Links Lady Bay Golf Resort

18 Holes
PAR 72
6400 M
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South Australia’s only traditional Links style golf course modelled on the courses found in Scotland and Ireland is set in a stunning setting overlooking the Fleurieu Coastline.

After only 2 years from completion is currently ranked No. 60 in Australia by the Australian Golf Digest March 2002.

22 Reviews
henschke

I played here today. I agree to a certain extent with the previous reviewer's comments that the front nine is a bit boring but the back 9 makes up for it!

This is obviously advertised as a links course so that's why there are not many trees. This affects the aesthetics compared to other courses but it is a very long & tough course, which is why it deserves it's standing in the top 100 ranking in Australia. I won the comp here by playing to my handicap, on a fairly calm day, which proves my point. There are many testing bunker placements. The only real negative for me was the pace of the greens being slower than I expected, even though they looked fast!
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freowho
This is a good course but I wouldn't place it in the top 100 in the country. The architect has done a great job but the front 9 in particular is an uderwhelming piece of land. Maybe with time and a lot of trees it might gain some character. The 7th was a good par 5 and the 8th was a good par 3. The back nine is a better landscape with more undulations and changes in elevation to work with. The 10th was my favourite hole and the green was perfectly placed into the ridge. The 11th was my favourite tee shot with plenty to think about and the par 3 17th is visually the best hole with the open water in the far distance. I like some of the design features like the little downhill runs in front of the 2nd and 17th greens which really favour the short hitter. The burn in front of the short par 4 5th is a nice trap for the long hitter. The stone bridges and little water fall surrounding the 14th green are nice features. It was in good nick and well designed but I don't feel the need to play it again.
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roughshot
nice long fairways,straight hitting needed to keep your score respectable.greens play as you read them at very constant pace so you can putt with confidence that where you aim is where it goes.strong winds can add to the challenge but you will enjoy the extra test.keep an eye out for black snakes around the back nine by the lake
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q-tip
Measures 6400m Par 72 off the back tees (6020m-white tees and 5345m Par 73-red ladies) with four heavily bunkered par 3s ranging from 126-197m, ten par 4s ranging from 299-428m and four par 5s ranging from 509-526m. Links Lady Bay (LLB) is not a traditional links course but good to play course where the designers have looked up the definition of two golf course terms: links course and a links-style course. LLB successfully emulates a links-style course with 124 bunkers with some areas of sandy waste given the course is built on a sandy-clay base on undulating land less than 1km from the Gulf St Vincent and about 1 hour south of the Adelaide CBD. I know the rankings of Australia's courses are an imperfect way of measuring architectural merit, as Australian Golf Digest (March 2010) ranks LLB #57 in Australia and undoubtedly #1 outside the Adelaide metropolitan area, but they are a reasonable guide to use. Course conditioning is good as you'd expect for a top 100 course. Course has quite wide undulating Santa Ana couch fairways with fairway-length couch grass rough not posing any challenges to hit out off and essentially making your landing areas a little easier. The large sized bent grass greens are smooth, but not overly quick. However, the couch teebeds are flat and a pleasure to play off. Highlights include: the 339m straight 4th (index 15) slightly downhill with 2 fairway bunkers on the right with a (dry) yellow staked gully across the fairway 1m from the green's front edge which has 2 bunkers; the 428m straight 5th (index 3) with 2 fairway bunkers middle of the fairway off the tee (275m to clear) with a red staked gully along the right to a green guarded by 4 bunkers; the 155m 6th (index 13) to a 30-40 long green with 9 bunkers; the 509m straight 7th (index 12) with a lake beginning 130m short on the right running up short and right to a green with 6 bunkers; the 175m 8th (index 8) with 8 bunkers; the 425m straight 12th (index 1) plays slightly uphill to a green with 6 bunkers; the 355m straight 14th (index 4) with a bunker left 210-230m off the tee with a hidden pond on the right 240m off the tee to a green with 4 bunkers with the pond on the far right; the 526m slight dogleg left 16th (index 11) with 2 bunkers left on the high side to a right-sloping fairway with the 14th hole pond on the right, a bunker middle fairway 100m out of the double green which is heavily bunkered short left; and finally the signature 197m 17th (index 7) with a heart-shaped green with 8 bunkers. The back nine is much more heavily bunkered with varying topography than the front nine. Also a good feature is the 13th/16th double green. Played here 27/09/2011 for the first time with $35 green fees. Despite its location only the 11th tee, 12th green and 18th tee has Gulf views and you can not hear the waves from any part of the course. Course access is from St Andrews Boulevard about 2km south of Normanville. I also, like others, loved the pin placement map idea. Highly recommended for those who want to play a links-style course.
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malvern
Played the course on 27th March, 2010. Very difficult challenge off the back, 6400m and rated 74, the wind was blowing as well. Fairways were very hard (looks like it never rains there)but very playable, like any links course in summer. Greens were holding well, not much rough, just sandy waste. Reminded me of The Dunes. I would certainly play the course again. If you are down this way, have a beer at the Victory Hotel at Sellicks beach and maybe dinner in the cellar.
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jimandr
It is worth adding an update on the course conditioning. I played it last week, just after Adelaide's worst heatwave in years. The fairways are still alive, and the greens are very good, but the rough mentioned by other reviewers is virtually non-existent. I don't think it needs rough though. There are so many bunkers and other hazards to penalise errant shots that rough as well might have been overkill. I really liked the course, although perhaps the designers were a bit too busy. It is as if they couldn't bear to see any dead ground without putting something in it.
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6 Huntingdale Drive, Normanville
Fleurieu Peninsula, SA 5204, Australia
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