Black Rock, Victoria 3193
18 holes. Tree-lined & open sandbelt course. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
Alex Russell, with Mick Morcom in charge of construction. The East course opened for play in 1932.
Above distances are for the East course. Also at Royal Melbourne Golf Club is the 18-hole West course (par-72; 6023 mtrs from back tees).
22 km SE of Melbourne CBD
From the centre of Melbourne travel south-east on the Nepean Highway (Hwy 3). After approx 13 km turn right into South Road (Rte 14), direction Brighton. After 1 km turn left into Bluff Road (Rte 19), direction Sandringham / Black Rock. After 3 km turn left into Cheltenham Road. After 1 km golf is on your right.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club (East course): Black Rock is one of Melbourne's fashionable south-eastern suburbs, and provides an ideal environment for RMCG's two outstanding championship courses. Like the world renowned West course at Royal Melbourne, the East also occupies undulating terrain, and is laid out on an easy draining sandy base.
Royal Melbourne's East course comprises gently undulating holes, superb fast-running fairways, excellent bunkering and large lightning fast greens. This is a big, rangy layout that takes you on an eastward out-and-back journey from the clubhouse, crossing two roads in the process. The road crossing is barely noticed and does not interrupt the flow of the course.
This wonderful collection of sandbelt golf holes are lined with a variety of bushes, shrubs and smallish trees, with some larger trees occasionally making their presence felt. Notable amongst the challenges you'll face are three very good short par-4s and an excellent collection of par-3 holes. Accurate approach play is needed to avoid the substantive and ever-present bunkering and reach the safety of the excellent putting surfaces.
Both RMGC's East and West courses are amongst the highest rated of the "heathland" layouts on the Melbourne sandbelt, and amongst the very best courses in Australia. A much asked question is which is the better layout, East or West? Not even the members seem to be able to agree on that one.
Private club, with restricted outside visitor play. Overseas and interstate visitors should contact the Club regarding playing possibilities; generally available on Mon, Tues & Fri.
Maximum handicap: men 36; women 45. Introduction letter from home club required. Only one of the two courses can be played on the same day.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details. [Last updated: 2018].
This is a walking course. Golf carts can be booked in advance (medical certificate required). Caddies available (if pre-booked).
Royal Melbourne has regularly hosted top-level golf tournaments, including numerous Australian Open and PGA championships, and the Presidents Cup. Such tournaments are usually played on a Composite course comprising 12 holes from the West course and six from the East course. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, West course.
Look out for the plaque at the first tee. It commemorates the spot where the Club's founders looked out across the surrounding area in 1898, deciding this would be an ideal site for the relocation of Royal Melbourne from its original Caulfield links home.
Royal Melbourne is one of eight golf clubs in Australia honoured by exercise of the Sovereign's royal prerogative. Queen Victoria conferred the Royal title on the club in 1895. The eight Australian 'Royals' are (in order of gaining Royal status): Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, Adelaide, Hobart, Fremantle, Canberra and Perth.
World: 96th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
Australia: 8th best course in Australia (Australian Golf Digest, 2020).
Park Road, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192
+61 (0)3 9584 1733Visit website
The Victoria Golf Club offers the golfer more than world class golf. The Clubhouse has 15 spacious and comfortably appointed rooms, each with full ensuite facilities, for residential accommodation. Each room offers views of the grounds and the course. Victoria’s stately, three storey, fully air conditioned clubhouse exudes comfort and a welcoming, congenial atmosphere. Victoria Golf Club is excellently located at the heart of the Melbourne "sandbelt" golf courses, with Royal Melbourne just next door, and many other famous name courses in close proximity.
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250 Esplanade, Brighton, Melbourne Suburbs, VIC 3186
+61 (0)3 9591 5000Visit website
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