We’ll start with the rookie that arrived with the most hype. Ocean Dunes was one of the most anticipated new courses this country has seen for some time. Located 4 kilometres outside King Island’s central town of Currie, Ocean Dunes is the passion project of Bernie McMahon, Graeme Grant, Richard Lees and Andrew Mitchell.

There were some hurdles before its September 1opening, but this golf course has delivereda surplus on what was promised when the idea of a golf course carved out of rugged sand dunes, rock formations and natural vegetation along this majestic, 2-kilometre stretch of coastline was first proposed.

Almost every hole at Ocean Dunes is absolutely unforgettable. An awe-inspiring journey along the rocky shores will have you teeing off over mountainous dunes and breaking waves, as well as hitting approach shots to greens perched on the water’s edge. Not only is every hole a thrill, but also a reminder of the hard work and attention to detail that went into the construction of Ocean Dunes.

The 10th tee box – for which land had to be leased in order to have the most dramatic ocean carry possible – is just one example. “And the course is going to get better and better as the turf matures. With a full spring and summer under its belt, Ocean Dunes will go from strength to strength,” says general manager Nelson Da Silva. “If you were to play Ocean Dunes tomorrow and come back in six months, it’ll be even better. The club itself will also improve – we aim to have accommodation on-site and a permanent clubhouse up and running within the next 18 months.

We’re really excited about it all.