Cape Wickham Receives International Publicity

Jun 5, 2015

Leading English golf course architecture magazine writes about Cape Wickham

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The new Cape Wickham Links course on King Island, which lies between Tasmania and the Australian mainland, has been unveiled to the public. 

Designed by architect Mike DeVries in partnership with Darius Oliver, the course boasts eight holes that lie adjacent to the ocean, plus two more with green sites pressed against the shoreline.

A series of preview groups have played the course, which is located at the northern tip of the island and surrounds the iconic Cape Wickham lighthouse.
“The meeting of land and sea was like nothing I had ever seen before,” DeVries toldGCA. “Most coastlines are fairly consistent in their form – sandy beach, cliff or rocky coast for example. But the golf course site at Cape Wickham has an idyllic sandy beach in Victoria Cove, rocky headland in Cape Farewell, and a meandering coastline that interacts with the water from so many different elevations and orientations of the compass that it is really unique. And once you leave the coast, you have huge dunes and ridges, lower profile undulating terrain, and protected valleys between the landforms.”

DeVries believes the most important aspect of a golf course is to have it flow naturally from one hole to the next, and says the transitions between the varied environments of the Cape Wickham site have been done seamlessly, without forcing one to overpower another. The course has an unusual routing that sees the first 13 holes set to the west and south of the clubhouse, with the finishing five holes to the north and east.

“The routing is constantly changing direction and experiencing the water and views in different ways,” he said. “By letting the land unfold and the golfer explore and experience its changes simply, we were able to give each feature and hole a sense of place within the context of the golf course. “The huge dunes that are east of the fifteenth hole and south of the clubhouse area gave spectacular views and a massive scale but posed issues with connectivity to lesser elevated portions of the property and golf course rhythm and flow,” he explained. “But what a cool problem to have! It was the most amazing piece of property I have ever seen for a golf course. The conditions can be quite variable and that will make multiple plays very different and golfers will find that the course will not play the same way, no matter how many rounds they play there.”arius Oliver, the course boasts eight holes that lie adjacent to the ocean, plus two more with green sites pressed against the shoreline.

The course is set to close over the Australian winter as final preparations are made, before opening officially in October 2015.

Article: Golf Course Architecture Magazine UK - April 2015 Issue source
Photos: Larry Lambrecht

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