A Leisurely Dash Around Dent

Magnificent Hamilton Island Golf Club

Magnificent Hamilton Island Golf Club (Photo: Jenni Shah)

I took the golf course tour today.  It is a free activity that can be booked directly through the golf club or the tour desk and usually runs daily.  The ferry left at 10am from the marina and 10 minutes later the skipper skilfully pulled up to the wharf on Dent Island. The Hamilton Island Golf Club sits on Dent Island, a short hop across the water from Hamilton Island.

MV Hamilton Island Golf Links

MV Hamilton Island Golf Links (photo Jenni Shah)

Dent Island is accessed by a 10 minute ferry ride from the Hamilton Island marina.  The ferry itself reminds me of a geodesic dome, full of triangles and hexagons.  It is a boat well suited to its purpose; even when Dent Passage gets rough (as it did this morning) it is still a quick and pleasant trip across the water.

The team greeted us at the wharf and drove us up to the club house.  Wow – with views like that I’d love it to be MY house!  Our group was made up of couples and two families.  Our guide Brody wound up with the kids is his six-seater off-road buggy and the adults took their own two seaters.

Dent Island Buggy Procession

Dent Island Buggy Procession (Photo Jenni Shah)

Beautiful Views from Dent Island

Beautiful Views from Dent Island (Photo: Jenni Shah)

The tour lasted for an hour (?) and takes in the back nine holes on the southern end of the Island.  The views from these greens must rank with the best in the world.  In fact, the Australian Golf Course Guide ranked it the “3rd Most Beautiful in Australia” on it’s debut in the awards this year. Yet again the weather was glorious, and when we stopped at the 14thfor photos we were treated to a panoramic view of the Whitsunday Islands.

 Having driven back along the paths to the club house we stopped for a cool drink.  The pro shop is located here along with the bar and restaurant.  On the ferry back to Hamilton Island I chatted with a golfer who had just finished his 18.  He seemed pleased with his round, and enjoyed the course.  He and his wife were staying at The Beach Club, and he was pleased that his golf holiday was happily coinciding with his wife’s spa holiday.  Their plans for tomorrow include a Great Barrier Reef tour, so I guess that ticks another box in their Hamilton Island holiday to-do list.
NOTE: Guided tours of Dent Island are not always run. You may need to check on arrival to see if any tours are running during your stay. You can however still visit the Hamilton Island Golf Club year-round to play golf or dine for lunch in the clubhouse