King Island secures government golf grant

Even the Australian Government wants to see King Island become a tourist attraction that will catch the attention of golfers all around the world.

This little island slotted in Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania, received just the shot in the arm it needed last week with the news of a $300,000 grant from the federal government to boost its latest attraction, the Ocean Dunes Golf Course.

According to Federal Tourism Minister Richard Colbeck, the money would be provided under the Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund.

Ocean Dunes King Island’s Ocean Dunes (Credit: Ocean Dunes)

“Golfing tourism will be a key driver of tourism on King Island and the Ocean Dunes Golf Course is expected to attract thousands of golfers each year,” Senator Colbeck said.

Of course the island’s “other” major golfing attraction, Cape Wickham, has already opened to rave reviews.

And Ocean Dunes is set to follow suit with 16 of its proposed 18 holes already completed and the final two expected to completed within the next six months.

Ocean Dunes director Richard Lees said the support from the government was important in providing the infrastructure needed for the second stage of the development.

That will include a clubhouse as well as 21 units, to cater for the growing number of golfers coming to the island.

Lees pointed out that there had been plenty of promise shown and now it was becoming reality.

“People want to come and see it because the courses here are world class, and they can play world-class golf,” said Lees.

Both King Island’s new courses have already been drawing interest from players from around Australia and the world.

Indeed Cape Wickham has already come from the clouds, so to speak, and is already rated the No 3 courses in Australia behind only famous sandbelt courses Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath as the best layouts on this continent.

If the experts are on the mark, Ocean Dunes may soon be snapping at their heels.