The Moonah Course feature video
About the Course
Taking its name from the ancient indigenous coastal Moonah trees scattered throughout the property, Moonah calls for strong tee shots and intelligent play, offering hole after hole of challenging shot-making. Featuring serpentine fairways and towering dunes, the par-5s here are a standout feature, rewarding bold, accurate play. By far one of the most enjoyable walks in Australian golf, and one of the nation’s very best courses.
From the designers
“As anyone who has closely followed my career as a player and as a designer knows, I have great affection for traditional links courses as found in Scotland and Ireland. There is something truly pure about links golf, and this is the philosophy that my team and I followed when we designed the Moonah Course at The National.
“Knowing that golfers like to be punished, we built a fair but challenging golf course, and the fact that it has been so well received is a testament to the land that we were given to work with as much as anything else. I firmly believe we created the Moonah Course in the spirit of how golf is meant to be played, and I’m very proud of how it has matured.”
“The links land at The National is wonderful. It was a privilege and great fun to have the chance to build golf holes in these dunes. It was also a little scary – there was the responsibility to make the best of the opportunity and the realisation that the golf world would be watching and waiting. In the early days before the course was complete I used to stand at what is now the curve in Cups Drive and look in awe at the dunes stretched out below. I could hardly wait to get amongst those dunes and the thousands of natural golf holes they contained.
“The road is paved now and the courses in play, but the thrill is just the same when you round the curve and they come into view below. There is also the satisfaction that our course has been acknowledged and ranked No. 9 in Australia in its first year. You’d have to have no soul not to love this land. There can’t be many better places in golf than the abandoned corner of the property where our 11th hole sits, in the last hour or two of twilight on a clear day.”