Royal Canberra Golf Club
27 Holes
PAR 72
6325 M
Standing alone as the golfing jewel of the nation’s capital and one of the country’s very best inland courses is Royal Canberra Golf Club.
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This par 72 course, situated in the middle of Westbourne Woods, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, is ranked in the top ten courses in Australia. Visitors must be guests of members or members of recognised golf clubs and possess a current handicap and letter of introduction. Bookings are essential. Clubs, buggies and a limited number of motorised golf carts are available for hire. The course and the modern clubhouse offer outstanding facilities for private and corporate occasions.

14 Reviews

I have played here 5 or 6 times over the past 10 years and the course changes by Ogilvy/Clayton are a masterstroke!!

A large amount of overhanging trees have been removed and fairways have been widened which has seen this course take on an amazing transformation.

Some of the weaker holes have gained more interest and definition with the removal of unnecessary bunkering and addition of clever strategic bunkering have improved this layout marketablly.

Major changes have also seen the fairway green side grasses flow to the next teeing ground which opens up a number of short game options to choose from.

The playing surfaces are top notch and you won't find better

playing conditions than here!!

Best Changes :

4th hole now a strong par 4

7th hole raised green and strategic bunkered approach

9th hole - removal of fairway bunkering 

10th hole - removal of green side trees

and fairway bunker to the right (visually stunning)

Holes 11-18 whilst I didn't play more removal of trees

and the introduction of right tee on 14 is most visually breathtaking tee shot at RC!!!

RC now certainly belongs in the top 15 courses in Australia.
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I used to play at RCGC with my father 25 yrs ago the memories of that golf course are that it is one of the best courses that I have played on, I haven't been in canberra for about 24 yrs but still remember that course well done RC.
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This is by far the best course in Canberra. We played the Brindabella Course which is a combination of the new nine (19-27) and the front nine. The course was in excellent condition with good, even coverage on the fairways and nice smooth greens that were slower than expected, but rolled well. The rough was quite thick, but well grassed. The ball sat down in the rough so missing the fairway cost some precision in impact. The bunkering was a feature of most holes and strategically placed, although the condition of the bunkers was a bit variable. We played on Thursday around lunchtime and had the course to ourselves. There are some signigicant walks between holes on the 19-27 nine, about 100 metres to the 19th tee from the pro shop, then about 300 metres from the 20th green to 21st tee and another 250-300 from 26th green to 27th tee. The course is quite undulating, but has been designed well to still give you a fairly level stance on all fairways. We walked the course quite comfortably and got around in well under 4 hours. The course is a Par 72 for men (rating 71 from the Whites and 74 from the Blues) and par 73 for women (rating 74). The green fees of $130 are quite expensive in comparison with other courses in the ACT, but it is a high quality course. If you don't mind paying the money it is definitely worth a game. If you are going to play this course you can't just turn up to play, you need your home club to fax or e-mail a letter of introduction first.
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Consistently ranked the top golf course between Sydney and Melbourne for decades, Royal Canberra simply is the benchmark for golf in the nation's capital. I know the rankings of Australia's courses are an imperfect way of measuring architectural merit, as Australian Golf Digest (March 2012) ranks Royal Canberra #37 in Australia and undoubtedly #1 in Canberra, but they are a reasonable guide to use The Westbourne course will deservedly host the 2013 Women's Australian Open, and provided they fix their current problem with the drainage in the clay-based bunkers, I expect this course to rise into the top 25 at the time of the next rankings in March 2014. Established in 1926 the Westbourne course (holes 1-18) layout is very impressive and the Peter Thompson designed holes 19-27 were officially opened in May 1997 and consists of a few open-links styled holes which are great to play especially late in the afternoon to see the shadows cast across the undulating fairways. The course consists of 3 layouts: Westbourne Course (holes 1-18) measures 6396m Par 72; Yarralumla course (holes 10-27) measures 6338m Par 72; and the Brindabella Course (holes 19-9) measures 6274m Par 72. The course has ryegrass fairways and rough within a tall pine-tree lined fairway layout. The sign alongside the 14th fairway reminds you that the Westbourne Woods were included on the National Estate Register in 1978. In fact, the layout has many imported pine trees species from California such as Monterrey and Torrey pines and even Cedros Island pines. All 27 holes are bunkered with a total of 86 bunkers on the course. Holes 1-9 measure 3166m Par 36 with two par 3s ranging from 152-192m, five par 4s ranging from 297-428m and two par 5s ranging from 495-505m. There are 28 bunkers. Highlights include: the 351m slight bend right 5th to a 30m long undulating green with 3 bunkers; the 428m 6th which is the longest par 4 on the entire course layout which bends to the left and plays gently downhill to the lake from 200m out to a green with 2 rightside bunkers; the 297m straight but slightly uphill 7th with a fairway bunker 180-220m off the tee in the right rough with another 5 bunkers around the 2-tier front-sloping green; and the signature 395m 9th which doglegs left with a fairway bunker 220-245m off the tee on the left rough to a green 2 deep bunkers. Holes 10-18 measure 3230m Par 36 with two par 3s ranging from 175-182m, five par 4s ranging from 349-410m and two par 5s ranging from 446-507m. There are 28 bunkers and all greens have a ridge and/or tier across them. Highlights include: the 406m straight 14th is a long par 4 with the red-staked Lake Burley Griffin on the right and 2 fairway bunkers left both to avoid off the tee to a green with 2 shortside bunkers; the signature 410m long par 4 16th which doglegs right to a crest 220m off the tee to view to the green which is slightly elevated above the fairway with 3 bunkers; and the 507m straight 18th with the clubhouse visible behind the green from the tee with a fairway bunker 40-75m short of the green in the right rough to a 2-tier green with a ridge sloping to the 2 bunkers short left and short right. Holes 19-27 measure 3108m Par 36 with two par 3s ranging from 162-168m, five par 4s ranging from 284-405m and two par 5s ranging from 480-506m. There are 30 bunkers. Holes 21-26 are over the western side of Dunrossil Drive. Highlights include: the signature 380m 19th with an elevated teebed above the fairway with 30-40m tall pine trees lining the fairway which bends to the left with a fairway bunker 240-250m off the tee on the dogleg left corner to a green with 2 short rightside bunkers; and the 506m slight bend left 24th which is the most bunkered hole on the course with 8 bunkers and looks quite intimidating from the tee. In fact holes 22-24 are the only without pine-tree lined fairways as Thompson's links-style holes reminiscent of Barnbougle Dunes. The teebeds at holes 22-25 have bentgrass which feels like teeing off on a green and kangaroos still graze the fairways on the holes over the road (21-26). Course elevation ranges from 560m above sea level to up to approximately 580m above sea level at the highest point on the 22nd tee. I agree that holes 22-24 may feel out of character with the rest of the pine-tree lined fairway layout but they are amongst the most challenging and well bunkered holes on the entire course. I played here on 24th & 26th April 2012 off the back plates and the course is strictly private with $120 green fees for unaccompanied guests from interstate or overseas. Local golfers (Queanbeyan residents included) cannot play unless playing with a member's guest.
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Quite a decent track. The third nine is a bit different but doesn't have any genuine turd holes - just some that are out of character. Holes 1 to 18 are quite a good test, without being overly long. Comfortably the best course in the ACT. Anyone who says Federal is must be a member at Federal.
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I recently played Royal Canberra and it left me wanting more. It was just simply amazing. The course has a great layout and is magnificently maintained and it fits in perfectly with the parkland style. The fairways are often lined by beautiful large gums and pines. The fairways are in great condition as are the greens and it thoroughly deserves to be part of the 'Royal" Category.
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Golf Course Details
Bentham Street, Canberra
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia
Proshop: (02) 6281 3882
General: (02) 6282 7000