The Takeaway: The Composite course stands with Cypress Point as the finest combination of class, confidence, and compelling architecture in the world. There is nothing brash here, but instead the course oozes with fine tuned subtleties, world class bunkering, and natural movement in the terrain that is the envy of the golfing world. It is simply the finest non-coastal course ever created. Grade A+
Designer: Alister MacKenzie (West) in 1931 and Alex Russell (East) in 1932. Composite first used in 1959.
Cost: Private Private (Interstate, International, and Reciprocal visitors welcome) Click for membership information
Phone Number: 61 3 9599 0500
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Composite)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Cheltenham Road, Black Rock, Victoria 3193
Accolades: Ranked 2nd in Australia by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: A top 10 course in the world that is only playable a handful of times a year, the Composite course at Royal Melbourne is an absolute treasure to experience for both members and visitors alike. The Composite course features the best six holes from the East course and best twelve holes from the West course to create a world class routing that is set up at the club less than a dozen times a year. Different from the routing that is used for the President’s Cup, the Composite features the following order of holes: 1W, 2W, 1E, 2E, 5W, 6W, 7W, 10W, 11W, 12W, 17W, 18W, 3W, 4W, 3E, 4E, 17E, and 18E. There are so many great holes and combinations to utilize them that other routings exist, including this one from the 2019 President’s Cup: 3W, 4W, 5W, 6W, 7W, 10W, 11W, 12W, 17W, 18W, 1E, 2E, 3E, 16E, 17E, 18E, 1W and 2W. You’ll notice that the Composite course employs the 4th hole from the East course while the President’s Cup course instead uses the 16th hole; both of which are par threes that border each other. Also, when these alternatives routings are used the 2nd and 12th holes from the West course are slightly shortened and featured as par fours rather than par fives. When both courses are in play the West course puts up flags that are white and blue and the East course flys white and red flags. On days when the Composite course is set up, the flags are solid white with the club logo centered in the middle. Bottom line, the holes used in the Composite course and President’s Cup course, those found south of Cheltenham Road and west of Reserve Road, are some of the finest holes in the Southern Hemisphere and are found on beautifully rolling terrain as opposed to the mostly flat terrain on the other sides of the roads. If you ever get the opportunity to play the Composite course, consider yourself fortunate to tee it up on this choice routing.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 5th Hole – 176 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 16th Hole – 201 Yards –
Best Par 4: 8th Hole – 312 Yards –
Best Par 5: 17th Hole – 569 Yards –
Birdie Time: 3rd Hole – 332 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 10th Hole – 476 Yard Par 4 –