Discover Golf : September 2015
19 discovergolf.com.au Australian mainland. For those coming to the island looking for a suitable challenge, the Thomson/Perrett design team has prepared three tee positions on each hole. Anyone, from the seasoned golf professional to the one-game-a-year resort guest, can tackle this beauty with a measured sense of fairness. It’s an element sure to attract you back time and again. The par 71 course measures 6120 metres from the championship tees. Although modest in length by modern day standards, the true challenge lies in course elevation, tight landing areas, and the ever-present sea breezes. Designed as a series of holes strung along the ridges and played across steep valleys, each hole is lined by indigenous trees and natural vegetation. Nearly every hole has views out to the Coral Sea—views that will completely captivate you. Selecting a favourite or signature hole at many courses is often an easy decision—there’s usually a standout. But at Hamilton Island, there’s as many as nine that could claim that fame with picture-postcard appeal. Each par three is a feature of the course, and many people rate the 14th as the pick of the bunch—it is brilliant. At 150 metres from the back tee, it isn’t long, but there is little room for error with the green surrounded by thick ball-grabbing bush. The views here are extraordinary and spending some time at the viewing platform adjacent to the tee is a must.