The tip of Mornington Peninsula has long had its share of courses, but the wide open space in the middle of the peninsula has only come into use in the past few decades. As expected, Peter Thomson, darling of Melbourne golf, has played a role in a number of the new courses, including the Ocean. At more than 6500 meters, it is clear that this course was designed to attract tournaments. Thomson was however sensitive to the enormous difference between tournament champs and even good amateurs, so the course can also be played at around 6000 meters from the men's back tees. The nearby ocean makes for some breezy play, but a good links is designed with these conditions in mind, so even when the wind blows there is still good golf to be played. The National now boasts three courses, and the contemporary clubhouse has the capacity to handle the traffic.