Seaton, SA, Australia
Growing up in Adelaide and being a member of neighboring Kooyonga Golf Club, I was fortunate to play this inland links dozens of times. Unlike many of the other top Australian courses, Royal Adelaide is not landlocked. The course was significantly lengthened in the lead up to the 1998 Australian Open. Firm, fast, undulating greens accompanied by false fronts, runoffs on all sides, and heavily guarded with deep bunkers makes navigating this course a never-ending challenge. The course is a sensational mix of short and long holes. The 3rd hole pictured is arguably one of the greatest short par 4’s anywhere in the world measuring just 291 yards. There are three options which face the golfer standing on the tee, 1. Lay back with a 6 or 7 iron for a full yardage with a sand wedge, 2. Hit a 3 or 4 iron over the crest of the hill leaving a delicate 30-40-yard pitch or 3. Go for the green. The penalty for missing the green is so severe many will opt to lay up from the tee. The ultimate risk/reward hole! A trip home to visit friends and family is always coupled with a tee time at Royal Adelaide!
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