Par 4, Length 344m
The first hole is a medium length par 4 set at the foot of the highest peak on Dent Island. The stunning backdrop sets the scene for a journey that will be an unforgettable round of golf.
The tee shot should be played short and left of the right-hand side fairway bunkers located 210m from the back tee.
For the longer hitters, a carry of 230m over the left edge of the left-hand bunker should be the chosen line, as anything right will catch a steep swale off to the right rough.
The approach shot is played to a large elevated green which slopes from back to front with two deep bunkers which should be avoided on the right.
Par 4, Length 332m
The first of many spectacular views are to be gained from the tees on this medium length downhill par 4.
The elevated tee shot is played to a generous landing area from where only a short to medium iron is required to the green. The slightly elevated green sits in a saddle, making any shot played long over the back a certain lost ball.
A relatively easy hole, a par here should get the round off to a good start.
Par 4, Length 285m
The shortest par 4 on the course, straight away this hole looks relatively benign off the tee. However any shot going right will find thick rough, so a tee shot played short and left will give the best line into this green.
The green sits high above the fairway, making distance control a key factor in getting the shot close.
Apart from the two bunkers front right of the green, there is little danger around this green so shots played slightly long may be the best course of action.
Par 3, Length 161m
The first of the par 3?s, this monster plays across a valley to a large angled green. In windy conditions one of the most treacherous on the course.
The green itself sits on a ridge with spectacular views of Long Island and the mainland in the background. Don?t be short and left on this one, as the ball will be gone forever.
For a bail-out try hitting to the rocky outcrop to the right of the green and let the contours take the ball towards the putting surface. If you get your three here, be thankful and run to the next.
Par 5, Length 425m
After battling the previous, there is some respite here with a short par 5.
For the bigger hitters an eagle opportunity presents itself with the possibility of hitting a medium to long iron into this green.
Avoid the bunkers right of the fairway off the tee, and a decision to either lay up or have a go will be on.
If laying up is the decision, the best line into the green is gained by finishing short of the second set of bunkers which anchor the left side of the fairway.
A slightly longer lay up to the right will give a shorter shot in, but a more difficult line over the greenside bunker to the pin.
A definite birdie chance here
Par 5, Length 487m
Another par 5 back to back with the 5th, this one is a little more difficult.
The golfer can open their shoulders and have a whack on this one, as the bunkers are placed well down the fairway at 275m and will be out of reach for most.
The second shot requires a little more finesse, as the landing area narrows significantly at the second turn point. The second set of carry bunkers lay 70m from the centre of the green, so a shot just short of these will give a relatively easy shot in. A brash three wood for the second shot going right will almost certainly be lost, so a controlled rescue or long iron may be the better choice of shot here.
Set at the head of a large valley, this green sits slightly angled from front left to back right with a deep bunker protecting the right half of the green.
A five here is a good score
Par 3, Length 132m
The second of the par 3?s, this little gem is set amongst the trees and a little more sheltered, making it quite unique from rest of the holes on Dent Island.
Played from elevated tees across a valley to an elevated green, the right club off the tee is required here.
A deep bunker right protects the championship pin cut on the front right of this green, while a remnant boulder to the left of the green adds to the complexity and interest of the hole, and gives an indication of the site's origins.
Par 4, Length 300m
Hole 8 Par 4
332m 300m 252m
A relatively short par 4, the 8th offers the golfer another chance at birdie.
The tee shot is played to a wide open fairway narrowing significantly at the 275m mark from the back tee.
The best way to play the hole is hit a tee shot which gives the player a full wedge or nine iron into the green. The large green is slightly elevated from the approach shot and is quite deep making distance difficult to judge.
A small swale left and a steeper one to the right are the only real hazards around this green.
Par 4, Length 335m
The longest par 4 on the front nine, this tee shot requires accuracy and distance off the tee if the green is to be reached in two.
The best shot into the green is achieved from the ridge which lies some 260m from the back tee. From here only a short iron is required to the green, albeit over trees. A tee shot falling short of the ridge, will require a medium to long iron into the green across the lake and two greenside bunkers, making this a formidable shot.
Perhaps a more prudent second shot is to lay up down the fairway leaving a short iron to the corner of the dog leg. From here only a short pitch of 75m is required to find the putting surface.
A steep bank long and left of this green makes any shot hit long, almost impossible to find. Keep the ball dry, and find the middle of the green is the way to play this hole.
Par 4, Length 304m
A hole of deceptive length, the 10th will play much longer than it measures. Located 260m from the Hoop Pine tee and 220m from the Pandanus tee, the bunkers down the left side of the fairway on this hole shouldn?t be cause for concern.
Although short in length, this hole packs a punch with the second shot. Rising almost 20m from the landing area to the green, club selection here is critical as the elevated green demands an approach which is not left short. Balls falling short of the putting surface will almost always run some distance back and away from the green.
At least one club more will be required and may be as many as four if the wind is up. The large green slopes from back left to front right, with shallow swales at the back make for an easy bail out if hit long
Par 5, Length 513m
The first of the par 5?s on the back nine, this hole plays along the ridge heading due south.
A large bunker on the left of the fairway is located only 216m from the Hoop Pine tee and so shouldn?t be a concern for the bigger hitters?unless the wind is up.
Like the sixth hole, care needs to be taken when playing the second shot, as two fairway bunkers await any misguided or badly judged shot.
The first fairway bunker on the right lies 135m from the green while the second bunker in the middle of the fairway is located 50m from the centre of the green. Any shot finding these, will test even the most experienced golfer.
The green is angled from the front left to the back right with two large deep bunkers protecting the green on the right.
Par 4, Length 304m
The short uphill twelfth will be a sleeper among the holes on Dent.
Play for position is the key to this little hole as anything left will be blocked out by the trees and bunkers.
The second shot is played over a valley to an elevated green protected by a large deep bunker on the left. Club selection will be difficult into the prevailing wind from the south, as short irons thrown up into the wind inevitably fall short of the green.
One extra club for the approach is a prudent play on this hole.
Par 4, Length 359m
Playing longer than its length suggests, this tough par 4 only reveals itself upon reaching the southern summit of Dent Island.
The tee shot is played uphill to a generous landing area, with shots played slightly to the left of centre rewarded with easier lines into the green.
Possibly the most spectacular 360-degree view from of any of the holes, the second shot is played from the ?top of the world? downhill to a large two-tiered green with a large deep bunker front right of the green.
If the wind is up, and it usually is, a low runner into the front of the green may be the best choice of shot here.
Par 3, Length 143m
Courage and instinct will be what?s required on this signature hole. Take particular notice of the breeze, as it will be more influential on club selection than just the distance.
Played to an elevated target, with bunkers surrounding the green on three of the four sides, this shot needs to be perfect shot to find the putting surface. The bail out, if there is one, is to the left of the green where a relatively easy pitch and putt will follow. Anything short or right off the tee will need to be reloaded, as chances of playing from the trees will be nil. Take three and proudly go to the next.
Par 4, Length 347m
The real teeth of this course having begun at the twelfth, doesn?t let up here.
This long downhill par 4 playing into the prevailing wind will reward those who can hit a low ball. Although a generous landing area, the tee shot is played from an elevated tee and falls some 20m.A bunker located 230m on the right-hand side of the fairway will be the last salvation for any ball catching the wind and heading west.
Once the tee shot is negotiated, the second calls for a long accurate shot under the wind to a large green protected by two bunkers on the right. If a lay up is executed for the second, careful reading of the wind will be required for the shot into the green.
A wind shadow exists over the green, which may cause balls to fly further than expected. A four here any time is a great effort.
Par 3, Length 149m
Turning for home with Hamilton Island to the right and clubhouse in the distance, there is no respite from the tough holes here.
Despite the stunning scenery, this par 3 has been created out of nothing. With just a couple of majestic rock relics poking out of the surface to the right of the green, this hole has evolved as one of the most spectacular on the course.
The elevated tee shot plays over a steep escarpment to a plateau green with a small pot bunker on the front right. Wind will play a pivotal role in the choice of club here, with only shots ending up on the green or short remaining in play.
Par 4, Length 361m
The penultimate hole has some of the more confronting landform on the course. Played from an elevated tee to an uphill fairway, the shot calls for as much length as the golfer can muster.
The bunkers to the left of the fairway start at 260m and so shouldn?t worry the bigger hitters, but act as a perfect target for which to aim. From the top of the hill, the second shot is played down to the large green with only a short to medium iron.
However, shots falling short of the ridge will require a long iron or fairway wood to reach the green, which uniquely sits in a hollow dell allowing for balls to be run on to the putting surface.
Par 4, Length 397m
Home at last, the back nine on Dent ends with a punch. With the clubhouse in view, and Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Island behind, the tee shot here will fly forever.
With an elevation drop of some 40m from the Hoop Pine tee to the landing area below, there is a lot that can happen in that time. Read the wind and hope for a long straight hit, as the ball will fly and run considerably on this downhill monster.
The longest par 4 on the course, the two fairway bunkers at 230 and 250m are well within range and may be flown given the right wind conditions. From here a medium to long iron is required with care taken to avoid the bunkers short right and left of the large ceremonial green.
A short walk to the clubhouse for a drink and the inevitable post mortems will close out a thrilling day.
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