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Played here at the Patawalonga course on 31/12/15 for $78, which include comp fees and a cart. The course is in good nick through out; true greens, wide lush fairways and enough bunkers in play to make your sand iron a regular requirement ( though sand was a little hard). Seems forgiving for the mid to high handicapper (most of us), plenty of 40+ stableford scores off the white. Single figure players would probably reach a couple of the par fours. Three or four degrees cooler than the city even without many large shade trees. Resort and caravan park nearby and plenty of beaches in the area. An enjoyable and satisfying course.
The Westward Ho golf club has 2 courses available for play - the
Patawalonga course and the shorter less demanding Executive 60. I
recommend the Patawalonga course - the Executive 60 is more
suited to beginners or if you want to hone your short game, it
has no par fives and 12 par 3's. The Patawalonga course is
6034 metres in length and is situated near the coast in
metropolitan Adelaide. The course is very popular on weekends due
to its seaside location but if you are willing to wait a little
while they can usually fit you in. But its probably better to
ring first to get a tee time. I played on a Wednesday and my
round progressed without too many holdups. The course is in good
condition with good drainage due to the sand base - I have been
able to play this course after rain periods with no problems
where other courses would have been unplayable. Most fairways are
tree-lined and there are a couple of water hazards around but you
shouldn't have too much trouble if you venture into the
rough. The biggest enemy on this course is definitely the wind.
The sea breeze is always from the south west in Adelaide and the
course designers have cleverly(nastily?) put some of the holes
running in a south westerly direction. The 14th fits into this
category - a 410m par 4 that is rated as the hardest hole and
rightly so. If the wind is blowing even the big hitters wouldnt
reach this in two. There are also some holes that run the other
way with the wind, the 2nd par 3 for example, so club selection
becomes critical. There are plenty of bunkers on the course - the
8th hole for example has a bunker in the fairway so you either
have to aim to the right of it or be confident enough that you
will clear it. So there are some holes where you will need to
think before going with the driver.
In summary the Patawalonga course at Westward Ho golf club is a
good challenging course with plenty of variety. For visitors to
Adelaide it is near the airport and the beach so would be a good
choice if you are staying in the area.
When you play a bit of golf there is always a course that you
just play well, and this is mine.
Its pretty wide open and if you miss a fairway most of the time
you will still have a shot. The greens are a little on the slower
side but are true.
When my games not going well I normally have a round here and get
it back on track, one day after having 50 off the stick on the
front nine I came home in 36. Your game just comes back to you.
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