It stands as one of the great testaments to the collaboration of Peter Thomson, Michael Wolveridge and Ross Perrett.
The TWP design at Hope Island brought a sense of Old World links to the bright lights and eternal sunshine of the Gold Coast and for the past 26 years has retained its original routing. But that is about to change.
Thomson and Wolveridge, along with colleague Ross Perrett, added Hope Island to the Queensland golf scene.
The Gallery at Links Hope Island – a new, 46-lot residential precinct that opened last November – has necessitated some changes to the layout that promise to invigorate what is a perennial favourite of golfers who make a regular Gold Coast pilgrimage.
The passing of Thomson in June 2018 makes Hope Island’s connection to its past ever more treasured and is why Wolveridge was lured out of retirement to once again work with Perrett and Warren Duncan.
In essence, the new residential lots will see the lake that has housed the driving range play back towards the clubhouse as a par 3 of 140 metres to a peninsular green to become the new ninth hole, with the old ninth in time converted to a driving range of some 280 metres. With the owner’s desire to maintain two nines each with a par of 36 for a total par of 72, the 191-metre par-3 third will be lengthened into a 320-metre par 4. Wolveridge is insistent both holes will retain all the hallmarks of the original design.
“That’s not difficult as long as you use the same architect,” Wolveridge tells Australian Golf Digest. Construction is expected to commence by late May, with the spare par 3 at the back of the 12th hole ensuring the course retains 18 holes throughout. “It’s a bit like a painting, really. Even if you’re nearly on your deathbed you should be able to alter a nice painting and keep it with the same hand and feeling.”
“It’s a bit like a painting, really. Even if you’re nearly on your deathbed you should be able to alter a nice painting and keep it with the same hand and feeling.” – Mike Wolveridge
With an exciting announcement in the offing regarding a new tournament at Links Hope Island possibly as early as next January, the conversion of the par-4 ninth into a par 3 over water will deliver a spectacular finish to the front nine. It will play as short as 80 metres from the forward tees, but it is the change at the third hole that most excites Wolveridge.