South Australia

The Festival State of South Australia occupies the southern central part of the country, much of which is arid, desert scrubland. The majority of the state’s one and a half million people live in or close to Adelaide, the capital. Like most Australians, they love their sport, though Australian Rules football and cricket come way ahead of golf in the popularity stakes.

The South Australian Golf Association – now rebranded as Golf SA – celebrated its centenary in 2004 and it currently governs amateur members in around one hundred and sixty clubs that are grouped into nine districts within the state. Golf SA also organises annual competitions for every category of golfer; male, female, junior and vets.

The course at Royal Adelaide is by far the finest 18-hole layout in the state. Indeed, this venerable old Alister MacKenzie track – which hosted the Australian Open nine times between 1910 and 1998 – makes regular appearances in the World Top 100 rankings. Other noteworthy courses in South Australia include a couple of Cargie Rymill designs at Kooyonga and Glenelg plus a pair of Vern Morcom courses at Grange (West) and Grange (East).

Our South Australia Best In State Rankings were last updated in November 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South Australia

Royal Adelaide

1st South Australia - Best in Area

Although the sea hasn’t bordered the course at The Royal Adelaide for some 10,000 years, it remains, like Royal Lytham & St Annes, more a links than an inland course.

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Description: Although the sea hasn’t bordered the course at The Royal Adelaide for some 10,000 years, it remains, like Royal Lytham & St Annes, more a links than an inland course. Rating: 5 out of 6

Kooyonga

2nd South Australia - Best in Area

Kooyonga Golf Club is one of the most interesting of Australia’s classic golf courses and it knocks most modern layouts into a cocked hat.

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Description: Kooyonga Golf Club is one of the most interesting of Australia’s classic golf courses and it knocks most modern layouts into a cocked hat. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Glenelg

3rd South Australia - Best in Area

Today’s course at Glenelg Golf Club has been completely transformed to keep pace with the demands of the modern game and the set of holes around the turn are probably the strongest...

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Description: Today’s course at Glenelg Golf Club has been completely transformed to keep pace with the demands of the modern game and the set of holes around the turn are probably the strongest... Rating: 6 out of 6

Grange (West)

4th South Australia - Best in Area

The West course at The Grange Golf Club measures 6,840 yards from the back markers and it plays to every inch of its length.

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Description: The West course at The Grange Golf Club measures 6,840 yards from the back markers and it plays to every inch of its length. Rating: 5 out of 6

Grange (East)

5th South Australia - Best in Area

The East course at the Grange Golf Club came of age twenty years after it opened when a fresh faced, 21 year old professional named Greg Norman won the West Lakes Classic...

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Description: The East course at the Grange Golf Club came of age twenty years after it opened when a fresh faced, 21 year old professional named Greg Norman won the West Lakes Classic... Rating: 5 out of 6

Links Lady Bay

6th South Australia - Best in Area

With wonderful views of the Fleurieu coastline, Links Lady Bay offers golfers an authentic links-like experience with subtly undulating fairways, cunningly-placed bunkers and smooth, true greens...

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Fleurieu

7th South Australia - Best in Area

The Fleurieu golf course at Mount Compass is situated an easy 45-minute drive from downtown Adelaide, with fairways routed around several lakes in a native bush setting that’s also home to kangaroos, echidnas and a wide variety of bird species.

Millicent - South Australia

8th South Australia - Best in Area

Millicent Golf Club was established in 1907, moving location a couple of times before settling at its present location in Mount Burr in 1961. It’s been described as “one of those unhurried jewels that make this ancient game a true pleasure”.

Tee Tree Gully

9th South Australia - Best in Area

In 1952, Tee Tree Gully Golf Club started out with a 9-hole course, co-designed by R. Stewart and L. Cocks and constructed by club volunteers. Within seven years, additional land was acquired, allowing the club to bring an 18-hole course into play.

Mount Gambier

10th South Australia - Best in Area

Situated close to the Blue Lake volcanic crater, the tree-lined fairways at the Mount Gambier Golf Club are routed across a gently undulating landscape, with many of the holes on the layout played from elevated tee positions.