Australian golf circles are buzzing with excitement around the planned opening of the new Cape Wickham Golf Course currently under construction on King Island. Due to open in March 2015, the course—which is located on the northern tip of the island—will feature rugged coastlines, breathtaking scenery and a true links-style feel that is characteristic of seaside courses. Inside Golf has visited the Cape Wickham site, and we can attest that the location and surroundings have the potential to make this course one of the most exciting layouts in the region—and maybe even the world.
Golfers looking to play Cape Wickham need look no further than Air Adventure Australia — a charter aviation company out of Melbourne. A family-owned business in operation since 1977, Air Adventure specialise in high-end air safaris to the Australian Outback, Cape York, the Kimberley, Lake Eyre and Kangaroo Island, as well as golf-specific adventures to Tasmania and King Island.
They have recently announced some new King Island/Tasmania trips centred around the new Cape Wickham course.
The one or two-day Cape Wickham Direct tour gives you the option of either a day trip with a full round of golf, or overnight with two rounds of golf plus accommodation. Prices are $595 per person (Day Trip) or $880 per person (Overnight) and include airfares, golf and pull cart and transfers to/from airport. (Overnight package also includes accommodation in the township of Currie, King Island.)
For golf tragics looking to add even more excitement to their trip, Air Adventure also have a three-day Barnbougle + Cape Wickham tour, which allows you to play three of Australia’s most remote, exciting and highest ranking courses all in one easy trip. Pricing starts at $1790 per person, twin share (add $160 for single accommodation) and includes your private charter flight, two nights’ accommodation at Barnbougle Lost Farm in a premium Ocean View Suite, 38 holes of golf at Barnbougle/Lost Farm, 18 holes at Cape Wickham, pull cart and on-ground transfers.
Air Adventure takes care of all of the hassles, flying you to the doorstep of each course via their ultra-comfortable and modern Cessna Conquest II, a twin-prop jet featuring leather seating, climate control and other amenities that make the trip feel like you are getting the “Rock Star” treatment. Tours depart from Essendon Airport (which features free parking), and with the added benefit of no security queues, no-hassle check-in and a quick flight time of around 45 minutes, you could be teeing it up in less time than it takes to just check your bags via a commercial airline. During a recent trip with Air Adventure, it was less than two hours from takeoff to tee-off. Now THAT’S a rock star trip!