The Melbourne Sandbelt
Dare To Dream The Melbourne Sandbelt!
Did you know – there are 7 Top 100 world renowned championship courses in Melbourne’s famous sandbelt and today we feature one of the best – Victoria Golf Club!
An iconic course that has hosted the Australian Open 4 times (1961, 1981, 2002, 2022 - scheduled) and the Women’s Australian Open, 3 times (1974, 1976, 2014).
Legendary golf architect Alister MacKenzie designed this beauty that five-time Open Champion Peter Thomson remarked on…. “some clubs have a special character that sets them apart. It is not necessarily the quality of the course, or the accommodations of the buildings that distinguishes them. It is more essentially the membership, past, and present, and the file of achievements over such a period of decades that creates such a tradition. Victoria Golf Club is such a Club”.
The club is proud of its rich history that dates back to 1903, concentrating on 5 core ingredients; The Course, The Members, The Tournaments, and The Club while never forgetting The Founders!
From influential Melbourne businessmen, the course has had two homes – the current site, occupied since 1926, when MacKenzie was commissioned to take over the design. The MacKenzie course opened on May 14th, 1927 with the first ball hit by the then prime Minister Stanley Bruce, smacking an impressive opening drive to the delight of the crowds. Bruce was to become the first Australian Captain of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
The great Peter Thomson called Victoria Golf Club home. Junior Champion at Victoria was none other than US Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy and Stacey Keating, who was the Women's Australian Amateur Champion in 2010 was also a member.
The list of achievements is long and cannot be covered in this email, daring you to dream. Take a look at the course, click here, and do factor a trip in your future golf plans to Victoria and the other Melbourne sandbelt courses. It will be worth it!
Lastly – the team at PaR nz notes that the state of Victoria, Australia has been in the news lately for unfortunate reasons – we wish all the best to our friends at the Victoria Golf Club in these challenging times.