Royal Adelaide Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 73
6578 M


Being a private golf club, the majority of the activities on the course and in the Clubhouse at Royal Adelaide Golf Club are for the Members and their guests.

On most days of the week, Members have exclusive use of the course.

Despite many alterations made since the first blow was struck on it 98 years ago, it retains its distinctive character of a comparatively open links course, an attribute by no means common in this country. It is this character which members and visitors alike recognise as a priceless asset in a golf course situated so close to a major city.

Taken as a whole, the Seaton course, with its wide open spaces, poses more problems than appear at first sight, except under the most benign conditions. Most members are more than happy to complete their round having played to their handicaps.

13 Reviews
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If RAGC is in good condition, it is one of the best handful of places to play in the country. Throw in the train that occasionally passes through the course & you've got a world-class golf experience.
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After a month in Adelaide, we were due to leave until the notice for the open day here at Royal Adelaide popped up. Not wanting to miss a chance, booked two more days accommodation and registered to play. Having heard and read so much, was nervous as a first date. OK. First impressions. Is that a train? Yep. Then, carpet like grass everywhere in dry old Adelaide. Probably because I played my best round in months,  I loved the fairways, found the huge greens spot on and didn't have too much trouble with the plethora of bunkers. Some tough holes, some fun and a couple average. A top ten ranking in Australia surprised me a little as there are tougher courses, prettier courses and friendlier courses but happy to say I played there and came in six under my handicap. Still waiting on GolfSA for my finishing spot (leading when I left). Don't know if it's worth the usual visitor's green fees compared to hundreds of other courses. Must be the prestige.

The Relic.
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Simply Amazing..Enough Said
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Played 15-12-2011 My favourite Royal course in Australia and deserving of a higher rating than nudging in the top 10. This is an outstanding golf course with most people only coming up with a relatively benign first and second holes as semi-criticisms. With any wind however they are far from benign. The 3rd is a perfect example of old golf course design being relevant for today. An easily reachable par 4 but everyone would be happy walking off with par. A flat benign piece of land that is a work of art. Many modern designers could learn from the great.
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I am not sure if I agree with the previous review as there are no dull architecturally-designed holes here at RA which measures 6557m Par 72 with three classic par 3s ranging from 164-204m, twelve par 4s ranging from 269-442m and three par 5s ranging from 467-498m. Course has lush Santa Ana/common couch fairways and teebeds with winter rye grass in the rough which will over the years see more indigenous rough grasses being used here. The mostly large-sized grass greens are unique to RA which are a mixture of Highland/G2/ Seaside/Penncross bent grass varieties. The oldest greens on the course are at 1, 15 and 18 and are a variation of the 4 types of bent grass used. I know the rankings of Australia's courses are an imperfect way of measuring architectural merit, as Australian Golf Digest (March 2010) ranks RA #9 in Australia and #1 in the state, but they are a reasonable guide to use Despite the index rating, both outward and inward nines open with arguably the weakest holes on the course: the 347m slight dogleg left 1st (index 12) with mounds left and 2 fairway bunkers right off the tee to a green with 1 bunker short; and the 342m straight 10th (index 15) with a fairway bunker right off the tee to a green guarded by 5 bunkers. However, the pedestrian opener is followed the longest and most bunkered hole on the course: the 498m straight 2nd (index 16) with a teeshot across the railway line with a few fairway bunkers with 4 bunkers 20-50 short right of the green guarded by another 3 bunkers. This is followed by the only unbunkered hole on the course and one of its signature holes: the 269m 3rd (index 18) - straight hole with the green not visible but the top of the flag visible from the tee - this is one of the great short par 4s as the green is reachable with a perfect teeshot but the whole of the right side of the fairway is protected by a huge sand dune mound. Holes 4-7 are all par 4s over 400m in length with heavily bunkered dogleg corners to avoid off the tee to well bunkered large greens. This is followed by one of the signature par 3s in golf: the 164m 7th (index 8) with a sandy waste between you and the U-shaped 8 bunkers which guard this front-sloping green. Characteristic of links course where the 9th green is within 1km of the coastline & the furthest point away from the clubhouse, RA retains its distinctive character of a comparatively open links course, an attribute not very common in Australia. The signature 353m uphill teeshot at 11th (index 13) is a beauty mid-length par 4 hole: with 2 fairway bunkers on the top of the crest about 220m off the tee with a sand crater short of the green guarded by 2 shortside bunkers. This is followed by the 204m slightly downhill teeshot at the 12th (index 3) with a bunker short left of the slightly elevated green. The 405m slight dogleg left 13th (index 7) with sandy rough and tall pine trees along the leftside to a green with 2 bunkers short. Another signature hole follows at the long 442m visually intimidating Par 4 straight 14th with a teeshot across the railway line with fairway bunkers along the right to an elevated green surrounded by deep hollows and 3 bunkers. The closing 4 holes are quite varied: with the only water hazard on the course coming into play along the rightside of the 467m 15th (index 17) fairway is followed by the short 165m 16th (index 11) with 2 bunkers leftside and hollows on the right. The 421m long and wide 17th (index 5) has a split fairway with bunkers in the middle off the tee with a huge sandy waste far right to a 40m-long green with 2 shortside bunkers. The closing 382m slight bend left 18th (index 9) has 3 fairway bunkers on the left and another on the right off the tee with a green guarded by 2 rightside bunkers. Overall, there are 6 par 4s over 400m in length here with also some great signature holes at 3, 7, 11 & 14. The 3rd hole is the only hole without a bunker and there are a total of 85-90 bunkers on the course. I can not remember playing a course where a suburban railway line branch runs right through the course and past the clubhouse as well as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 14th tees, 2nd, 13th & 18th greens which it does at RA. Played here 29/09/2011 with $160 interstate green fees. One of my favourites alongside NSW, Barnbougle Dunes and RM. A highly recommended golfing destination on the Adelaide sandbelt near other gems such as Kooyonga, Glenelg and The Grange which I would all rate as a 5-star "golf at its absolute best" rating which I rarely give.
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Played on 16/10/10, course was having some work done, 15th was out of play and the 9th had been converted to a par 4 and a 135m Par 3. This was disappointing. I like some parts of the course and other I don't. 1st and 2nd are relatively dull running in opposite direction either side of the railway line. Once you get over the site of a train running through the middle of the course, it's kinda cool. The thirde is a great little Par 4 with a number of options, I liked 4, 6 and 7 on the front nine. On the back nine, 11 and 14 are good holes. Then you get to the controversial 17th designed by Mike Clayton, the fairway is extensively cross bunkered however it is the size of a suburb. We had the wind at our back, I only had 60m into the green. The green is hard to describe, in some sort of greenkeeper evilness they had the pin on top of a ridge where the green narrows, couple of chips and a couple of putts for a very unsatisfactory 6. Overall an enjoyable track, I want to like it more because of it's reputation, unfortunately I don't
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Golf Course Details
328 Tapleys Hill Road, Adelaide
Adelaide, SA 5023, Australia
Proshop: 0883568508
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