Discover Golf : September 2015
21 discovergolf.com.au For whatever you have encountered on the front nine, it is but an entree to what greets you on the way back in. The stretch from holes 13 to 18 is particularly impressive. Like a punchline is to a joke, these holes present the course’s knockout blow and wow-factor. I can’t recall a stretch of holes on another course like it—each hole could rightfully be regarded as the signature hole. My pick must be the 387-metre par four 15th. As you play the preceding hole and witness the full scope of what lies ahead, you’ll see why it’s rated the hardest hole on the course. No doubt intimidation plays a large hand on this hole in defeating the nervous golfer—I, too, succumbed to its pressure. The hole sits on a narrow peninsula heading off to the southern most point of the golf course. Most players will stand on the tee frozen with the fear of sending a ball off on a kamikaze mission. It’s a great hole. The 18th is yet another brilliant hole. From an elevated tee you really have the opportunity to launch your drive and get one back on the course. Although the longest par four at 421 metres, it plays relatively short due the fall in altitude from tee to green. A birdie is certainly on the cards here, and what a way to finish an incredible day’s golf. From the arrival by ferry (or helicopter) to the course’s natural bushland appeal, and to the unparalleled panoramic scenes of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island Golf Club is truly unique, offering an awe- inspiring golfing experience. The course is golf heaven, and must be a new inclusion on all avid golfers wishlist of dream courses to play.