If Cape Wickham alone was not enough to bring golfers to King Island, another brilliant 18-hole layout 30 minutes away should do the trick. Ocean Dunes scheduled to open in March 2016, is the design of Graeme Grant, the former superintendent of Victoria’s Kingston Heath who is known for his hands on designs and for the love for the architecture of the legendary Alister MacKenzie. Although arguably not quite as spectacular a property as Cape Wickham, Ocean Dunes in some key respects, shows a more thoughtful approach to the hole-by-hole design. Laid out over 115.4 hectares, the golf course masterly incorporates rolling dunes with its portion of the majestic coastline. Heroic golf abides at Ocean Dunes, with a number of risk/reward tee-shots and two of the par threes playing across the surging ocean, one of them to a Redan green ……………………………………. The subtle rolling bentgrass greens should play firm and fast, while the fescue tees and fairways should add nicely to the pristine conditions.
Golf Course Architecture October 2015 by James Hanson, the biographer of Robert Trent Jones
Ocean Dunes is by far the most complete golf course I have played. Spectacular, challenging and above all, outrageous fun. We were lucky to have perfect weather, which enhanced the experience further. Congrats to all involved!
Adam Pearson – 9th Feb. ‘17
Haven’t played as much as I would like to have around the World, yet. The courses on King Island are second to none, both here and abroad. We’ve played most of the top 20 here with the exception of Kingston Heath and they (KI) are by far my favourites.
I never thought I would get to play courses with more visual impact than at Barnbougle and I was blown away to say the least. In time, as the courses mature they’re only going to go from strength to strength. I suspect that OD may even give RM West a run for its money as the best course in Aus.
Ezy Naidoo 3rd November 2016
Show me a better course anywhere in the world and I’ll show you a liar. Ocean Dunes, you are perfect.
Nic Hawkins – 10th Feb. ‘17
Most scenic, enjoyable course I’ve ever played on, incredible variety, expect it to be ranked #1 in Australia very soon!
David Treacher – 23rd march ‘17
This course is already amazing, I can’t wait to come back and play the finished product. Graeme Grant, you are building a masterpiece! The par 3 4th has to be seen to be believed.
Steve Herrmann – 15th March ‘17
What an amazing piece of golfing real estate. A course that tests you in every way. A must for anyone who even thinks they enjoy golf. Heaven.
Robert Loft – 12th Feb. ‘17
A spectacular course with an amazing layout and superb greens. What an experience
Brian Peak – 7th Feb. ‘17
One of the most challenging golf courses I’ve ever played on. It is sensational! Every hole has its own particular challenge. It is visually stunning and can’t wait to come back and play it again … very differently from the first time!
Lyndsey Smith – 3rd Dec. ‘16
Very challenging and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Stewart Dracup – 25th Feb. ‘17
I loved this beautiful golf course. Breakfast and the hospitality was fantastic.
Linda Van – 7th Nov. ‘16
Awesome!!!! Can’t speak too highly of my golf experience there. But beware, no gps signal yet, good luck !!!
Neale Gillin – 19th April ‘17
Could play this course over & over & over again – awesome
Chris & Todd Bein – 10th Feb. ‘17
Magnificent layout #1
Ian Stewart – 11th Feb. ‘17
Nick Edwards – 12th Feb. ‘17
The best I’ve ever played
Paschal Flynn – 5th Feb. ‘17
Loved the experience
Ian Martin – 9th Feb. ‘17
Unbelievable golf course
Warren Frome – 2nd Feb. ‘17
The (lack) of quality of my golfing ability is in no way a reflection on this stunningly magnificent golf course.
Phil Loft – 13th Feb. ‘17
Very picturesque Golf course. Amazing playing metres away from the ocean. Very challenging but fair layout. Great mix of shorter and longer par 4s, unreal par 3s and interesting par 5s winding through the dunes. I have not played in Scotland yet but I imagine this King Island and Tassie courses are hard to beat. The course is still very new so it’s not perfect yet, specially the greens. Very patchy and slow. But give it another winter and I am sure they play much better.
Another bonus is that it is very close to the airport (about 5min drive), Cape Wickham is about 40 minutes.
Marcellos Young – 16th Jan. ‘17
I believe favourable comparisons of the features of course design overall could be made with Prestwick, in my opinion, albeit that this is far more picturesque. Just as with that course, you need some serious thought to be put into tee shots which are often blind and the wind plays as big a part as the actual hole layouts in a lot of areas. Unlike Scotland, you don’t get a caddy to tell you the best path through – hopefully in time some landmarks can give a better idea of the lay of the land – I’m sure a better yardage guide is on the way – the tips do a lot, but it should explain the blind tee shots in commentary better.
When you talk about golf holes, there are few better starts in golf than the first 4 holes and then the back 9 as well. In sheer scenery this course rates up with Pebble Beach and the other great golf courses of the world for a reason, and people will flock here for that reason. A few things for thought – the first is that the weather on King Island can be highly fickle, and you can’t guarantee that you won’t get a day with 60km/hr winds and rain blowing sideways at you – sadly the magazine good looks won’t help you and it will be quite a slog to get around – but it’s all good Scottish/Tasmanian weather. But all up – this is a great test of golf and it’s hoped that it becomes a wonderful asset to this wonderful little island and it’s great community.
Craig Berry – 6th Dec. ‘17