The National Golf Club was first launched during the Australian Masters tournament at Huntingdale Golf Club in 1985 as an equity shareholding. It was the first new club in Melbourne in 60 years. While the visionaries did an excellent job of creating a successful club so distant from a big metropolis, Trent Jones is credited with putting The National on the map with a spectacular golf course unlike any other in the world. By 1988 the Robert Trent Jones Jnr designed links style course had been completed, known now as the Old Course. In 1996 the Club had acquired adjoining property, land which was spectacular to create a natural links course amongst the sand dunes along the coastline. This lead to two further courses being created, the Moonah Course designed by Greg Norman and Bob Harrison and the Ocean course, designed by Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrot, both of which were opened in 2000. The creation of the later two courses lead to a new clubhouse being built and re-routing of The Old course.
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The Old was the first of the National’s three superb courses in its complex on the Mornington Peninsula outside Melbourne. The thrilling views from nearly every corner of this course are a potent reminder of golf’s capacity to stimulate the senses, and although it is now referred to as the ‘Old’ course, ‘Original’ would have been an as fitting description, given the experience’s uniqueness. It is hard to imagine a better location for a links-style course, where every hole offers a thrill. The 4th is a good example, a mid-length par 3 that is stunning to look at, with a green defended by a pond, and that will keep players guessing about which club to use when the wind blows. The 7th, a par 3 like the 4th, is the signature hole because of the breathtaking vistas that frame a quite trying shot at the tee. The National’s three courses play off each other’s’ strengths, but considerable fortitude is needed to take them on all at once.
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The dreadful 14th, 15th, and 16th holes become the opening holes, and while being designed to challenge those returning home, they may now wreck the scorecard before the golfer has even warmed up.
The clubhouse was originally placed behind the sixth tee, which was the first at the time. It was relocated to a more central location with the expansion of the club’s two other courses. This shortish par 4 used to be the opening hole, directly in front of the old clubhouse. The hole offers plenty of fairway to hit with a little dogleg to the right, but the more left you are, the longer the second shot. There are a few mounds as you approach the green, which may cause you to take an uncomfortable position. The putting surface is protected by three bunkers on the green complex. This par 3 hole, the Old Course’s trademark and shortest hole, plays over a valley to a large green. The tee and green offer spectacular views of the beach. When the club grew to 54 holes, a new centralised clubhouse was erected to accommodate players from each course, forcing the rearrangement of Old Course holes and significantly altering its character.
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