The National Golf Club – Ocean Course

Course Data
LocationVictoria, Australia
Yardage7165 yard Par 72
Course Rating76.0
Playing Date30 Apr. 2006
DesingnerPeter Thomson (Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett)
Opened2000
CaddyNo
Golf CartYes (Can be driven on the fairways)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.35
Course Layout
4
Difficulty Level
5
Greens Conditions
5
Fairways Conditions
4
Landscaping & Views
4
 

The National Golf Club is 54-hole golf club. They are the Old Course and the Moonah Course in addition, designed by Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman respectively. This Ocean Course is a links style with moderate ups & downs located near the ocean. Many Thomson courses include pot bunkers placed strategically in the middle of fairways tempering players to go for it or lay up. This course is no exception and many of these links style deep pot bunkers will come into play not on the fairways but also around the greens. Many of the greens have severe and complex slopes which can easily lead to a 3 putt or worse and especially you should be careful of downhill putts because they are very fast. You can enjoy some spectacular coastal views while you play there. Of course, It will be much harder to play well on strong windy days which are common enough in this part of Victoria.



A view from the clubhouse

A view from the clubhouse

A view

 

1st Par 5 542 yards
A slight dogleg to the right. The hole has a dual fairway split by bunkers. A more risky higher fairway on the right offers the chance to reach the green in 2 for a long hitter, as this route is the shorter line. The lower fairway on the left is safe but a much longer second shot. The shot into the elevated green must be full and bold, as the slope at the front catch weaker shots, and send them back down the hill.
 

1st  Par 5 542 yards (3)

1st  Par 5 542 yards (2)

1st  Par 5 542 yards (1)

 

 
7th  Par 5 571 yards
A dogleg to the right with a moderate downhill from the tee and for the second shot. The third shot is uphill into the highly sloped, double-tiered green.
 

7th hole seen from the green

7th  Par 5 571 yards (2)

7th  Par 5 571 yards (1)
 
8th  Par 4 450 yards
A demanding, straight hole. 3 bunkers in a row await your tee shot on the right, so you should drive into the left half of the fairway. Bunkers on the left front of the green and a bunker guarding on the right come into play on the second shot. If you lay up, just short and right of the green will give you the easiest chip.
 

8th  Par 4 450 yards (3)

8th  Par 4 450 yards (2)

8th  Par 4 450 yards (1)
 
9th  Par 3 219 yards

9th green

9th  Par 3 219 yards
A long uphill par 3. Bunkers on the left must be avoided as the green slopes away to the right. Bunkers in front of the green also come into play.

 
11th  Par 3 185 yards

11th green

11th  Par 3 185 yards
A medium length par 3. The green is elevated, long and deep. 2 bunkers guarding on the left of the green is well positioned. Shots short and right should also be avoided as the ball swept away down the slope. Because a chip from off the green is not easy, you need to hit a special shot to hit the green in regulation.

 
16th  Par 4 418 yards

16th  Par 4 418 yards (2)

16th  Par 4 418 yards (1)
An almost straight hole. You should drive down the left side of the fairway by avoiding a pot bunker in the center. The green is elevated and slopes sharply from right to left.

 

 
18th Par 4 487 yards

18th green seen from behind

18th  Par 4 487 yards
A very long and difficult, straight par 4. A driving area is tight and flanked by bunkers. The second shot is slight uphill approach shot into the clubhouse. Your two very best shots are required to reach the green in 2. The green is narrow and deep. A par is very good score on this hole.
 
19th hole

Restaurant

It takes 1 hour and 40 minutes from Melbourne City and 2 hours from the airport by car. You need to be accompanied by a member but opportunities exist for interstate and overseas golfers if they bring letters of recommendation from their own golf clubs. Yardage sticks are in meters. Anyone can play from back tees.

The course was ranked 46th in Australia by Golf Digest 2006. The Peter Thomson (Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett) designed other courses in Australia are Moonah Links (ranked 17th), Hope Island GC (24th), Alice Springs GC (ranked 62nd), Alice Springs GC (62nd), Twin Waters GC (ranked 68th), Camden Lakeside GC and Sea Temple G&CC etc.