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Golf Australia Express : May 2014
The Cape figures in Maori mythology and its name immortalises the first visit by Captain Cook in 1770. Everything here is on a grand scale. So much so, having such an incredible canvas to build upon must have been a real challenge for Doak to nail it. He did just that. Cape Kidnappers is not a true links terrain: instead the land tilts towards the sea as a series of ridges jutting out toward the edge of the cliffs. The play here is seaside golf at its finest. The front nine starts off heading up into the working farm on the property, with the par-5 2nd playing up to the original farm buildings. By the 3rd hole you are heading back to sea, perched on top of the cliffs. A real sight to behold. Most of the back nine is played on cliff top fingerlings, until you head back inland up towards the clubhouse, designed to look like a barn from the 16th. Hole 12 is called “Infinity” because the back of the green appears to disappear into the ocean and requires real commitment to the shot — my mind played tricks on me on this approach. The visions inside my head of a ball flying the green and plummeting into the ocean 140 metres below were unnecessary. HOLE 12 IS CALLED “INFINITY” BECAUSE THE BACK OF THE GREEN APPEARS TO DISAPPEAR INTO THE OCEAN.