South Oakleigh, Victoria 3167
18 holes. Tree-lined sandbelt course. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and residential.
Original design by J.B. MacKenzie (1908). Later improvements by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1926). Dick Wilson (USA) designed new holes in 1960 when a few original holes were absorbed by a school building project.
20 km SE of Melbourne CBD
From the centre of Melbourne travel south-east on the M1 (Monash Freeway). After approx 12 km take the Warrigal Road exit (Hwy 15) and head south. After 3 km turn left onto North Road. After o.4 km turn right into Golf Road. After 200 metres golf entrance is on your left.
Metropolitan Golf Club: Quietly located in South Oakleigh on Melbourne's famous sandbelt, the flattish terrain here at Metropolitan is home to one of Australia's finest and most exacting championship golf courses. For many golfers this is one of the best and most definitive in the sandbelt genre.
Many bushes as well as trees large and small adorn this excellent layout, giving you one strong and challenging tree-lined hole after another.
If you enjoy the test presented by avoiding bunkers, and/or playing from sand, you'll love the challenge of Metropolitan. Around the large and fast greens there is no escaping the threat the bunkering poses. Many of these deep and expansive sand traps are cut right up to (and sometimes into) the edges of the putting surfaces, often flanking the green on both sides.
Maintenance standards at this top-quality Melbourne golf club are as you might expect, excellent throughout. Metropolitan is not however a lone gem; just across its eastern boundary fence is the also superb Huntingdale Golf Club.
Metropolitan is a private club. Outside visitor play is restricted. Overseas and interstate visitors should contact the Club in writing (or e-mail) to determine playing possibilities, which are generally available on Mon (am), Thurs (am) and Fri.
Introduction letter/card from home club is required.
Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire on medical grounds (medical certificate required).
Metropolitan's origins date back to 1891 and are shared with Melbourne GC (which later became Royal Melbourne). When many Melbourne GC members moved further south from Malvern to establish a new course, those who remained adopted the name Caulfield GC. A further split in 1908 saw several Caulfield members move to a new location in South Oakleigh, taking the name Metropolitan GC.
Many top level tournaments have been hosted at Metropolitan including several Australian Open and Australian PGA championships (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Metropolitan).
Metropolitan's logo symbolises a huge, red flowering gum tree, which stands beside the clubhouse.
Australia's 12th best course (Australian Golf Digest, 2022/23).
150, The Esplanade, Brighton, Victoria 3186
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Occupying a wonderful bay-frontage position in the very pleasant Melbourne residential area of Brighton, the Brighton Savoy's sea-facing rooms offer great views onto Port Phillip Bay. Relax in the hotel's Spa and Sauna, dine in its 5-star restaurant or cross the road onto one of Melbourne's best beaches. Perfectly located for access to the fabulous array of Melbourne sandbelt golf courses.
Royal Melbourne (East & West courses); Victoria; Yarra Yarra; Commonwealth; Metropolitan; Huntingdale.
Kingston Heath; Spring Valley; Woodlands;
The Esplanade, St Kilda, Melbourne
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Huntingdale; Metropolitan; Royal Melbourne (East & West courses); Victoria; Woodlands; Kingston Heath; Spring Valley; Yarra Yarra; Commonwealth.
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