History

The National Golf Club is located at Cape Schanck on Victoria’s spectacular Mornington Peninsula, a short drive to the south of Melbourne. The Club has 3 exceptional and highly regarded 18 Hole golf courses , the Old designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, The Moonah designed by Greg Norman and The Ocean designed by Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett ensuring that it ranks as the best piece of golf real estate in the country.

The National Golf Club was first launched to the public in a hospitality tent at Huntingdale Golf Club during The Masters tournament in February 1985. The Club was an equity shareholding and was the first new golf Club to be formed in Melbourne for approximately 60 years. It was soon to become the ‘New Direction in Australian Golf’.

By 1993 all 750 memberships in The National had been sold, and the Club had freehold ownership of a world class golf course and associated Clubhouse facilities and amenities.

In 1996 the then Club Chairman had a chance telephone conversation with the owner of the adjoining property, a spectacular piece of natural golfing links amongst the sand dunes with the coastline to Port Phillip Heads in the background. The subsequent land purchase eventually led to the expansion of The National to a 54 hole complex and cast the Club into the forefront of golf in Australia in the 21st century.

The foundations of the Club were laid by great visionaries who were not only hard working astute businessmen, but they were also pure golfing enthusiasts. This outstanding complex is a tribute to their passion and love of the game, a legacy that will be enjoyed by future generations.

Members of this great golf club commemorated the wonderful achievements of The National with a weekend of celebrations in March 2008 on the anniversary of 20 years of play on the Old course.  

In November 2014, a vote was put to the members of The National Golf Club and Long Island Country Club to effectively merge and form one Club. Members of both Clubs voted in favour and as a result The National Golf Club is now the only golf club in Australia where members have access to four championship layouts. 

The Long Island course has risen considerably in the rankings, moving from 79 in 2014 to a recent high of 63 in 2016. This leap of sixteen positions was the largest for any course in that year.

The National now has over 3200 members, further distancing itself from competitors after already having the most golf members of any golf club in the Southern Hemisphere.