FOR many years, Sardinia Bay Golf Club has been the course where players new to the game have cut their teeth. Back in the day, it was made up of nine par threes and was known as a bit of a hit and giggle golf course.
But the Sardinia Bay Golf and Wildlife Estate is in the process of transforming itself and is set to become a serious venue for golfers.
Some design changes have seen the course develop into a testing nine-hole short course with links features.
At the moment, there are five par fours and four par threes on the front nine, and three par fours and six par threes on the back nine, played from different tees. In January, three of the holes will be dropped from the layout and three new ones developed on a new piece of land between the clubhouse and the Seaview Road.
"We very excited about the three new holes we are adding in the new year," general manager Gavin Rowe said. "The one hole will feature an island green similar to the ninth on the Gary Player Course at Sun City and par for the new nine should be 35."
The club will also apply for affiliation with the SA Golf Association which will allow it to have an official handicap system in place.
"We are going to make it very affordable for all golfers, serious or social," Rowe, father of professional golfer Lyle, said.
The club has built an impressive new clubhouse with a sizeable wooden deck overlooking the course.