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Royal Melbourne Golf Club - West Course

Cheltenham, Australia
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18

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Alex Russell, Mick Morcom

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1931

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In the 1930s Alex Russell, often called the grandfather of Sandbelt golf, worked with greenskeeper Mick Morcom to lay out the East Course. Russell had in the 1920s collaborated with Alister MacKenzie on the Royal Melbourne's original West Course, work that helped to establish the bunkering style that is so characteristic of the region. Then, in 1959, when the club was slated to host the Canada (now World) Cup, twelve holes from the West Course were combined with six from the East to form the so-called "Composite Course," which remains in use to this day for the large events that the club continues to attract, from several Australian Opens and Johnnie Walker Classics to the 1998 Presidents Cup in which US players competed with the Internationals. Not surprisingly, the Composite Course often tops many lists of the world's best courses, and it ranks in pretty much everyone's top ten. There may be no finer eighteen holes of golf in the world than the West at Royal Melbourne. In 1926 Alister MacKenzie, at the special invitation of the citizens of Melbourne, was invited to work his magic on a perfect site. In the words of American Gene Sarazen, "It burns me up that with the billions spent on course construction in the past 50 years, all the architects together haven't been able to build another Royal Melbourne." The course's ample fairways mean that the casual player is sure to have plenty of fun, and accomplished golfers are able to go after the flag from more remote and difficult quarters. The magnificent sand bunkers are situated so as to keep players of every level thinking. For the big venues, it is the West's twelve holes that comprise the composite course for tournament play. This course is a truly unforgettable experience.

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As I was doing a trip around the world with my wife, I got a very unexpected phone call from one of the top Australian amateurs who offered me the opportunity to play Melbourne West and Metropolitan the same day. Always keen to meeting new people and playing great courses, I jumped on the occasion and joined him and a couple of friends. Of course, I arrived early and droned over the course, then I joined my partners for the morning round. They all 3 drove 350+ yards on the first tee shot... Well lets say we were not in the same league! But we all 4 of us enjoyed the course so much!!! The history, the layout, the clubhouse, everything is perfect. The member (another top amateur in the country) told us it was the best shape he had ever played the course (lucky me). Every single hole requires the player (no matter how good he is) to think hard about the strategy! Being on the fairway is not sufficient... You need to be on the right side of the fairway to be able to attack the green from the better angle to have a shot at keeping the ball on the dance floor! Exactly my type of course... Dr MacKensie never disappoints!
31 August 2018
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I made it finally! Magnificent ! A massive thrill, honour and privilege to have played here. Words and photo's don't do this course justice.
21 August 2018

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