By Evin Priest
ROME wasn’t built in a day.
And it certainly wasn’t constructed in the middle of Bass Strait.
Yet those involved in the creation of Ocean Dunes don’t need to be told that. Not after they’ve moved heaven, earth and 285 acres of King Island’s west coast to achieve their golfing dream.
But after four years of hard labour, there is a rather substantial reward:
“An incredible course with some of the most magnificent views in the world of golf,” says general manager Nelson Da Silva.
Formerly a greenkeeper at US Open venue Pinehurst No.2 and general manager of Launceston’s nine-hole Quamby Estate, Da Silva needed only a few minutes during his job interview to realise the potential of this 18-hole oceanside layout.
“On my first visit to King Island I took one look at Ocean Dunes and I thought, I have to be involved; it’s just too special,” Da Silva recalls.“People are comparing us to Pebble Beach (California). But we have more holes alongside the ocean than Pebble Beach. It’s not every day you get to work at a course that can say that.”