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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
M. J. (Mick) Ryan
1897 - 1965

Mick Ryan
Photograph reproduced with permission from the Kingston Heath Golf Club.

By the time Ryan joined Royal Park Golf Club in 1925, he was already a senior cricketer and footballer with South Melbourne (and played in the winning 1918 grand final team). After taking up golf he continued his cricket for another three seasons. Royal Park was his first club and joined on the recommendation of his cousin, Gus Jackson. Ryan won the Club championship in 1926 in a 3 round stroke play competition, with an aggregate of 223. He also won all his pennant matches during that season. He then left the Club to join Kingston Heath and went on to win many competitions including:

  • 1929 ~ Australian Amateur championship
  • 1929 ~ Victorian Foursomes with Brian Strachan
  • 1930 and 1932 ~ Victorian Amateur championship
  • 1932 ~ Australian Open championship
  • 1933 ~ Victorian Foursomes with Sloan Morpeth
  • 1934 ~ Australian Foursomes with Alex Jackson
  • 1934 ~ Captain of the Australian team playing an international golf series against Britain in Australia
  • 1937 ~ Queensland Amateur championship
  • 1938 ~ Member of the Australian team playing a series of tournaments in England

He is one of two players who started their careers at Royal Park, the other being Peter Thomson, selected in the Victorian Team of the Century in 2002.

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