The Hamilton Island resort was developed by Keith Williams in the 1980s but it went into receivership in 1992 and was then managed by a number of companies until Bob Oatley, one of Australia’s richest businessmen, acquired the property in 2003.
Since then, millions of dollars have been spent on upgrading and expanding the facilities, including the construction of an 18-hole championship golf course.
The course is not actually located on Hamilton Island; instead it’s laid out on nearby Dent Island and is accessed by ferry from the marina but, as golfers cross the short sound between the two islands, there’s very little to suggest that they’ll find 18 holes set on top of the cliffs on Dent.
All the heavy machinery involved in construction was brought across by barge in order to literally carve the fairways out of the rugged landscape and the front nine holes were routed around the centre of the island with the more dramatic back nine holes positioned along the ridges to the south.
The four par threes are the real standouts here, with two them deserving further comment. The exposed green of the 4th hole is set against the backdrop of Long Island in the distance and a rocky outcrop to the right of the target frames it. The 165-yard 14th plays to a raised green with bunkers cut into three sides of the putting surface, leaving a tiny bail out to the left for the feint hearted.
Dent Island is a fantastic setting for a golf course and the thrilling changes in fairway elevation offer some sensational 360-degree views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands.
One simple word describes Hamilton Island Golf Club - LOCATION! The course is actually located across the way from Hamilton Island itself, on Dent Island and requires a private boat from H. I to Dent. This is a pretty cool experience no matter how old you are or how many times you've played here. This championship course was designed by Australian legend Peter Thompson.
You can play off whichever tee you want and just really marvel at the views you get from playing here.
I've heard a lot of negative chat regarding the actual course but golf wasn't meant to be played out of the rough which is very high rough and hey look I hit balls in there, everyone does, just take a few extra with you. Worth every dollar to play here, and have a beer on course and enjoy the scenery because it's world class!
Just finished my round and unfortunately the course does not match the quality of the surroundings. I'll start with the positives of the par 3s being varied and excellent, real fun to play. And the closing stretch from about 14 is certainly the highlight. there are many negatives however, the course is 100% unwalkable, which on this land is understandable but mandatory cart golf is not a wonderful start. the conditioning is moderate at best though its main downfall is that it is far too penal. 30 yard fairways at times flanked by death either side, hole after hole. I did well to only lose 3 balls and the staff were amazed by that small number. I imagine the average ball debt must be at least 6.
overall it's like kauri cliffs had fallen on hard times.widen the playing corridors and improve the conditioning with a few tweaks to design and it could be improved. should I return to Hamilton island I wouldn't rush back and that I suppose is the true mark.