SA government green lights Kangaroo Island course

Golfers around the country may soon have a new addition to their ‘bucket list’, with the promise of rolling dunes, rugged cliffs and panoramic views to entice them.

And if that doesn’t do it, how about a state-of-the-art clubhouse, health club and luxury day spa?

Kangaroo Island A view from the proposed “The Cliffs” project on Kangaroo Island (Credit: Planet Golf)

Such is the plan for Kangaroo Island’s new project named ‘The Cliffs’, which will see construction of an 18 hole golf course on a 600-acre parcel of oceanfront land in Pelican Lagoon.

The South Australian Government announced recently, that development authorisation had been granted to Kangaroo Island Links Pty Ltd for a revision to a previously-approved golf development.

“We acquired the site for The Cliffs because we knew how much potential it had,” said director of the Kangaroo Island Links, Andrew Purchase.

“Course Designer Darius Oliver has started from scratch to design what we believe will be a world-class destination golf course with a uniquely-Australian character.”

“We’ve taken full advantage of the dramatic coastal views, which are available across the site, and have seven holes wrapping directly around the clifftops as well as ensuring fantastic views from the hotel site and across the course.”

The team handed the task of delivering this project comes highly decorated with a resume that includes Cape Wickham Links on King Island, a course that was recently ranked the 24th best golf course in the world, as well as Australia’s No. 1 public-access course.

“Like on King Island, the golf site at Pelican Lagoon has tremendous natural potential and is ready made for great golf,” says designer Darius Oliver.

“The vast majority of holes are just sitting there on the ground, and will require little more than clearing, grassing and some light shaping.”

“While the golf along the cliffs is stunning, I believe the inland holes to be at least as good, and arguably the most interesting on the course.”

“Being able to create such a fun layout on Kangaroo Island and along such a beautiful stretch of coastline is a real thrill.”