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Hamilton Island Golf Guide – Stay & Play in the Whitsundays

Photo credit: Gary Lisbon

Hamilton Island is the gateway to the stunning Whitsundays and a certified bucket list destination for golfers from around the globe. Experts and beginners alike make an excited beeline day after day to play this picturesque course situated on neighbouring Dent Island. Lauded for its clever design and the meticulously manicured course which deftly traverses over hilly terrain.

The Hamilton Island Golf Course boasts magnificent views of the surrounding inlets and vast azure waterways, consequently making the island vistas a drawcard in itself. A golfing holiday here makes total sense, with its deluxe accommodation options, scrumptious clubhouse lunches and a breathtaking championship course to play you really can’t go wrong.


Enjoying a round at Hamilton Island Golf Course is an unforgettable experience for many reasons. For starts, it’s the only championship course on its own island in Australia. The 18 hole, par 71 was designed by legendary Australian golfer Peter Thompson and sits pride of place on Dent Island (a short boat ride from Hamilton Island).

Varied course elevation, restricted landing areas and frequent sea breezes mean the course has a trickier approach from the back tees and is much more predictable from the forward marks. In saying that, this course was designed to challenge golfers of all abilities, from the novice player through  to the experienced.

Singling out a favourite hole was impossible for me – such is the allure of the entire course. NB: the majority of players I oh so casually surveyed (on the return ferry) rated the 13th – 18th  as being particularly impressive. 

  • The course layout works with the natural land form – with generally broad fairways taking the line of least resistance.
  • There are two distinctly different 9-hole circuits – both of which return to the central Clubhouse.
  • The 13th hole (par 4) has incredible 360-degree island views from the plateau fairway.
  • Note the dense vegetation that surrounds hole 2, it’s a great indication of what to expect if you stray off the fairways ahead.
  • Transfer to the golf course is by ferry or helicopter only.
  • Neat dress code expected, drinks cart on course, GPS electric carts and if you forgot to bring your equipment, their Pro Shop offers a large range of general and premium clubs for hire.


Hamilton Island has a flexible range of Queensland golf holiday packages for both large travel groups and also intimate escapes. Contact them direct for up to date rates and inclusions.

There’s plenty of accommodation options on Hamilton Island to suit individual traveling styles. The Reef View Hotel is a match for a close knit group getaway, while the upmarket Qualia Resort is the islands premium sleep / stay offering. Choose the Palm Bungalows set amid the lush gardens complete with secluded balcony and kitchenette for golf groups and/or young families. Or opt for one of Hamilton’s Islands decadent Private Residences to cater for exclusive bookings.

Hamilton Island Dining

The Hamilton Island Golf Club Clubhouse consistently serves up spectacular five star fare and to be frank, you’d be mad to miss dining here. Perched high on Dent Island where it catches the soft sea breezes, the clubhouse boasts incredible views of the surrounding Whitsunday islands and the sparkling Coral Sea. It’s really important to book well in advance (months if you can) to ensure you secure a spot here. We dined alfresco on a sumptuous lunch that could not be faulted. Taste, presentation and attentive staff made this gourmet meal one to remember forever.

All other dining options are located on Hamilton Island. Romano’s is the go to for a classic Italian feast while the Beach Club dishes up a sophisticated mix of contemporary Asian themed cuisine alongside traditional tropical favourites. The island has its own supermarket too, so if you’re wanting to stock up on fine cheeses, fresh fruits and a even BBQ chook to whip up your own grazing snacks (as I did late afternoon to capture the beautiful sunsets from my balcony) go right ahead.

Other casual eats include; Bob’s Bakery, fish & chips from Popeye’s (their homemade potato scallops are a must) and the lively atmosphere of the Marina Tavern.

Lunch at the Hamilton Island Golf Club

Whitsundays Activities

Since you won’t be golfing 24-7 while you’re here, we thought we’d share a few other Hamilton island activity ideas. I’ll go ahead and count swim-up cocktails at the pool bar as one of them, while fitness conscious friends are likely to go with a gentle hike on one of Hamilton Islands many walking trails.

A half day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef is an exhilarating way to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Cruise Whitsundays catamaran takes guests to a pontoon mooring (this is your snorkel and/or dive base) where you can easily submerge yourself in the balmy sea and get up close with a variety of marine life. Need more action? Then an offshore fishing charter and/or guided jet ski tour is bound to get the heart racing! Note: kayaks, stand-up paddleboards are available for complimentary guest use anytime – set your own place exploring the beaches and seclude inlets around Hamilton Island.

As far as I’m concerned, no golfing holiday is complete without indulging in a few soothing spa treatments post round. Spa Wumurdaylin is the place to go for a relaxing massage, a renewing facial or combination spa treatment. As with all Hamilton Island activities you’re best to book well in advance to ensure availability.

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