King Island Council have approved the proposed development of a world class 18 hole “links” golf course at Cape Wickham, tapping into the lucrative golf tourism market.
Situated immediately south of the historic Cape Wickham Lighthouse, and overlooking the Southern Ocean and its rugged coastline; this will be the first such golf course on King Island, and one of only eight links style courses in Australia.
Key elements of the project include ocean views from most of the fairways, and an exclusive 8 unit Eco-lodge with nearby helipad.
The development is aimed primarily at interstate and international golf enthusiasts wanting to stay at a world class golf course that combines the unique beauty of King Island with its reputation for premium produce, beef and cheese.
The owners commissioned Thomson Perrett Pty Ltd to design the course and manage the project from concept to completion. Thomson Perrett has been involved with golf courses throughout Australia and overseas. Notable examples being the National Golf Club on Mornington Peninsula (Victoria), Moonah Links, also on the Mornington Peninsula and Hamilton Island Golf Club.
The project will boost employment on King Island, with some 15-20 employees required during the construction phase for the various buildings and a further 15-20 required on the golf course establishment. The facility will employ 10 permanent staff upon completion.
The flexible operating scenario proposed is a semi private Members Club with a structured availability to the public, including local golfers, on a ‘pay and play’ basis. The existing King Island Golf & Bowling Club will not only benefit from the ‘spin off’ from visiting golfers also wanting to play their course, but the new Cape Wickham Course will also bring maintenance expertise and equipment to King Island that will be made available to the Club by the developer to assist with the management, maintenance and marketing of the course and bowling greens.
The flow on to the local economy is significant, with major increases forecast in tourism and the service industries.