Review for Royal Adelaide

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​VIsiting RA is like stepping into a professional championship, the clubhouse has a grandiose aura about it and the conditions are immaculate. As you look out of the clubhouse window you see strips of green surrounded by raw, terracotta coloured, shrubbery wasteland. Unlike others I wouldn't say it's overly linksey, only a soft breeze with cute native flora and high trees lining the hole. The positive influence of MacKenzie is undeniable, sheeny rolling greens surrounded by swaling run-off areas, and large cavanous low-lipped bunkers like the type you see in the Masters. This is its definite strength and it is as much of a pleasure to walk as it is to play; the train track which bisect the course is also a quaint reminder of old-fashioned British golf. The course plays a good length, some good par 5s which require three shots and some long par 3s which play absolute brutes into the wind. However lots of the par 4s play a similar length and few shortish par 4s which you can 'get at', they all require strategic play off the tee due to clever fairway bunkering or challenging dog-legging. And to re-iterate, teasing design of the greens means there aren't many amiable pin positions. Negatives are certainly a lack of definition between the holes, you can easily walk and hit between fairways and some of the tee boxes are positioned awkwardly. There are some great fun holes on the front half but after 9 they start to feel a bit samey. Also as a first time player, there are some semi-blind tee shots which make it a bit confusing to which way the hole plays. But all in all as a travelling UK reciprocal member I loved it and would have no hesitation in recommending or revisiting the club, the course is a good test of golf and the arid conditions are a pleasure to play in comparison to damp meadow equivalents of UK inland courses. xxChoongy

Date: March 30, 2014

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