Golf Course Review: Adelaide Shores

There are few golfing facilities in Australia than can cater for the range of golfers like Adelaide Shores.

Adelaide Shores Westward Ho GolfAs 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.

Adelaide Shores Westward Ho GolfThe 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.

Adelaide Shores Westward Ho Golf

5 thoughts on “Golf Course Review: Adelaide Shores

  • January 9, 2010 at 04:00

    I agree with all of the comments you have made I would like to point out that Peter Ormsby and his staff have done a fantastic job developing the Pro Shop and Golf Acadamy including the driving range hit off bays. Pete and his staff do a wonderful job of serving the patrons and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere. One thing people don’t realise is the course and facilities are managed by Adelaide Shores which is actually the West Beach Trust – Adelaide Shores are responsible for the management of the Executive 60 and Patawalonga Golf Course along with the Adelaide Shores Caravan Park, Holiday Resort and many other sporting and recreation fields. The golf courses are managed by Adelaide Shores and their dedicated staff who have done a wonderful job in recent years by constructing the largest putting green in the state, redeveloping many of the holes and improving the general condition of the two courses. The Adelaide Shores golf complex is set to become on of the premier public golfing locations in Australia. I am looking forward to the continuing developments.

  • January 10, 2010 at 10:06

    Thanks very much for that. It’s a great environment to play/learn golf. The Trust is doing a fantastic job.

  • May 28, 2011 at 04:14

    This course has undergone further improvements this year and with the excellent continuing work done by green keepers,would deserve to be rated as one of the best public courses in Australia.I first started playing this course in the mid sixties and I am continually amazed by the excellent transformation that has taken place.

  • September 23, 2011 at 02:31

    We have been there last year on our caravan tour, but it’s so sad that we weren’t able to stay longer to play golf because of the limited time. Adelaide Shores is indeed a nice place to visit.

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