We feel like we’ve said it over a million times now, but it really is true that golf is one of the most popular outdoor spots in Australia. Every state and every major city is home to a huge number of golf courses to facilitate Australians’ desire to get outdoors, swing some clubs and hit some balls.
Adelaide, down in South Australia, is no different. The southern city is well known for its nightlife, outdoor spaces and of course, the Barossa Valley, that is responsible for the majority of the best Australian red wine we drink on a daily basis. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best golf courses in Australia that you really do need to play at least once in your life, even if you have just a nugget of love for the game.
Adelaide and golf have an illustrious history, with records showing the game has been played on the city’s park lands since 1870.
A surprising number of Adelaide golf courses are dotted in and around the CBD area – including the well-known North Adelaide Golf Club and The Royal Adelaide Golf Club – so you’re never too far from the fairway, but if you’re ok to drive a short distance, or even if you live on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle, you’re still given plenty of options.
Adelaide Golf Courses
How many golf courses in Adelaide?
There are over 60 golf courses in Adelaide, ranging from prestigious, members-only types through to short, 9-hole public courses. With so many courses, you're highly likely to find an Adelaide golf course near you.
Where is The Royal Adelaide Golf Club?
The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, which is affiliated with the other 'Royal' clubs around Australia, can be found at 328 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton, 5023.
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Today, there are three courses you can play on: the South Course, a championship style Par 71; the shorter – but no less challenging – Par 69 North Course and the shorter still Par 3, an 18-hole course where the longest is 140 metres.
No matter which course you play, you'll be surrounded with picturesque park land and trees, and North Adelaide ensures the various grass-types (Kikuyu and Santa Ana Couch) are kept up to an impeccable standard.
Best of all, it's a public course with green fees that are comfortably affordable, making it possibly the perfect golf course in Adelaide for golfers of all abilities.
Address: 114/120 Mills Terrace, North Adelaide, 5006
Phone: 08 8203 7888
Visitors are welcome to play on the course during limited time windows on select days, and members of reciprocal clubs both in Australia and overseas are welcome to book a round too.
Membership brings with it several perks, which include first and foremost, access to one of the 10 best golf courses in Australia, as well as a pretty much guaranteed tee off time at the weekend. You'll also get access to the other 'Royal' clubs around Australia.
Address: 328 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton, 5023
Phone: 08 8356 5511
The first tee-off of the day takes place at first light and play can continue until the sun goes down, meaning securing yourself a spot shouldn't be an issue at all. Green fees are kept low, with a round of 9 at the weekend setting you back $20 and a second round can be had for additional $9.
Greens are always well maintained, although we would say it's definitely seen more as a practice course that will help you hone your skills before you decide to tackle some of the others on this list.
Address: Days Road, Regency Park, 5010
Phone: 08 8268 5733
Expect undulating greens, a fair few sand bunkers (no water hazards, fortunately) and some long, challenging shots and you have yourself a highly attractive golf course.
Visitors are welcome to play on the course, but will need to be introduced by either other members or the general manager, but we reckon just a couple of rounds could be enough to convince you to sign up. In doing so, you'll be able to access over 400 courses worldwide through the Pacific Links International network.
Address: James Melrose Road, Novar Gardens, 5040
Phone: 08 8350 3200
That's not to say a round won't be enjoyable, however, as Westward Ho is often regarded as offering one of the most fun rounds of play in the whole of Adelaide, making it a course you need should visit.
Address: West Beach Parks Golf Park, Military Road, West Beach, 5024
Phone: 08 8356 7220
With the longest of the 18 holes being 146m but most settling in between the 60-80m range, Valley View is a great course for beginners too.
Address: Grand Junction Road, Valley View, 5093
Phone: 08 8263 2189
The course itself is 9-holes, but with 18 alternate tees can provide for a full round of 18 (plans are in place to expand the course to a full 18 greens in the future) which make use of various grass types including Kikuyu and Bent.
The staff at Penfield consistently receive high praise too, not only for their commitment to keeping the grass impeccably groomed, but for the levels of customer service too. You'll be sure to return to play further rounds after just one visit.
Address: Woomera Avenue, Salisbury, 5108
Phone: 08 8281 5210
It may not have quite the same pedigree and history as other golf courses in Adelaide, but for a fun round and some incredible views thanks to its coastal location, you won't regret your visit.
Best of all, green fees are set low, so you can enjoy some scintillating golf without breaking the bank.
Address: 29 Clubhouse Road, Seacliff Park, 5049
Phone: 08 8298 7454
It's a private club, but visitors with a GOLFlink number are welcome to pay on select days and with a after paying a small fee.
Address: May Terrace, Adelaide, 5032
Phone: 08 8352 5444
Visitors are welcome to play but will need to book a tee time, but once you're in you'll be able to enjoy a round with friends and with a drink. Various tiers of membership are available too, each with its own list of benefits and number of playable days included.
Address: Memford Way, Flagstaff Hill, 5159
Phone: 08 8270 2300