16 May 2014

In the middle of Bass Strait, on the northwestern tip of remote King Island, sits Australia's tallest lighthouse and one of the world's best golf sites. The Cape Wickham golf course is currently under construction, and due to open in 2015. 

Glorious weather on King Island right through summer and autumn has allowed progress on the exciting coastal holes to continue on schedule. Currently there are 14 holes completed and grassed, with the remaining 4 in various stages of development. The spectacular drivable par four 12th has been roughed-in and will be grassed before the end of May, as will the long par five 13th. The final holes, 15 and 16, require some additional earthworks but should be ready for grassing before the end of June.

As the following photographs illustrate, Cape Wickham is a golf course of rare drama and beauty. Importantly, it is also a proper walkable golf experience with smooth transitions between greens and tees, generous and strategic fairways and great variety across the layout.

Planet Golf will keep users updated on progress as it continues, and advise when preview or opening rounds might be available to book. You can also follow the development website to learn more about both Cape Wickham and King Island, and for additional photographs of each hole - www.capewickham.com.au

 

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Hole 1 - Perhaps the most exciting opening drive in Australia

A look at the expanse of short grass between the 1st green and the 4th green

Hole 2 - where a single fairway bunker dictates the playing strategy

Hole 3 - view from behind the green on this 175m par three

The first inland hole the 4th heads toward the lighthouse and features this classic low-set green

Hole 5 - A short par four with a small push-up green and distracting backdrop

Hole 6 - A reachable par five into an elevated dell but generally played into the prevailing winds

Hole 7 - A calamity style par three across a diagonal valley and toward the towering Cape Wickham lighthouse

Hole 9 - A wild par five with multiple leftright and highlow options

Hole 10 - Drivable with the wind the 10th drops through a valley and straight toward the ocean

Hole 11 - Unique for Australia the 11th plays along the coast from down on the rocks

Hole 14 - The first hole built the 14th bends around an enormous dune toward a natural punchbowl green

Hole 17 - A challenging par three from an elevated tee

Hole 18 - Few courses start nor end as dramatically as Cape Wickham

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