Set in the foothills of the Adelaide Hills, the course at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club has grown from a 9-hole layout co-designed by R. Stewart and L. Cocks and constructed by club volunteers in the early 1950s to a challenging par 71 track that now ranks among Adelaide’s finest.
Sloan Morpeth then Kel Nagle and Mike Cooper have had a hand in the course’s evolution, fashioning the fairways that are in play today. It’s a tight track where you must drive the ball well and keep your approach play precise, otherwise you’ll be punished.
Occupying a property of around 95 acres, the course is configured with two returning nines. The outward half features three par threes (two of which are played back-to-back at the 2nd and 3rd) and only one par five so it plays around 600 metres shorter than the inward half.
Highlight holes include the left doglegging 7th, where four large bunkers pinch into the fairway at the turn, the 185-metre 13th, which is the only short hole on the back nine, and the “signature hole” 15th, requiring an approach shot over water to a large sand-protected green.