King Island

King Island is located in the Bass Straight and about half way between the southern-most section of mainland Australia and Tasmania. Its rugged beauty and untamed coastline make it an excellent location for Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes golf courses.

Sea-side locations bring out the best in golf architecture. However, finding a world-class golf course combined with rugged coastline beauty often entails membership in a super-luxury private club, a year-long waiting list to play, or a jaw-dropping per-round price. Perhaps this is why golfing on King Island is so unique.

Accessible to the public and playing alongside the crash of the ocean, there are few places in the world in which a golfer may "have it all" with a feeling as if the course was built for them alone. Yet this is exactly how one can feel when playing Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham, currently ranked #24 in the world by golf Digest.

Those who will include these course in a golf itinerary will do so as a more adventurous player- willing to travel the planet in search of the most iconic golfing locations. Because the island is in the "Roaring Forties" one may expect westerly winds to play a large part in club selection. King Island is physically removed from both mainland Australia and Tasmania, and with only 2000 permanent residents, it feels secluded and like a step back in time.

In an upcoming series of blog posts we will continue to document and update how to best experience the top-ranked courses on King Island: Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes. As clients combine Australia with New Zealand within their golf vacation, our goal is to support them with the most-efficient itineraries and a focus to include the best golf in the South Pacific.

Customer reviews

It was a trip of a lifetime with truly unique beauty not found anywhere else. A New Zealand trip requires a specialist who knows the lay of the land the unique challenges of traveling and sight-seeing there.

The country looks a lot smaller than it really is, and travel times are longer than one can assume.

The route chosen by Cristina helped us maximize our time there. I’m usually a do it yourself traveler, but for this trip I’m sure glad I had Cristina at Best of New Zealand.

—Dawn P., Highland Ranch, CO

The Henley was incredible. What a find. Incredible grounds, the staff was waiting for us when we pulled up, great rooms, lovely breakfast. We could have stayed another day or two. Definitely the perfect place for us to recharge after the flight and a busy day... Everyone has been enjoying the trip.

—S Kucirek, CA