Glenelg - South Australia - Australia

Glenelg Golf Club,
James Melrose Road,
Novar Gardens,
South Australia 5040,
Australia


  • +61 (0) 8 8295 5274

  • David Brand

  • Cargie Rymill, Vern Morcom, Neil Crafter

  • Shane Robinson

First used in 1927, the course at Glenelg Golf Club has been developed in three main phases. Mr Herbie (Cargie) Rymill originally laid Glenelg out upon sandy marshland with nine holes in play but this course was quickly doubled in size within twelve months of opening.

The layout was redesigned by Vern Morcom in 1947 – due to the loss of some land for the new Adelaide Airport – and this configuration served the members well for the following half a century before a major makeover was instigated in 1998.

Architect Neil Crafter, ably assisted by Glenelg member Bob Tuohy, embarked on a seven year scheme to remodel bunkers, create new tee boxes, modify fairways, enhance or replace green sites and upgrade irrigation throughout the course using sand already on site.

Today’s Glenelg course has been completely transformed to keep pace with the demands of the modern game and the set of holes around the turn – where Pine Hill features prominently in the routing between the 8th and 13th holes – are probably the strongest of any on the scorecard.
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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: 5.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2
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Peter Wood

Glenelg Golf Club was formed in 1926. Cargie Rymill laid out 9 holes in sandy marshland which opened for play in 1927. A year later a further 9 holes were added.

In 1947 the loss of some land to the new Adelaide airport caused the club to reconfigure the course and Vern Morcom was appointed to redesign it.

In 1998 Neil Crafter and Bob Tuohy commenced a remodelling program which took many years, and changed the look and feel of Glenelg Golf Course - Photo by reviewer Glenelg completely. Crafter and Tuohy cleaned out excessive foliage, modified or replaced greens, added new tees, and completely overhauled the bunkering introducing revetted faces on many, but not all of the 'pots'.

Glenelg is now a busy private club with a strong membership. The fact that a high percentage of those members are lower handicap golfers probably says something about the course. Glenelg is not overly long, but it can be demanding!

The routing ensures that the golfer is met with wind from different quarters, and kept on his toes. While the course is sand based, a number of the holes are framed by pine trees and others more linksy in feel. However the bunkering is a constant throughout the course.

Some quibble that the bunker styling varies throughout the course- which it does- but I don't have an issue with it. Crafter and Tuohy were simply ahead of their time in using the appropriate bunker type for the lay of the land. Turnberry in Scotland has just been through a spectacular renovation in anticipation of another Open Championship, and has taken a similar path with bunker variation.

In fact I think the bunkering at Glenelg is outstanding, both in placement and style- and adds to the challenge of playing Glenelg.

Glenelg largely flies under the radar, but is one of my favourite golfing venues in Australia. We rate Glenelg a Travelling Golfer "must play!"

Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.

January 16, 2019
5 / 6
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Neil Jamieson
I was told about this course by some colleagues. They rated the "new" Glenelg as the best course in Adelaide and one of the very best in the country. I can only concur. It is in magnificent condition, has a brilliant layout that is very strategic and calls for every club in the bag. As the pro shop assistant said to me, you can't just bash it around Glenelg, you have to think your way around the course. There are many traditional bunkers with revetted faces, fast, true and subtle greens, four very different and testing par 3s and a string on five par 4s that will test anyone. I asked why the course was (only) rated no 54 and was told that many of the judges from the various publications had not seen or played the course. Those that had rate the course very highly and so they should. Don't miss this one.
May 17, 2011
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