9 Dec 2022

Media Release:


Kangaroo Island is a step closer to becoming one of the world’s ‘bucket-list’ golf destinations after ground was broken to signify the official start of course construction on the island’s $20 million destination golf course.

With breathtaking views atop 500-million-year-old cliffs overlooking the Southern Ocean, and an all-Australian dream team in charge, The Cliffs Kangaroo Island is predicted to be South Australia’s next world-class tourism attraction and expected to draw golf tourists from across the globe.

With unique wildlife and its stunning natural setting, Kangaroo Island is already one of our state’s great tourism drawcards,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.

Regional tourism plays a huge role in our economic mix, and projects like this create exciting new opportunities and jobs for people that live on Kangaroo Island.

My government is investing to bring the world’s best golfers to South Australia and this world-class golf course and clubhouse will provide further incentive for golf fans to visit and stay in South Australia.”

Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said The Cliffs Kangaroo Island “adds another dimension” to the island’s tourism offering, adding it would “no doubt soon become a must-play for golfers far and wide”.

Importantly, thousands of out-of-state visitors expected to play at The Cliffs will inject valuable dollars into the island’s tourism sector and help share the story about this absolutely iconic location,” Bettison said.

The Minister was joined by professional golfer and ambassador for The Cliffs Wade Ormsby, fresh off the Australian Open and inaugural LIV International Tour. Having played on the best golf courses around the world, Ormsby said he was excited to see the project come to life.

I’m excited to see this iconic Australian location become a must-see golf destination for enthusiasts and professionals alike,” he said. 

Today marks the start of something truly exciting - not just for the sport of golf in Australia, but for the residents of Kangaroo Island and South Australia as well.”

Course designer Darius Oliver is leading the design of The Cliffs course and said the opportunity to “design and create something globally unique” on Kangaroo Island was “something truly special”. 

The Cliffs Kangaroo Island will provide players with not only a world-class linksy style golf course, but some of the most awe-inspiring scenery anywhere in the world,” he said.

The clubhouse, designed by local architects Walter Brooke, will be home to luxury accommodation boasting four, 6-star suites designed to make the most of the expansive ocean and island views as well as a pro shop, restaurant, lounge, sports bar and green space for outdoor entertaining.

The Pennington Cliffs Property Trust  in partnership with the Pelligra Group will deliver the landmark project, adding to its wider investments at Penneshaw and American River on Kangaroo Island.

Spokesperson for the investment group and CEO of the Seafront Group Sam Atkins said the official soil turning ceremony signified the start of something “unbelievably unique and special” for both Kangaroo Island and South Australia.

The Cliffs Kangaroo Island will put South Australia on the map as a golfing destination and add to the already amazing experience of visiting Kangaroo Island,” he said.

Seeing our passionate team join the Minister and guests today to mark the official start of construction fills me with pride and excitement for what’s to come for this exciting project.”

Today’s announcement follows the investment group’s confirmation earlier this year that it had taken over ownership of five key tourist destinations on the island, including the popular Penneshaw Pub and bottle-shop, the Seafront Hotel and Sorrento’s Pizzeria in Penneshaw, the Seafront Holiday and Caravan Park in Penneshaw as well as The Terraces in American River.


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The Cliffs Kangaroo Island site



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