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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 231
Man, that was tough. Thankfully, things open up a little on the back nine as more views reminding you of the paradise you’re situated in reveal themselves. Elevation in this stretch of holes is used to fool you – as opposed to the narrowness and density of bush of those that preceded. And that shift in altitude is no more evident than at the 10th, a 342-metre straightforward hole that plays at least 40 metres longer to an elevated green. Just about every approach lands short here. Deceptively brilliant. At a course where so many holes could be considered signature, the par 3 14th must be among the finest in the world for sheer visual beauty. At 150m from the back tees, you’ll play to a green protected by bunkers on all four sides far below, with panoramic Whitsunday vistas there to disrupt your concentration. It’s just one of those holes that reminds us why we play this game. One of the most endearing features of the course’s layout – echoing the geographical region itself – is the feeling of seclusion on any given hole. Rarely during your round will you bump into other golfers, in part due to the bordered hole design and also because of the club’s generous tee time spacing (which ensures it is never overbooked). After all, nothing would spoil a round quicker in the heart of relaxation than being rushed to take your next shot. “I can only imagine how difficult it was to design this course when you consider it is on a small island with dramatic terrain. In saying that, the final result is a memorable one – matched only by the incredible Whitsundays views.” – James King “It is easy to forget how good some of the holes are when you are easily distracted by the views.” – Scott Nielsen “Hamilton Island boasts arguably the best set of par-3s in Queensland. Each one of them is spectacular.” – Joe Thomas TOP 100 RANKING JUDGES’ COMMENTS:
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