The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, an Australian Institution Since 1891
The clubhouse at Royal Melbourne Golf Club
The oldest golf club in Australia, the Royal Melbourne was founded in 1891, and moved to its current location in 1901, becoming the anchor of what is now known as the Sandbelt.
The gem of Australian golf, the Royal Melbourne has two courses, both ranked in the World’s Top 100, an extremely rare distinction that no other facility outside the United States can equal. The West course, designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie, widely considered the greatest architect in golf history, is ranked 14th, the only Top 20 course outside of the US, Scotland and Ireland. More importantly to the golf traveler, it is the 7th best course on earth that the public, or non-members, can play, a pilgrimage destination for any serious golf fan.
In 1959, in order to host the first of many international tournaments, 12 holes of the West Course and 6 from the East were combined to create what is known as the Composite Course, which is ranked as one of the top 10 courses in the world. The Royal Melbourne’s Composite Course has hosted many important tournaments, including the 1998 and 2011 Presidents Cups.
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