The Cut : The Cut - Spring 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 127 It’s like California’s Monterey, Scotland’s Fife and New York’s Hamptons all rolled into one gorgeous, uncluttered, free- draining wonderland. We fast-track our peninsula induction at The National Golf Club situated at the spit’s most southern tip of Cape Schanck. This private members’ paradise – the largest in the southern hemisphere with 3,200 members – is home to three nationally ranked par-72 tests: The Old, The Moonah and The Ocean. The latter is arguably the easiest of the trio, but be assured, none are for the faint-hearted. As the name suggests, The Old, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, was the first course, opened in 1988, followed in 2000 by the Greg Norman-designed links, The Moonah and The Ocean, the work of Peter Thomson, Mike Wolveridge and Ross Perrett. If you must pick only one – and that’s a tough choice, believe me – we recommend testing your mettle on Jones’ hilltop masterpiece. “We think this is one of the true tests of golf and the game anywhere, especially when the wind is up, which is quite often,” writes Jones in the back of The Old course guide. It opens benignly with a straightforward 312m par-4, the only obstacle to a well-hit drive being a lone moonah tree smack in the middle of the fairway. But from then on its claws come out as it climbs and snakes its way through some of the most stunning bush-lined real estate imaginable. If you’re getting badly beaten up, just wait until you set foot ontheteeboxofthe7thandgetaloadofthatviewouttothe wild Bass Strait coastline: simply spectacular. The green is just 120-130m away, but between you and the putting surface is a daunting bush-clad ravine where balls stay lost forever. Your club choice varies between a wedge and a 5-iron here, depending on wind strength and direction – and the size of your cojones. Ocean backdrop frames the 7th green at The Old course.
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