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Feature Club: Royal Canberra Golf Club (ACT)

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.

A top 20 course nationally according to Golf Australia magazine, Royal Canberra has a total of 27 holes and is set in the heritage-listed arboretum (arbor-eat-em) known as Westbourne Woods.

The towering pines and eye-catching topography have prompted many to liken its appearance to US Masters venue Augusta National.

“Royal Canberra is a very prestigious club. I think a unique feature of this club is that we have such wonderful trees that support our fairway linings," said Golf Course Superintendent Ben Grylewicz.

Another distinct feature of Royal Canberra is that its tees, fairways and greens are all made of bent grass, which helps the course retain year round growth and colour in a city known for its cold winters.

A complete renovation of holes 1 to 18 by design firm Ogilvy Clayton Cocking & Mead was completed in 2016.

Every tee, green and bunker was restored and the fairways were widened.

In February, the revived Canberra Classic marked the club’s first pro tournament since the rebuild and the club is working to ensure the event returns.

“For us really it’s a full 12 month building process working towards getting the event ready to go," Grylewicz said.

The list of men’s and women’s major winners who’ve competed at Royal Canberra is long & decorated.

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman and Karrie Webb are among the famous visitors.

Player described Royal Canberra as ‘the most beautiful course in Australia’.

As for the residents of the club – close to 100 kangaroos roam the terrain.

You’ll have no trouble spotting them on your next trip to Royal Canberra: a 2018 Genesis Golf Link Cup feature club.

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