The original site of Royal Canberra lies somewhere in the depths of Lake Burley Griffin. In the 1950’s when the government decided to create the centerpiece for the Nation’s capital they provided a new site, further up the hill in the National Arboretum. In return for the land the club would have to maintain the vast array of tree’s – including varieties from all over the globe.
The combination of these trees and the undulating ground is perhaps why so many likened the course to Augusta but whilst there was some physical resemblance there were few design concepts to match those of the far off Georgia course. Augusta was a good model for Royal Canberra and our redesign aimed to follow its principles by widening the fairways, eliminating, or at least greatly reducing, the influence of long green grass and making the holes more strategically interesting to play.
Rebuilding all the greens and bunkers reclaimed a continuity of look and feel and bringing the lake into play at the 14th and making a creek across the front of the par 5, 15th made for holes, which do bear a resemblance to Augusta. Still, Royal Canberra is its own course and it’s clearly one of the best two or three inland courses in Australia.
The main 18 opened for play in late 2016 and we expect to start construction of the 3rd nine and practice facilities in the next 2 or 3 years.