Paired Wine:Clarendon Hills Bakers Gully Syrah (McLaren Vale)
The Royal Adelaide is one of Australia’s most esteemed golf courses. A traditional ‘links’ course, it has been an international championship venue for over a century.
Although the original Royal Adelaide Golf Club was founded in June 1870, it survived but a few years. The current club, founded at Glenelg in 1892, moved to the sandy craters and dunes of Seaton along the city’s western railway in 1904.
The Seaton site remains the home of the club, which was granted approval to prefix the title ‘Royal’ in 1923.
Despite its many alterations, including work by Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1926, Royal Adelaide retains the distinctive character of a comparatively open links course. MacKenzie’s gift to the club was to leave behind the extraordinary 3rd hole that, with a frontal pin, may well be one of the best short par fours anywhere in the world.
The first bungalow-style clubhouse was ready for occupation at the end of 1905 and since that time there have been countless additions and alterations to accommodate the increasing number of Members and their varying requirements.
The links at Seaton has been the venue for many international and interstate matches and championships. The Club has hosted nine Open Championships of Australia and sixteen Amateur Championships of Australia. The Australian Ladies Amateur and Open Championships have also been played over the links – the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open was the latest major professional event held at the course, with the event returning in 2020. A one-of-a-kind course, Royal Adelaide has changed substantially over the years, yet retained its fundamental character and charm.
Royal Adelaide retains the 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.
Royal Adelaide Golf Club – Par 5, 2nd Hole, Par 4, 18th Hole, Railway Line & Clubhouse / Photo: Gary Lisbon Golf Photography
LocationTapleys Hill Road
SEATON SA 5023
- H L Rymill
- C L Gardner and Dr Alister MacKenzie
- Michael Clayton
- Tom Doak (current)
Major Events:2017 & 2020 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
- Driving range
- Practice putting green
- Locker room facilities
- Multiple short game practice facilities
- Bar & Restaurant
- Pro Shop
- Function & conference rooms