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 & water galore. It is a challenging hole! (see pic mid page)
- 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 4 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.
Travelling Golfers should ensure it is included in all golfing itineraries to the area.
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