What started as an event held at Kyalami Country Club in 1966 between the two original Nomads clubs, Transvaal and Natal, quickly became an annual event held between not only twelve South African Clubs in existence today, but also a large contingent of international players representing Australia, New Zealand, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
The publicity generated by the early National Tournament's was of great importance to Nomads in that it made the formation of new clubs so much easier. The National Tournaments can be credited with creating bonds of friendship that have developed and strengthened over many years and testament to this is seen in the fact that Nomads will be hosting its 50th National Tournament in 2015.
The National Tournament has been mirrored in Australia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, providing the same forum internationally that served so well as a catalyst for growth within South Africa.
The National Tournament has been hosted on a rotational basis by each of the Clubs, affording participants an opportunity to travel annually to a different part of the Republic in pursuit of their intention to create new friendships and reaffirm old ones in the best Nomadic of traditions.
Each participating Club competes for the coveted Bert Hunt Trophy, which is awarded to the Club with the highest team points scored average. Considering that each player plays four rounds over six days of the tournament on a medal Stableford basis, it is more an exercise of durability than skill and the team that lifts the trophy are entitled to feel the flush of success.
There are a host of individual honours on offer as well as the increasingly contested international trophies that are played for.
In a break from tradition, the 50th National Tournament will be hosted by the Nomads National Executive Committee at a neutral venue so that the focus may be on Nomads as a whole and celebrated as such by all who are fortunate enough to attend.