Inside Golf Travel : Inside Golf Travel April 2016
6 INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL | April 2016 Ocean Dunes The island is King Long famed for its cheese, free-range beef and laid- back atmosphere, King Island in Bass Strait is also quickly becoming known on a global scale for its amazing, world-class golf. With two brand-new courses gracing its shores, golfers from far and wide are buzzing with excitement about this once sleepy island. In most golfing circles these days, King Island is spoken about with much excitement. Home to two of Australia’s newest (and arguably most exciting) golf courses, the tiny island is on the verge of a major boom in golf tourism, as the courses, services, accommodation and food are all becoming renowned across the globe. THE GOLF With 15 of its 18 holes now open, Ocean Dunes, on the west coast of the island, has everything that the ardent golfer could want. From spectacular ocean views to challenging world-class golf, Ocean Dunes is destined for golf course greatness. Covering 285 acres incorporating rolling dunes and unsurpassed views along 2km of majestic coastline, the course features subtle, rolling greens set in picture- perfect, natural locations. Multiple tee blocks are available for players of all standards to choose from –whether you opt for the “heroic” effort from the back tees, or the more “friendly” forward tees, there is something for everyone. In addition to the front nine, which were opened in October last year, the February opening of the stunning par-three tenth, which plays across 3 Rivers Bay, as well as the 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes gives golfers an 18-hole prelude to the opening of the entire course (golfers can play a three-hole loop of the 10th, 17th & 18th for a second time from different tees). The remaining holes are due to open later this year. Ocean Dunes director and course architect Graeme Grant has compared King Island’s new courses to the famous layouts on California’s Monterey Peninsula. “It’s realistic to think that we have the Australian equivalent of Cypress Point and Pebble Beach here on King Island with such spectacular links land and a rugged coast line just perfect for golf,” Grant said. The consensus from visitors to Ocean Dunes has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Grant.
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