13th Hole, Par 5, 520 Meters The rewards for those who attack the green site are enormous, but so too are the very obvious risks. You’d get no argument to the deserved nods. There is adequate bail-out front and right of the green which has a spine running through the middle. Generous would be the word I would use to describe the fairways, it's a windy site so you need room to move - smart design. Designers Mike DeVries & Darius Oliver have composed a masterpiece. (It won’t be surprising to see RMGC and Kingston Heath displaced by Cape Wickham.) The approach is sharply uphill but not long. It is a joy to play this golf course over and over. The 16th was surely a difficult hole to plays and fits into the same type of surreal setting as the 11th. I'll just say that John Geary and his team are doing an amazing job here with a relatively small team producing a unique stay and play destination for quality links golf on a lovely island deserving its place on golfing bucket lists. The green sits inside of several mounds, but they are not particularly high. The Cape Wickham Links is getting enormous exposure around the world, and rightfully so. The bunkering is not overly penal. One of the country’s newest courses, Cape Wickham, has gone straight to No 3 in Australia’s Top 100 rankings. Hole 13: This long par 5 is roomy off the tee, but beware of the green, its steep and drops away on all sides, miss right and pay the price. The tenth returns to the sea allowing the player to walk to the ridge crest and before you sits a breathtaking view of green and coastline, in a similar manner to number six at New South Wales. Kauri Cliffs Hole 10: Is a one of a kind, a steep downhill tee shot runs out to a driveable green, trouble awaits with a back pin and a back drop to die for. Nov 29, 2018. The first tee on Cape Wickham Golf Course. The 5th hole runs back out away from the clubhouse again offering a different take on the days wind direction. It’s a spectacular start with all holes enjoying either placement on the coast or a sea view and all playing in different directions with regards to the wind, which can be quite extreme at times. One recommendation at least for deliberately tackling the afternoon breezes! Along with old friends Kevin Price, Tom June and Matt Ginella (the travel editor at Golf Channel), we played 11 rounds in eight days across New Zealand and Australia. Without the turn from the coastline what comes later may not have been as much appreciated. Respond to above review Book Cape Wickham Golf Links with GolfNow & save up to 80%. The opening hole has to be regarded as one of the great starts in golf along with the first at Machrihanish – believe me, the task ahead of you on that first tee shot commands your attention! 0 people found this review helpful It’s at the top of mine. To put this in perspective, Mr Hede said, “There are circa 32,000 golf courses in the world and a ranking of # 24 puts Cape Wickham … The journey to get there is quite an experience in itself. Cape Wickham is on the far end of King Island about a 45-minute drive through sheep filled pastures which is lovely. sport; golf; Cap Wickham lands near the top of outstanding golf courses. The hole is actually far wider than it seems, and shorter, its a gentle opener if you can banish thoughts of the Bass Strait from your mind. Course superintendent John Geary reports that he was forced to lay off a dozen seasonal staff across the facility yesterday following the announcement by Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein that the state was going into lockdown. American architect Mike DeVries was then hired to lay out the links, using the contractor Programmed Turnpoint to construct the course. 6 is a reachable risk reward par 5 dogleg right with a tricky raised green. The tee shot felt like it is through a low valley. Yes, it’s that good. Australia has long been a must-visit for the most ambitious of wayward golfers: the Sand Belt around Melbourne includes some famous work by the good Dr., Alister MacKenzie, who also gifted us glorious New South Wales in Sydney. It is not a perfect golf course, but as I played it I could not think of how the routing could have been any better. Cape Wickham on King Island was ventured to by Mark "dessy" Ryan and myself. This is the real deal for a links course along the ocean offering incredible views. The course and coastline are so beautiful, that you need to play here multiple times just so you can concentrate on the architecture. Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield. Respond to above review 24. The first five holes wind their way around the Cape Farewell headland before the routing moves inland, with the next eight holes set amongst sand hills and occasional limestone outcrops. Royal Melbourne West (11) I have just returned from the greatest golf trip of all time. The green is up on a dune to a semi blind green (can’t see the putting surface). 1 person found this review helpful Fast forward and the 18 holes at Cape Wickham has made a stunning debut, ranked in US Golf Digest’s top 25 Courses in the World, with No.3 ranking in Australia. An island golf course where “you feel like you’re playing on the edge of the world” has almost pipped perennial No.1 Royal Melbourne West for the top ranking in Australia. The green has huge undulations in it to protect it but we had an easier pin placement on our day. See other reviews from Tyson Flynn. But having to carry a drive over crashing waves of the Bass Strait is what makes your heart pound. Remarkably, all four of us had Cape Wickham No. If I had to guess this will be softened in the future as too many balls bound through the fairway into lost ball territory. A course moves up or down the ranking accordingly. The fourth heads inland and is a straight forward par 4. Ocean Dunes You cannot be short or left here. I come away from Cape Wickham thinking that it might be the most dramatic course I have played, and one of the best. When I got the chance to spend three days there some six months prior to the opening I jumped at the chance and in the company of Duncan Andrews the owner marveled at what had been constructed. The view from the 15th tee at Cape Wickham Golf Links on King Island, Tasmania. The green to the ninth is perched on a shelf and you cannot approach it from the far right or you risk going down a very steep, sandy and nasty bank on the left side of the green. Even the 3rd shot is hair raising (below). Cape Wickham ranked #1 for third year in a row. Hole 11: An impossibly pretty 3, just a short drop shot, but its hard to keep your mind on the task with scenery like this (below). Some holes rise and some fall. I’m a well-known Pebble Beach honk but Cape Wickham is the most visually spectacular course I’ve ever seen. The playing corridors at Cape Wickham are rather generous in width – and they need to be given the Roaring Forties (strong westerly trade … The short par 4 12th plays along the cliffs and is a risk reward drivable hole. It’s a very nice hole where if you hit a bad shot, you likely will find it difficult to recover. On both nines, there are holes with forced carries off the tee, which won’t suit every level of player as this makes a number of holes unplayable due to the strong winds. The 18 hole course is on the NW corner of the island, 48 klms from the airport at Currie. This one is #3 of those. Mike DeVries and Darius Oliver teamed up to create this beauty on King Island. 6. Was this review helpful? I never could figure out how to play the ninth hole, a twisting/turning/falling/rising par 5 to a small tucked green. It starts with a couple short par 4’s and a par 3 running along the coast line before heading slightly inland back toward toward the clubhouse. Nothing is as easy as it seems and that is definitely the case with this hole. I travel the world to see golf like this. Without further ado here’s my trip pecking order, with the course’s ranking in the GOLF Magazine Top 100 in parentheses. 5. Presently it is among the top five courses in Australia and in the top 25 world ranked courses (Golf Australia and Golf Digest magazines). Holes 14 to 18 then move towards the imposing Cape Wickham Lighthouse, culminating in a closing hole which wraps itself around Victoria Cove. 0 people found this review helpful The green is surrounded by seven bunkers, has a big mound in the middle and is by far the best green complex on the golf course. Without further ado here’s my trip pecking order, with the course’s ranking in the GOLF Magazine Top 100 in parentheses. 2 people found this review helpful 9. I had probably read too much about Cape Wickham before playing it and started to have concerns that I had … 8. The golf is well worth the praise it received and its high ranking and was among my strong favorites. In collaboration with Darius Oliver they finally got the job completed despite weather problems and environmental concerns regarding native birds. After playing this hole, you know you are in for a treat. Wow! All eighteen holes have ocean views, and many of the holes run right along the shoreline. Holes 9 through 12 are the best stretch, despite how good the opening introductory holes are. Finally, for pure Australiana, we even had a couple of wallabies watching us from the fringe, whilst playing approaches to and putting-out on the 18th green. Tara Iti (29) 1. 1 person found this review helpful Architecture wonks like to complain that the eye candy of the ocean can unduly affect one’s feelings for a course. Hole 5: A valley between two dunes is your path to the green, which is raised and difficult to hit. The 10th hole plays straight down hill to a green backed by the sea. Hole 7: A huge bank to the left of the green, and an equally deep fall away to the right dominate this hole, its only a short iron but with accuracy and distance control you can get close. It’s said that respected author Darius Oliver was instrumental in convincing businessman Duncan Andrews to develop the remote Cape Wickham site and so the property was duly purchased in 2011. The par 3 17th is a great long par 3 which proves very challenging in the wind. Well worth the trip to get there. Hole 16: Where to begin, this roller-coaster of a par 4 starts with an uphill drive, with water guarding the right, then its a long downhill shot to a green which seems to rise up out of the ocean WOW. The fairway here offers far more room than we are led to believe from the tee. This is followed up with a semi blind drive from up on a dune for the long par 4, 8th hole. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Only seemed fitting this should bring to a conclusion, my quest to complete the current published list of the top 100. But make no mistake, I liked every hole here, it is just that those holes I noted are really special. 82 Le Golf National’s Albatros course in France (opened in 1990 and site of the 2018 Ryder Cup). You've come all this way, so take advantage of the time on the island. The Gurus appreicate courses with impressive settings/visuals, architectural merits, great conditioning, and variety. 28 03, 2020. Hole 8: A drive between two large dunes to an unseen landing area is not as bad as it seems from the tee, as the fairway funnels into the centre. The third hole is a long par 3 with a long carry over the rocks. See other reviews from David Davis. The fairway is sharply slanted from left to right. It is exhilarating golf. The fairway tilts that way as well. It is one of the finest par 3’s one will ever play. This was the route my family and I took and made for a wonderful golf trip. I would also rate holes 10, 12, 16 & 17 as special holes – all visually spectacular, all right on the ocean. The green is two tiered and presents a great challenge. The second shot hits out to the sea, its hard to judge as the only backdrop is the horizon. Respond to above review It requires a somewhat lengthy carry to reach the fairway and the green is situated at the end of the cliff edge. 1. COVID-19 Update – 28 March 2020 ... the option to travel and play golf on King Island from the mainland has closed. Every tee box I stepped on to hit I looked at the hole and smiled inside. 13 through 15 are all solid holes playing back to and then away from the clubhouse in the same direction. You simply can’t go right or you are over the cliffs. You finish on a wonderful par 4 of mid length requiring a forced carry over the rock and cliff and having to navigate the horseshoe bay. An incredible golf course where Mike DeVries and Darius Oliver did perhaps a perfect routing given a spectacular piece of land. I found it to be an easy par having played it safe. Can't wait to visit myself. Respond to above review They didn’t make it and were short left with lost balls or balls nearly unplayable on our two rounds. Respond to above review … I thought this hole to be nearly as beautiful as Pebble Beach and certainly as challenging. See other reviews from Scarlett. I loved the whole King Island experience, and Cape Wickham is clearly the pick of the golf - one of the best new courses I've played, and staying there is golf heaven. Play Ocean Dunes too, but also try to have a game at King Island Golf and Bowling Club which boasts a couple of excellent coastal holes amongst its friendly 9 holes, close to the main town of Currie. Was this review helpful? Golf Digest has already included this new course very high in their World Top 100. Critically acclaimed, it has been ranked third in the Australian Golf Digest Top 100 Courses rankings, and 24th in the world. Hole 18: An epic finishing hole on a grand scale, could be the best last hole I have played, think Pebble Beach 18 and that's the sort of dramatic finale this hole provides. 1 person found this review helpful The course now stands as one of golf’s ultimate pilgrimages, sited on the craggy headlands of King Island, a tiny speck halfway between Melbourne and Tasmania. Played Cape Wickham in March 2018 as part of a golf trip in Australia and New Zealand. The coast is full of rocky outcroppings here and the walk along the coast is a huge bonus and provides a surreal setting. Cape Wickham may have the best 1st and 18th hole combination anywhere in the world according to Tom Doak. Ranking golf courses is inherently arbitrary; if Kevin, Tom and Matt and I went to the Louvre and had to order our 11 favorite paintings I’m sure the lists would be very different. 11. Until 2015, the only golf facility on the island was the modest little composite 18-hole course at King Island Golf & Bowling Club, featuring seventeen tees, twelve greens and ten fairways. The holes I really liked were 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 13, 16-18. 2. The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze embraces golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses. Cape Wickham (73) 2. King Island and Cape Wickham could be about as remote a golfing destination as you could hope to seek out. You have to see it to believe it. Let me simply say that I found the design does justice to the setting : the holes are quite diverse and fun to play, overall rather short. I wish it had been even closer. Located along the norther coastline of King Island, this course has taken the World by storm since its opening. No. Opened in 2015, Cape Wickham immediately hit most every golf publication’s top 100 courses world lists. It never escapes you. Number 1 on my 'to be played list'. Mike deVries, with input from Darius Oliver, serve golfers from the same menu by launching into the dramatic coastal holes. Hole 4: A drive over a brow makes you uncertain, the green runs away, thus a front pin is very difficult, keep right off the tee for a look at the green. The green has excellent shaping and nice undulations protecting it. It is a spectacular hole. There is a crest to carry for the tee shot and although I was told the easier way to the hole was to go to the left fairway, I played it down the right and took advantage of being able to roll my third shot onto the green. To receive GOLF’s all-new newsletters, subscribe for free here. I thought sixteen was the most beautiful hole on the golf course as the mid length par 4 runs parallel to the ocean on the right. Phone +61 3 7463 1200. The fifteenth is a long par five playing to the farthest point closest to the lighthouse. But for golf’s big-game hunters, Cape Wickham should be at the top of the list. Conclusion: In my top 5 anywhere/anytime. Cape Wickham has already captured the attention of international golf writers and golf raters, and will no doubt enter the Australian golf rankings in an enviable position. It seems simple, hit a tee shot slightly left of center and then lay up in front of the green at the bottom of the hill, but on my two tries I missed the tee shot to the left and made the mistake of trying to be heroic with my second. I played Cape Wickahm in Feburary, 2019. I liked the green due to its size and shape. The three par seventh reminds me of the finest links courses of the U.K. with the green nestled in between two dunes ala Royal Birkdale perhaps, but even that doesn't do it justice this is Cape Wickham and it deserves to be beyond comparison, so my apologies. The cliffs and a 3 off the tee is certain for anything missing the fairway on the left side. It is a beautiful view once again. Long is open and the green is a tough one to hold. Upon arrival on the gravel roads the iconic massive lighthouse greets you. !....superb . The whole of the west coast of King Island could be made into quality links golf (think Royal Aberdeen/Murcar * 20), with inland areas also begging for a Sand Hills development, but sadly the isolation mitigates against this ! Play Cape Wickham twice. No. The par 5 9th is another risk reward hole and plays as a double dogleg after a semi straight tee shot that plays from high on a dune to a fairway tucked inbetween the dune down hill. Brilliant. 1 person found this review helpful A strong drive will hit the speed slot and leave a tempting approach to go for the green in two. 11 is a short par 3 playing along the sea shore from an elevated tee. Yet if you come in from the right side you have to clear a large bunker and dune/grass that is raised to block your view of the green. Cape Wickham (73) It’s a tough shot to judge the distance on, then just add wind to finish off the challenge. See other reviews from Fergal O'Leary. That been said the quality of golf is in no way compromised by the move inland. See below, tee is just to left. It has the first view of playing towards the lighthouse but the ocean is very evident. Average points: 98.89. Cape Wickham Links opened on King Island in November 2015 and rapidly entered top world golf course rankings. This is routing brilliance, it takes one away from the stunning scenery to give the golfer a break knowing what is still in store. In partnership with Aussie Darius Oliver, this innocent abroad conjured a modern masterpiece. It’s a strong hole as it tempts you to go for it but ending up short or long leaves tricky recovery shots and left or right could result in trouble involving native grasses that are full of poisonous snakes they say. Photos and videos only provide a slight insight into the how good the course truly is and will become with more maturity, Respond to above review Below is the Gurus list of the top 70 golf courses we've played outside of the United States along with individual rankings for each country. Cape Wickham, on King Island in Bass Strait, leapfrogged Kingston Heath into second place on Australian Golf Digest’s biennial ranking of the top … After four jaw droppingly scenic opening holes with the sights,smells and sounds of the Ocean accompanying the superb golf holes , the course turns inland. The approach is to a very undulated green with a false front and a front left bunker. 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012 rankings: 2, 2… GOLF.com and GOLF Magazine are published by EB GOLF MEDIA LLC, a division of 8AM GOLF. Barnbougle Dunes (38) The short par 4 twelfth follows next with the coastline all down the left side. The closing hole at Cape Wickham is also one of the best closing holes I have played and compares favourably to similar holes like the final hole at Pebble Beach. Was this review helpful? You would never get bored with this course. From all angles the Cape Wickham development looks a knockout, with the course likely to debut highly in Australian Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses ranking in March. We count 46 of the Top 100 as being oceanside venues, including our new No. It's actually a... Old Corkscrew is named quite well. A wide curving fairway is guarded by 3 directional bunkers, the big feature here is a punchbowl green, this hole is great fun. Grandover East course is pretty much what one would expect of resort golf. See other reviews from Sam Sullivan. Kingston Heath (20) Then, along came the Mike Devries-designed Cape Wickham links 30 miles to the north, followed a year later by Graeme Grant’s Ocean Dunes. Victoria 1 (Current) 52 (Current) The final game to complete the Australian Top 100 Golf course list was at Cape Wickham Links. There are a number of short par fours at Cape Wickham, but none better than the drivable 12th. Cape Wickham has views for days, and a memorable 150-foot lighthouse looking over it. Cape Wickham Golf Links on King Island, Tasmania, has become one of the first major Australian golf clubs to feel the full impact of the coronavirus crisis. That means lost ball in this case. The ninth another par five is breathtaking in its brilliance a towering dune guards the front right of the green, a small green with very little margin for error on the approach. The challenge begins on the first tee with high dunes and grass left and the coastline to the right. I looked back from this green towards the tee and wondered how I messed it up as it looked simple. I did not find it to be a difficult hole as one should just hit to the back of the green. The property at Cape Wickham was the number one choice on King Island for golf developers. This is a beautiful hole to play. The fifth hole plays back the opposite way from the fourth and is a short par 4 with a fairway sloping left to right and a crowned green on all sides. There are only 1,500 people on the island but in 2013 the population spiked when Mike DeVries and his family lived there for six months. Hole 6: A reachable 5 shot hole, which bends left and right, the green is flanked by huge grassed dunes and deep bunkers, attacking is for the brave. After the mind-blowing opening stretch, the course begins to move inland with plenty of raised greens and wonderful contours. The spectacular par-3 11th hole from behind the green. Finally, I had no idea when staying in the cottage that I was overlooking the first hole. The fourteenth plays as a shorter par 4 from an elevated tee towards the lighthouse. On paper, the final hole at Cape Wickham is just an ordinary doglegged par-4. There are more classic seaside and dunes holes here than you can shake a stick at, many of which would be signature elsewhere, and I won't attempt to better the comprehensive hole by hole reviews here. A truly spectacular golfing experience, superb architecture that perfectly matches the quality of the site. As a mid-length hitter, this was an easy hole for me because I was not tempted to try to drive the green like my partners tried. 1 person found this review helpful It can only be accessed by plane but King Island could become the new must-visit destination for golfers after its new course, Cape Wickham, went straight to No 3 in Australia’s Top 100 rankings. Various other posters have discussed the sheer beauty of the site and as spectacular as it is, the course routing is the highlight of the golf course. I thought the sixth, a short par five with a generous fairway, was the weakest hole on the front nine. The second hole is a short par 4 with hidden bunkers near an infinity green with a steep falloff on the back left of the green. All plead for your consideration as the critical clubbing choice is made. No matter what you score on a hole, you are satisfied with the experience. What a wonderful site for golf with its coastal dunes scape. As an aside, if you do go into the deep rough it contains snakes, like the chilled out copperhead I met on a path on the back nine; I'd started to ignore the "snakes seen here" signs to look for balls, but rough was strictly water hazard from then on ! The par 4 eighth follows of medium length with a fairway sloped slightly left to right and a very well placed bunker on the left front to defend the green. I could go on forever, but fear I may lose you reading this, suffice it to say a series of coastline hugging holes in the most spectacular golfing scenery anywhere comes to a volcanic head for holes 16-18. Not be missed on the island, the Fromagerie found mid way from the airport on the road to the golf course and the food at Boomerang by the Sea...the steaks here are as good as anywhere and that cheese is the finest. Despite its many accolades already, this was far from a sure thing and an almighty risk for developer Duncan Andrews to take. The fairway looks really narrow. Hole 12: A short 4 that defines risk & reward, like 2 holes previous you need the courage of your convictions here. 2. I thought it was fantastic how the first tee shot required courage for the dogleg right and the last hole required a similar shot over the corner of the beach, but with a slightly lower and different wind. Mike Devries with help from Darius Oliver have put together an extremely fun, challenging design which makes wonderful natural use of the terrain. One potential criticism is that the back nine has fairways that are wider which made those holes a little too forgiving from the tee. The finishing holes all play back along the coastline to the clubhouse. There are long and short par 3's, 4's, and 5's. I'm sure there is no need to add yet more effusive praise for both the siting of the course, or the design, so let me add some other notes to playing golf on King Island: It takes a while to get to Cape Wickham, even for an Australian. Having said that, course arc... Have played the Creek Club often and have admired the little changes they have made to... PGA has 3 courses on property at the Village. After famously being leapfrogged by Kingston Heath for top spot in the 2010 rankings, Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s West Course has retained the undisputed No.1 ranking of 2012. The green is tucked into two small dunes but come up short and there is a deep dry wash everywhere but the right side. I played Cape Wickham in an unusual 4 club easterly wind - I learnt that you never move cows on KI during an easterly since they are completely disorientated, and I felt the same. Cape Wickham will overload your imagination like nowhere else, as it’s a guessing game as to how the ball will react once it lands. This was my main issue with the course. The Takeaway: One of the finest golf courses in the world and the most scenic track in the Southern Hemisphere, Cape Wickham is a brilliant collision of rugged coastline, windswept dunes, and unrestricted architectural design. At that point the job was not his but when he did indeed get the job he kept me informed with progress pictures as the project came to fruition. I played most of it twice, having to skip the final five holes on the second round due to time. 63 Tokyo Golf Club (a 1939 layout back on the ranking after a two-year absence). Cape Wickham Road, King Island, TASMANIA, 7256 When a new course comes onto the scene and debuts just in front of North Berwick and just behind Morfontaine in the top 100 golf course rankings, it had better be something special. I didn’t venture in to test that theory. Was this review helpful? Many an architect could have produced a lesser experience but the collaboration of DeVries,Olivera and owner Andrews has produced one of the finest courses on the planet in my opinion as spectacular a golf course I have ever played. 4. Hole 2: Keep left here form the tee, the center bunker is a directional one, keep left of it. 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