Royal Malta Golf Club


The Royal Malta Golf Club was founded in 1888 by Lieutenant-General Sir Henry D’Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG. A career soldier, Sir Henry was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 23rd Foot, Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1849. His rise through the ranks was very rapid, reaching the rank of Colonel in 1864, Major General in 1869 and finally Lieutenant-General in 1884; when he was appointed to command British troops in South Africa. He was only 52 when he arrived in Cape Town, his exceptional ability reflected in the high rank he held at a comparatively early age. Within ten days of his arrival he had launched the game of golf in South Africa. Thus the Cape Golf Club (the forerunner of Royal Cape) came into being.

No record exists as to who designed the course but it is safe to assume that this was done by senior engineers of the British Forces then stationed in Malta.

A survey of the course was undertaken by the Specialist Team of the Royal Engineers in 1977 and the actual drawing can be seen in the Club offices.

The basic layout has not altered much with the exception that with the passing of years, further land was acquired and some of the holes were lengthened.

Part of the conditions of Malta Golf Association (MGA) and RMGC becoming affiliated to the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) was that the course would be slope rated within three years. The slope rating system used by CONGU in Scotland, Ireland and Wales, but not yet England, and the system used by the European Golf Association (EGA) are entirely based on the United States Golf Association (USGA) system which the MGA has permission to implement. As we only have one course both EGA and CONGU recognise that we cannot train up a team of raters, so we were allowed to use a team from Cyprus. Following the rating exercise the RMGC has been rated as follows:

Men Yellow Tees Slope Rating 117 Course Rating 67.5
Ladies Red Tees Slope Rating 120 Course Rating 69.9

A golf course of standard relative playing difficulty has a slope rating of 113.

The course is next to the Marsa Sports Club where You could play Tennis, Squash, Cricket and Billiard. As well as using the gym or go for a swim at the great outdoor pool.

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