Ocean Dunes - hole 14 views
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Ocean Dunes - hole 14 views
Don't let the view distract you on the 126-meter 14th hole at Ocean Dunes. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - clubhouse
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Ocean Dunes - clubhouse
The Ocean Dunes clubhouse is temporary but serves its purpose for a small clientele. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 1
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Ocean Dunes - hole 1
The par-5 first hole of Ocean Dunes bends right to reveal the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 2
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Ocean Dunes - hole 2
The 276-meter second hole at Ocean Dunes is a dynamite, short par 4 along the coast. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - 2nd green
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Ocean Dunes - 2nd green
The second green at Ocean Dunes is a narrow target on a short par 4. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 3
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Ocean Dunes - hole 3
Ocean views, like those at the third green, are why golfers fall in love with Ocean Dunes. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 4
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Ocean Dunes - hole 4
The 131-meter fourth hole at Ocean Dunes is one of golf's great seaside par 3s. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 5
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Ocean Dunes - hole 5
The par-5 fifth hole at Ocean Dunes heads uphill and inland. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 6 views
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Ocean Dunes - hole 6 views
The par-4 sixth hole at Ocean Dunes heads toward the ocean again. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 8
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Ocean Dunes - hole 8
The 178-meter eighth hole at Ocean Dunes is the only par 3 without spectacular ocean views. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 10
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Ocean Dunes - hole 10
The views on the par-3 10th hole at Ocean Dunes rival any in the world of golf. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - double green at holes 12 and 15
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Ocean Dunes - double green at holes 12 and 15
A double green connects the par-5 12th and par-4 15th at Ocean Dunes. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 13
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Ocean Dunes - hole 13
The 271-meter 13th hole at Ocean Dunes is short, but a dramatically elevated green makes it tough to make birdie. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 14
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Ocean Dunes - hole 14
The par-3 14th hole at Ocean Dunes often plays into the wind. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 17
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Ocean Dunes - hole 17
A giant bunker protects the 17th hole at Ocean Dunes. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - hole 18
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Ocean Dunes - hole 18
It's a long climb up to the 18th green at Ocean Dunes. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Ocean Dunes - 18th green
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Ocean Dunes - 18th green
Take one last look at the 18th green at Ocean Dunes before you head back to the clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
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Tour the spectacular Ocean Dunes Golf Course on Tasmania's King Island

Ocean Dunes plays the Robin to Cape Wickham's Batman, but it's got oceanfront superpowers, too, as one of Australia's best golf courses.

KING ISLAND, Tasmania - Second place isn't so bad after all.

While it's tough living in the shadow of the spectacular Cape Wickham, Ocean Dunes has earned the love and admiration of every golfer who visits King Island, a tiny outpost in the Bass Strait halfway between Tasmania and Australia.

Ocean Dunes, designed by Graeme Grant, opened in 2016, a year after Cape Wickham. The two oceanfront courses can thank one another for their special, symbiotic relationship. One likely couldn't survive without the other. Cape Wickham's reputation, world ranking and ability to host golfers overnight supplies Ocean Dunes with golfers, but having a second world-class course on the island as good as Ocean Dunes is equally important for Cape Wickham.

Considered among the top 10 courses in all of Australia, Ocean Dunes is arguably just as compelling as its more famous neighbor. The 6,435-meter course (7,037 yards) might boast the most dramatic four-hole start in golf. Once golfers turn right on the par-5 first hole, they're greeted with ocean views for an extended run. After two par 4s that ride the coastline, the gorgeous par-3 fourth will take your breath away. The 131-meter tee shot flies over a coastal chasm of jagged black rocks and pounding surf.

In fact, only two holes on the entire routing don't deliver striking ocean views. The two par 3s on the back nine - the uphill 10th and downhill 14th - are as beautiful as any par 3s anywhere.

Ocean Dunes is just five minutes from the island's tiny airport and within minutes of Currie, the island's capital. It's a 45-minute drive to Cape Wickham. Green fees are 185-250 Australian dollars for international golfers, plus 55 more for a cart.

A temporary clubhouse does offer limited food service, but a press release on the course's website from February 2022 indicates that the club's new Melbourne-based owners plan to develop a permanent clubhouse and accommodations. Should that come to fruition, the stature of Ocean Dunes could rise even higher.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,100 courses and written about golf destinations in 25 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Tour the spectacular Ocean Dunes Golf Course on Tasmania's King Island