Adelaide Hills
Blackwood Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
6079 M


Widely acknowledged as the best course in the Adelaide Hills, we’re located in Cherry Gardens – 8 minutes from the Blackwood roundabout, 11 minutes from Stirling and 25 minutes from the CBD.

Escape from the business of everyday life and enjoy our 18 hole, par 72 course in a beautiful bushland setting – majestic gums, towering pines, koalas, bird life and a kangaroo or two. Enjoy our immaculate fairways, fast greens and enough bunkers to make it interesting but not too daunting!

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6 Reviews
Time for an unbiased update on this semi-private course which now measures 6073m Par 72 with four par 3s ranging from 139-189m, ten par 4s ranging from 272-416m and four par 5s ranging from 451-486m. Blackwood Golf Club was founded in 1930 and has moved from Belair National Park to its current location in 1961 with the course officially opened at its present location in 1963. Course conditioning is impressive as you'd expect from a semi-private course with lush Santa Ana/wintergreen couch grass fairways with Santa Ana couch grass teebeds and a parkland style tree-lined layout. The medium-sized bent grass greens (with some poa) are smooth with decent roll, but I wouldn't say the greens are fast. The newer greens consist mostly of SR 10-19/SR10-20 bent grass whilst the older greens consist mostly of penncross bent grass. In terms of hazards, every hole is bunkered with a total of 45 bunkers on the course. There are 5 storage dams/ponds on the course which come into view (but not necessarily into play) on 7, 12, 15, 16 & 18. FRONT NINE highlight include: the opening 372m straight 1st (index 3) with a slight fairway bend right around a fairway bunker right rough 220-250m off the tee with OOB Cherry Gardens Road far right to a green guarded by 2 bunkers leftside; and the 451m 7th (index 11) which doglegs left from 240m off the tee with a fairway bunker through the dogleg on the right rough to a green guarded by 4 bunkers. The front nine is played towards the north of the clubhouse and has flatter fairways with less undulation than the back nine. The par 4s are the best attributes of the course. There is a good mixture of short and long par 4s here. BACK NINE highlights include: the 410m slight bend right Par 4 12th (index 4) with a fairway bunker on top of the crest about 230m off the on the right, then plays downhill to the green with a red-staked pond 3m short front edge to 70m short of the green with 2 bunkers; the 272m slight fairway bend left 13th (index 18) with the flag visible from the tee which plays slightly uphill with fairway bunkers left and right off the tee to a green with a bunker short right; the signature 475m sweeping dogleg left 15th (index 10) which plays uphill with a left-sloping fairway to the red-staked storage dams/vegetation along the entire leftside to a green with a bunker short and the water further short left; and the signature 398m sweeping dogleg left 16th (index 2) with thick vegetation and the storage dam along the left with a left-sloping fairway off the tee to a well-guarded green with 3 bunkers. The par 3s (at 3, 8, 11 & 14) are well bunkered and varied in length with slight topographical changes from tee to greens. The gentle undulation in the topography and the emphasis on hitting the high side of the fairways are the main challenges on Blackwood's back nine. The par 5s (at 2, 7, 15 & 18) are reasonable tests with some bunkering and water with heavily tree-lined fairways. Course access is from Cherry Gardens Road in the semi-rural suburb of Cherry Gardens in the Adelaide Hills about 26km south of the Adelaide CBD (via Unley Road, Upper Sturt & Ironbank Roads). Located in the Adelaide Hills the course elevation is approximately 400m above sea level along the southern boundary of the course at the 12th green to approximately 430m above sea level at the north-western corner of the course at the 4th green & 5th tee. The club has a luxury of a spare 115m Par 3 hole which has 2 leftside bunkers at the 10th tee if one hole was in need of any closure/repairs. The club utilises several bores which pumps into a holding tank and a large dam which captures stormwater run-off which is used for course irrigation. Played here 13th October 2012 off the back plates with $35 member's guest green fees at this semi-private course, however, green fee paying visitors are permitted on most days with $55 green fees. Some excellent practice facilities for its members & guests including a 150m grass driving range, a few chipping areas for short irons and a chipping & putting greens with a nice clubhouse. I'd recommend a round here to anyone with a good layout and course conditioning Check out their website for club history and information on course closure rules on catastrophic fire days in the Mount Lofty Ranges
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Loved this course. I agree with most of Scrubber's comments below so won't repeat those. Played in April and it was immaculate. The flat front 9 is an excellent test of the brain - especially off the tee. Choose your weapon wisely. I didn't think much of the Par 5 7th however - one of the dumbest holes I've seen which is an injustice to the rest of this magnificent course. (I had a 5 by the way so not talking through my scorecard.) The hilly back 9 is one of the best 9 holes I've played anywhere. If the front is a test of your brain, the back is a test of your brain and your balls. I love a risk/reward hole and this 9 has plenty. The Par 3 11th is a great short hole (139m). Your 2nd shot to the Par 4 12th is terrifying but fair. The Par 5 15th is fantastic - huge risk/reward from the tee and your 2nd shot - great hole. And the Par 4 16th can leave you with a wedge or 3-iron to the green depending on how much abyss you want to take on from the tee. When visting Adelaide as I was, just play there. You won't be disappointed.
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The Blackwood Golf Club is a stunning and very challenging course for all players. The course features some very well placed bunkers and some very tricky roughs. The greens are very well maintained considering the shortage of water, the greens are small and very fast so you will have to be an experienced player to score 1 putts from a distance. The clubhouse features a restaurant and a fully equiped proshop.

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Blackwood Golf Course is nestled in the heart of the tranquil Adelaide Hills, approximately 30 km's SW of the CBD. A true golfing challenge is found here, right from the first tee. Gently sloping immaculately conditioned tree lined fairways, contain a certain nostalgia. A real historic kind of course, nothing but a definite challenge, & definitely a course for the strategically minded thinker. Subtle greens in mint nic, are always a pleasure to putt on, although experience is an asset on the dancefloor. The whole course provides definite birdie chances, but just as easily can produce a bogey or worse. The front nine, usually classified as the easiest of the nines, has a relatively easy stretch from 6-9, where birdies are essential for the previous and upcoming testing holes. Signature holes would have to be the 12th, a long 410 metre par 4, where a drive is needed to the crest of the hill or to the bottom of it, leaving a downhill approach, usually of about a 7 or 6 iron, depending on the wind, which affects the ball immensely on this exposed hole. 14th hole is a short par 5, where a drive is needed up the hill, beware of the lake and shrubery on the left, then the decision is made for the layup (most popular option), or to go at the green, which is guarded by a kale, short and left. A two tiered green then plays havoc. All in all, a truely magnificent and fun-filled golf course. A must see when in Adelaide.

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Blackwood is best played from October to June when the couch fairways are superb.

The course is narrow with relatively small greens on most holes. Birdlife is abundant, and bring bread for the five resident geese on the front nine.

The course favours the straight hitter from both tee and fairway. Most greens are slighly elevated, resulting in additional challenges for the shorter hitters.

The greens are deceptive in their breaks.

Signature holes for me are the 1st, 7th, 12th, 15th and 16th. The 18th offers birdie if straightaround dog leg and leads to the elevated modern clubhouse.

Blackwood is a good golfing challenge requiring use of all the clubs in your bag and patience.

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Blackwood golf club is located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills about 30 mins drive from the city. The clubhouse and facilities are extremely good with the restaurant overlooking the 9th and 18th fairways and greens.

As for the course, Blackwood provides one of the most challenging and interesting rounds of golf in Adelaide. The fairways are carpet like, the greens are fast and tricky and there are many well positioned bunkers to catch any stray shots. The greens are mostly elevated and drain well in winter, any misplaced approach will usually leave you with a very tricky chip. Every hole on this course is completely different and each challenges a different aspect of your game. The front nine is completely flat while the back nine contains some slopes and hills, although on the whole the course is not nearly as up and down as most Adelaide hills courses.

The course is of medium length with some long holes and a couple of very tricky short holes. The highlight has to be the 15th, a long, dog leg par 5 almost impossible to hit in 2. A third shot pitch from 100m to a two tier, tricky green with bunkers front and a lake along the left of the fairway and side of the green. One of the most beautiful shots to hit, i couldnt help but get out another ball to hit.

Overall the course provides a golfing challenge in every sense of the word, but the beautiful surroundings and condition of the course will mean an enjoyable days play even if the course does get the better of your score. There are a few patchy spots in the rough and occasionally around the green which are the only downfall of this magnificent course. In my opinion it is level with or just behind Grange and Glenelg as the next best courses in Adelaide behind the superb Royal Adelaide and Kooyonga. A must see course when in Adelaide.

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Golf Course Details
611 Cherry Gardens Road, Blackwood
Adelaide Hills, SA 5157, Australia
Proshop: (08) 8388 2250
General: (08) 8388 2313