Kangaroo Island

Course construction begins for $20m KI destination golf course

The first soil is being turned on the $20m destination golf course today, signifying the official start of course construction on The Cliffs KI.

Pictured (L-R): Course Designer Darius Oliver, CEO of Pelligra Group Paul Pelligra, Minister Zoe Bettison, Managing Director of The Cliffs Kangaroo Island Sam Atkins, and The Cliffs Kangaroo Island Ambassador Wade Ormsby.

Kangaroo Island is bouncing back to the international drawcard it was prior to the pandemic, with a $20 million landmark project underway. The Pennington Cliffs Property Trust in partnership with the Pelligra Group will deliver a world-class destination golf course.

The first soil which will be turned on the $20 million destination golf course today signifies the official start of course construction on The Cliffs Kangaroo Island, which aims to be one of the world’s ‘bucket-list’ golf destinations, drawing 40,000 tourists to the island each year and generating an estimated additional $30 million in annual visitor expenditure.

“The official soil turning ceremony signifies the start of something unbelievably unique and special for both Kangaroo Island and South Australia. The Cliffs Kangaroo Island will put South Australia on the map as a golfing destination and add to the already amazing experience of visiting Kangaroo Island,” says CEO of The Cliffs Kangaroo Island, Sam Atkins.

“Seeing our passionate team join the Minister and guests today to mark the official start of construction fills me with pride and excitement for what’s to come for this exciting project.”

The Cliffs Kangaroo Island ambassador, Wade Ormsby and world-renowned course designer Darius Oliver who is leading the design of the course will join Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison at today’s ceremony.

“It is wonderful to be in Kangaroo Island today, celebrating a milestone which will play a key role in recovering international visitation and growing the region’s visitor economy from its current value of $161 million to its 2025 target of $199 million,” says Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison.

“With breathtaking views from the 500-million-year-old cliffs overlooking the Southern Ocean, and an all-Australian dream team in charge, The Cliffs Kangaroo Island is predicted to be South Australia’s next world class tourism attraction.

“Regional tourism plays a vital role in our economy and has been the powerhouse through the pandemic and a critical pillar for our visitor economy making up 55 per cent of South Australia’s total visitor expenditure – up from 44 per cent at the end of 2019.”

Today’s announcement follows the investment group’s confirmation earlier this year that it had taken over ownership of five key tourist destinations on the island, including the popular Penneshaw Pub and bottle-shop, the Seafront Hotel and The Kiosk, the Seafront Holiday and Caravan Park in Penneshaw as well as The Terraces in American River.

The first tee off at The Cliffs Kangaroo Island is expected to be in late 2024.

To learn more about The Cliffs, visit thecliffs.com.au.

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