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One of the more exotic opening holes in world golf, the 1st at Cape Wickham is a short par four that appears more difficult than it really is. Provided you don’t slice your opening tee shot into Bass Strait a simple par should await.

Cape Wickham - 1st Hole

Cape Wickham – 1st Hole

Hole 1 - Par Four

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Constructed along a lower ledge of the Cape Farewell headland, the 2nd is a mid-length par four with a wide fairway that heads toward the site’s western tip. A small central bunker forces golfers to choose their preferred line carefully. Watch for visiting seals on the rocks beside this green.

Cape Wickham - 2nd Hole

Cape Wickham – 2nd Hole

2nd hole - par 4

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The 3rd is a strong par 3 that heads straight toward a pair of distant offshore islands. Plays into the prevailing south-west winds, and longer than its yardage suggests.

Cape Wickham - 3rd Hole

Cape Wickham – 3rd Hole

3rd hole - rear view

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The first hole away from the coastline, the 4th is a long par 4 that turns back inland toward the imposing Cape Wickham lighthouse. Those who aim their drive at the lighthouse are rewarded with a simpler approach into a partly obscured green site.

Cape Wickham - 4th Hole

Cape Wickham – 4th Hole

4th Hole

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Drivable with the summer easterlies at your back, the short par four 5th is an unheralded but dangerous hole with a tight fairway and smallish green that leans away toward the rear.

Cape Wickham - 5th Hole

Cape Wickham – 5th Hole

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The short par five 6th plays around a sizeable dune ridge, toward an elevated dell green site. Pin position is crucial here in order to determine your best playing strategy.

Cape Wickham - 6th Hole

Cape Wickham – 6th Hole

6th Hole - Cape Wickham

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To prove Cape Wickham is not all ocean and crashing waves, the short par three 7th is played across a diagonal valley with the lighthouse looming large in the distance.

7th Hole - Cape Wickham

7th Hole – Cape Wickham

7th Hole - Cape Wickham

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Initially blind across sandy scrub, the 8th is a beautifully natural inland hole set down in a valley.

8th Hole - Cape Wickham

8th Hole – Cape Wickham

Hole 8 - Par 4

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A shortish par 5,  488 metres due west into the prevailing wind. The hole is down a valley and dunes, through convoluted land forms.

9th Hole - Cape Wickham

9th Hole – Cape Wickham

 

Hole 9 - Par 5

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A short par 4 of only  320 metres heading straight downhill toward the ocean.

10th Hole - Cape Wickham

10th Hole – Cape Wickham

10th green

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A genuine talking point, the 11th is a short-iron par 3 set right down onto the rocks.

11th Hole - Cape Wickham

11th Hole – Cape Wickham

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There are a number of short par fours at Cape Wickham, but none better than the drivable 12th. The rewards for those who attack the green site are enormous, but so too are the very obvious risks.

12th Hole - Cape Wickham

12th Hole – Cape Wickham

12th Hole - Cape Wickham

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A strong par five heading east through sand dunes and linking the western coastline with the northern (lighthouse) section of the course.

13th Hole - Cape Wickham

13th Hole – Cape Wickham

13th Hole - Cape Wickham

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A charming right-to-left bending par four, the 14th plays from an elevated tee toward a natural punchbowl green site.

14th Hole - Cape Wickham

14th Hole – Cape Wickham

Hole 14 - Par 4

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A long, downhill par five, the 15th is the closest hole to the Cape Wickham Lighthouse. The first part of the hole heads semi-blind across a bunkered crest while the final part is played along a broad split level fairway. Those able to hug the more dangerous left side with their second shots are rewarded with a far simpler approach.

15th Hole - Cape Wickham

15th Hole – Cape Wickham

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One of the last holes built at Cape Wickham, and perhaps the most dramatic, the 16th is a mid-length par four that runs right along the rocky coastline. The scenery from tee to green here is magnificent.

16th Hole - Cape Wickham

16th Hole – Cape Wickham

Hole 16 - Par 4

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Hole 16 - Par 4

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A glorious par 3 of 170 metres, the tee here is elevated several matres above the green.

17th Hole - Cape Wickham

17th Hole – Cape Wickham

Hole 17 - Par 3

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Destined to become an icon, for the simple reason that the beach is in play (and in bounds) for both the tee shot and the approach. Those able to hug the beach with their drive are rewarded with a shorter and simpler second shot.

18th Hole - Cape Wickham

18th Hole – Cape Wickham

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