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ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
Adelaide, South Australia
Feb 16-19
  • February 15 Golf Channel (ET) 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • February 16 Golf Channel (ET) 11:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • February 17 Golf Channel (ET) 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
  • February 18 Golf Channel (ET) 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
The Royal Adelaide Golf Club
Adelaide, South Australia
  • Race to the CME Globe: 500 Points
  • Format: 72 holes
  • Purse: $1,300,000
  • Par: 73
  • History:

    This is the 6th year for the event.

  • Yardage: 6,681

In 2017, Ha Na Jang came from four back to win in Australia. Jang played her last six holes at 5-under par with an eagle and birdie on the final two holes to claim the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open title.

Hole Description

The course opens with a quite simple short four turning to the left. The longer the drive the better the line down the green for the pitch so there are obvious advantages to playing far down the right and close to the fairway bunkers.
This is a long and straight par five but one not best played in a straight line. The fairway bunkers up on the right of the second shot protect the best line into the green, a green best approached from over by the hazards.
The short, drivable 3rd is one of the holes implemented as part of Alister MacKenzie’s 1926 plan. The tee shot is blind and the dune on the right is not the place to miss. There are multiple options of club from the tee and the further you want to venture down the fairway the narrower the target. There is a diagonal ridge running along the left of the green making pitching problematic from that side of the fairway.
A strong little par 3 which is magnificently bunkered. Only requires a short iron off the tee but the narrow front of the green will require players to be precise. Those who are will breathe a heavy sigh of relief. Those who find the sand will face a tricky up-and-down.
Like the 1st this is, a flat hole doglegging to the right around  guarding fairway bunkers at the inside corner of the drive.
Very quickly the routing comes back to an interesting and undulating bit of the property and the result is one of the best two shot holes on the course. The green is set on top of a rise and a deep bunker on the left suggests a high right to left approach is best. Birdies are well earned here.
The striking characteristic of the first of the three short holes is the ring of bunkers across the front of the green, a green tilted quite severely from back to front. It’s not a difficult proposition unless the wind is up and then it takes a perfectly flighted shot to get anywhere near the flag. Going long is awful.
This is another short par 4, not as drivable of as dangerous as the 3rd but a good hole nonetheless. The real feature is a tiny green, probably the smallest on any of the countries championship courses, and the pitch shot needs to be perfect or it misses the target.
The front nine finishes with a long three shot hole bending to the right after the drive. The long second is well protected by bunkers left and right and the pitch to the green is uphill and tricky to judge the distance.
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