LENGTH: 447m | PAR: 5
LENGTH: 422m | PAR: 5
LENGTH: 327m | PAR: 5
The par fives at Cape Wickham run in all directions and are completely different – uphill, downhill, bending right, bending left, safe miss right and safe miss left. The first long hole is the 6th, which affords beautiful views from the tee across the 12th green and down King Island’s ‘Pebble Beach-esque’ rocky coastline. Christmas Island and New Year Island are visible in the distance. Picturesque is an understatement. Please note the 6th fairway bends to the right while the par five 13th, which shares the landing area off the tee, bends to the left. The 6th hole is really dominated by a large sand dune along the right hand side, which forces many golfers to lay up safely on their second shot and leave a steep pitch for their third. The approach here may seem a tricky one, with bunkers at the front of the green and long grass at the back, but the green is a generous target and features some fascinating contours, levels and ridges.
Pro’s Tip: If you are a good golfer, this par 5 can certainly be hit in 2 with a couple of good shots. However, there is a lot of trouble surrounding the green and unless a single figure golfer, I would advise laying up into the huge fairway area around 100 metres from the pin. Even if you are a single figure golfer, with the wind blowing, it may not be worth attempting to go at this green in two as there are dangers left, right, long and short of the green.