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Review of the Month - December 2021

28 January, 2022

The purpose of the Review of The Month feature is twofold. Top100GolfCourses has always aimed to salute and encourage those who are putting admirable effort into reviewing the world’s great golf courses. Moving forward, we are also looking to learn from these experts! We’ll be chatting with the month’s star authors and discussing topics such as golf in their area, what they like to see in a strong course review, and of course dig a little deeper into their own winning review.

December 2021’s Review of The Month comes from Chris “3Putt” Woolacott, who mused on Glenelg Golf Club, a nearby club in his hometown of Adelaide.

You suggest that Glenelg is a route that generates a black/white reaction from players. What contributes to this?

I asked a few fellow golfers and the common thread is the dislike of the penalty areas (previously known as “water hazards”), which are artificial and unnecessary.

So, that’s my two cents worth and that’s about all it is worth. I hope for some rebuttal and replies that might lead to a healthy debate on the merits/shortcomings of this pretty decent golf course.

Would you mind sharing your favorite hole from Glenelg, and what you enjoyed about it?

No. 11: a brilliant and challenging uphill Par 3. Maybe the best hole on the course. My favourite, although I rarely play it well.

Many golf course architecture enthusiasts are familiar with the keynote courses at Melbourne and Sydney, but not so much Adelaide. Can you recommend a few gems for those in the city for a few days?

If anyone is contemplating a trip to Adelaide, there are five “Tier One” courses worth playing. They are all within a few kilometres of each other on the western side of the city. Pre-Covid, there were limited spaces for anyone wishing to play. This may not be the case now.

Apart from Grange East, which I have not played in a long time, there aren’t too many other choices. I have reviewed the courses in and around greater Adelaide that may generate interest.

Now that you're a celebrated "Review of The Month" winner, let us know what factors you appreciate in a strong golf course review!

As far as reviews go, I like ones which have a bit of pizazz or zing in them. I always look forward to the offerings in the style of “BB,” M. James Ward, JCB Lay, Ryan Book, Peter Wood and a number of others.

What's one course that you'd love to write a review for during 2022?

I think my next review will be Barnbougle Dunes (Dunes Course). I was lucky enough to be able to work in Northern Tasmania every January for about 10 years and I played my first round there only a few months after it opened. That will be a challenge!

Parting thoughts!

I wish you and everyone else involved in the site the very best in the future, at the same time offering my thanks to Keith and Jim for their past efforts.


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