Flinders Ranges & Outback
Roxby Downs Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 72
5841 M
USER RATING
4 Reviews
tommo2
Just happened to be in Roxby Downs for their 27hole Open. So what else do you do on a lazy Saturday arvo in winter. The course itself is in transition, with the new watering system being installed as we speak. This means that anything you can imagine on a golf course is possible. All greens are grass, ranging from very good thru furry to lumpy. Fairways are mostly wide with some bulldust to pull your shot up, some packed hard to run like a rabbit, and grass patches all about. Preferred lie on fairways(take your own grass mat if you want). Saltbush surrounds to catch the stray shots makes up for no bunkers. Captain Damian reckons twelve months with the watering to bring up to scratch, but don't wait for that for there is fun to be had. Shift work takes it's toll on players but congrats to the winners of the Open from a field of two dozen. Reasonable fees and friendly clubhouse. (Spray golf balls with bug spray when the crows come out in summer) The Relic.
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q-tip
Established in 1988 Roxby Downs measures 5744m Par 72 with four par 3s ranging from 105-176m, ten par 4s ranging from 284-378m and four par 5s ranging from 470-505m. Roxby Downs is the northern-most course with grass greens in the state. However, I agree with the previous 2008 review in that they took things too far with 18 holes in an area which is the driest in the country with less than 250mm of rainfall a year. Course has a mix of couch/kikuyu grass fairways with patches of rye grass. Fairways are wide and mostly green in September but if you go off there is softish red sand and small saltbush scrubs with desert weed vegetation to hit out of - which is extremely challenging and most golfers would not be familiar to these conditions. There are 18 tifdwarf couch grass greens which are very slow and there are no bunkers on the course. All black soil scrapes have been ripped out. The layout is a little strange with the 9th and 11th greens coming back to the clubhouse and the 18th finishing near the maintenance shed at least 100m from the clubhouse. Despite some new holes (which were closed when I played here): like the 284m straight 15th which would have a 2-tier front-sloping green with 2 grassy hollows over the back; the 320m straight 16th with a small green near the maintenance shed; the 501m dogleg right 17th - which is all dirt to about 100m from the green; I feel this course should be made into a 9-holer. Highlights include: the opening 335m slight dogleg left 1st (index 2) which plays uphill from the dogleg corner with saltbush on the dogleg corner to avoid; the 176m 2nd (index 12) with an elevated teebed above the green; the 470m slight dogleg right 7th (index 9) with a slightly blind teeshot over a crest; the 167m uphill 10th (index 8) and the 356m slight dogleg left 11th (index 7) which finishes near the clubhouse - and should be the finishing hole on the course. Played here on the same day I played Port Augusta on 21/09/2011 with $10 green fees...currently holes 15-17 are closed due to new holes and grass being laid out, but the front nine and holes 10 & 11 are probably all you need to play to get the best out of the course. Roxby Downs has a highly transient population of around 4000 approximately 100m above sea level about 75km (or 45 minutes) north of Woomera and roughly 2.25 hours north of Port Augusta. Friendly staff/greenskeeper who all volunteer their time on the course.
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tdoddsy

roxby downs is not a bad little course. the front nine is very good with a nice layout, lots of doglegs and even a couple of blind tee shots. you can’t play in summer. the weather is too hot and the flies are insane. you also get to hit off a grass mat if you are on the fairway. the back nine is awful, bordering on unplayable. i understand that we are in the desert but i feel that they took things too far with 18 holes. i’d rather have 9 good holes then have 9 average holes and 9 terrible holes. if you are going through the area you should stop and play the front nine. its quite good.

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kelnagle

Grass green's north or west of Adelaide in South Australia are a pleasant suprise. There are so few that you can count them on your fingers. The course like the town, sits amongst the red sand dunes. The front nine holes are better than the back nine. The front nine has grass teeing area's and grass greens. There is large patches of grass on the fairways that you will make with an average drive but don't expect much run in the sand if you hit one short. Because of the sand you get preferred lie or you can hit off a mat. The back nine holes have less grass and on several holes you hit off artificial grass. There is one sand scrape on the 15th but apart from that you are putting on grass. The fairways have less grass than the front nine but considering where you are, it's not too bad. The course is best played from Autumn through Spring. In summer the heat and the flies will drive you mad. The members are friendly and the clubhouse is simple, but a good spot for a beer after the game. Don't expect to find your ball if it goes in the rough. The wattle, saltbush and sand will camoflage your ball nicely. There is also a local rule for ball stealing crows - didn't believe it till I saw it. For an Australian golf course it is rough but considering where you are, it's a top little course. Worthwhile bringing your clubs if your passing through.

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