Course planned for Australian island

Any day now, an Australian development group led by Bernie McMahon and Graeme Grant plans to break ground on yet another destination-worthy coastal links in Tasmania, this one on the windswept western coast of King Island. The partners believe their land rivals that of Barnbougle Dunes, and their golf course, they promise, will find its way onto lists of the world’s best.

“It is like Scottish and Irish links land, with a bit of Pebble Beach thrown in,” Grant said in a recent interview with Turfmate. “It’s unique, and if we are successful, I think a lot of other people will follow us down there.”

The followers will need a map and multiple airline tickets. King Island lies midway between the main island of Tasmania and the southern coast of Victoria, and you can’t get there via ferry. So here’s the key question: Does King Island, a place even more remote than the main island of Tasmania, have what it takes to become a viable golf destination?

Some information in the preceding post first appeared in the April 2013 issue of the World Edition of the Golf Course Report.

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