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Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (Black Rock, Victoria)

Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  The premier course in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the finest tracks on Mother Earth. Pictures don’t begin to sufficiently show the curves, subtleties, and movement that this property enjoys. Architecturally it is a masterpiece that is only trumped by the Composite course as having the ultimate property for golf in Melbourne.  Grade A+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Alister MacKenzie in 1931

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 (West)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - Cheltenham Road, Black Rock, Victoria  3193

Photos:  See additional photos of Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West)

Accolades:  Ranked 3rd in Australia by Golf Course Gurus.

What to Expect:  Simply one of the finest golf courses in the world. This is the course that sets the standard for Australia golfing greatness and an attraction that draws in players from all over the world. Heading into my round I was a bit worried that Royal Melbourne would be overrated because the pictures I saw depicted little movement in the property and it was difficult to identify the architectural greatness. After the first hole, my worries increased. After the second hole, I was feeling a little better. By the time I came to the world class 5th hole I knew I would be experiencing golfing nirvana. The movement throughout the property exceeds virtually anything else in the Melbourne area with holes 4 - 11 being a particularly excellent stretch. It becomes more impressive to consider how good the holes are and the undulations in the property when you see the primitive shovel and plow equipment that was used along with a horse to do construction. The West course is not long, but instead relies on top shelf green complexes and testy pin locations to put some teeth in the layout while tempting you with risk/reward opportunities that can bite you hard if you get too greedy. The one-shotters stand out at Royal Melbourne with brilliant bunkering and green surfaces that are demanding in both slope and speed while some of the par fours are as good as anything you’ll ever play. Crossing the road and getting to the flatter part of the property on holes 13 - 16 is less inspiring and a worthy omission when Royal Melbourne routs the Composite course that is used for major competitions such as the President’s Cup. The vast majority of players will walk the course and caddies are available, particularly for visitors, but there are some medical exceptions that would allow a motorized cart. In the end, Royal Melbourne is world class. The staff and membership is extremely friendly, accommodating, and not near as stuffy as one would expect as a similar caliber course in the United States. A true fan of golf course architecture hasn’t completed their studies without a visit to Royal Melbourne; it is the fundamental of minimalist greatness.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Mens (Blue) 72 6645 72.0 131
Mens (White) 72 72.0 129
Ladies (Red) 73 5848 73.0 135

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  5th Hole – 176 Yard Par 3 –

5th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (176 Yard Par 3)
5th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (176 Yard Par 3)

5th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (176 Yard Par 3)
5th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (176 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 3:  7th Hole – 148 Yards –

7th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (148 Yard Par 3)
7th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (148 Yard Par 3)

7th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (148 Yard Par 3)
7th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (148 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  6th Hole – 428 Yards –

6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)

6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)

6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)

6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)
6th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (428 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  4th Hole – 504 Yards –

4th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (504 Yard Par 5)
4th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (504 Yard Par 5)

4th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (504 Yard Par 5)
4th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (504 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  10th Hole – 312 Yard Par 4 –

10th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (312 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (312 Yard Par 4)

10th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (312 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (312 Yard Par 4)

10th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (312 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (312 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  11th Hole – 455 Yard Par 4 –

11th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (455 Yard Par 4)
11th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (455 Yard Par 4)

11th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (455 Yard Par 4)
11th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (455 Yard Par 4)

11th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (455 Yard Par 4)
11th Hole at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West) (455 Yard Par 4)

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