Metropolitan shared a common origin with Royal Melbourne in 1891 as the Melbourne Golf Club. Primarily designed by engineer J B MacKenziea and modificated 1926 by Scottish Dr. Alister 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 in Australia, which is well over 130 years old. 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.