There are few golfing facilities in Australia than can cater for the range of golfers like Adelaide Shores.
As one of Adelaide’s most popular public golf clubs it has two courses, a driving range, a golf academy and a pro-shop that is as good as any. The place would be almost unrecognisable to anyone who hasn’t played it since Pete Ormsby (Father of Wade Ormsby) took over the management of the facility.
Many beginner golfers would have started playing golf on the Executive 60, a par-60 short course. Aussie Golfer is more familiar with the Patawalonga Course, a links style championship course which has gone through its fair share of changes over the years.
The course lies on the flatlands between the airport and the beach and when course restructuring was done in the late 1990’s I just assumed they were Aussie Golfer proofing it. In fact it was the extension of the Adelaide Airport runway which brought about the changes and while the implementation of the changes weren’t perfect, the design was a good one.
The last 5 years has seen the course condition improve dramatically and it has some great holes for a course that will cost you $28 to play on the weekend. The par-5 4th is an intriguing tight hole and the short par-4 7th always seems to give golfers no end of troubles.
The restructured back nine contains the best holes on the course. The 10th is a perfect short par-4 on any course. It’s reachable with a good drive but brings with it more danger than a carton of West End Draught. The 15th, 16th and 17th are good tests, again giving a lot of reward for good attacking golf but can penalise if things go wrong.
It’s an extremely friendly place to play golf. The area around the pro-shop is nothing like the scratchy area it was 20 years ago. The golf academy has been firmly established by Pete Ormsby and with the sort of professional golf experience he has, it would be a good place to get some lessons.
I played here as a junior, during university and many more times since with golf tragics, social golfers and friends just wanting to give the game a go. It’s not a stuffy, incredibly hard championship course but a place you can take your kids to learn the game or take your golfing buddies and have a good day out. It’s a rare place where all golfers can be this comfortable.