The first royal club was The Royal Perth Golfing Society. Even then, it was a case of knowing someone connected to the Royal Family because only the reigning monarch can make club royal.
Lord Kinnaird, the sixth president of the Perth Golfing Society, had royal connections. Through them, he asked if William IV would become the club’s royal patron. The king agreed and in 1833 the club became known as the Royal Perth Golfing Society.
Prince Andrew is the current royal patron of the club and he is also patron to more than a dozen other royal clubs. However, not every royal club has a patron from the Royal Family.
With it’s uniquely Australian in flavor, and standing in stark contrast to many other royal golf clubs, Royal Perth takes considerable pride in its female membership, beginning with a teenaged girl named Gipsy Low.