Overview

At a Glance

  • When

    Flexible dates as desired

  • Package

    3 nights / 4 rounds with motorised carts

  • Golf

    The National Golf Club

    St.Andrews Beach

    Moonah Links

    The Dunes Golf Links

  • Accommodation

    3 nights at Shells apartments, Sorrento with daily breakfast

  • Drive

    Airport and Golf transfers or car hire depending on needs

  • Other

    Other golf courses are available and itinerary can be tailored to specific needs and budget

  • Pricing

    Pricing available on request

The Mornington Peninsula offers a plethora of world class golf, top wineries, sightseeing options and fine dining. In short it is a golf lovers delight. This package allow you to experience 4 of the best golf courses on the Peninsula staying in quality accommodation located in the seaside town of Sorrento. Your choice of either self drive or luxury transfers will help you get around to each course as well as explore the various sightseeing options in the region.

Itinerary Day-by-Day

Day 1
Flights Arrive in Melbourne. Transfer or drive to the Mornington Peninsula.
Golf
St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course) (18 holes golf with shared motorised cart (Tee times TBC)) 
St Andrews Beach GC (Gunnamatta Course) has been reopened after being closed for almost 12 months. The course is highly regarded and designed by international renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak. The course features some truly dramatic holes and the careful use of natural hazards. Big scale undulations, combined with creases, bumps and hollows are very reminiscent of the ancient coastal courses of the United Kingdom. The layout is challenging and visually spectacular with demanding second shots to well placed greens often framed by natural amphitheatres.
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   (Daily breakfast is included.) 
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 2
Golf
The National Golf Club (Old Course) (18 holes golf with shared motorised cart (Tee times TBC)) 
The National Golf Club is a private members golf club and Australia's first to offer access to 72 holes of first class quality golf offering incredible variety and endless challenges. All four courses are regularly included in the listings of Australia's Top 100 courses. Your golf on the Old Course will be punctuated with spectacular views of the coastline, abundant challenge and great variety from the premier Robert Trent-Jones Jnr course in Australia.
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 3
Golf
Moonah Links (Legends Course) (18 holes golf with shared motorised cart (Tee times TBC)) 
Moonah Links Legends Course opened for play in Nov 2003. Very different layout to the Open Course, blending undulating fairways that wind through ancient Moonah forests with pure sweeping links country. With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.
Accommodation
Shells Apartments   
Shells Apartments is one of the newest serviced apartments on the Mornington Peninsula. Set above some great shops and cafes, they are located right in the heart of Sorrento.
Day 4
Notes Check out of your accommodation. Transfer or drive to golf.
Golf
The Dunes Golf Links (18 holes golf with shared motorised cart (Tee times TBC)) 
The Dunes Golf Links is in a links style and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the "Cups Country" of the Mornington Peninsula. The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm.
Coach After golf, drive or transfer to Melbourne Airport to catch your flight home.
Flights Depart Melbourne and start to plan your next golf holiday!

Golf Courses

Moonah Links (Legends Course)

Peter Thomson Drive
Rye, VIC, 3941
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

Moonah Links (Legends Course)

Moonah Links Legends Course opened for play in Nov 2003. Very different layout to the Open Course, blending undulating fairways that wind through ancient Moonah forests with pure sweeping links country. With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.

Moonah Links Legends Course opened for play in Nov 2003. It is a very different layout to the Open Course, blending undulating fairways that wind through ancient Moonah forests with pure sweeping links country.

With panoramic views from raised tees, shared greens and a host of other unique features this course will fast become a must play for all serious golfers.

In contrast to the Open Course which was purpose built to challenge the modern champion, the Legends Course is a more friendly golfing experience for players of all ages and abilities.

The course is a loop of 18 holes that generally follow the valleys through a variety of landscapes ranging from ancient Moonah woodlands to open links land.

The fairways are generous and the putting surfaces gentle, but the bunkering style is bold and wild in appearance.

At 6,315 metres, the course is fun but not a pushover.

The Legends Course does justice to the champions it honours and will inspire others to emulate their feats.

It recently debuted in the top 30 courses in Australia by Golf Australia.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6315
Architect: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett
Design Year: 2003
Top 100: 34

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 487m

A reachable in 2 par five that entices the longer hitters to take on the corner, a carry of over 200 meters. A raised green will punish the short approach with a fast green sloping from left to right.

2
Par 4, Length 304m

A short par 4 best played conservatively. A wayward drive can easily find trouble on both sides. A straight drive will leave a short iron to the raised green.

3
Par 3, Length 162m

Ensure you have enough clubs to avoid the sandy wasteland below. This hole often plays straight into the wind so good club selection is essential.

4
Par 4, Length 340m

The most exciting tee shot on the peninsula, hitting out onto a fairway some 40 meters below. A tee shot to the corner will allow

5
Par 3, Length 154m

A medium length par 3 can be deceiving in length, playing longer that initially thought. With trouble on both sides an accurate tee shot is required; anything short of the green will encounter difficulty.

6
Par 5, Length 501m

After a tee shot to the corner the hole veers to the left. Longer hitters can attack the large double green which is easily reachable in two. Shorter players can lay up short and have a easy approach to the green.

7
Par 4, Length 362m

Looking more formidable than actually is, the drive over the bunkers into the valley positions for the best approach. A two teared green makes for difficult putting.

8
Par 4, Length 414m

A tough driving hole with bunkers impeding from both sides. Again with a double teared green making putting difficult.

9
Par 5, Length 495m

A long hole that can be troublesome when the wind strengthens, with trouble down both sides of the fairway. The second shot is best left 50 to 60 meters short of the green. The large green is also tough as there is trouble behind.

10
Par 3, Length 177m

A seemingly easy par three can be challenging with club selection. The amount of wind plays a crucial factor in club selection.

11
Par 4, Length 272m

A short par four reachable for the long hitters. With trouble down the right side the percentage play is to lay up with long iron to allow for easy approach to a relatively flat green.

12
Par 5, Length 491m

A challenging hole with a blind green. Longer hitters can easily reach the green in two. The green feeds from the down slope of the fairway. The green is fairly large and has a few undulations.

13
Par 4, Length 420m

The hardest hole on the course requires a blind tee shot followed by a long second into a green decorated by the surrounding sand dune. Club selection is essential or can make for extremely long putts.

14
Par 4, Length 413m

Another strong par four with the tough shot being the approach, anything to the right can encounter trouble. A double teared green again makes putting challenging.

15
Par 4, Length 353m

A unique par four that requires much thought, usually an iron tee shot to the corner allows for a mid iron approach to a raised green.

16
Par 3, Length 185m

The largest green in the southern hemisphere, the hole is dictated by pin position.

17
Par 4, Length 380m

A tee shot down the right side will feed into the ideal approach position. A raised green with bunkers on bother sides demands a precise approach.

18
Par 4, Length 405m

A wide fairway allows for an easy tee shot, strategically placed fairway bunkers may cause some trouble. A mid to long iron approach into a green that slopes from left to right sets up for the perfect finish.

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Portsea Golf Club

London Bridge Rd
Portsea, VIC, 3944
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

Portsea Golf Club

Portsea GC is a wonderful Mornington Peninsula course located adjacent to the Point Nepean National Park. The course has been carved through natural tea tree scrub which has resulted in a variety of holes -from long, sweeping par 5's which wind their ways through deep valleys through to tight par 3 holes which require pinpoint accuracy to ensure the ball remains on the putting surface.

Portsea Golf Club is a wonderful Mornington Peninsula course located adjacent to the Point Nepean National Park about 85 minutes south of Melbourne.

The purely sand based fairways on the course provide a basis for a great wet weather course and Portsea is one of the best draining courses in Australia.

Recent design improvements in bunkering, teeing grounds and greens have further enhanced the course. The natural drainage qualities of soils found in the Portsea area also ensures that golfers enjoy a firm footing all year round.

The course has been carved through natural tea tree scrub which has resulted in a variety of holes-from long, sweeping par 5s which wind their ways through deep valleys through to tight par 3 holes which require pinpoint accuracy to ensure the ball remains on the putting surface.

As recently as January 2002 the course was rated in Golf Australia magazine as number 25 in the country and this ranking will only be enhanced with the work being done by well-respected golf architect Mike Clayton.

Portsea holds several Tournaments throughout the year for Amateurs and Professionals alike. Among these is the famous Portsea Pro-Am which is held annually on January 2nd and is regarded as being one of the best Tournaments of its type in Australia.

A 72 hole Amateur event is also held in August and a 5 day Spring Tournament is held in October.

New accommodation is now open (June 2013) at Portsea Golf Club. To view the Mercure Portsea Resort and Golf Course website, please click here.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 5973
Architect: Jock Young, Sloan Morpeth and Michael Clayton
Design Year: 1925
Top 100: 57

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 446m

New bunkers on the left side create an added challenge to this hole. The line you take from the tee depends on the wind. Slightly right of the Moonah tree is the line for most golfers. The second approach should be played right of the fairway and the chip shot should be taken with utmost care. This green is difficult.

2
Par 3, Length 151m

A little par three with a green on the bottom of the hill. It's just a simple low-to-mid iron shot where it's best to find the green as the surrounding undulations can make it difficult to get up and down.

3
Par 5, Length 437m

Played from a high tee with great views over the bay. Avoid the left side of the hole all the way to the green as it's out of bounds. Two solid approaches can set up a birdie.

4
Par 4, Length 407m

This is the best hole on the course. A great driving hole where you need to keep it centre right. The approach is deceptively long and most golfers leave it short. Take an extra club.

5
Par 4, Length 327m

Keep the tee shot to the right side of the fairway. The approach should be played to the left side of the green.

6
Par 4, Length 319m

Here is a great opportunity to capitalize on the downhill slope of the tee shot's landing area. A difficult approach shot to a hard green - you need a great deal of loft here.

7
Par 3, Length 173m

A long downhill par three that must be played with an accurate iron. Make par from the left or right side bunker is difficult.

8
Par 5, Length 481m

A strong birdie chance is offered on the 18th. Once you've hit your drive you have to make a decision. You can either take on the bunkers or lay up. Either way be warned, the green is very slippery.

9
Par 4, Length 370m

The first is a great opening hole that lets you get off to a solid start. A long iron approach can be required depending on the wind. There's also a new bunker on the left side of the green.

10
Par 4, Length 244m

Appropriately called Little Devil, long hitters go at the green while others tend to lay up. The approach requires plenty of touch.

11
Par 5, Length 445m

A classic par five hole. A good tee shot played right of centre can set up a birdie opportunity. The second approach is assisted by a downhill fairway.

12
Par 4, Length 374m

Yet another visually stunning hole at Portsea. It?s a rather difficult hole that requires a good drive and an even better approach. The approach here is critical and the green is sensational. Approach shots short or left of the green pay a price here.

13
Par 3, Length 158m

Club selection is critical on this wonderful par three. Landing middle to right of centre of the green is rewarded.

14
Par 4, Length 407m

Tee shot must be aimed at the tower on the horizon. Depending on the wind, the approach can require anything from a pitching wedge to a three iron. Most golfers under club here, so step up one with the approach.

15
Par 4, Length 266m

A tricky short hole. The tee shot must hit the fairway with either a driver or long iron while the approach requires a short lofted club.

16
Par 3, Length 167m

An interesting par three hole. Most golfers leave their approach shot so it's best to take another club. If you hit the back part of the green it should roll down.

17
Par 4, Length 362m

A good tee shot centre right of the fairway will get you off to a good start on this par four. Most golfers tend to under club here, so take an extra iron shot in. Beware, the left side of the hole is out of bounds.

18
Par 4, Length 401m

A blind tee shot that requires you to aim at the large tank on the hill. The approach is to a deceptively large green. Keep it to the left side with the approach.

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St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course)

209 Sandy Road
St Andrews Beach, VIC, 3941
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

St Andrews Beach (Gunnamatta Course)

St Andrews Beach GC (Gunnamatta Course) has been reopened after being closed for almost 12 months. The course is highly regarded and designed by international renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak. The course features some truly dramatic holes and the careful use of natural hazards. Big scale undulations, combined with creases, bumps and hollows are very reminiscent of the ancient coastal courses of the United Kingdom. The layout is challenging and visually spectacular with demanding second shots to well placed greens often framed by natural amphitheatres.

International renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak, has designed this classic 18 hole 'links' style course on this unique property just 80 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.

Located in the famed Cups region of the Mornington Peninsula, the first course, the Gunnamatta, officially opened in late 2005 whilst the second course (Fingal) is scheduled to open late 2008. The Gunnamatta course is a Public Access course and features some truly dramatic holes and the careful use of natural hazards. Big scale undulations, combined with creases, bumps and hollows are very reminiscent of the ancient coastal courses of the United Kingdom.

The layout is challenging and visually spectacular with demanding second shots to well placed greens often framed by natural amphitheatres. Craggy Tom Doak style bunkering is common on many of the holes and helps to add the course character that people are starting to ssociate with a Doak designed golf course.

As testament to the quality of the layout the Gunnamatta course debuted 9th in the 2005 Golf Australia Magazine ratings. This is certainly a course worth playing and GOLFSelect can help you experience the wonders of this golf course.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6090
Architect: Tom Doak
Design Year: 2004
Top 100: 23

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 497m

A genuine three shot par five is a spectacular start to your round; this hole plays from an elevated tee across a broad valley, to a beautifully situated green, over fearsome looking sand traps.

2
Par 4, Length 279m

A long drive of high risk reward' or a medium iron off the tee for positioning' are your choices as this hole is flanked by the largest natural hazard on the property. The fairway dips from the tee into a shallow valley, before rising gently to a long undulating green, heavily bunkered by a blown-out sand dune to the left and front, as well as bunkers behind.

3
Par 4, Length 405m

This hole is possibly the toughest par 4 on the course. The key to this hole is to get a good drive away to the turn, which exposes a spectacular narrow opening to a large green. Your second shot requires a medium to long iron to be hit with precision. Keep away from the left hand trap...those brave enough to fly the bunkers with be pleasantly surprised with the roll provided by the large hill feeding down to the green situated in a beautiful natural amphitheatre!

4
Par 3, Length 197m

Hitting into an elevated green across a valley, surrounded by bunkers to the left and right, this par 3 will be a challenge in the ever changing winds. This hole of great natural beauty appears daunting yet very manageable.

5
Par 4, Length 387m

Beginning from a high elevated tee shot, this is a shot to let rip if you are feeling confident! Take care to avoid the fairway bunker and the rough bunkering to the left of the fairway. The green is open and wide, sloping front-to-back and left-to-right, with bunkering at the front. A good drive will leave you with a short iron to the green. Good opportunity for Birdie!

6
Par 3, Length 169m

Probably the most visually spectacular hole on the course wonderfully nestled within a small natural amphitheatre among the trees. The green sits just beyond striking bunkering, and is far more generous and forgiving than appearances from the tee suggest. A medium to long iron shot avoid bunker traps on the right and beware of the wind above if your ball finds the putting surface you'll be pleasantly surprised by the size of the green.

7
Par 4, Length 377m

Beginning from a spectacular elevated tee position, this short par 4 allows a massive joined fairway for the big hitter. A long drive will fly the fairway bunkers, then a short iron to an open rolling green, with challenging rolls and bunkering around. Excellent short par 4 hole that will separate the cream from the crop.

8
Par 4, Length 332m

A classic hole and another elevated hole like the 7th. With large swales in the fairway, a true links hole, you'll be surprised how far the ball rolls! Dramatic bunkers flank the fairway with the small bunkerless green set amongst a cluster of Moonah trees. The green is the smallest on the course, subtly contoured, with a wide apron to the right and plenty of room behind and to the left.

9
Par 4, Length 339m

A clear drive from a tee benched halfway up a small dune, you drive to a wide, rolling fairway with the far bunkers seemingly out of reach. Take care to avoid the fairway bunkering close to the green. The small, two level elevated green is flanked by natural bunkers to the right. This hole gets more spectacular the closer you get to the green, one can become so preoccupied with the green, you forget about the bunker front right!

10
Par 4, Length 384m

The outstanding feature of this hole is the cluster of bunkers on the right of the fairway, encouraging you to think about your second shot! You need to approach from the left, taking care to avoid the rear bunkering on the smallish elevated knob green. Positioning your shot onto the green is the key to this hole!

11
Par 3, Length 147m

What a beauty...split tee options, both offering dramatically different tee shots! The green is tight with bunkering on the back and right sides. Winds of the day will need to be considered. The rear right of the green is the safest play, allowing the ball to roll back!

12
Par 4, Length 389m

From standing on the elevated tee you are naturally drawn to the direct line at the flag. Ample fairway exists to the left of the line of charm', and the prudent decision to aim left, away from the instinctive target, is rewarded with an easier approach. Playing at the flag appreciably shortens your approach, yet you must negotiate fearsome greenside traps and a green surface which slopes away from you.

13
Par 4, Length 452m

Fantastic hole which blindfolds you from the tee! Over a ridge appears a majestic tumbling fairway which rolls away from you to a tiny bunkerless green in its own amphitheatre. Your second shot will surprise you, provided you can avoid possibly the deepest bunkering on the course, to your right just prior to the green. Look for the lone Moonah tree on the hill as your direction to the tee!

14
Par 4, Length 279m

A truly challenging hole, presented by a cross wind from St Andrews Beach, this short par 4 allows a big drive from the tee, avoid the fairway bunker close to the green sprawled by further bunkering to the green. Stay left and you'll score well!

15
Par 4, Length 361m

A subtle hole, which gently bends around a stately hill, to a beautifully uncomplicated green. This hole with a southerly is a birdie chance, yet a tough, blind mid iron / long iron approach into the hot summer northerly winds.

16
Par 3, Length 197m

The last par 3 is a wonderful 'Redan hole', modeled after the famous 15th at North Berwick in Scotland. Probably the most difficult par 3 on the course the left tilted green site is devilishly guarded, approach with respect!. A 240m tiger tee (not in play) was a parting gift from Tom and his crew!

17
Par 5, Length 468m

A genuine chance to get home in 2! A spectacular elevated tee, allows a big drive, falling short of the fairway bunkering. Your 2nd shot would be a fairway wood keeping to the right, allowing entry to an open green featuring rear bunkering for the over hitter. This hole provides a strong finish and another good birdie opportunity.

18
Par 4, Length 404m

This hole is visually spectacular from the tee, featuring strategically placed fairway bunkers entering a Moonah tree bowl wrapping the green. This hole encourages a big drive, taking care to avoid the centre fairway bunker. Your second shot will need to be a medium to short range iron to the centre of the green.

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The Dunes Golf Links

Browns Road
Rye, VIC, 3941
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

The Dunes Golf Links

The Dunes Golf Links is in a links style and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the "Cups Country" of the Mornington Peninsula. The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm.

The Dunes Golf Links is a great links style course on the Mornington Peninsula and many of the holes could be plucked straight from Scotland or Ireland. The Dunes is one of very few links style courses in Australia. All the holes are played through and over rolling sand dunes on what is known as the "Cups Country" of the Mornington Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula is fast becoming Australia's answer to the Monterey Peninsula of California or South Carolina also in the USA. The large number of courses in the region make it a real golfing getaway.

The 18 holes Dunes Championship course is a tough test for all standards of golfer, especially when subjected to the elements (which is generally the case). The Cups 9 hole course is a more relaxed par 33 layout designed to attract the casual golfer.

The championship course features a number of different styles of holes, some with elevated tees hitting down to wide fairways, a number which are generally flat with subtle undulations and some great par 3s where bunkering, wind and large, uneven putting surfaces are the norm. Wind is a real factor at The Dunes and slightly errant shots are exaggerated by the wind's presence, leaving a more difficult approach, or in many cases, a chip out of complete trouble. 

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6409
Architect: Tony Cashmore
Design Year: 1997
Top 100: 19

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 409m

This hole is a mid length par 4 whereby keeping a line left of the distant cypress trees, you can cut the corner off the fairway.

2
Par 4, Length 365m

The second shot on this hole is at least one more club than the yardage would suggest, and into the wind possibly two or three more clubs.

3
Par 3, Length 135m

Play this shot straight at the pin, don't go left and right.

4
Par 4, Length 310m

This short par 4 has plenty of room to the left with the drive, however a drive played left will leave a difficult second shot. The best line is straight over the bunkers.

5
Par 5, Length 473m

Don't let the dune put you off on this par 5. The carry is only 140 metres from the back tee to a big wide valley. The best line is directly over the white stone.

6
Par 3, Length 193m

This par 3 has a large green and down wind plays a short 200 metres. The best line for this hole is down the left edge.

7
Par 5, Length 477m

This is the last of the blind drive holes. Drive over the hill into the huge valley which leaves a big bail out area for the second shot to the right. Playing this line however will leave you with a tough pitch.

8
Par 4, Length 392m

Off the tee hit as far as possible.

9
Par 4, Length 376m

This part 4 has a big dogleg to the left, so aim just to the right of the fairway bunkers.

10
Par 4, Length 340m

A long drive over the bunker will leave you with a beautiful second shot.

11
Par 4, Length 300m

On this short par 4, the bunkers on the dune can be carried if the wind direction is right.

12
Par 5, Length 502m

This par 5 is the longest hole on the course with a tough dog leg to the right. A long drive down the centre will open up the hidden green through the wasteland.

13
Par 3, Length 160m

This hole plays long into the wind with more room at the back left section of the green than what appears.

14
Par 4, Length 354m

Watch out for the second shot as it is longer than what the yardage would suggest on this par 4.

15
Par 5, Length 392m

Off the tee, keep left of the "six pack" fairway bunkers and carefully place your second shot. Also make special note of the reverse tier on the green.

16
Par 4, Length 419m

For this par 4, a drive left of centre will ensure a shorter and safer shot.

17
Par 3, Length 179m

A beautiful looking par 3 hole however if you intend missing the green (which none of us do!) miss it right.

18
Par 4, Length 409m

Aim just left of the slot in the dunes, and this will bring you to rest in a beautiful wide valley.

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The National Golf Club (Old Course)

Cups Drive
Cape Schanck, VIC, 3939
Australia

Region: Mornington Peninsula

The National Golf Club (Old Course)

The National Golf Club is a private members golf club and Australia's first to offer access to 72 holes of first class quality golf offering incredible variety and endless challenges. All four courses are regularly included in the listings of Australia's Top 100 courses. Your golf on the Old Course will be punctuated with spectacular views of the coastline, abundant challenge and great variety from the premier Robert Trent-Jones Jnr course in Australia.

The National Golf Club is a 54 hole private members' golf club, providing three distinct golfing challenges (Old Course, Moonah Course and Ocean Course). The three courses have been designed by 3 of the world's leading golf architects - Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr and Peter Thomson. As such the 3 courses, although located very closely to one another, offer the golfer a range of golfing experiences.

The original National course (Old Course) was open for play in 1988 and was designed by leading golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr. Trent Jones Jnr recently visited The National to look back on his creation and how it has improved over time. Take a look at a video posted after his recent visit.

This course is a generally hilly course combining amazing coastal views, challenging ball carries and slick, undulating putting surfaces into a test of golf not previously seen in Australia.

A number of holes provide spectacular views with the standout hole in terms of beauty being the 7th hole. A par 3 of 135 metres, it plays over a cavernous ravine to a large green which runs from left to right. The backdrop to this hole is the coastline of the Mornington Peninsula heading down to Portsea. There is really only 1 place to hit the ball...on the green.

The course comprises a number of holes with ocean views, a number of "inland holes" and all are framed by the natural tee tree and Moonah trees which are common on this part of the Mornington Peninsula. When you play at The National you generally want to hit the ball straight as errant shots are severely punished.

The Old course at The National is a very enjoyable test of golf....if you are hitting the ball straight, if the wind is not blowing and if you are putting well! The National, located on the Mornington Peninsula approximately 80 minutes from the city of Melbourne, is a must play for any keen golfer. All three courses are ranked in Australia's top 40.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6313
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Design Year: 1988
Top 100: 15

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 342m

A simple tee shot to a wide fairway guarded by a bunker left, where the sole hidden problem is a hollow short left of the green reached only by long hitters. The prominent moonah tree provides a good driving line since second shots from the right side of the fairway have a greater chance of settling on the green.

2
Par 4, Length 420m

A strong straight away hole that bottlenecks at the ideal drive length where contouring causes balls to feed to the middle. Fairway bunkering right and a cavernous bunker at the front left of the green provide definition and should be avoided. Many conservative players elect to lay up short of this bunker with their second shot as it requires great accuracy to reach the front right entrance to the green. Alternatively, the ball must be hit with enough elevation to hold the firm green.

3
Par 4, Length 390m

The drive over a deep valley is played to a fairway sloping upward to a semi blind green. The second shot is played to a large green, where the surrounds at the right will see shots bounce toward the centre of the two terraced green. Shots to the top terrace should be played with plenty of club as the terrace is severe.

4
Par 3, Length 165m

A visually exciting shot over a lateral hazard from tees which are very elevated. Judgment of distance is the challenge, particularly on windy days. The large green has a spine, running from opposite the centre of the left bunker into the middle of the green, which influences most putts.

5
Par 5, Length 475m

The drive on this dog leg left par 5 advantages the player who hits the ball right to left. The second shot is played slightly uphill. The green is divided by a spine with a sloping left section and a flatter right section. When playing approach shots to the left section, an "extra club" is advised.

6
Par 4, Length 344m

The fairway is generous in width until it bottlenecks beyond the corner of the dog leg. Shots to the front terrace of the green should be aimed well left. Shots hit to the rear of the two terrace green will often feed back onto the top terrace.

7
Par 3, Length 139m

The magnificent coastline views makes this The National?s signature hole. Club selection is critical as whilst the huge green is particularly wide, anything hit short, long or left of the green is best forgotten. The deep bunker at the rear should also be avoided.

8
Par 5, Length 473m

The fairway which is obscured from the elevated tee is of comfortable width with a helpful downslope. The second shot is played over rough to an elevated green or to either of two fairway sections, depending on power level.

9
Par 4, Length 403m

Tee shots directed centre left are favoured. The choice of club for the second shot to a significantly contoured green will be influenced by prevailing wind conditions. When the hole is cut at the back left, an extra club will be needed.

10
Par 5, Length 521m

A dog leg left followed by a twist to the right. From the tee a choice is offered to play safely to the right of two large fairway bunkers to a wide fairway or to take on the bunkers and possibly arrive on or close to the green in two. The huge green is shared with the 9th.

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Par 4, Length 371m

The blind tee is played over a rise to a wide fairway. Long drivers will take advantage of the downslope to set up a pitch to the green. Others will be left with a difficult second shot from a downhill lie. A shot to the middle of the green avoids the bunkers which attract short approach shots.

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Par 4, Length 308m

Big hitters may attempt to drive on or close to the green over the corner of a slight dog leg, whilst others may choose the safer option of an iron or 3 wood to the wider left side fairway. This hole presents a great birdie opportunity since it can be easily reached with a short iron second shot. Although, beware of a severe fall-away to the rear.

13
Par 3, Length 198m

This long par 3 is normally played into the prevailing breeze. Par can often be saved from bunkers both sides but the task is made more difficult when the pin is back.

14
Par 4, Length 390m

The powerful golfer has the option of driving the fairway bunkers and setting up an easy pitch to the green. The less adventurous will drive to a wide fairway to the right. In this instance, the second shot must be accurate to avoid the pine trees and bunkers, which surround the green.

15
Par 4, Length 358m

Drives short of the dog leg corner leave blind second shots to a green with two definite terraces. Bunkers at the end of the fairway and one past the tree-lined right side catch big hitters in favourable conditions.

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Par 3, Length 168m

The tee shot is played through a deep valley to a relatively flat green against a backdrop of exquisite beauty. Shots hit back right, and those hit to the left side and which avoid the bunkers, usually find the green from contoured banks.

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Par 5, Length 511m

A par 5 with spectacular ocean views. Big hitters may drive across the dog leg from the elevated tee setting up a possible second shot to the green. A more conventional approach avoids the left fairway bunkers from the tee, with a second shot played short of further fairway bunkers within pitching distance of the green.

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Par 4, Length 337m

A dog leg with the tee and fairway protected by significant ridges on both sides. It is often sound strategy to play short of the visible fairway bunker, since reaching the green in two is rare from this hazard.

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