This course does not deserve to rated so low, and is now the best course of the four national golf courses. It oozes Doaks' philosophy of being a good members course whilst challenging the very best golfers. Doaks took the old Ocean course, which was a bit soulless and, quite frankly, joyless, and as built a course full of guile and charm, rather than brute strength and punishment; where once fairways the had bunkers in the middle and ran off into the rough, we now wide fairways are hard to miss, greens sit neatly into dunes and funnels the ball to the hole if you land on the right portion of the green. Moreover, unlike the old Ocean, the punishment for a slight poor shot is commensurate with the error. The Ocean punished shots that were not too bad, Gunnamata gives you a chance to redeem, if you are good enough.
Another plus, whereas the old Ocean course had only one view the ocean, and that was on the first tee. you can actually see the Ocean on several holes, with the par 3 16th the stand out, giving you and infinite view to the horizon over Bass Straight. You may not appreciate the view, however, as it is also into the prevailing wind, and the day I played it, I should have played a three wood to the back right pin, instead of my four iron that finished 5 meters short of the green.
In my opinion, the new order of the National Courses are;
Equal 2nd - Moonah and Long Island
4) Old Course
Date: January 26, 2020