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Est. 1903

Situated in picturesque Royal Park, the course is both attractive and challenging, only 3 kms from the city, with the honour of being possibly the only golf course with a tram and train line running through it. The Club has been the nursery for many golfers who went on to make a mark in the golfing world, including Peter Thomson (club champion at the age of 16, in 1945) who won the British Open 5 times, Gus Jackson and Mick Ryan. Peter and Mick were both included in the VGA's Victorian Team of the Century in 2002.

Club Patron ~ Peter Thomson

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History of the Royal Park Golf Club
A. W. (Gus) Jackson
1894 - 1970

A. W. Jackson
Photograph reproduced with permission from the Herald and Weekly Times.
Gus Jackson's career in golf started as a caddy, along with his cousin M.J. (Mick) Ryan, at Sandridge Golf Club, Fisherman's Bend, the original home of the Victoria Golf Club. His first golf club was Royal Park, where he played in the 1919 Junior pennant team that went on to win the flag. Jackson won all his matches, one of them by 10 holes. He was also a committee member during that year, but resigned from both the committee and the Club in 1920, and went to the Victoria Golf Club.

He stayed at Victoria until the mid 1930s, where he won seven Club championships as well as the 1926 and 1933 Victorian amateur titles. He then joined Kingston Heath Golf Club in the mid 1930s, and served as a director there for many years.

He was also wrote articles on golf for magazines such as "Table Talk" in the 1930s.

"One recalls a visit from the country to take part in a holiday amateur event at Victoria, when his appearance at the first tee caused some amusement. His nose was plastered, he was limping, and his pullover bore many holes. His explanation disclosed that he had broken his nose in a car accident, had been bitten by a snake, and had found that the pullover he had left in his locker had been gnawed by rats."*

*Excerpt from The History of the Royal Park Golf Club by L.A. Hoy, 1950.

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