King Island’s Cape Wickham nears completion
Early July should see the completion of Australia’s newest – and most appealing golf courses, Cape Wickham on King Island in the middle of Bass Strait.
While the Roaring Forties and plenty of rain slowed some of the course construction last winter, things look to be back on target with most of the serious vegetation clearing and shaping now complete.
Cape Wickham’s stunning seaside 17th hole (Credit: Cape Wickham)
According to golf course consultant Darius Oliver nine fulltime construction workers have been on site every day, building and maintaining what has become an eagerly-awaited project.
“The whole course will be finished by mid-July at the latest, and then it will just be growing in,” said Oliver.
“It looks so magnificent at the moment, the fairways are beautiful, the greens are green, and everything looks like it’s ready to go.
“The issue is the holes were seeded in September and they’ve taken this long to get perfect.
“So we won’t finish until everything is right, but sometime mid next year it’ll certainly be playing.”
That could see Cape Wickham become something like Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm in nearby Tasmania – courses that every Aussie golfer feels they must go and play at some stage.
According to Oliver about 18 months was spent getting the proper approvals and dealing with the Parks and Wildlife Department in Tasmania as well as the King Island Council.
“We had a plan to start with to see if we could get a golf course on the Crown land, the head land,” he said.
“When it turned out we could we changed it a bit.
“Then we decided we would go through this routing process and now we’ve got what we think’s the best routing possibly on this property.
“Even then, there have been other changes to it as there are always with projects like this, because you uncover things as you move the ground around and you move the vegetation, you find something a little bit different and something better.”
Oliver said that the 17th green was probably the most noteworthy change because the green was originally going to be higher up but now it’s down close to the water. “It’s very spectacular down near the water,” he said.