Hamilton Island Golf Club
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Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island is the most developed of the Whitsunday Islands with a capacity to host about 5,000 residents or vacationers. Courtesy of Hamilton Island
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort
Hamilton Island is an ideal base to visit the Great Barrier Reef. Courtesy of Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - ferry
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - ferry
To get to the new Hamilton Island Golf Club, it's a short ferry ride to Dent Island, home of the golf club and nothing else. Courtesy of Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 1
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 1
The first hole at Hamilton Island Golf Club is a relatively gentle par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - Peter Thomson
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - Peter Thomson
Hamilton Island Golf Club opened in 2009 and was designed by Australia's Peter Thomson. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 4
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 4
The par-3 fourth hole is a 175-yard shot to a green nestled along a hillside at Hamilton Island Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 7
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 7
Hamilton Island Golf Club's seventh hole is a short par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 14
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 14
The 14th hole at Hamilton Island is a daunting tee shot playing over a ravine. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 16
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 16
One of the more dramatic greens at Hamilton Island Golf Club, the 16th green sits above the water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - clubhouse
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - clubhouse
Hamilton Island Golf Club's clubhouse overlooks the sea and Hamilton Island. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - villas
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - villas
Hamilton Island recently opened up a yacht club, and the new villas, which have numerous bedrooms, are popular with golf groups. Courtesy of Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 15
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 15
The par-4 15th hole at Hamilton Island Golf Club plays straight out toward the sea. Courtesy of Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - yacht club
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Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - yacht club
Hamilton Island is a yachting mecca and home to Hamilton Island Race Week each August. Courtesy of Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort in Australia's Whitsunday Islands

One of the newest golf courses in Australia is Hamilton Island Golf Club, located in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands. Hamilton Island is the most populated of the handful of populated islands, with capacity for about 5,000 residents and vacationers. Only 30 percent of the island will ever be developed. So to build this golf course, the resort headed to next door Dent Island.

Hamilton Island G.C. opened in 2009 and was designed by five-time British Open champion and native Australian Peter Thomson. The course tip-toes along severe island bush and yields few flat lies, but it does have spectacular views at practically every turn. The back nine is especially jaw-dropping, including a closing stretch of holes that play along the sea.

To reach the golf club, you must take an "Island Links" ferry from the Hamilton Island ports across to Dent Island. On the island is a water driving range and clubhouse, pro shop and dining room with limited locker room facilities.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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