Royal Golf Clubs – Golfalot.com

There are certain Royal Golf Clubs in the UK and around the world that have been granted Royal status by the British monarchy. To receive the honour the club typically invites a member of the Royal family to be a patron or honorary member, or they apply for the title. Ultimately, the approval must be granted from the reigning monarch.

The list below displays all the course owning clubs around the world that currently hold a Royal designation together with the first royal patron or member and the monarch who granted the Royal title.

Not included in this list is probably the most famous Royal club, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (founded 1754, granted royal status 1836 by King William IV) as it is not a course owning club.

Other Royal golf societies include the Royal Perth Golfing Society and County & City Club (founded 1824, granted 1833 by King William IV), and Royal Montrose Golf Club (founded 1810, granted 1845 by Prince Albert).

The Curragh Golf Club in Ireland was granted a Royal title in 1910, but does not use it. Royal Tara in Ireland (founded 1906) is not a Royal chartered course, but simply gave itself the title due to its location near the Hill of Tara where the ancient Kings of Ireland used to reside. Unfortunately for the 9-hole Royal Isle of Wight, it closed in 1962.

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Patron

Founded
Granted Royal Title

England

Royal North Devon

Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

1864
1867 by Queen Victoria

Royal Liverpool

Duke of Connaught

1869
1871 by Queen Victoria

Royal Jersey
1878
1879 by Queen Victoria

Royal Wimbledon

Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

1882
1882 by Queen Victoria

Royal Isle of Wight

Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

1882
1882 by Queen Victoria

Royal Belfast

Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

1881
1885 by Queen Victoria

Royal Ascot
1887
1887 by Queen Victoria

Royal Eastbourne

Duke of Clarence

1877
1887 by Queen Victoria

Royal Cromer

Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

1888
1888 by Queen Victoria

Royal Epping Forest
1888
1888 by Queen Victoria

Royal Guernsey
1890
1891 by Queen Victoria

Royal West Norfolk

Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

1892
1892 by Queen Victoria

Royal Portrush

Duke of York (George V)

1888
1892 by Queen Victoria

Royal Ashdown
1888
1893 by Queen Victoria

Royal Norwich

Duke of York (George V)

1893
1893 by Queen Victoria

Royal Worlington & Newmarket
1893
1895 by Queen Victoria

Royal Blackheath
1766
1901 by King Edward VII

Royal Household

Owned by Royal Family

1901
1901 by King Edward VII

Royal St George's

Prince of Wales (Edward VII)

1887
1902 by King Edward VII

Royal Winchester

Duke of Connaught

1888
1913 by King George V

Royal Cinque Ports
1892
1910 by King Edward VII

Royal Lytham & St Annes
1886
1926 by King George V

Royal Mid-Surrey
1892
1926 by King George V

Royal Birkdale
1889
1951 by King George VI

Ireland

Royal
County Down
1889
1908 by King Edward VII

Royal Dublin
1885
1891 by Queen Victoria

Curragh
1883
1910 by King Edward VII

Scotland

Royal Musselburgh

Duke of Connaught

1774
1876 by Queen Victoria

Royal
Aberdeen

Prince Leopold

1780
1903 by King Edward VII

Royal Dornoch

Duchess of Sutherland

1877
1906 by King Edward VII

Duff House Royal

Duchess of Fife

1871
1925 by King George V

Royal Tarlair

Princess of York

1926
1926 by King George V

Royal Burgess

Duke of York (George VI)

1773
1929 by King George V

Royal Troon
1878
1978 by Queen Elizabeth II

Wales

Royal St Davids
1894
1908 by King Edward VII

Royal Porthcawl
1891
1909 by King Edward VII

Australia

Royal Adelaide
1892
1923 by King George V

Royal Canberra
1926
1933 by King George V

Royal Freemantle
1905
1930 by King George V

Royal Hobart
1901
1925 by King George V

Royal Melbourne
1891
1895 by Queen Victoria

Royal Perth
1895
1937 by King George VI

Royal Queensland
1920
1921 by King George V

Royal Sydney
1893
1897 by Queen Victoria

Canada

Royal Colwood
1913
1931 by King George V

Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club
1922
2005 by Queen Elizabeth II

Royal Montreal
1873
1884 by Queen Victoria

Royal Ottawa
1891
1912 by King George V

Royal Quebec
1874
1934 by King George V

Royal Regina
1899
1999 by Queen Elizabeth II

Czech Republic

Royal Marianske Lazne
1905
2003 by Queen Elizabeth II

Germany

Royal Homburger
1899
2013 by Queen Elizabeth II

India

Royal Calcutta
1829
1911 by King George V

Kenya

Royal Nairobi
1906
1935 by King George V

Malaysia

Royal Selangor
1893
1953 by Queen Elizabeth II

Malta

Royal Malta
1888
1888 by Prince Alfred

New Zealand

Royal Wellington
1895
2004 by Prince Andrew

South Africa

Royal Cape
1885
1910 by King George V

Royal Durban
1892
1932 by King George V

Royal Johannesberg
1890
1931 by King George V

Royal Port Alfred
1924
1924 by King George V

Sri Lanka

Royal Colombo
1879
1928 by King George V

Zimbabwe

Royal Cape
1898
1929 by King George V