The humble beginning of the clubhouse was a little solid wooden structure built from timber donated by the then Tunku Bendahara Johor, Tunku Abdul Rahman Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail. The old house is still standing next to the driving range and is now the Johor Junior Development Centre.
History of the Management
The State Government built the present dining hall, banquet hall and swimming pool in 1973. The Club was officially opened by the then Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak Bin Dato Hussein on the 3rd July 1975.
With the change of the Club's Constitution in 1975, these premises were handed over to the Club Management. The Constitution change enabled the State Government to take control of the management of Tasek Utara Golf Club with the appointment of all members of the Management Committee save for three who were elected by the members.
A further change was made in the Constitution in 1977 when all Committee members were appointed by the State Government.
As membership grew there was a need to increase other sporting activities and expand the golf section. With a one for one support from the State Government, the Club embarked on an extension programme with the construction of a new golfers' lounge, four tennis courts, four squash courts, a three table billiard room, a multi-purpose hall and new changing rooms. The total cost was RM 3 million of which one moiety was paid by members by way of a development fund and the balance by the State Government.
In 1991, at the command of His Majesty, a Course Development Committee was set up to upgrade the golf course. A golf course designer, Ms. Max Wexler Consultant Pte. Ltd was appointed for the task.
History of Golf Competitions
Being the only 18 hole golf course, Royal Johor Country Club was and still remains to be a popular venue for both amateur and professional tournaments.
The Johor Amateur Open was inaugurated in 1973 and the Club played host to this tournament for over 25 years before it moved to other venues. The Royal Johor Invitational Amateur Open Championship, which is listed in the world golf amateur ranking, was initiated in 2002 where all the top amateur golfers from the region and afar came to compete. Royal Johor Country Club also hosted the Pan West Malaysian Amateur Open 2003 and the Malaysian National Inter-team Championship in August 2006.
In 1977, the Club hosted the first professional golf tournament which was the Dunlop Masters. Tasek Utara Golf Club was the first club in the region to sponsor and host its own professional tournament. In 1984, it sponsored the Tasek Utara Golf Classic with prize money of RM 50,000. This was increased to RM 100,000 the following year under the new name - Royal Johor Golf Classic. In 1988, the prize money was increased to a record RM 500,000, which was then the richest tournament in the country, with Kumpulan Mados being the main sponsor. Another achievement was recorded in 1985 when a total of five professional tournaments were held namely:- Kosaido Malaysian Ladies Open, Royal Johor Golf Classic, PFP Golf Classic, B & H Malaysia/Singapore match Play and Maruman Classic. Royal Johor Country Club was also the venue for the Hale Irwin/ Aioki tournament sponsored by Benson & Hedges.
The first three editions of the Iskandar Johor Open were held in Royal Johor Country Club. The inaugural US$300,000 Iskandar Johor Open 2007, sponsored by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority and sanctioned by the Asian Tour was won by Artemio Murakami of the Philippines. The 2008 edition of the Iskandar Johor Open of which the prize money was raised to US$500,000 was won by Retief Goosen of Republic of South Africa. The USD One million 2009 edition was won by K.J. Choi of Republic of Korea.
The men's course record for professionals is 65 which was set by M. Marimuthu of Singapore in 1986. The amateur course record of 68 was set by Suffian Tan and Harun Ishak during the 1985 Johor Open.
The ladies amateur course record of 71 is held by Kee Bee Kim of Singapore.
Founding Members of the Club