Royal Adelaide Golf Club

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

In the quaint town of Adelaide lies Australia’s oldest golf club, established in 1870 and home to a course universally rated in the best 50 in the world. With the appearance of a classic links course, Royal Adelaide offers wide variety in the length and style of its holes with great routing between holes and a number of world class holes. There‚Äôs an unusual quirk to the course. The clubhouse used to adjoin a railway station, presumably so that members could hop on a train and get right into a quick round. The railway lines run right through the course and a two car train shuttles beachgoers from the suburbs every 20 minutes. The lines are not out of bounds on some holes, so if you are playing it as it lies, be sure to check for oncoming rail traffic. The 3rd is an internationally top-rated par four. As the green lies only 265 m from the tee, heavy hitters will be tempted into driving to drive it blind. The green is small, slopes away from its middle and is well guarded by bunkers, so this is a classic risk and reward hole. Many players are likely to leave the hole pondering the different ways in which the hole could have been played.

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