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The National Golf Club – Moonah course

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 "Aside from the number of impressive golf holes, the key to Moonah’s success as a big dune links are its outstanding bunkers and greens.” “The bunkering is Moonah’s most distinctive feature. The small traps were first excavated quite roughly before the edges, and parts of the faces, were seeded with fescues to provide a wild, jagged and ungroomed appearance, not dissimilar to the fearsome hazards at Royal County Down."
Planet Golf, 2007

Club description

Three 18 hole courses. Located on the Mornington Peninsula coastline, The National ranks as one of the best pieces of golf real estate in the country. The Old Course designed in 1988 features spectacular ocean views. The Moonah Course is a links style that debuted in the Top 10 courses in Australia. The Ocean Course combines the vast knowledge of links golf of its designers and is based on the great links of Scotland and Ireland.

Location: Cape Schank, Victoria, Australia
Year founded: 1985
Courses: Moonah course (6582 meters), Old course (6313 meters), Ocean course (6552 meters)
Architect: Old: Robert Trent Jones, Moonah: Greg Norman (2001), Ocean: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett (2001)

Signature Holes

Hole #2 - 497 meters par 5

A par five hole running to the north with an intriguing green set obliquely to the line of general play. Strategy for playing this hole will vary tremendously according to the power of the player and the wind conditions on the day. One thing is certain though. More pars and birdies will be made by a tee shot into the fairway, followed by an iron shot second to the heart of the fairway between the final framework of bunkers, located at pitching distance from the green, without succumbing to the temptation of attacking the green directly for two. Gorillas excepted!

Hole #11 - 359 meters par 4

Teeshot plays to a receptive plateau. Choose approach club carefully to avoid bunkers, and out-of-bounds, on the back right. Slopes favour shots hit over front left bunkers, which are two clubs short of centre green. A wonderful, natural golf hole, where the golfer cannot help but feel a part of the landscape. If the approach to the green is being played from a short drive, height and carry are a premium on the shot to control existing contours and to obtain benefit from the land.

Scorecard

Course played: Monaah
Date played: 30th November, 2011