The Old Course feature video
About the Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, The Old Course is a dramatic layout constructed on heaving terrain, with fairways weaving between and over large sand dunes, bordered by tea tree and rich native coastal vegetation. With its deceptively wide fairways, undulating greens and dramatic views, The Old Course remains one of the premier layouts in the country, and amongst the more memorable anywhere in the world.
From the designer – Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
“The National Golf Club was a dream come true. Whenever a golf course architect is presented with sand to work, he knows he can cut it like a knife through butter, to shape the forms that are consistent with the links traditions of the game. In this case, the forms were already there with the high cathedral-like dunes similar to Royal Birkdale but even more dramatic. We walked through the bush and revealed the routing, then left it pretty much as we found it except some shaping of greens and carving in some bunkers.
“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. The golf course is a true test at the championship level for any player and as equipment gets better and better, it still withstands the young limberbacks lengthening attack. But on and around the greens, the old foxes, with their sure hands, will have a better opportunity to make pars and to keep the game interesting.
“If medal play is the test of golf, then match play is the test of character. This is a true match play course in its truest character and those who play The National Golf Club course and play their match will find it fascinating, with changing weather conditions, always different, always interesting and dramatically beautiful.”