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Hayman Island Resort, Hamilton Island Golf Club and the Great Barrier Reef: An Australia vacation to the Whitsunday Islands done right

Golf travel to Queensland isn't complete without taking in the Great Barrier Reef and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands. There may be better pure golf destinations in Australia to the south, but they can't offer the secluded beauty of the islands and the ecological marvel of the reef. Brandon Tucker has more.

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Australia's Whitsunday Islands are now a golf destination with new Hamilton Island Golf Club

Finally, there's golf in the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. After 20 years of planning, the Oatley family, well known Australian wine moguls, teamed with former five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson to make this dream a reality on the otherwise-deserted Dent Island. Hamilton Island Golf Club opened in 2009, offering natural splendor, blind tee shots and hidden hazards amid an island-getaway setting that worth's a look, Brandon Tucker writes.
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Photo gallery: Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort in Australia's Whitsunday Islands

Hamilton Island Golf Club, located in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, has 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. It's worth the trip.
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  • Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort - hole 15 Australia's Whitsunday Islands are now a golf destination with new Hamilton Island Golf Club

    Finally, there's golf in the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. After 20 years of planning, the Oatley family, well known Australian wine moguls, teamed with former five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson to make this dream a reality on the otherwise-deserted Dent Island. Hamilton Island Golf Club opened in 2009, offering natural splendor, blind tee shots and hidden hazards amid an island-getaway setting that worth's a look, Brandon Tucker writes.
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  • Hamilton Island Golf Club Photo gallery: Hamilton Island Golf Club and Resort in Australia's Whitsunday Islands

    Hamilton Island Golf Club, located in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, has 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. It's worth the trip.
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  • Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Club - No. 18 Bask in the space and shade of Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Club in Queensland, Australia

    The Australian PGA Championship will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coolum Golf Club from Dec. 9-12, and Hyatt's Village will be jumping with many of the pros celebrating the end of the season. But guests at the Hyatt Regency Coolum have plenty of their own space, and Coolum's slower, less developed coast makes for a more down-tempo beach holiday, Brandon Tucker writes.
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  • The Pines golf course at Sanctuary Cove Destination Guide: Queensland, Australia

    Known as Australia's "Vacation State," Queensland is full of natural wonders and wildlife, making it an exotic holiday destination for both travelers abroad and native Australians. While the state is better known for the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands than it is for golf, Queensland is still full of courses along the coast for visitors to enjoy.
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