Course Facts Course Maintenance Team Vegetation & Biodiversity Aquifer Storage Recharge

Course

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 39th Golf Australia Magazine Top 100 (2020)
37th Australian Golf Digest Top 100 (2020)
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 23 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.

Graeme Davidson

Course Operations Manager, Graeme Davidson, brings a wealth of experience to our team through his work on golf courses in his home country, Scotland, and around the world. Graeme has worked at many international golf tournaments including the 2016 Players Championship and 2017 SMBC Singapore Open. Graeme is also an R&A Scholar and a graduate of the 2019 Future Turf Managers Initiative.

Monina Gilbey

Biodiversity Manager, Monina Gilbey, is a qualified garden designer. Monina has designed gardens for private clients, schools and the City of Holdfast Bay. She has worked on biodiversity projects with the City of Holdfast Bay and designed gardens for the council which have won South Australian Sustainable Landscapes Native Gardens medals. Monina has worked as a garden educator at schools and the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Ethan Sykes

Turf Technician, Ethan Sykes, prepares, maintains and repairs our on-course machinery. Ethan formerly worked at Grange Golf Club where he prepared machinery for two successful Women’s Australian Opens.

Our qualified greenkeepers are Shane Birrs, Dan O’Sullivan and Cooper Harrison.

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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.