious lodging and amenities. The resort is also a popular choice for functions, including weddings, with its picturesque setting and comprehensive services.
Tanunda Pines Golf Club
Tanunda Pines Golf Club, nestled in the heart of South Australia’s famous Barossa Valley wine region, is a golfing destination that combines the natural beauty of the Australian landscape with a challenging and well-designed golf course. The club, surrounded by vineyards and native flora, offers a unique golfing experience that is both scenic and demanding.
The golf course at Tanunda Pines is known for its strategic design, requiring thoughtful play and precision. The layout is characterized by undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and challenging greens. The natural terrain, including the elevation changes and the native vegetation, adds to the course’s complexity and beauty.
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