Royal Melbourne (West) - Victoria - Australia

Royal Melbourne Golf Club,
Cheltenham Road,
Black Rock,
Victoria 3193,
Australia


  • +61 (03) 9598 6755

  • Golf Club Website

  • 20 km S of Melbourne

  • Book in advance - must be a member of a recognised golf club

Australian Open Golf TrophyAustralian Open winners at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club:

Wayne Riley (Aus) 1991,
Greg Norman (Aus) 1987,
Greg Norman (Aus) 1985,
Tom Watson (USA) 1984,
Gary Player (SA) 1963,
Norman von Nida (Aus) 1953,
Jim Ferrier (Aus) 1939,
Lou Kelly (Aus) 1933,
Rufus Stewart (SA) 1927,
Alex Russell (Aus) 1924,
Arthur Le Fevre (Aus) 1921,
Ivo Whitton (Aus) 1913,
Ivo Whitton (Aus) 1912,
Claude Felstead (Aus) 1909,
Michael Scott (Aus) 1907,
Dan Soutar (Aus) 1905.

The West course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club is generally acknowledged as the best course in Australia and the finest design of Dr Alister MacKenzie despite the fact that he never saw it in its completed form and never referred to it in his published writings. Born of that productive two months in 1926 when Royal Melbourne had commissioned the Doctor on the advice of the R&A, it was completed in 1931.

The club that has for more than 70 years nurtured their gift from MacKenzie and Morcom, was in fact formed 35 years before his visit. In May 1891 The Melbourne Golf Club cabled the Royal Eastbourne Club in England for 30 sets of clubs with which to equip their founder members. By 1895 the club received the Royal appendage and the heaths of Sandringham were selected for the club’s new site on 1898 with play commencing in July 1901. Royal Melbourne therefore became the first golf club in what has come to be known as Melbourne’s Sandbelt. Precisely which courses constitute membership of the Sandbelt clubs is traditionally a matter of debate but the core consists of seven: Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, Commonwealth, Victoria, Yarra Yarra and Huntingdale.

Royal Melbourne’s West course stands as the apotheosis of the Sandbelt. It was of those courses that Tom Doak was thinking about when he wrote: “If only Melbourne were not so far removed from America, the standard of American golf architecture might well be higher. Were both countries closer, however, it is just as likely that America would have dragged Australian standards down to its level.”

The above passage is a brief edited extract from The Finest Golf Courses of Asia and Australasia by James Spence. Reproduced with kind permission.

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Description: The West course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club is generally acknowledged as the best course in Australia and one of Doctor Alister MacKenzie's finest designs. Rating: 9.4 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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jim
Wow!! what a course. I played here the day before the Lions test in Melbourne and had a brilliant day out. The greens were the fastest I've ever played. The standout holes for me were the 5th , 6th and 17th but very few weak holes. The fairways were very generous but not the case for the 2nd shot. I would love to play again but the 12000 mile "commute" might prevent that.
July 09, 2013
10 / 10
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Steven
Australia's best and most established course by a mile - world class. Deserves it's Top 20 status and being a Melburnian and having been lucky enough to play a lot of the worlds best golf courses including all of those on Long Island, NY and Pine Valley etc this stacks up with the best of them. Shinnecock and Pine Valley better but RM has it all over places like Winged Foot, Bethpage, Merion, etc for pure greens, bunkering, shot selection and some of the best Par 3s (#5 and #7) short Par 4's (especially #3 and #10) and great blind long Par 4s (#6, #11, #17 and #18 for sure). The need to cross a main road to play 4 holes sux and is the main thing that keeps this from a Top 10 in my view.
December 02, 2010
10 / 10
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Joking
July 21, 2011
Best course in Australia "by a mile"? Have you played Metropolitan or Kingston Heath? Yes, the West course has some amazing holes, but its permanently in a wretched condition. Also, which course are you reviewing? The West, the East or the Composite? Both the West and East have a number of week holes, and the members cannot play the Composite. The Composite in great condition might clinch the title of Australia's best if, and its a BIG if, it was presented like some of its sandbelt neighbours. And of course if anyone could play it.
alan ritchie
just played and was slightly disappointed. a good track but not in the same class as britains best. fair enough they are in the middle of a drought that turned the rough into sandy fairway but there wasnt a stretch that i thought, yes, this is a top 15 course in the world. Many good holes and none bad but how it comes above Kingsbarns I will never know.
February 17, 2009
6 / 10
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David Davis
I've just returned from a fantastic self put together tour in which I was fortunate enough to play 10 of the top 15 courses in Australia. Of course this wouldn't of been complete without a visit to Royal Melbourne. As I was travelling alone on this occasion I had request to be set up with a member which they were more than happy to do. Unfortunately Melbourne is having the worst drought in about 1000 years and unlike every other course I played in Australia they don't have their own well water so I really had to look through the brown bare fairways and extremely average greens. That being said the course is absolutely great, and although very similar to some of the other Sandbelt courses. It's still a must for any golfing or business trip to Melbourne.
April 09, 2007
8 / 10
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mark chaplin
My last visit to RM during my honeymoon saw the course in almost perfect condition. The rebuilding of the greens on both courses was complete and they were running at 13 on the stimpmeter. 11 on the flat greens at Hunstanton is quick but 13 on the huge slopes at RM is truely frightening especially if you hit the wrong part of the green. A totally world class golfing experience. ps I had left my bride in Sydney for a few days whilst I played RM and Metropolitan!
September 22, 2006
10 / 10
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Simon Haines
The best greens in the world. This place effortlessly exudes class and has some of the best and most visually stunning bukering anywhere.Mackenzie's (Or at least an interpretation of) best work.
July 18, 2006
10 / 10
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