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significant. Firstly there’s the ability to travel
with your own clubs, then there’s avoiding
queues and the prospect of missing flights
or paying for parking at the airport of origin.
It’s a fast, efficient and enjoyable way to
hop between Tasmania’s leading courses.
Two-day packages to and from Melbourne’s
Moorabbin Airport vary between $1,050 for
10 passengers and $1,480 for four. And if time
doesn’t allow you to cover all three points
of the Triangle in one trip, this winter Rex
Airlines has been offering fares to King Island
from Melbourne for $89, one way. Even once
September begins, the fare is a more than
reasonable $299 return.
13 STAY OUT OF VICTORIA COVE AT
CAPE WICKHAM’S 18TH (UNLESS IT’S
FOR A POST-ROUND DIP)
Up at Cape Wickham, on the northern tip of
King Island, there are some genuinely classic
golf holes on land to match. One of its great
attributes is how the holes away from the
postcard-material coastline are among the
best, architecturally. But the finishing hole
is a true gem. Set along a flattish, crescent-
shaped shelf of land below the clubhouse,
the 18th doglegs right around an inlet in the
coast known as Victoria Cove. The lapping
waves and sandy strip are difficult to ignore
standing on the tee – and astute eyes will
spot the two sets of stairs to help golfers get
down to the beach below. That’s right, the
beach is in play. A ball that blows offline
and winds up on the sand does not require
a re-tee and adventurous players can climb
down and hit back up without penalty.
14 DECIPHER THE SECOND GREEN
AT OCEAN DUNES
This might be one of the coolest shots
in Australian golf. For dramatic flair, the
280-metre par 4 runs alongside the coastline,
but the real showstopper is the green
complex. Potentially hidden from view for
even a 50-metre pitch shot, the split-level
putting surface is high on the left side and
low on the right and is a sliver of a target set
between opposing dunes short and long.
Only a cavalier tee shot down the right side
will yield a decent view for the second shot;
anything in the centre or left of the fairway
requires the imagination to be set to full-
bore then a nifty pitch that carries the first
dune and falls short of the one behind. The
contours will help gather balls onto the
surface, providing they don’t find the shaggy
dune grass or bunkers beyond. Full marks
to Ocean Dunes’ designer Graeme Grant
for conceiving a green unlike anything else
you’re ever likely to see.
HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Getting to and across the various pockets of Tasmania can sound like a logistical and
expensive nightmare for mainland residents. But it needn’t be.
If he could debunk one myth about travelling to the Apple Isle, that would be the
one for Mike Sidgreaves, the managing director of Exclusive Sports Tours.
“ When it comes to private golf holidays, with Tassie being one of the most popular
domestic destinations, the thing that we need to educate people on is that using
golf tour operators like us doesn’t actually have to cost any more as we only charge
the same rates as available online and elsewhere, generating our revenue from
commissions from airlines, hotels, golf clubs, etc,” Sidgreaves says. “Our very regular
feedback from people (90-plus percent) is that they didn’t know this and thought it
would be cheaper to book it themselves.
“In addition to it costing no more for us to do all the work for them, we obviously
have significant experience and knowledge of most golf destinations, from the best
places to stay and play, to the best places to eat and drink, etc. If people haven’t
travelled to a destination themselves regularly, they are unlikely to have the personal
knowledge to make the most out of a trip.”
Exclusive Sports Tours offers six different package options, two each of differing
durations to the Barnbougle courses only, King Island only and a combination of the
two. Pairing both destinations, for instance, can be done for $538 per person, twin
share and without transport, or $1,329 per person, twin share with flights from and
back to Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport and between the two golf locations (two
nights, three games of golf).
Phone (02) 9555 5195 or visit www.exclusivesports.com.au for more details.
No.13: Yes, you may play from down there!
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