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#16 iRON MiCK

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:28 PM

I don't think you should ever pass up the opportunity to play at Royal Melbourne if have traveled from overseas. The West Course is a magical piece of golfing land and it is worth every cent.
As far as some of the other options discussed the Old Course at The National comes close.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:08 PM

It's not worth close to $550. Or $500. $300...no.

Somewhere well south of that number.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:40 PM

I'd be willing to shell out $200 for the game of golf, I would no doubt be spending close to that in merchandise and food /beverage afterwards
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:50 PM

I wouldn't pay over $200 for a round there but really $500 is not that far off what you would be paying to play most of the top 20 courses in the world if you did know know members.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:18 PM

Check out Pebble Beach. The Old Course at St Andrews is a public course. Still over $200 to line up. Augusta is a private club. We are a bit spoilt with RM because you can play a Charity Day if you are lucky enough to get an entry in early enough.
$550 is an expensive day out
We got on NSW GC for half that but who was complaining?
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 03:04 PM

It's incredibly expensive compared to fees in Australia, but it's actually pretty reasonable compared to courses in the US. I played there a while ago and got paired with a Saudi guy and he couldn't believe it was so cheap. He was telling us about a recent trip to the US and green fees were all over $500USD ($630AUD). That's just what it costs overseas for a top ranked course, made me realise how lucky we really are.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 03:50 PM

It's incredibly expensive compared to fees in Australia, but it's actually pretty reasonable compared to courses in the US. I played there a while ago and got paired with a Saudi guy and he couldn't believe it was so cheap. He was telling us about a recent trip to the US and green fees were all over $500USD ($630AUD). That's just what it costs overseas for a top ranked course, made me realise how lucky we really are.

Yeah I've heard places like Pebble are north of $500US for green fees

They also have memberships for like $50k+ a year so I guess it's all relative. 



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 04:13 PM

It's the destination as much as anything.  Then you can say you played royal melbourne.  Carries more value than saying you got a great value round on the mornington peninsula. 


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 04:17 PM

It's the destination as much as anything.  Then you can say you played royal melbourne.  Carries more value than saying you got a great value round on the mornington peninsula. 

 

Yeah you can tell em about the couple of km stroll you had to take down Cheltenham road looking for the next hole.


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 04:45 PM

Yeah you can tell em about the couple of km stroll you had to take down Cheltenham road looking for the next hole.

happy to take the next round you score there off your hands if it's all too hard for you


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 05:05 PM

I’m a member of a group of 8 blokes who head to the Mornington every year for a week of golf and ‘relaxation’. One of our group is a member of Royal Sydney, so he gets reciprocal rights at the Nash. $80 a game on either of the 3 courses. We usually opt for the Moonah as it’s generally in the best nick and isn’t as penal as the old. Another member is a member at the Aussie so we squeeze a game in at Metro; which is always mint. I’ve played every year in the Paul Rak Charity Day at Royal Melbourne, and whilst it’s a memorable experience and brilliant layout, I wouldn’t pay more than $200 to play it. I’ve just come back from Bali where it cost me almost $200 to play Bali National. This includes club hire and caddy tip. Afternoon rate of 1,300,000 IRP.
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Posted 24 January 2018 - 08:05 PM

In summary it really is horses for courses. If you can get a game on the hallow turf of our top Sandbelt courses at ther reduced rate then all is good. If a particular course is on your bucket list and you have no avenues for cheaper green fees then go for it. Personally I compare all of the above and look at courses like Pebble Beach and the Scottish/Irish venues and I would tend to top out and give most of these courses a big miss. From all of my friends who have been fortunate to play these top courses they always come back and say courses local to them are just an enormous experience and at approximately 1/4 the cost. Again, horses for courses !!
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:13 AM

Spot on Voss. One of my mates was in the US with work and took his clubs with him as he was meeting his family in Hawaii after his trip. He had a game at some club in New Jersey and just happened to play with a member of Pine Valley; you can guess the rest. The same guy was also a member of Augusta.
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