From Australia to Buxton
Mr Talbot was a Cavendish junior member some 50 years ago before emigrating to live in Brisbane Australia!
He is now a member at the prestigious Royal Queensland Golf Club, Brisbane, Australia, which was redesigned by Alister MacKenzie in 1926 – just a year after completing his Cavendish Masterpiece.
The (Royal) Queensland Golf Club was established in 1920 at Hamilton and was granted its Royal Charter in 1921 by King George V, with the King’s official letter of notification to the Governor of Queensland signed by the very famous Winston S Churchill, then Secretary of State for the British Government, and later Prime Minister during World War II.
The famous Scots golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie was persuaded to visit Brisbane while on a trip to Australia in 1926, and contributed his renowned design wisdom to a number of holes, and to the greens and bunkering of the course generally. At a farewell function for the great man prior to his departure overseas, he said: “Royal Queensland already compares favourably with some of the British Championship courses. It should have a very great future, and will be an excellent test of golf.”
Since those days the Club has become known as one of Australia’s finest courses, and has hosted three Australian Open Championships, as well as many Australian and Queensland Championship events at many levels, both amateur and professional. Most recently Royal Queensland was the venue for the Australian Players’ Championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999, and the Australian PGA Championship in 2000 and 2001. It has seen many world golfing greats, from Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, (each two-time visitors in the early and mid-1930s and both defeated in challenge matches by young local Norman von Vida ), to later masters of the game including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Peter Thomson. The Club has also been home to many outstanding Australian golfing personalities, a couple of standouts being Charlie Earp – Club Professional for 45 years until 2003 – and his one-time trainee Greg Norman.