It took time for Glenelg Golf Club to truly shine in the national golf consciousness, although today it is firmly in the must-play category for golfers in Adelaide. The course finally earned due recognition after it was revitalised in the early 2000s by Neil Crafter and Bob Tuohy. A prominent focus in their work was the bunkering and bringing the distinctive revetted-face look to the Glenelg pots. This style combined with the orange hue of the sand gave the course its signature look.
The layout is a compact gem. It moves artfully within its small confines and uses the natural features with aplomb. What slight elevations changes the land possesses are incorporated astutely, such as at the 11th hole, which is a strong uphill par 3. More nips and tucks are on the horizons for Glenelg as the club looks to alter its fifth and sixth holes slightly to alleviate minor congestion issues and further enhance the design.
Ranking in 2018: 36th
Prior rankings: 39th (2016), 39th (2014), 40th (2012), 45th (2010), 46th (2008), 69th (2006), 93rd (2004), 80th (2002), 81st (2000), 54th (1998), 46th (1996), 36th (1994), 50th (1991), 40th (1989), Third Ten (1986)