Home' Australian Golf Digest : February 2018 Contents you alive. It’s tight, sloped and offers little to
no respite across its 5,567 metres. Many of
the fairway bunkers are deep and the canted
landing areas can push balls into places where
you either don’t want to venture or wouldn’t
bother. The kikuyu fairways are kept tight
rather than spongy, while it takes a keen eye
to decipher the slopes. There is an abundance
of uphill, downhill and sidehill lies to conquer
and once the target has been found, often the
greens break in a manner that doesn’t match
the lie of the surrounding land.
Whether you venture north to the Barossa
and Clare valleys or south of Adelaide
towards McLaren Vale, there’s plenty to tempt
and excite outside the city. World-renowned
wine regions pair with top-class restaurants
and other attractions in an easy drive from
the CBD. It’s not unusual for golf groups,
couples or social clubs to venture out of town
in multiple directions for their golf fix.
In the Barossa, Tanunda Pines Golf Club
is regarded as the pick of the courses, but the
club confesses that up until a few years ago
it had a reputation for being a fine layout in
substandard condition. A concerted effort in
recent times to enhance the playing surfaces
has borne fruit. Visitors are so taken by the
course that they’ll often favour playing it
twice over some of the area’s other layouts.
“ The whole philosophy behind this
course is understanding where we fit in the
marketplace. We’re certainly not the best in
the state, but we make every effort to be the
best at what we do,” says general manager
Chris Crichton, adding that the club still
holds aspirations for further improvements.
“ We fit into the marketplace. We’re not
trying to be something we’re not, but we set
ourselves a benchmark on the top-four down
in Adelaide and we strive to offer a similar
service and provide a premium quality
course and facility that golfers can enjoy in a
region which is renowned for wines. It goes
hand-in-hand – we’ve got great wines, why
not offer great golf too?”
A club with a rich history, Tanunda Pines’
present chapter really began when Murray
Crafter redesigned the course in the mid-
1990s. He expertly utilised the landform and
weaved holes between the weathered, gnarly,
centuries-old gum trees to conjure a layout
that asks for a range of shot shapes, making
it a true ball-strikers alley.
The ancient gums amid the fulsome
stands of trees are eye-catching, but the
contours on and around the greens are what
keep Tanunda Pines compelling round after
round. Many greens have tiers and spines
that make approach shots, all greenside
plays and putting a constant challenge.
Two neat and tidy layouts sit nearby that
are well worth a look: Barossa Valley Golf
Club and Sandy Creek Golf Club. The
Barossa Valley layout has an interesting
history that included being a sandscrapes
course until 1992. It’s one of those country
tracks that attracts Adelaide golfers seeking
to get away for a week or a weekend for a
combination of golf and winery visits. Being
a comfortable 70-minute drive from the city
adds to the convenience, but the lure of the
golf on offer definitely helps.
The design includes five par 3s and five
par 5s; the former group offering much of
the challenge and the latter most of the
opportunities to score. That said, there’s a
treacherous green waiting at the end of the
477-metre fifth hole, the tilt of which has
been known to produce many a four and
even five-putt from the members. Barossa
Valley is a course with more ‘bite’ than an
initial look reveals.
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Waikerie features no bunkers
but ample other challenges.
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