Australian Open

The Australian Golf Union was formed in 1898 and the following year it organized the first official Australian Amateur Championship. However, since 1894 Melbourne Golf Club had organized an event open to all amateurs in Australia (the Victorian Gold Cup). Now the tournament had the authority of a national governing body in control of proceedings.

From 1904 to 1939, the Amateur Championship meeting included a stroke play event, the Australian Open, with the Amateur Champion determined by the leading 8 or 16 amateurs in the Open then engaged in a match play contest on subsequent days. Michael Scott from England (who would later become the oldest player to win The Amateur at Hoylake in 1933) claimed the first Australian Open which was played, appropriately enough, at The Australian in Sydney in 1904.

Australian Open Championship Trophy

The early winners of the Australian Open didn’t receive a trophy but that was remedied in 1930 when John Lawrence Baird of Urie, 1st Viscount of Stonehaven and the Governor-General of Australia, presented the Stonehaven Cup to Frank Eyre from New South Wales when he won the event at Metropolitan in Melbourne by seven strokes.

Every year since, the winner’s name is added to the trophy before it’s returned to the Australian Golf Museum in Victoria, with the champion given a replica to keep.

In the modern era, prize money for the winner has risen from the 1,600 dollars that Arnold Palmer picked up for winning in 1966 to the 315,000 dollars that champion Craig Parry pocketed in 2007, though the sums of money involved nowadays are relatively modest compared to similar high-profile competitions elsewhere in the world. Sponsors down the years include well-known global brands ...

Australian Open host courses

Commonwealth

12th Victoria - Best in Area 21st Australia Ranking 27th Oceania Ranking

Commonwealth Golf Club is a close neighbour of The Metropolitan and Yarra Yarra Golf Clubs, the three forming private golfing oases in modern Melbourne’s southward suburbs.

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Gailes

38th Queensland - Best in Area

In 1935, the club changed its name from Goodna to Gailes Golf Club, reflecting a similar name change made to the local railway station. The club immediately contacted Western Gailes in Scotland and the two clubs exchanged trophies for perpetual competition.

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Kooyonga

2nd South Australia - Best in Area 27th Australia Ranking 36th Oceania Ranking

Kooyonga Golf Club is one of the most interesting of Australia’s classic golf courses and it knocks most modern layouts into a cocked hat.

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Royal Hobart

6th Tasmania - Best in Area

The course at Royal Hobart Golf Club is renowned for the quality of its bunkers and the club has hosted many Tasmanian Opens and national Amateur championships.

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Royal Melbourne (East)

5th Victoria - Best in Area 11th Australia Ranking 14th Oceania Ranking

While it does not quite offer the grand theatre of the West, Royal Melbourne's East is still a fantastic golfing experience and holds its own versus all other courses in the Melbourne area.

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Australian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kevin P Courses Played 18
2 Tyson Flynn Courses Played 17
= Wayne Moriarty Courses Played 17
= Brendan James Courses Played 17
5 Gregory Kuriata Courses Played 16
= Peter Wood Courses Played 16
= Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 16
= david morgan Courses Played 16
= Peter Martin Courses Played 16
10 John Cornish Courses Played 15