The Takeaway: The most dramatic terrain for a golf course in the greater Sandbelt area, the Old course at The National is an experience with few rivals Down Under. The variety of scenarios and shots required on the course is fantastic with one memorable hole after another. Moonah gets most of the hype, but the Old course at The National is one of the most underrated tracks in Australia. Grade A
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1988
Cost: Private Private (Interstate and International visitors welcome) Click for membership information
Phone Number: 61 3 5988 6777
Course Website: Official Website - Visit National Golf Club (Old)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - The Cups Drive, Cape Schanck, Victoria 3939
Accolades: Ranked 5th in Australia by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: When I stepped on the first tee at National’s Old course, I was instantly teleported in my mind to one of my all time favorite tracks; the Prince course in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been that surprised since they were both designed and built by Robert Trent Jones Jr. around the same time, but it really caught me off guard since I had previously never seen anywhere else like it. A tough but doable walk, the Old course is a wild ride with extreme elevation changes where a dull moment never exists. Flat lies are occasionally afforded as a tender mercy but uphill, downhill, and side hill lies are more of the commonplace where skill and creativity collide each time you swing the club. Though located a distance from the beaches of the Mornington Peninsula, ocean views are afforded from several of the elevated locations throughout the course with none being more impressive than at the signature par three 7th hole where the Southern Ocean is on full display. While many clubs with multiple courses have similar looking and feeling tracks, members at National enjoy three very different courses with the Old being the most memorable, engaging, and testing of the group. It is also the most secluded layout of the group in terms of distance away as well as the holes being framed in by trees and bushes that isolate them individually. During most of the season powerized carts are allowed on the course though there are times where weather isn’t conducive to it. After your round be sure to enjoy a meal in the dining area that offers expansive views of the courses and surrounding property where kangaroos are sure to be bounding across the fairways in the evenings.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 7th Hole – 152 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 16th Hole – 184 Yards –
Best Par 4: 14th Hole – 427 Yards –
Best Par 5: 8th Hole – 517 Yards –
Birdie Time: 12th Hole – 337 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 3rd Hole – 427 Yard Par 4 –