Hamilton Island is in Queensland, down under. A friend (Clarke B) stayed and played in January 2019 and sent me a couple of pictures: looks spectacular. It’s on the “to do” list. The pictures feature shots of the Whitsundays Islands (74 of them) near the great barrier reef.
The club’s website is: https://www.hamiltonislandgolfclub.com.au. This is why they say playing this course will be an amazing experience: What you’ll love about playing golf at the Hamilton Island Golf Club:
Designed by legendary Australian golfer, Peter Thomson, the 18-hole, Par-71 golf course is strung along the ridges and steep valleys of Dent Island.
The course is suitable for all levels of golfer - from keen amateurs, through to experienced professionals.
With varied course elevation, restricted landing areas and ever-present breezes, the course is quite challenging from the back tees, and more predictable from the forward marks.
The course layout works with the natural landform - with generally broad fairways taking the line of least resistance.
There are two distinctly different 9-hole circuits - both of which return to the central Clubhouse, which offers spectacular views over Dent Passage and the Whitsundays. The outward holes have a more compact layout, and the inward are strung out along the ridges to the south.
The island’s natural, mountainous landscape provides stunning 360-degree views across secluded coves and beaches, adjacent passages and islands, and the mainland beyond.
The Hamilton Island Golf Club is strongly committed to preserving the pristine environment of the world’s largest protected marine area - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This includes participating in research events, investing in innovative building design, and ensuring that the course itself minimises soil disturbance and silt run-off. The gardens have been carefully designed using predominantly indigenous species, garden waste is recycled as much as possible, and the Clubhouse makes use of natural light and ceiling fans to maximise the sun and cooling effects of the island’s breezes.
Looking at the site and pictures, it’s hard to contest these views!