0 people found this review helpful The following passage is a brief edited extract from The Finest Golf Courses of Asia and Australasia by James Spence. In addition, match play or alternate shot was the usual game, not stroke play. Morcom shaped the approaches to the greens, the greens, and the bunkers with shovels and a horse-drawn scoop and skillfully placed the mounds and hollows that can be a hazard from one angle but offer a friendly bounce with played from a different direction. I have played here quite often. See other reviews from John Sabino. This golf club has 36 holes, 2 golf courses and has scored an average rating of 8.9 out of 11 reviews. The long hitter faces a decision as well because they can run the risk of driving through the fairway into trees on the other side. The short par four fifth is a birdie oppty. There also isn’t a sign telling you; there doesn’t need to be. Was this review helpful? The east course starts brilliantly, the opening four holes are really superb. A genuine original, its … President’s Cup. The hole tilts left so the best line is slightly right of center. He felt the game should be enjoyable instead of worrying about the difficulty of the hole through a “par” score. It certainly comes down to his work at Augusta National, Cypress Point, and Royal Melbourne West. This will give you a flip wedge to the green. The best golf courses the Golf Course Gurus have played in the Land Down Under. See other reviews from Steve MacQuarrie. Respond to above review  The sixteenth is a medium length par 3 that is stunning. The green is slanted right to left. The Composite Course (which again I've been lucky enough to play 3 or 4 times in proper order), if rated, easily stands amongst PV, Shinnecock, Oakmont, RCD etc. The first green is well bunkered and tilted right to left, more than making up for the “short” yardage, and the pin placement definitely determines the appropriate line one should take. Phil Mickleson took a 10 here during a President’s Cup. World Cup of Golf. The eighth hole is one of the weaker holes on the golf course, a short par 4 with a fairway that is linked with the first hole on the East course, both sharing a scary large bunker complex. It is a straight forward hole with cross bunkers extending about 80 yards out from the green and continuing to the green in a diagonal line. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. "Although six holes from the East course are incorporated with twelve from the West when Royal Melbourne is presented in its championship livery, when played in its entirety as the playing style of the East course is distinctly different. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s West Course has set the standard for Australian sand belt golf. It is a terrific green complex making the hole a lot of fun to play. Long hitters typically reach this green in two. The hole doglegs from right to left and requires a long accurate tee shot to hit the fairway and a steely nerve to find the green surface. 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. Was this review helpful? I thought the quality of the presentation of the fairways and greens was first rate too. Wide, receptive fairways welcome a variety of play off the tee, and the beauty and challenge of this course are personified by its superb bunkering. For a shorter hitter the obvious play is to play short of them or to the left side. See other reviews from Fergal O'Leary, Respond to above review  Let’s get the criticism out of the way. played Royal Melbourne’s West and East courses (as well as the Composite The bunkerless fairway doglegs to the left but has a stand of trees on that left side to capture the ball that flies too close to it in an attempt to shorten the hole. The short par 3 seventh hole plays uphill and might be more difficult than the fifth hole. The preferred tee shot is right to left, especially if the pin is back left. The easier decision is to lay up short of them or play out to the left side of them. I had the good fortune to meet Ron Jaworski the one time... TPC Jasna Polana is a good course. The par 3’s are exceptional beginning with the fabulous fifth hole. See other reviews from John. The approach will be downhill with a short iron. Respond to above review  When one looks at Mackenzie’s thirteen principles of golf course design, they are all achieved at these golf courses to the highest degree. See other reviews from Colin Braithwaite. The holes are as fascinating to look at as they are to play. Was originally due to play the west but due to a comp played the east instead. From an elevated tee one must clear the valley to the green sitting on an opposite hill. I had the good fortune to meet Ron Jaworski the one time... TPC Jasna Polana is a good course. The green is tilted back to front and has another spine. There is a large tree on the right that will block the ideal line for the short hitter into this short par 4 with a very difficult green. A bunker eats into the front of the green providing separation of the two sides. Thank you to RMCG for making me so welcome. was time to revisit the East and was very glad I did. The green is protected by bunkers on all quadrants and is one of the more undulating greens on the course. This is due to the fabulous piece of land the holes sit on, but more so the genius of the green complexes. West Course (Ranking - #9 World and #1 Australia) The West Course at Royal Melbourne is truly a masterpiece. Ultimately this hole is too short as a par 5 for the long hitter and may be too short for the medium length player. I think that you have hit the nail right on the head. I was fortunate to play the West course a few times on my trip and I appreciated new aspects and nuances each time I played it. Shot values score well here as do all the sandbelt course, the contours of this course are still of a very high standard. Then there is a set of cross bunkers both well short of the green extending to the right side of the green which make it a risk-reward hole for the shorter hitters. 0 people found this review helpful The new course was opened in 1901. After crossing another street, one arrives at the seventh which is the weakest hole on the course as a short par five to the flattest green. Mackenzie wrote: “The ideal hole is surely one that affords the greatest pleasure to the greatest number, gives the fullest advantage for accurate play, stimulates players to improve their game, and never becomes monotonous.” In his three most famous golf courses, Mackenzie achieved this in allowing for differing options while always being playable. Depending on the wind and the state of one’s game, I believe on the West course one will be faced with playing a shot they have not tried before. Forget Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas or local favorite Adam Scott – the star of the Presidents Cup was the course. It has the best protected green of the 36 holes at Royal Melbourne. Royal Melbourne is one of those few courses that are worth a trip across the world for the opportunity to play it. At Royal Melbourne more so than at many of the holes at Cypress Point and Augusta National, Mackenzie places options in front of players of all levels and allows them to decide the series of shots they need on the hole to achieve their goal, which may not always be par. I am certain on some days I could break 80 as well as struggle to break 100 and I would still marvel at the challenge either way. The West sits on glorious rolling land and the green complexes , most made savage by the deep bunkering and vicious contouring make the West , from an architectural point of view,by far the best course in Australia .It truly is a classic . The fifteenth is a slight dogleg right and a short par 4 surrounded by bunkers right and left but with an opening to it in the middle. "Royal Melbourne is delighted to be chosen to host the 2019 Presidents Cup," David Thomas, captain of Royal Melbourne Golf Club, said in a statement. Max Behr’s line of charm is here in spades. Forget Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas or local favorite Adam Scott – the star of the Presidents Cup was the course. A universal icon of golf, this is certainly not the first list the Royal Melbourne Golf Club has topped. One certainly gets those on both sides on Royal Melbourne West. I thought this was a good starting hole, but one difficult when played into the wind. 1 person found this review helpful The green is one of the most steeply sloped greens one will find anywhere with deep bunkers fronting right and left. The club house is welcoming as are the members. Royal Melbourne first opened for play in 1992. Eisenhower Trophy, Its West and East courses are respectively ranked number 1 and 6 in Australia. But for a shorter hitter such as myself the prudent play is away from the fairway bunkers but a result is a second shot of 210 yards or more as well as difficult pins to get to. Alister MacKenzie’s 1926 routing fits snuggly into the contours of the rolling sandbelt land. The course continually asks for heroic approach shots judged to perfection, or face almost impossible ups and downs to save par. I was told Ben Crenshaw spent a few hours just looking at the brilliance of this golf hole. There is a large “fairway” in front of the green for the ball that is hit short. The bunkers are taller and steeper than many others on the golf course. The green is surrounded by a sea of bunkers, and different pin positions will dictate the best line of approach. Played here on a reciprocal arrangement with my home golf club, Ganton. John Sabino is the author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs, Respond to above review  Hole six is a longer par four, left to right dogleg. It’s Australia’s toughest examination of your skill set. Book in advance - must be a member of a recognised golf club, Championships hosted: After that the discovery of gold in New South Wales and Victoria caused a huge boom and influx of people, followed by slump, which put aside most frivolous activities, so that organised golf was not revived in Melbourne until 1891. The holes from the East course (1,2,3,4, 17 and 18) that are part of the composite are a worthy bunch. It has a “big” feel to it with holes routed around big sand dunes, forced carries over bracken fern and sweeping fairways with big doglegs. Hole six is a nice par three to a slightly raised green surrounded by cavernous bunkers on the left side and bunkers on the right. Royal Melbourne has an interesting history, starting with a split from the now Metropolitan club in the 1890s. Maybe you choose the fourth on the East due to its length and possibly crowd control. In fact, Royal Melbourne suffered, as they didn’t have their own water supply as did some of the surrounding courses. The course did not open until 1901, but that did not prevent the founders from taking the “Royal” title with them. The uphill 4th is an awesome par 3. Melbourne has more great available golf courses than any other city in the world, led by the Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club. MELBOURNE, Australia – If you want to be successful at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, you better have the keys to the sandbelt. Left off the tee is best to set up a short iron to a green that runs away from you. Course) on that trip. The rolling terrain of the opening stretch was superb, especially looking uphill to the 2nd green that makes you say “wow” over and over again, downhill to the 3rd green and up again to the long par 3 4th hole. The 7th can be reached in two, certainly not by me. That is not to say it is a better golf course than Cypress Point or Augusta National, but I do believe it still meets his design principles more than the other two courses. The members of Royal Melbourne—all 1800 of them—are to be congratulated on preserving almost all of MacKenzie’s fine work. In recent years the club has employed Tom Doak to modify the design. Some go left, some go right, some are sharp, some are subtle, some are around bunkers, others around trees, but all force the golfer to decide how much risk to take on to enjoy the reward of the best angle into the green.Royal Melbourne is also a textbook on routing. There is a false front on this elevated green which slopes back to front. Was this review helpful? Write a review for Royal Melbourne (East), How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs. Respond to above review  These golf courses are works of art. FILE – These are recent file photos showing members of the International Presidents Cup golf team, to be played Dec. 12-15, 2019, at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. Long and with a slope going left and a large fairway bunker on the inside elbow my fate was sealed. I made it finally! By WA Golf Staff. Like Pine Valley, the first thing that strikes you when seeing Royal Melbourne is the scale of the course. They all know how to play the hard, fast courses where you have to flight the ball. The eighteenth for me is the best hole on the golf course and certainly in the top five at Royal Melbourne. The seventh does have many big bunkers on the side of the fairway as you make your way to the green, but the way to the green is obvious. There are bunkers left and right cutting into the green as well as one behind. By: Adam Schupak. Overall I enjoyed my day here immensely !!!!!!!! These bunkers are shared with the fairway bunkers of the West course. It is a masterpiece of strategy to the green and on the green. Play it as a 3 shotter. Women's Australian Open, It is often cited as one of the best holes in the game of golf. The second shot requires a decision point to avoid the fairway bunker in the middle of the fairway about 110 yards out. Golf Digest produces a biennial ranking of the world's best golf courses. The above passage is a brief edited extract from The Finest Golf Courses of Asia and Australasia by James Spence. One of the best finishing holes in golf! Certainly Mick Morcom, who built the two courses as well as Kingston Heath, played a bit role since Mackenzie was only there for three months. The front right center of this green is very difficult to get close to, even if hitting from the bunker just in front of it. The second is a par five that is short uphill dogleg right from the tee but then playing relatively level to the slightly raised green tilted back to front and right to left. I was fortunate to get on Royal Melbourne West as a extra student when our university colleges held their competition there once. Fergal O’Leary returns to the land down under, Respond to above review  Routing is an often overlooked, but nonetheless critical aspect of golf course design. So in my humble opinion, I do think Royal Melbourne West is his masterplace. There are no weak holes on The West Course, but some that I regard as 'all world' holes. Tag: Royal Melbourne Golf Club. 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. It is a well-protected two-tier green with bunkers left and right. There are a few holes that are not as challenging as the others, such as the seventh, but the difficulty of the holes caused by clever angles into them and the terrific bunkering and sloped greens make it an absolute treasure. Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, IL combines understated elegance with a contemporary attitude. I have been back “If you look at the rankings of the players, at this level everybody plays all over the world. The short par 4 fourteenth follows with a primary danger being the trees on the left on this slight dogleg right. The second shot is steeply uphill to a difficult green which is long and narrow. Since MacKenzie was not around for the construction of many of his Australian designs, the look of them can be different. The shortest hole on the course is a classic par 3 protected by a gaggle of bunkers. The green is slightly raised and well defended by bunkers on nearly half of the green. Venue: Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia Date: December 12-15, 2019 Course stats: Par-71, 7,047 yards Defending champion: USA Presidents Cup betting tips and preview: Who will win? Magnificent :) A massive thrill, honour and privilege to have played here recently. My issue with the ranking is how the supposed best course in the country can have a genuinely nothing hole like 15th, or a series of OK holes from 12 to 16. 2020 rank: 2018 rank: royal melbourne - west: 1: 1: cape wickham: 2: 3: kingston heath: 3: 2: barnbougle dunes: 4: 4: new south wales: 5: 5: peninsula - north: 6 : barnbougle lost farm: 7: 6: royal melbourne - east: 8: 8: victoria: 9: 11: ellerston: 10: 7: royal adelaide: 11: 9: national - moonah: 12: 12: ocean dunes: 13: 10: metropolitan: 14: 13: lake karrinyup: 15: 17: national - old: … I feel like almost every hole is a favorite hole but have to say their signature hole, the par 3, 6th is really a perfect hole. I debate whether this or the sixteenth would be the better par 3 on the composite course (sixteenth). Mackenzie wanted players to set their own goals and as they improved they could try new options. Perhaps only two holes do not quite achieve that on the West course but certainly at Cypress Point that is the case on a couple of holes. The negative of this hole is that the longer hitters just drive beyond these fairway bunkers as well as I thought the green was one of the easier ones to read, despite its size. They were nearly perfect as a blend of bent and fescue but were ultimately replaced by grass from New Zealand. Pine Valley Golf Club (New Jersey) Pine Valley Golf Club is known as one of possibly the … See other reviews from Richard Keary, 12-16 are OK? 0 people found this review helpful If golf could always be this much fun…sigh! Depending on the wind and tee of the day many will be capable of taking the shortcut and many will fail- losing a ball in the bracken, or being blocked out by the trees right. In February, 2019 I had the pleasure of playing the East course at The Royal Melbourne Club twice as well as some of it a third time as we were allowed to play the Composite course used for their most prestigious events. This was definitely a success. Women's Australian Open, In addition, whether in the front left bunker or hitting an approach shot from the fairway, one simply must avoid going into the bunker at the back left of the green. The honeymoon is over, the long 2nd hole is very demanding. Top 19 Courses. There is an additional bunker complex on the right side of the fairway. Royal Melbourne West: The Royal Melbourne Golf Club West Course was designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1926 and local champion Alex Russell. The shorter hitter plays away from this bunker with a wide fairway to the left but will stay up on this hill leaving a shot of 180 yards or more. 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. good number of knowledgeable observers consider to be the finest in the world).". The course was designed by Greg Norman. It is one of the finest finishing holes I have ever played. The details. It is ranked the number one golf course in Australia and among the top 15 … Was this review helpful? See other reviews from Peter Wood. Here it’s more rough-hewn. The fourteen returns us to a dogleg left where a bunker on the left catches the shorter hitters and makes them pay for trying to shorten the hole. The green is very large and has a section on the right side that looks like its own island. The landing area narrows and if you are lucky your approach is only 200 yards uphill. The bunkers pinch into the green. The DEEP front left bunker is not user friendly. Presidents Cup, From the … The short par 4 dogleg right should be easy, but I mucked it up. I clearly remembered holes 1-3 and 17-18, but to be honest not much The clubs include: Baltursol, Winged Foot, Sunningdale, Walton Heath, and The Royal Melbourne Club. 1. 0 people found this review helpful 0 people found this review helpful However, once you cross the road the course becomes a little flat and mundane, albeit well designed, excellent condition but not inspirational. It is now considered the finest golf course in the southern hemisphere. This green has the most bunkers surrounded it, nine in total, beginning 50 yards short of the green and slopes right to left. Because I am a medium length and pretty accurate player I did not think this hole presented enough challenge for me. Best Outdoor Gyms in Melbourne. See other reviews from paulofchester. 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