Royal Park Golf Club celebrates 120 years

Royal Park Golf Club celebrates 120 years

On Sunday, March 19 more than 90 players reined in the impressive 120th anniversary of the Royal Park Golf Club (RPGC) in Parkville with festive activities, heartfelt speeches and of course, numerous rounds of golf.

The morning started with 18 holes, followed by lunch, speeches and the awarding of prizes by the President of Victoria Golf League, Peter Ross.

The afternoon featured a nine-hole competition, with many golfers opting to play with old hickory clubs and demonstrate their love for the game by proudly wearing plus fours.

Andrew Thomson attended in representation of his father, Peter Thomson, who is widely acknowledged as Australia’s best golfer. The early days of Peter’s career can be traced back to the RPGC; playing at the club as a young boy and receiving praise from older members who recognised his talent.

The current members of the club are thankful to the founders for their dedication to the club throughout world wars, an expanding population of the neighbouring suburbs, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club was established at the Parkville Hotel by a small group of golfers who possessed a deep love for the game. They leased the north-east corner of Royal Park and independently financed the construction of the course.

The club is determined to widen the diversity of people who choose to play golf at the club, always welcoming visitors, and new members from various walks of life. •

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John Buncle

John Buncle

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