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Cape Schanck & the National

I’ve been working on many things over the past few weeks but took a day off last week to visit Cape Schanck and the National Golf Club. This area lies in a spectacular and scenic part of Victoria. In winter it can be wind-swept and fairly bleak but the scenery remains extraordinary.  The National  is one of the sand belt environmentss that Victoria is famous for.  An awesome links-style setting in which to play golf it includes three courses (‘The Old Course’, ‘Moonah’ and ‘The Ocean Course’). They are all championship courses and all are ranked in the top 50 in Australia – Moonah is ranked about 6th in standard sorts of rankings.  This link gives you an idea of the scenery and character of the courses.  They are long – each is around 6500 metres – and they contain some very tough golf holes. If you follow the link and enter as a guest then take a look at the 7th hole on The Old Course. It must be one of the most spectacular par 3’s in Australia.  The par 4 16th at Moonah and the par 4 18th at the Ocean Course are each around 450 metres so very tough going.  Prevailing strong winds add to the challenge but the condition of the fairways and the greens was as good as I have seen anywhere.  Its a private club so you need to be or know a member to play there.

There are things in this life that are far more attractive than working in a university. These things cross my mind increasingly. The course is about 100km from Melbourne and half the trip is on EastLink…..

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