West Lakes Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 70
5632 M


West Lakes Golf Club has long provided a perfect and picturesque setting for avid golfers with its quality 18-hole Par-70 golf course and exceptional clubhouse facilities.

The West Lakes Golf Club, formerly the Riverside Golf Club (1951 – 2011), has undergone significant changes over the past few years including a name change, clubhouse renovations and course improvements.

Riverside Golf Club emanated from the Woodville Gardens Golf Club which commenced in 1934 but was forced from its location due to the post war building boom in the late 1940s. 

Riverside itself was not born until 1951 when the present site was turned from wasteland to the beginnings of the course we know today.

5 Reviews
Before you play at West Lakes, ensure your bunker play is up to scratch. Every hole has a few, often in crucial spots and many are steep edged. Not all are consistently sanded either. Then when you're sanded out, throw in a wetland marsh on the 17th! Played here twice on a Wednesday with a very friendly ,social crew for $60 ($40 if signed in by a member). The fairways are beautifully grassed and usually wide enough so there are no excuses for straying. Greens are mostly large but pin placement on a few can be deadly. I was told they're usually much slicker which would be difficult for a visitor as they are pretty hard to read anyway. The design of the starting holes with the par three 2nd then walk back tees means for a congested first few holes but then the field spreads. Some of the long threes and fours are even longer into the wind and made reaching the greens in regulation almost impossible for this hacker. Not stuffy as clubs can be yet rules, regulations and dress code are enforced. Definitely not to be missed by the serious golfer. The Relic.
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Established in 1934 at the Woodville Gardens site, the course moved to its current West Lakes location in 1951 and had been previously called the Riverside Golf Club from 1951-2011a few changes were made and Riverside was renamed the West Lakes Golf Club in 2011. West Lakes now measures 5632m Par 70 with five par 3s ranging from 126-181m, ten par 4s ranging from 304-382m and three par 5s ranging from 434-481m. Course conditioning is impressive as you'd expect from a private course with mostly Santa Ana couch grass fairways with a mixture of kikuyu grass and Santa Ana couch grass teebeds on a sand-based partly open-styled and partly tree-lined layout. The medium-to-large sized bent grass greens are mostly 20-30m long but are smooth with decent roll. The newer greens consist mostly of penncross SR 10-19 bent grass whilst the older greens consist mostly of pennlinks bent grass. In terms of hazards, every hole is bunkered with a total of 72 bunkers on the course. There is 1 pond on the course at the 9th and by the middle of 2013 there will also be a wetland area near the 16th green and along the right side of the 17th fairway. FRONT NINE holes worthy of mention include: the 318m straight 2nd (index 8) which plays gently uphill with 4 fairway bunkers left and a sandy waste right off the tee with another fairway bunker right about 90-100m out of the green which has 2 bunkers right; and the 481m 9th (index 5) which plays straight off the tee to a red-staked pond about 280-340m off the tee to a curving fairway (to the right) with 4 bunkers surrounding the green. The par 3s (at 3, 6, 8, 15 & 16) are well bunkered and varied in length. The pick of the par 3s are the 6th & 16th. The layout is flat with most holes playing straight and laid out in an east-west orientation. In fact, only 5 greens are not visible from the tee mound. The back nine is slightly more bunkered and more challenging than the front with a few closing holes orientated in a more north-south direction. BACK NINE holes worthy of mention include: the 382m straight 12th (index 1) which plays gently uphill with 2 fairway bunkers long left & right off the tee with a deep gully about 40m short of the green which is guarded by a bunker short left; the 358m 14th (index 2) which plays straight but the green is visible from the tee mound with the same red-staked hazard on the 9th coming into play off the tee in the right rough with 2 fairway bunkers along the left to a gently uphill and slight curving fairway to the right to a green with 2 short left bunkers; the 179m 16th (index 6) with its tee returning to the clubhouse to a green slightly below the tee which is well-guarded by 3 bunkers short and right; and the closing 354m 18th (index 4) which doglegs 60 degrees right from 200m off the tee with 2 fairway bunkers on the dogleg corner right to a green with 4 bunkers. The par 5s (at 1, 9 & 13) are reasonable tests with good bunkering and water coming into play on the 9th. The course is one of the most bunkered layouts in Adelaide and is also one of the most challenging and better conditioned Par 70 layouts in the state. Course access is from Lochside Drive in the suburb of West Lakes. The club utilises up to 3 bores and by the middle of 2013 the club will also have a wetland area along the 17th fairway which will use effluent water for course irrigation. Played here 19/10/2012 off the back plates with $35 member's guest green fees at this private course, however, green fee paying visitors are permitted on some days with $60 green fees. I'd recommend a round here to anyone with a good layout and course conditioningcheck out their website
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I played Riverside in January 2011 and it is a decent course. Green fees were excessive, given the fact that the greens had just been cored and a couple of holes were out of play due to a much needed course development project. If one is not able to play the full course as intended why should they pay the full fee? Fairways were in decent condition, if a little uneven in places. The new holes, particularly the 17th hole, appear good in isolation but the obvious man made undulation of the fairways seems inconsistent with the look and feel of the rest of the course. Not as tight off the tee as it looks, and there is good bunkering protecting most greens. Facilities are very good and the clubhouse has excellent floor to ceiling views overlooking the golf course. It would be a great venue for a function or wedding. Unfortunately Members were snobbish(one outright rude) and they seem to have an inflated opinion of their club and its standing in Adelaide's golf scene. This is not a patch on the real sandbelt courses in the area. Worth a visit and I'll be monitoring future course developments, but members need a reality check.
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A very challenging Par 70 course that requires accuracy off the tees. Slick well manicured greens are as expected on this top quality "Sand Belt"course

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I was lucky enough to be a memeber a few years ago (have moved from the area since).

Course is normally in very good condition and greens are as good as you will find. The layout offers a bit of everything with some longer holes allowing long hitters the chance to take them on if they are game.

Its a pleasnt walk without being to taxing on the legs however there is enough so that its not a flat course.

would recommend to anyone

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Golf Course Details
, West Lakes
Adelaide, SA 5021, Australia