For the Robinson Crusoe Dad
Norfolk Island GC
Set in Norfolk Island’s historic Kingston area, play beside beaches and through the island’s distinctive pines in full view of crashing waves, historic graveyards and the infamous historic convict ruins of the historic penal settlement. Heck, everything’s historic here – even the clubhouse is a stunning Georgian home from the 1860s. Tell Dad to pack a camera.
where: Norfolk Island
phone: +672 323 603
signature hole: The second here is a highlight, requiring a gutsy carry over the Pacific Ocean to a sloping green.
did you know? John Howard loves to take his family here for a spot of golf, so keep your eyes peeled. Calling “fore” is entirely up to you.
One of Australia’s most revered resort courses, Hope Island is a par 74, but most would prefer it closer to 80 – particularly on a blustery afternoon when the northerlies make the par fours un-makeable in two and have you hitting woods for your third shot on the par fives. Peter Thompson-designed, Hope Island is for every Dad who ever wanted to test his mettle against the toughest links courses on the planet. Not for the fainthearted.
where: Gold Coast
phone: (07) 5530 9000
signature hole: The 410m par four 15th is nigh impossible on a windy day: you’ll be firing anything from a three wood to a nine iron at its tabletop green. Good luck getting that one to sit.
did you know? Hope Island has 128 pot bunkers – an average of over seven a hole!
Australia’s biggest island is definitely home to some of our best courses, as well as some of its most reasonable green fees. Australian Traveller flew to Hobart direct from Sydney one Sunday morning and was playing this exquisitely presented course by 10am without a soul in sight – absolutely perfect for the Dad who detests having to wait for anything. With its harbour views, Tasmania GC has the most holiday-snapped hole for hundreds of miles: the beautiful 526m par five third that sweeps around the cliff tops of Barilla Bluff.
where: Barilla Bay, Tas
phone: (03) 6248 5138
signature hole: The third, of course. Dad will drool into his plus-fours.
did you know? The long-hitting club champion usually cuts the corner on the third, but he once drove over the cliff and onto the beach. With 230m still to go and the ball sitting on the edge of a sandy footprint, he pounded a five wood back up the cliff to within 15m of the pin, then sunk the putt for an eagle three. True story.