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The 393-acre, 18-hole course at Camp
Wickham Links in Tasmania epitomizes
bucket-list golf. The classic links course
is on an island 50 miles from the nearest
land and is accessible only by plane.
All 18 holes have ocean views, and the
course is entirely fescue grass, which made
it both inexpensive to build and affordable to maintain. Operators are shooting
for 10,000 rounds a year to break even.
It doesn’t seem that it will be a problem,
as 5,000 rounds were booked for the first
four months after opening.
“The setting is dramatic and pristine,
and I like how they located the teeing
and green complexes on the ridge lines
to maximize the impact of the ocean,”
Christenson said. “The grassing plan of
using all fescue should reduce mainte-
nance costs and lead to sustainability.”
While a plane ride and accommoda-
tions may cost a pretty penny, green fees
will not. Any day of the week, a game will
cost $150 AUD, which is about $106 USD.
Currently, 20 rooms are available, and
another 50 are planned.
Owner Duncan Andrews, who has built
three top- 20 Australian courses, thought
his development days were behind him.
That is, until he was persuaded to visit
the remote site. Once he saw the location,
everything fell into place. He hired two
architects: Mike DeVries, an American,
and Darius Oliver, an Australian.
The facility also features surfing, diving,
fishing, boating, coastal walks and a historical shipwreck trail. Overlooking the
course is a 150-year-old stone lighthouse,
the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere.
“The site is breathtaking.
Congratulations on the collaboration
work between the two architects,” said
judge Agustín Pizá.
[BY THE NUMBERS]
Construction cost: $5 million (AUD)
Development acreage: 393
Greens fees: $150 (AUD)
CAPE WICKHAM LINKS
King Island, Tasmania, Australia
Developer: Duncan Andrews
Architects: Mike DeVries and Daris Oliver,
Contractor: Programmed Turnpoint LTD
“The existing features were utilized in varied
strategic ways as the holes twist and turn
across this beautiful landscape.” — Mike Nuzzo
“Love the look of this place,
and I believe they have
captured the owner’s vision.”
— David Christenson