Frequently Asked Questions about the Cape Wickham Golf
What makes Cape Wickham special?
The Lighthouse, the coast, the scenery, the wildlife.
The scenery, views and atmosphere are special so bring your camera.
Cape Wickham Lighthouse established in 1861, is the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Constructed of local stone with walls 3.4 metres thick at the base, it is still a working lighthouse.
Cape Wickham Golf Links offers a rare and dramatic mix of coastal holes, with some leaning gently toward the ocean, others set atop a rocky headland. The 11th almost “in” the sea and the 18th built directly above the beautiful beach at Victoria Cove. Few courses interface with the ocean quite like Cape Wickham. Pebble Beach has a similarly irregular coastline but far less drama away from the water.
If it is wildlife you want then check for seals below the 2nd green. Sea birds are in profusion as are wallabies, wild turkey, quails and mutton birds.
Surfing Victoria CoveThe surf and fishing.
If you have had enough of golf, then what about fishing, diving or surf at one of the famous beaches including Cape Wickham’s Victoria Cove which might mean dodging stray golf balls from the 18th hole. King Island is a surfer’s paradise, with quiet, pristine beaches and some of the best breaking waves in Australia. Only 10km from Cape Wickham, Martha Livinia is the most famous surf beach on the island and has been ranked among the top 10 in the world.
King Island is an anglers dream either from the jetty or wharf, surf-fishing, or speciality charter boats, local salmon, kingfish, snapper, sweep, barracouta, squid are all in the waters along with, in season, the famous King Island crayfish.
In the Southern Hemisphere north facing is preferred, it means direct interface with the sun. Both the clubhouse and accommodation face north.
Group1aThe Course Layout.
The scenery at Cape Wickham is spectacular and architect Mike DeVries rightly insisted we balance the routing so as to include a great variety of holes and a great variety of landforms and views. We were also careful to prevent golfers suffering from sensory overload by including a number of wonderful inland holes. The routing is unique in that the 13th hole, not the 9th returns to the Clubhouse. There are also constant directional shifts, par threes and par fives playing to all points on the compass and visits away from the ocean that are deliberately organised to give the golfer’s senses a rest.
Great Golf Holes.
Last but not least is the golf course. The 1st and 18th holes have already been described by astute judges as possibly the best opening and closing holes in the world. Add to these the 9th hole which more than one golf course rater has described as one of the greatest par 5 in the world. Then we have OMG corner – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12. This stretch of four holes is as good and exciting as any four hole sequence you will ever play.
How do I get to King Island?
There is only one way – by air. There is a weekly shipping service from Melbourne but this is only for freight unfortunately.
Daily flights are available from Essendon, Moorabbin and Tullamarine airports. See the Travel & Accommodation Section in the main Menu for details.
Is King Island windy?
The golf course is only 120 kms from Lorne on Victoria’s Surf Coast. Accordingly weather conditions are not very different, if there is a gentle breeze at Lorne or on say the Mornington Peninsula then it is likely that there will be a gentle breeze at Cape Wickham. Equally if it is windy at Lorne or on the Mornington Peninsula it is likely to be windy at Wickham.
Is there accommodation on course at Cape Wickham?
Yes, from 1 December 2016 On-Course Accommodation will be available in 16 deluxe rooms. All rooms have superb views over Victoria Cove Beach, Cape Wickham Lighthouse or the Golf Course and are 34 square metres with a two-metre north-facing balcony. Rooms can accommodate up to two people in king single beds and have reverse cycle air conditioning, TV fridge, safe, WiFi and an ensuite.
What is the best way to get from the airport to Cape Wickham?
This really depends on the number of people in your group, how long you intend to stay and what else you intend to do on King Island. There is no public transport or taxi hire service available on King Island.
Cape Wickham operates a mini-bus shuttle from the Airport to the golf course. There are hire car and hire bus facilities available on the Island, see Travel & Accommodation section in the Menu for details.
Mobile / Cell Reception on King Island
Telstra is the only mobile service provider available on King Island.
Are there carts and caddies?
Yes, 20 electric carts are available to hire. No, we do not have caddies.
How far is Cape Wickham from a main town?
The closest and main town on King Island is Currie, located a 35 minute drive from Cape Wickham. Currie has accommodation ranging from rental houses, bed and breakfast, motel and hotel rooms. The township also has, two supermarkets, coffee shops, post office and a bank.
How far is Cape Wickham from the Airport?
The Airport is a 30 minute drive (approximately 32 kms) from Cape Wickham. You do not drive through Currie to get to Cape Wickham.
Can I climb the Cape Wickham lighthouse?
No, because it is a working lighthouse. It is over 50 metres tall or the equivalent of more than a 15 story building; there are eleven flights of stairs each with 20 steps – so you may not want to anyway.
Cape Wickham Links Cancellation Policy
A full refund will be given if cancelled before seven days of booking date, within 7 days a 50% fee will apply, within 48 hours a 100% fee will apply.
Dining at Cape Wickham
Our Clubhouse is open for business; lunches, morning and afternoon teas are currently available along with drinks and snacks. When our accommodation is in place, our chef will be providing breakfast and dinners also. If you wish to organise something special in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact us.