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The top golf courses in Adelaide and South Australia

Looking for South Australia's best golf courses? Some of these rank in Golf Australia's leading courses and others are unique and quirky.

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No matter where you go on your holiday in South Australia, we’ve got a golf course that will suit you to a tee.

Start in Adelaide at a number of world-class courses before heading to the Outback or Nullarbor for a unique golfing experience. 

1. Adelaide
A short walk from the city centre is the North Adelaide Golf Course - a picturesque, public course is set in the North Parklands. It's perfect for those who don't want to venture too far from the CBD.

You’ll find prestigious golf courses such as Royal Adelaide, Kooyonga, Grange and Glenelg dotted along the coastline and all within 20 minutes drive from Adelaide. All are featured in Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses.

The Royal Adelaide Golf Club at Seaton is one of six Australian golf courses ranked inside the World’s Top 100 and has played host to the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open. It's a majestic golfing experience especially as the sea breezes whip through the cypress pines guarding the course.

Nearby, Kooyonga Golf Club is a championship golf course which has previously played host to five Australian Opens. The terrain gently rises and falls throughout.

Glenelg is also part of the sand belt with more than 90 bunkers lying around its testing layout.

Royal Adelaide Golf Club

The Royal Adelaide Golf Club hosted the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

2. Adelaide Hills
Just 20 minutes away from the city, the Adelaide Hills offers excellent golfing. Mount Osmond Golf Club has stunning views of Adelaide, the Mount Lofty Ranges and our coastline.

The Mount Lofty Golf Club is nestled in the beautiful, tree-lined Piccadilly Valley. Blackwood Golf Club is open to visitors, except on Saturdays. The picturesque, gently sloping course is the ideal spot for a relaxed game. 

Mt Barker-Hahndorf Golf Club boasts 18 holes, par 70 rating. Old gum trees line the course, while the strategically placed ponds and creeks provide an interesting challenge.

Mount Osmond Golf Club

Photo courtesy of Mount Osmond Golf Club Facebook page.

3. Wine regions

There are courses in the famous wine regions of Barossa, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. And you'll likely see a kangaroo or koala eyeing off your shot.

Tanunda Pines in the Barossa is set among 100 year-old gums and rows of leafy grape vines. Brimming with wildlife and rugged natural beauty, it was judged as one of the world's top golf courses by US Golf Magazine and is adjacent to the award-winning Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

Tanunda Pines offers a package called Down the Fairway and into the Cellar in conjunction with Novotel Barossa. It includes two rounds of golf, two nights accommodation, two lunches and two dinners complete with hosted wine tasting.

In the Clare Valley, Clare Golf Club is set among vineyards, woodlands, lakes and creeks - and is home to a mob of kangaroos which lives on the course. Just 20 minutes from the Coonawarra wine region is the Penola Golf Course which boasts tight fairways set among natural bushland.

Tanunda Pines, Barossa

Photo courtesy of Tanunda Pines Facebook page.

4. Coastal courses 
Links Lady Bay at Normanville is the number-one rated public course in South Australia and is in Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The occasional kangaroo will join you on your round of this sand-based links course, which features a hotel, clubhouse and brilliant views. It’s just under an 90 minutes drive from Adelaide and is en-route to the ferries at Cape Jervis that travel to Kangaroo Island.

Nearby, Encounter Bay on the Fleurieu Peninsula provides a spectacular backdrop for the region’s oldest course: the Victor Harbor Golf Course. It offers an 18-hole, par 72 championship course. 

McCracken Golf Course also offers an 18-hole championship course. You can stay the night or more at the adjoined McCracken Country Club and take advantage of the luxurious facilities, including a lap pool, day spa and gym.

Copperclub at The Dunes on the Yorke Peninsula is a Greg Norman designed course where players can partake in 9 holes. This Scottish-style links course is PGA standard and boasts some of the best fairways and greens in South Australia. Hole 8 affords beautiful views over the Spencer Gulf. Unlike many other courses in Australia, 180,000sqm of grass (rather than seed) was rolled to create the fairways and greens of Copperclub. This Scottish-style links course is PGA standard. 

Copperclub at The Dunes Yorke Peninsula

Copperclub at The Dunes, Yorke Peninsula was designed by golfing legend Greg Norman.

5. The outback and beyond
The greens don’t get much rockier than on the par 72, 18-hole course in Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club. Tee-off on artificial grass surrounded by massive amounts of sand. This is the world’s only club with reciprocal rights with St Andrews in Scotland.

For a real adventure, the Nullarbor Links is the world’s longest golf course spanning 1,365 kilometres, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. It’s a quintessential Australian experience for travellers on the expansive Nullarbor Plain.

Try a round of golf at the unique Coober Pedy Golf Course

Tee-off at Coober Pedy's grassless golf course in outback South Australia.

Wherever you travel in South Australia, and if you having 'driving ambition', there are plenty of golf courses to choose from.

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