Course Facts Course Maintenance Team Vegetation & Biodiversity Aquifer Storage Recharge Biodiversity On Course 34th National Banksia Sustainability Awards


Ranked inside Australia’s top 40 golf courses, Glenelg Golf Club offers a true world class challenge and is recognised as one of Australia’s premier golfing facilities. Strategic design elements and impeccable turf quality provide a memorable challenge for all players.

  • 49 hectares, 93 bunkers, 12 wetlands
  • Strategic design elements on every hole
  • Superior conditioning of the course resulting in firm, fast-rolling fairways
  • Architects have utilised the topography of the site to place a premium on a golfers shot-making ability
  • Sustainable design and management, using recycled water, replenishing the underground aquifer and wetlands
  • Restoration of original landforms and characteristics of the site to recreate part of the former coast line
  • Our 1.4 hectare wetlands system is home to native plants and provides habitat for native frogs, turtles and birds
  • An ongoing revegetation program identifying areas for extensive native and selected pine tree plantings with a focus on creating a biodiverse course and restoring pre-existing vegetation profiles
  • Revetted-edge bunkering, unique to South Australia, has a stunning visual impact on the golf course

Course Facts

Location Adelaide, South Australia
Course Rankings 37th Golf Australia Magazine Top 100 (2024)
32nd Australian Golf Digest Top 100 (2024/25)
80/100 The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses (2012)
Course Architect 1998 Crafter + Mogford Golf Strategies
(Neil Crafter, in association with Bob Tuohy)
1948 – Vern Morcom
1927 Herbert ‘Cargie’ Rymill
Property Size 49 hectares
Bunkers Total: 93
Style: Revetted Edge
Turf Varieties Tees & Fairways: Santa Ana Couch
Greens: Bent
Rough: Mixture of native couch & fescue varieties
Men’s Course Ratings Black: 74 / Par 71 / Slope 139
Blue: 73 / Par 71 / Slope 138
White: 72 / Par 71 / Slope 134
Red: 71 / Par 71 / Slope 130
Women’s Course Ratings White: 78 / Par 73 / Slope 144
Red: 76 / Par 74 / Slope 139
Yellow: 76 / Par 72 / Slope 139
Measurements Men’s Championship: 6234m / 6817y
Men’s Members: 6026m / 6590y
Women’s Championship: 5550m / 6070y
Women’s Members: 5510m / 6026y
Course Records Men: 64 – Brett Drewitt (2012) / Simon Viitakangas (2014)
Women: 65 – Minjee Lee (2013)

Course Maintenance Team

Our team, led by Course Superintendent, Tim Warren, includes qualified greenkeepers, a Turf Equipment Technician, apprentices, plus vegetation and biodiversity staff.

Tim Warren

Tim brings a wide range of knowledge and experience as a superintendent for 27 years in various golf courses in regional South Australia, Victoria and Adelaide. Awarded the 2014 South Australian Golf Industry Excellence in Golf Course Management, Tim leads a passionate and dedicated team that strive to provide the best quality playing experience for Members and guests. In 2022, Tim was the Clubs SA Manager of year and was a co-winner of the Claude Crockford Sustainability and Environment Award, one of the most highly-coveted awards in the turf industry. Tim has been invited to speak at various local and national conferences.

Monina Gilbey

Biodiversity Manager, Monina Gilbey, is a qualified garden designer. In 2022, Monina was the Clubs SA Employee of the year and was a co-winner of the Claude Crockford Sustainability and Environment Award, one of the most highly-coveted awards in the turf industry. Monina has been invited to speak at various local and national conferences and gave a presentation on golf courses and urban biodiversity at the World Parks Congress. Monina was a finalist in the environmental stewardship category of the Parks and Leisure SA/NT Awards of Excellence.

Kane Pedler

Assistant Course Superintendent, Kane Pedler is originally from Adelaide. Kane completed his apprenticeship at West Lakes Golf Club and then served a short stint at Grange Golf Club. Kane is a graduate of the highly-regarded Ohio State University Turf Intern Program. Kane has worked in the USA at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and Copperleaf Golf Club and Glen Oaks Golf Club where he became the 2IC.

Susana Oliveira

Senior Assistant, Susana Oliveira, originally from Portugal, holds a Master’s Degree in Agronomic Engineering and has written papers on turf management. Susanna is a graduate of the highly-regarded Ohio State University Turf Intern Program and worked at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina, USA. She has also worked at Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort, Obidos, Portugal and  Grange Golf Club. With only 1.4% of the turf industry being female, it is great for our team and women in golf to have Susana as part of our leadership team.

Peter Bell

Senior Assistant, Peter Bell, originally from Victoria, brings to our team his range of experience from Coomealla Golf Club and  two of Melbourne’s most prestigious golf courses: Victoria Golf Club and Metropolitan Golf Club. In 2022, Peter was part of the Future Turf Managers’ Initiative (FTMI) which provides professional development opportunities to educate the next generation of sports turf leaders. Selection for the FTMI is highly competitive and Peter’s selection was a credit to his hard work and passion for the turf industry.

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Vegetation & Biodiversity

The land on which Glenelg Golf Club is situated is unique as it includes one of the lowest points and highest points on the Adelaide Plains. This means that our course would have included three types of vegetation associations: woodland, samphire and coastal (dunes).

Our course has remnant vegetation: pine trees, a number of samphire areas and plants rated as rare on the Adelaide Plains by the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre.

A wide range of birds, including smaller bird species such as yellow-rumped thornbills, willie wagtails and grey fantails are seen regularly on our course. We are creating pockets of indigenous vegetation to create habitat corridors through the course to provide more habitat and encourage more birds to visit our course.

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Aquifer Storage Recharge

Water is harvested from a pumping station adjacent to Brownhill Creek on the southern boundary of Adelaide Airport. The water is filtered through our wetlands and injected into the aquifer system beneath the course. The water is used for irrigation when required. The wetlands act as filters for urban and polluted stormwater that would otherwise run into the Gulf St Vincent.

The quality of the water is critical in a climate such as Adelaide’s and has a significant impact on the management of playing surfaces. The improved water quality creates a better growing environment, placing turf under less stress and reducing reliance on chemicals and fertilisers.

Biodiversity On Course

Over the past six years, Course Superintendent, Tim Warren, and Biodiversity Manager, Monina Gilbey have been working with the Course Maintenance Team to create a more sustainable and biodiverse course.

They have undertaken a wide range of projects which aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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34th National Banksia Sustainability Awards

Glenelg Golf Club was a finalists in the 2023 round of the National Banksia Sustainability Awards. Read below for a section of our award submission.

Golf courses are a water-guzzling waste of space and a drain on the environment. They are vast areas of grass and they are a lifeless and empty space with little to no biodiversity. Glenelg Golf Club Course Superintendent, Tim Warren, and Biodiversity Manager, Monina Gilbey, are changing these misconceptions. As green spaces disappear rapidly and significantly in urban areas, golf courses have become a major and fundamental contributor to urban biodiversity by providing a protected haven for wildlife. Over ninety species of birds can be found at Glenelg Golf Club – some of which are not regularly seen on the Adelaide Plains, such as Superb Fairy Wrens. Occassionally, migratory birds such as Red-necked stints, who migrate from Siberia to the Coorong (a round trip of 30,000km) can be found at one of their many water courses. 

View Australia’s 2023 Sustainability Success Stories