The Takeaway: Known perhaps best for its elite level conditioning, Metropolitan is a classy club with exceptional greens and bunkering that is seen as the standard to shoot for in Melbourne. While other courses in Australia’s Sandbelt have more engaging terrain and hole designs, Metro is a classic staple to be included in any trip to Melbourne. Grade B+
Designer: J. B. Mackenzie in 1908 (Modifications made by Alister MacKenzie in 1926 and Dick Wilson in 1959)
Cost: Private Private (Interstate and Overseas visitors welcome) Click for membership information
Phone Number: 61 3 9579 3122
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Metropolitan Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Golf Road, South Oakleigh, Victoria 3167
Accolades: Ranked 14th in Australia by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: Metropolitan represents one of the original clubs in Melbourne and as the early membership grew there eventually was a split with one portion of the membership wanting a club close to the city while the other wanted one closer to the ocean. As a result, a group of members went out and purchased land and built Royal Melbourne Golf Club near the water while the rest stayed closer to the city with the aptly named Metropolitan Club. Perhaps the thing that Metropolitan is best known for is the greenside bunkering. Bunkers are cut into the greens which pair with double digit stimpmeter readings and no fringe which can result with players putting off the green and into the sand. Nowhere are the bunker edges cut tighter or steeper into the greens than at Metropolitan which set the standard for other Sandbelt courses to imitate. The course is laid out on relatively flat terrain with tree lined fairways that get fairly dense in spots and a single water hazard that comes into play behind the green on the par five 14th, but it is the opening six holes that often get applauded for their merit. As a general rule the course is walking-only although there are some medical exceptions that would allow players to take a motorized cart. The tame terrain and easy flow from green to tee makes Metropolitan a pleasant walk especially with a trolley in tow. On a side note, the pro shop and clubhouse setup oozes class with a professionalism that only top tier clubs can successfully pull off.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 2nd Hole – 175 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 13th Hole – 159 Yards –
Best Par 4: 16th Hole – 377 Yards –
Best Par 5: 6th Hole – 514 Yards –
Birdie Time: 4th Hole – 520 Yard Par 5 –
Bogey Beware: 1st Hole – 473 Yard Par 4 –