The Cups Drive,
Cape Schanck, Victoria 3939
18 holes. Links-style. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Greg Norman Golf Course Design (lead designer Bob Harrison).
The three 18-hole courses at The National are: MOONAH course (par-72; 6576 m from back tees); GUNNAMATTA course (par-72; 6552 m); OLD course (par-72; 6313 m from back tees). The National also owns and operates the LONG ISLAND course (par-72; 6205 m; located 50 km NE in Frankston; formerly Long Island Country Club).
On the Mornington Peninsula, 94 km S of Melbourne
From the centre of Melbourne travel south-east on the Nepean Hwy (Hwy 3). After approx 27 km, in Edithvale, turn left into Edithvale Rd. After 2.7 km turn right onto Hwy 11 and stay on it for 56 km (Mornington Peninsula Fwy >Frankston Fwy >Moorooduc Hwy >Mornington Peninsula Fwy). At end of the Freeway (Rte 11) turn left into Boneo Rd. After 8 km turn right into The Cups Drive and follow road for 2 km to clubhouse.
The National Golf Club (Moonah course): Greg Norman's extensive knowledge of playing the world's great links courses was handsomely employed on this exciting and thoroughly absorbing golf course. The highest rated of The National's outstanding Mornington Peninsula triumvirate, this expansive layout was mapped onto former cattle ranching land.
On this wonderfully natural and open golfing landscape Norman has created a dramatic and testing links layout. The rolling hills play home to swathes of tall fescue grasses, with a few small Moonah trees dotted around. All the key ingredients of a great links are here in abundance: rolling fairways, rustic oyster-shaped bunkers, plenty of elevated tees and fast-paced undulating greens. Your route to the good-sized landing areas is often visually obscured by the dunes and natural ebb and flow of the terrain. This challenging phenomenon is no more creatively demonstrated than at the semi-blind par-3 13th - just one of many terrific holes.
Fittingly, a dozen or so gnarled old Moonah trees line the 18th fairway. Behind the final green sits the huge box-shaped clubhouse, in which you can sample some of the club's excellent wines while dissecting your round on this world-class links layout.
Private club, with restricted outside visitor play. Overseas & interstate visitors should contact the Golf Operations Mgr regarding playing possibilities; generally available on Mon-Thur.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available (if pre-booked).
The Moonah tree (melaleuca lanceolata) is found in most areas of south-east Australia, and once covered much of the Mornington Peninsula. With its dark green canopy and grey/brown trunk the Moonah is a small tree, rarely growing much more than 10 metres in height.
2020 Australian Golf Digest rating: 12th best course in Australia.
Trent Jones Drive (via Boneo Road), Cape Schanck, Victoria 3939
+61 (0)3 5950 8000Visit website
The National (Moonah, Old and Gunnamatta courses); Moonah Links (Open & Legends courses).
The Dunes; St Andrews Beach; Sorrento; Portsea
Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria 3939
+61 (0)3 5988 2000Visit website
Moonah Links (Open & Legend courses)
Cape Schanck; The National (Moonah, Old and Gunnamatta courses); St Andrews Beach; The Dunes
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