GLOBAL GOLF RETURNS TO MELBOURNE
The World Cup of Golf returns to the famed Melbourne Sandbelt as the top international players compete for national pride and glory.
The World Cup of Golf will be played later this year at the Metropolitan - one the famed Melbourne Sandbelt courses.
Melbourne has a reputation as one of the world’s greatest sporting cities, and Victorians as some of the most enthusiastic sports audiences on the planet. It’s a well-earned reputation, with sports fans flocking to the city for events as diverse as the Australian Open tennis, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup Carnival
The World Cup of Golf is yet another feature on the sports calendar in Victoria, and the 2018 event will be played from 21st to 25th November at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne. This year’s event will be the 59th edition, and it presents a golden opportunity for golf fans to see some of the best players from around the globe compete for the glory of their country and the title of World Cup Champions.
The Metropolitan Golf Club is located on the Melbourne Sandbelt, along with several other major championship courses which are regularly listed among the world's best. These include Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Victoria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club.
The Metropolitan shares a common origin with The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 1891; Royal Melbourne was then relocated closer to Port Phillip Bay, and in 1908 Metropolitan was established on land purchased near Oakleigh. The Metropolitan Golf Club consistently enjoys a reputation as one of the best-conditioned and most beautiful courses in the country. Top ranked players have compared the condition of the course to Augusta National - the bentgrass greens are large, firm and fast and are hand mown right to the edge of the greenside bunkers. In total there are 96 bunkers on the course and almost every hole is flanked by huge stands of Australian native trees which provide sanctuary to many species of native birds. The Metropolitan’s rich tournament history includes the World Golf Championships, Men’s Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship, Women’s Australian Open and the Australian Masters. ‘Metro’ is the third-consecutive venue located in the Sandbelt region to host the World Cup of Golf.
This is a unique event – a 72-hole stroke-play featuring 28, two-person teams made up of the top players in the world. The first and third days of competition are four-ball (best ball) format and the second and final days are foursomes (alternate shot) play. In 2016 at Kingston Heath, the World Cup of Golf boasted one of its strongest fields to date, with 17 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking on hand. With around US 7 million dollars in prize money at stake, and another stellar venue hosting the event, a strong field including the world’s best golfers will be competing in November.
The top ranked player for each country may pick any player from the same country within the top 500 on the Official Golf World Rankings. As we go to print those names are still to be confirmed but look to include Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, John Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Rory McIlroy and many others, along with their selections for their playing partners. New Zealand’s Ryan Fox is set to compete alongside another New Zealander, likely to be Danny Lee or Michael Hendry.
The unique format of this event means that players will not be cut after two rounds, so spectators will see top golfers in action on any or all of the four days of competition. Rivalry between competing nations is something golfers do not experience regularly, and this presents a great opportunity for golf fans to support their country, enjoy the atmosphere, and get up close to their favourite players. Metropolitan is just 7km from central Melbourne by train or car, making the event easily accessible and cost effective for visitors to the city. Making time to experience the other exceptional Sandbelt courses in the area, and of course taking in the other sights in and around this vibrant city, including cultural attractions, food and wine, the incredible shopping and the city’s famous laneways will make for a memorable experience for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne.
Danny Lee and Ryan Fox during the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.
Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark pose with the trophy after winning the the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.