Opening in 2015, Cape Wickham had already ranked as Australia’s No.3 and the world’s No.24 golf course.
Sitting under the shadow of Australia’s tallest lighthouse on the remote King Island, Tasmania is Cape Wickham. An island that is isolated to the rest of the mainland in such a stunning and serene environment you truly feel a world away! There are not many courses in the world that are as unique as Cape Wickham.
Andrew Purchase and Darius Oliver are the visionaries behind this ambitious project, helping make it a reality was Duncan Andrews and course designer Mike DeVries. The team and the island community backing the project must be commended for their passion and bravery building a course in such a remote location. Fortunately for us they did, allowing the rest of us the opportunity to visit and play this stunning golf course.
The course itself meanders around the north-east tip of the island’s coast with 8 holes directly abutting Bass Strait. The course is gently undulating and interspersed with giant sand dune ridges and corridors. All the holes enjoy sweeping views of the ocean with the 18th hole finishing the round as it bends around Victoria Cove putting the ocean in play.
Playing at Cape Wickham is a surreal experience being surrounded by the stunning coastline of the southern ocean, there is literally nothing but ocean between you and the Antartica. The air and water is so clean, the flora and coastline setting so intoxicating – it becomes hard to concentrate on you game at times. The few locals you encounter will be the odd farmer, cow, wallaby, an array of bird life and the odd hazardous native fauna so make sure you don’t stray too far off the fairways.
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