11th February 2022

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Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Carol’s new find. Backmark Stokes.

The club was established in 1891 and received the Royal prefix in 1895. It is the oldest continuously existing golf club in Australia. (There were previously short lived Melbourne Golf Clubs in 1854 and 1888.)

The Argus (Melbourne), 27th May 1891 page 6.

The Australasian (Melbourne), 11th July 1891 page 19. The first meeting of the new club on 4th July 1891.

It started on rented land in Caulfield, then moved to Sandringham as the original land was being sold for housing. This land was later sold with the club moving again to the current location of Black Rock (the ‘West Course’) in 1931. A second course in Cheltenham (the ‘East Course’) was begun in 1929.

Leader (Melbourne), 1st August 1891 page 37. “The Ancient Game of Golf.”

The Australasian (Melbourne), 23rd October 1897 page 25. Intercolonial golf tournament.