Club History

Links Hope Island is true to golfing tradition with the "Spirit of the Links" while embracing the changing times of modern golf.

A history of Links Hope Island

Since opening in March 1993, the golf course at Hope Island has consistently ranked in Australia’s top ten resort courses. Host to the 1997 Johnnie Walker Classic and Qantas Legends Golf Classic, the course is both nationally and internationally renowned. Designed by five times British Open Champion, Peter Thomson, and partner, Mike Wolveridge, it is rated by Australian golfing legend, Peter Senior, as “one of the best championship links courses you’ll play”. An iconic course it forms the centrepiece of the Hope Island Resort located on the north shore of the Gold Coast, just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 40 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.  

The Golf Course was constructed by Greenmaw Pty Ltd ACN 005 118 276 under the direction of architects Thomson, Wolveridge and Associates over the three years spanning 1991 to 1993. The Golf Course was an expensive construction project due to the need to raise the Golf Course between 2 and 6 metres above the existing ground level. Construction materials were sourced from the Hope Island Resort site and the lake beside the 18th fairway, together with 1 metre of sand overlaying the whole Golf Course which was sourced from the Coomera River for fine shaping. Thomson, Wolveridge and Associates estimated that the Golf Course replacement costs (excluding land and the Clubhouse Facilities) as at 30 May 2008, would be between $22 million and $25 million.

The layout is set in a 360 ha residential resort community and the par 71 course measures approximately 6,300 metres off the championship tees after the recent rearrangement of hole 9 and Links driving range. Careful strategic thinking must be employed around the natural and man made hazards and 115 challenging pot style bunkers. Other facilities including a concierge bag drop, new Club Car carts and Tempo Walk hands-free caddies to further enhance your golfing experience.

While an intangible asset in one sense, a primary point of difference with the Links Hope Island is the atmosphere of friendship and sportsmanship that prevails. Relatively young as a club by some standards, its comparative youth has encouraged a progressive attitude resulting in the absence of outmoded attitudes and a warm camaraderie between members, guests and staff.

Spirit of the Links

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