South Australia

Map of 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 February 2019. 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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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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Grange (West)

3rd 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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4th 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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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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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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Mount Compass

7th South Australia - Best in Area

The Mount Compass golf course (formerly Fleurieu Golf Club) 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.


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”.

Victor Harbor

9th South Australia - Best in Area

There’s more to Victor Harbor Golf Club than the scenic elevated first tee which affords panoramic views of Encounter Bay. In fact, the overall golfing experience at this centurion is rather agreeable.

Tee Tree Gully

10th 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.

South Australia Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Stephen S Courses Played 9
= Craig Baker Courses Played 9
= Brendan James Courses Played 9
4 David Percy Courses Played 8
= Peter Wood Courses Played 8
6 Ian Greenwood Courses Played 7
= Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 7
8 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 6
= KP Courses Played 6
= Paul T Armstrong Courses Played 6