The Victoria Golf Club
The History of The Victoria Golf Club
The Victoria Golf Club gave architect Alister MacKenzie the perfect opportunity to create the finishing touches to a course of outstanding quality. The greatest players in the game have always been attracted to the famed Sandbelt layout to test their skills across a palate of indigenous rolling topography. Since the early founders, the course and its members have weaved a rich tapestry of history. The history and feel of Victoria is one that is unique and certainly one that is to be experienced and understood.
The Victoria Golf Club Life Member and five-time Open Champion Peter Thomson said, “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 course was designed by William Meader, Oscar Damman and Dr Alister MacKenzie, and is one of Australia’s finest courses ranked among the Top 100 and host of countless major tournaments.
MacKenzie’s design suggestions were in fact incorporated into at least 9 holes on the course. His plans dramatically created all the strategic bunkering lining the course, giving it the aesthetically distinctive character that is so stunning today. Royal Melbourne’s original green keepers Mick Morcom and his son Vern Morcom, skilfully implemented and built over 100 MacKenzie bunkers which are of some of the finest designs in the world of golf. These design constructions were essentially completed by 1935.
The original land was described by early club member, Bob Hancock in 1924 as “absolutely nothing except dense tee tree scrub covering the whole area?. The site in fact sits together with its neighboring Royal Melbourne Golf Club on ancient sand dunes. It is no coincidence that the high point of this terrain near the 12th tee, Battery Point, was reserved as the meeting point for 6 of the course’s most interesting holes. The submerged dunes give the course the basis of its indigenous heathland vegetation set over rolling topography and natural sand. This is the signature of the Victoria Golf Club, positioning it as one of the leading and most unique city courses in the world.
Whilst this in current history, the Club in 2018 undertook an extensive program to replace all of the course greens. The unique contours from the original design were generally preserved however the surfaces now, with Pure Distinction bentgrass provide a world-class putting surface.