South Australia

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About

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 March 2021. 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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Kooyonga

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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Glenelg

3rd 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 (West)

4th 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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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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Mount Compass

6th 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.

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Links Lady Bay

7th 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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Millicent

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”.

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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.

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McCracken

10th South Australia - Best in Area

Opened for play in the mid-1990s, the course at McCracken Golf Club is a Tony Cashmore design located in Victor Harbor, on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, around an hour’s drive south of Adelaide.

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South Australia Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Stephen S Courses Played 15
2 Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 14
3 Brendan James Courses Played 9
= Tim Leahy Courses Played 9
= Scarlett Courses Played 9
= Craig Baker Courses Played 9
7 David Percy Courses Played 8
= Peter Wood Courses Played 8
9 Kevin P Courses Played 7
= Gregory Kuriata Courses Played 7