Developer Mike Hill’s vision for the resort at Links Lady Bay was formed many years ago (whilst working in the area as a sheep shearer, of all things) and it began to take shape in the early 1990s with the acquisition of some land from several local farmers. The intention was to build a course without an exclusive membership or waiting list. Instead, it was to be a resort-style, highly accessible complex that would be enjoyed by all golfers.
The golf course was designed by the runner up in both the 1975 Open and 1980 Masters, legendary golfer Jack Newton, and he – assisted by Graeme Grant and John Spencer – routed two returning loops of nine holes over the free-draining, sandy landscape at Links Lady Bay. The layout opened to much acclaim in 2000, quickly establishing itself as the top public access course in the state.
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 – all that you might expect to find on one of the great links courses in Great Britain or Ireland, actually. The long par three 17th is considered the signature hole on the card, played to a sloping green protected by deep sand traps to the right of the putting surface.
A true links style course set in a wonderful location here in the Fleurieu region in South Australia backing onto the Lady Bay Vineyard. For the first time here, I really enjoyed my experience! With many dogleg holes keeping the player thinking about the best line to the green complexes. A fairly flat course, with good use of natural terrain that does take the golfer up and down in parts namely the par 3 15th! Amazing bunkers much like the golfer experiences in the UK & Ireland. Water surprisingly comes into play on a few holes. Fairways were wide enough but they do punish the errant drive, some holes more than others. Greens were of a great standard testing all comers. Great conditioning on display here which makes me think this course will rise the rankings.