Located in the middle of the Bass Straight, King Island is one of Australia’s landscape ace cards. Its pristine coastline and incredible water lures world-class surfers. Its stunning scenery, birdlife and wildlife draw nature lovers from around the world. The crayfish and gourmet cheeses entice gourmands in droves.
And then there’s the golf.
As of October 2015, King Island will be home to another golf course – the stunning 18-hole, 393 acre Cape Wickham Links. With eight holes located along the actual coast line, and the remaining ten still showcasing sea views, this course is going to draw golfers from all corners of the globe.
Designed by Michigan based Mike DeVries, the course has remained sensitive to the immediate environment – to the degree that construction work could only happen when the local mutton bird sanctuary had migrated for the season. Not much earth was moved for the course’s development, as inquisitive locals have confirmed it’s pretty much stayed true to the landscape they’ve known and loved for years.
The terrain is gently undulating and interspersed with giant sand dunes and ridges whilst the soil is either sandy or sandy loam. Occasional limestone outcrops create further interest.
The layout comprises three loops:
Holes 1 – 5 on the Cape Farewell headland
Holes 6 – 13 in dune land to the south of Cape Farewell
Holes 14 – 18 in the Lighthouse/Victoria Cove zone
Accommodation will become available at Cape Wickham Golf Course from early 2016 but until then there are still plenty of options back in the main township of Curry, some 40 minutes away.
Aside from those mutton birds (when they’re not migrating) don’t be surprised to be sharing the grounds with the odd wallaby.
Those keen to get to King Island can catch a 40-minute plane trip from Melbourne’s Moorabbin airport – too easy.