I went down to King Island last weekend and played two of the best courses I have played in my life.
Started at Ocean Dunes and was blown away (not just by the wind) by the course. The rugged beauty of the course, the condition of the course and the customer service was all top notch. We walked off the course knowing the raps on Cape Wickham and wondering how it could be that much better than what we just played. (the one thing I would say is that It is a very long walk between green and tee so a cart maybe an option).
The next day was Cape Wickham and I must say that it is the most spectacular course I have ever played. I would rate it more spectacular than Pebble Beach or any of the courses in Hawaii (I haven't played Cape Kidnappers to compare). We were constantly looking around at the scenery rather than where we were going. The course was immaculate, weather changed every 10 minutes from rain, wind to sun.
I haven't decided if Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham are great golf courses but they are certainly spectacular the way they have used the coast line and natural contours is fantastic. I am sure in the coming years with development of better clubhouses (basically sheds at moment - think St Andrews Beach) it will really take off with regards to golfing tourism.
I would also say the people there were sensational and accommodating, Vortex air who flew us over was great personalised service. To be honest I couldn't fault the trip at all.
Also a shout out to Boz, the Vision PTX-blue balls performed fantastic in the wind, less ballooning into the wind and certainly less side spin than other balls people were using.