An unforgettable day at Hamilton Island Golf Club

When you follow the Golficiency Instagram account you will know how I adored being in Australia playing some golf course beauties end of last year. When you from time to time keep reading my blog you might have seen the article on Hamilton Island Golf Club and that this is currently my absolute personal number 1 course in the world (of the few that I have played so far).

It’s already 4 months ago now that I was blessed with some hours in the morning, getting shipped over from Hamilton Island to Dent Island (the course has its own island) and enjoyed 18 holes of pure golf porn. It was pretty empty at 7:00 in the morning, I had time to take many pictures and even managed to shoot some short film footage. The result is the following video, expressing the sheer beauty of this land.

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This must be paradise: Hamilton Island Golf Club in Queensland, Australia

I was fortunate enough to travel the east coast of Australia recently. Together with my girlfriend we packed all the good and exciting stuff into a trip along the coast from Gold Coast to Port Douglas. One definite highlight was the beautiful village of Noosa (Heads) as part of the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane and another one was the glamorous and sophisticated island resort of Hamilton Island.

Hamilton is one of 74 Whitsunday Islands right by the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, but only one of eight which are inhabited. It is really the rich man’s dreams coming true as you find here multiple luxurious hotel and apartment properties (a rated 6-star establishment amongst them), beach side villas overlooking the turquoise coral sea, beach clubs, a posh marina, yacht club, expensive restaurants and lots of recreations and possibilities to spend the day (and money).

Golfing for sure is one of these possibilities, and as you are a golf nut as well, it is one of the best! On Hamilton Island you generally use golf carts instead of real cars to get around the isle, but for a round of golf you first need a different vehicle: a vessel! That’s because the golf course actually is not even located on Hamilton Island – it has its own – Dent Island, a beautiful and only 10 minutes ferry ride from Hamilton Marina.

But let me start from the beginning: I managed to get a 7:30 tee time and therefore a ferry boarding time of 7:00. Walking towards the golf jetty in the Hamilton Marina, I was greeted by the first golf club staff: “Mr Rose? We have a 7:30 tee time down for you. Welcome onboard! Please take a seat”. 10 minutes later we touched ground on Dent Island and I was picked up by someone who chauffeured me to the club house which is not far but on top of a steep cart path. In the portal of the modern building someone else provided me with a moisty, cold towel as a first refreshment. Another person came up to me and said something like “Good morning Mr Rose. How are you this morning? This is your cart, these are your clubs for today, we have complimentary water for you in this box, complimentary tees are here and this is how the GPS system works…” All in all a perfect service and such a great hospitality! Really fantastic! Without having seen one single golf hole, I immediately loved the place, seriously!

The Hamilton Island Golf Club is probably the only course in the world which is located on its own island. There’s nothing else on this island other than pure golf porn. The club house is rather small and far from opulent but it’s very modern and suits for the golfers’ needs perfectly.

I skipped the driving range, which by the way is a huge lake in which you shoot your balls. Instead I made my way to the putting green and used one of the provided driving nets, just to loosen the muscles a bit and to get used to the swing rhythm again.

Then it was about time to hit the course itself – the place I was so excited about for such a long time! And to cut a long story short: I was not at all disappointed in the end. This piece of land is simply golf heaven. The layout (designed by 5-times Open Champion Peter Thomson) is remarkable and so unique in its setting, I never had the feeling that I ever played a particular similar hole in my life before. Together with the views across the Whitsunday Islands under the blue skies; this course really blew me away. Fortunately the young couple behind me was pretty slow so I had enough time to take some nice pictures. Without them you wouldn’t understand my enthusiasm I reckon.

After the first six or nine holes I was pretty sure this course is somewhere in my Top 3 of the best courses I played so far, but after the complete round there was just one suitable prize to win in my personal ranking – best course ever played!

I shot one birdie and five pars, which is not too shabby after all but I as well lost quite a few balls to the deep rough. Losing balls equals penalty strokes which never look good on a score card, hence I’m not über-excited about my round stroke-wise, but I will never forget this round as the course is a real stunner and earns its place amongst the world’s best golf courses in my opinion.

Please have a look at the pictures I took during my round (click for bigger size)

Now let me emphasise on some of the holes which really stand out.

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Looking forward to Australia: Hamilton Island Golf Club

In not even a month I’ll have a nice long break from work, which I can’t wait for to be honest. Early November, my girlfriend and I will make our way south-eastwards big time. After some days in Singapore we’ll head down south to the fifth continent, lovely Australia. For 3 weeks we’ll make our way along the subtropical east-coast from Gold Coast in the south to Port Douglas in the north, followed by another 5 days in beautiful Sydney.

The east coast of Australia is a magnificent place to be and November should be the perfect time to travel. Australia with its long British history is very fond of playing golf, hence you find a perfect golf course infrastructure there – from public courses to high class private member country clubs.

Alone the city of Gold Coast, our first stop just outside of Brisbane, offers more than 40 golf courses! But Australia is big and we’re on a tight schedule. The first round is planned in the Whitsundays – in one word: a paradise. Staying some days on Hamilton Island for sailing, snorkeling and relaxing, I’ll play the Hamilton Island Golf Club, which is actually not on Hamilton Island but on Dent Island, a 10min boat ride off Hamilton. Hamilton itself is an exclusive resort with world class 5-star accommodation. The golf course is put on its own island – I guess that’s pretty unique.

The Whitsundays are located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and the golf course on Dent Island offers spectacular views accross the Coral Sea. It’s probably the most magnificent course in Australia.

I was told it’s not an easy course and built for the thinking golfer. Not having played for a while, being a bit rusty, I guess I leave the big stick in the bag and play short but save. In any way, I can’t wait for it. If you are interested, check out the website of the island and the golf club: