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Kooyonga Golf Club

On the sandy terrain between the beaches of the Great Southern Ocean and central Adelaide — just 15 minutes from the CBD — lies Kooyonga Golf Club, a spectacular layout of undulating fairways culminating in well protected greens whose pace and subtle slopes require skill and demand respect.

About the club About the club

The origins of Kooyonga Golf Club can be traced back to a day in 1922 when a train strike caused Mr HC (Cargie) Rymill to take a tram rather than a train to Henley Beach. A ‘For Sale’ sign on a tract of swamp and sand dune country known as May’s Paddock prompted him to break that journey. On a closer inspection Rymill knew that he had discovered the ideal site for a magnificent golf course.

Later that year, nine holes were opened for play with a further three holes added soon after. Finally, eighteen holes were formally declared open on the 28th June, 1924 by His Excellency, the Governor of South Australia, Sir Tom Bridges.

Rymill had named his beachfront home Kooyonga under the impression (incorrect as it turned out) that it was an aboriginal word meaning ‘plenty sand, plenty water’ and suggested that this accurately described the site of the new links as well. No matter what its origin, the name has come to be spoken with affection and respect by golfers everywhere.

Not formally trained as a golf designer, Rymill was a MacKenzie disciple and carried a copy of his bible, the MacKenzie guide to golf architecture, throughout the Kooyonga project. During the 1990s this precious relic was returned to the club, complete with highlighted passages and legible Rymill inscriptions on the strategy of his holes.
Design Features Koogonga is not a long course — none of the par 4 holes extend further than 400m, however what Kooyonga lacks in distance, it makes up in quality of design. During initial inspection, the course would appear relatively flat, when in reality Kooyonga exhibits a multitude of elevation changes throughout the 18 holes.

Native trees line the fairways and will punish inaccuracy. The greens are generally firm and small with prominent bunkers destined to catch wayward shots.

The challenging layout and exceptional playing surfaces at Kooyogna have see the course decide Five Australian Opens, three Australian Amateur Championships and numerous South Australian Opens and Amateur Championships. Kooyonga’s exceptional layout and diverse topography and quality playing surfaces make the course on of Australia’s best.
Course Highlight 2nd Par 5 451m

Consistently rated as one of the top golf holes in Australia, the 2nd Hole at Kooyonga is a shortish par 5. With a solid drive and clean second shot, the green is reachable in 2. However for chance at birdie, golfers must take a tight line on the second shot to fly the two bunkers guarding the green on both the left and right.

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