The golf course at Hope Island is part of a residential resort that also features water and racquet sports as recreational attractions. The 18-hole layout was designed by one of Australia’s golfing greats, Peter Thomson, and it has matured nicely since it was first constructed in 1993.
Hope Island is Thomson’s tribute to old-fashioned golf and, although located a good distance from the Gold Coast, it embodies all that is good in the links game, with fast running fairways, ridges, swales, pot bunkers and wonderful green contouring that would not look out of place on a course by the Scottish or Irish seaside.
It is certainly man made, but the mounding and shaping that was carried out when creating this “faux links” was done sympathetically, blending in with the natural landform of a relatively flat piece of estate.
All four of the par five holes are very strong. In particular, the 550-yard 2nd hole is a stiff test so early in the round, swinging left round a lake with a huge fig tree on the bend, at the water’s edge, threatening the tee shot. The 565-yard 18th hole is a great way to end the round with water again bounding the fairway to the left and a number of fairway bunkers presenting problems.
The signature hole is the 210-yard, par three, 17th where a 150-yard carry over water will intimidate the more faint-hearted on the tee, especially if playing into the wind. The green is further protected by three bunkers to the front and some will consider playing to the bail out area short right – shy of another three bunkers back right – where a chip and a putt may result in the desired par score.
Hope Island was designed by Peter Thomson & Mike Wolveridge, and opened for play in 1993.
In their prime Thomson & Wolveridge (who were later joined by Ross Perrett), were one of the most successful golf architecture firms in the world.
They designed over 250 courses world wide including:
- Hamilton Island (Australia)
- Royal Canberra (Australia)
- Wairakei International (New Zealand)
- Clearwater Bay (Hong Kong)
- Ayodhya Links (Thailand)
Peter Thomson & Mike Wolveridge drew heavily on their experiences playing on the professional tour in the U.K. when designing courses.
They created links like courses in the most unlikely terrain throughout Australia, Asia, and around the world.
The low lying wetlands at Hope Island was no exception, and required metres of top soil to be brought in to raise the level of the course.
I think they did a remarkable job.
The routing is strong.
It gives the golfer a variety of holes and outlooks throughout the round and maintains the interest throughout.
I am not a big fan of T & W courses in general, but Hope Island is growing on me..
It's a good course!
Notable holes include:
- hole 5 (Pulpit), a short par 3 to a raised green, with water in play right
- hole 9 (Gallery), a short par 3 over water to a raised green amply protected by bunkers. The tee shot needs to carry the water all the way to the green
- hole 13 (Wetlands), a strong right to left dogleg par 4 with bunkers and water galore. It is a challenging hole!
- hole 14 (Reach), a long par 3 to a very narrow green. Nearly good tee shots will be deflected by the aprons of the raised green
- hole 16 (Temptation), a short par 3 with a small and demanding green complex
- hole 17 (Hope Island), one of the longest par 3's anywhere at 224 metres from the black tees. The raised green is well bunkered and demands a long and accurate tee shot over water to get home.
- hole 18 (Home), a memorable closing par 5 which arcs around the canal left. With bunkers and mounds everywhere it is a strong and photogenic finish
Hope Island is one of the premier courses on The Gold Coast.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
While living on the Gold Coast some time ago I was able to play Hope Island on few times and really enjoyed it. Great set up and bunkers galore, make you think what you hit off the tees, and the best hole for me is the 17th 200 mt par 3. Yes its long for normal players and there is water all the way to the green if you go for it, with a bail out area on the right , it was a great hole.
Condition of the course when i play was good, greens fast and true, well worth playing
Penultimate round on Christmas / NYRS holidays; Links Hope Island. Delicious. Links style course, reminiscent of traditional links combined with the luxury of resort facilitates. immaculately groomed Bermuda grass greens, wintergreen couch fairways and some 120+ pot bunkers, plenty of grassy mounds and water about the place.