Where: May Terrace Lockleys, South Australia
Length: 6165 meters
The Kooyonga Golf Club was founded when a 1922 train strike forced South Australian golf pioneer H.L Rymill, to take a tram to his home club at Royal Adelaide. During the fateful trip, he noticed that a stretch of undulating swampland and sand hills, known as May's Paddock was for sale. Inspecting the site and realizing its great potential for golf, he conceived Kooyonga and immediately acquired the land. Within a few months, the first nine holes were open and by June 1924 the full eighteen were ready for play.
As a regular tournament venue, the club keeps pace with the prodigious professional game by making substantial changes to the course setup during major events. Unable to add much length, fairways are instead narrowed and the severity of the surrounding rough increased to test modern players. Gary Player once slaughtered par at Kooyonga with two rounds of sixty-two during the 1965 Australian Open and the club remains determined to prevent a repeat performance.
In 2008, Kooyonga Golf Club celebrates its eighty-fifth anniversary. The Club's history has inevitably been linked with great world events, but perhaps more than any other factor, chance has played the greatest of all parts in shaping the fortunes of Kooyonga.
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