Metropolitan shared a common origin with Royal Melbourne in 1891 as the Melbourne Golf Club. The original course in Malvern was engulfed by housing so in 1908 some of the members purchased land in Oakleigh, relocated and began play as The Metropolitan Golf Club.
Designed by engineer J B MacKenzie, the sandy land was transformed by the establishment of magnificent plantations of Australian native trees and shrubs and has the most famous specimen of red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) in Australia, which is well over 130 years old.
Over the years the course has moved with the demands of the times and staged its first Australian Open in 1930, after modifications suggested by the famous Scottish course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1926. American golfing great, Walter Hagen, played Metropolitan in 1930 and described it as ‘by far the finest course I have played in Australia’.
Throughout its rich history Metropolitan has challenged the best players in the world. In total the Club has hosted seven Australian Opens, five Australian PGAs, the 2001 World Match Play Championship, and the 2009 Women’s Australian Open. In more recent times, the Club has hosted the 2014 Australian Masters, the 2016 Australian Amateur Championship (for the sixth time) and in November 2018, will host the World Cup of Golf for the first time.