Royal Melbourne’s original course was laid out near the Caulfield Racecourse in 1891 and members played there for ten years until the historic move that marked the birth of what is now the world famous Melbourne Sandbelt.
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Renowned Scottish architect Dr Alister MacKenzie was commissioned to design a course for the new Royal Melbourne site. When he arrived by ship in October 1926 he was delighted with the rolling, sandy terrain that grew wonderful turf and was easy to work with horse-drawn equipment.
Before starting work on the West Course design, MacKenzie asked for a listing of all members ages and handicaps, determined to make his course enjoyable for golfers of any ability. MacKenzie produced a masterpiece in the West Course during the short weeks he spent in Melbourne.
He then made club member and 1924 Australian Open champion Alex Russell his business partner. Subsequently, it was Russell who designed the East Course that opened in 1931.
From the 1930s Royal Melbourne has been the preferred venue for the big tournaments including the Australian Open, the World Cup, Bicentennial Classic and The Presidents Cup. Since 1959 these events have been played on the Composite Course made up of six holes from Russells East Course and 12 from MacKenzies West.
Design Features West Course
Volumes have been written on the qualities of the West Course but put simply its a combination of the greatest land, greatest design and greatest construction ever seen in this country. Full of dramatic undulation, fertile sandy soil and with a natural rugged appearance, it was a gift from the golfing gods.
Design Features East Course
The East Course starts and finishes on the main site alongside its more famous sibling, with these seven home paddock holes the highlight. The bunkering is superb while the greens, though smaller than the Wests, are as beautifully constructed and intricately sloped.
6th West, Par 4, 391 metres
Gary Lisbon, Thank you very much, for using your sensational pictures.
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