The Takeaway: The East will always be the little brother to the West, but unlike most 36 hole facilities, the East stands tall in its shadow and is certainly one of the elite courses of Australia. The opening holes of the East are world class and the finish is compelling. Visiting Royal Melbourne to just play the West would be a grave mistake. Grade A-
Designer: Alex Russell in 1932
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 (East)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Cheltenham Road, Black Rock, Victoria 3193
Accolades: Ranked 11th in Australia by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: Royal Melbourne is simply the finest 36 hole facility in the Southern Hemisphere with the East and West courses both being worthy of world recognition. The historic club found on Melbourne’s famed Sandbelt is in the perfect location for golf with rolling terrain and a sandy base. But the story at Royal Melbourne really is a tale of which side of the road you are playing on. After the opening four holes, the East course crosses Reserve Road and enters the much less inspiring portion of Royal Melbourne’s property, similar to what the West course experiences after the 12th hole when the routing crosses Cheltenham Road to the flat ground. South of Cheltenham and west of Reserve exists some of the best terrain in the world for golf and each course shares part of it. The East course comes back onto this choice property after the 15th hole to finish out its final three holes. Six of these seven choice holes (all but the 16th, which is a fantastic hole) from the East course are featured on the Composite course which comprises the best holes from both courses. The non-Composite holes from the East course are still great and offer some good scoring opportunities, but there is no doubt where the elite holes reside. That being said, the three hole triangular loop of holes 10-12 highlight the routing east of Reserve Road and are worthy of recognition. The majority of golfers will be walking at Royal Melbourne with caddies being sent out with visitors, however carts are available for players with a medical necessity. Ultimately the East will never replace the West as the best course at Royal Melbourne, but the East must be played on your trip to Australia.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 1st Hole – 332 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 16th Hole – 165 Yards –
Best Par 4: 3rd Hole – 383 Yards –
Best Par 5: 17th Hole – 569 Yards –
Birdie Time: 15th Hole – 303 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 2nd Hole – 440 Yard Par 4 –