Spectacle Island Links (Tour)

Designer: Antonio Scarpacci

Tournaments Hosted

Year Event Tour Winner
2016 Perth International European Ian Sweeney

Other Courses by Antonio Scarpacci

Course Name Theme Par
TPC Scarpacci West Desert 72
Scarpacci Vineyard Black Countryside 72
TPC Scarpacci West Desert 72
Scarpacci Vineyard Blue Countryside 72
The Scarpacci Narrows Autumn 72
Scarpacci's Pipeit View Countryside 72
Scarpacci National Golf Club Autumn 72
Scarpacci Vineyard (White) Countryside 73
Scarpacci Island Tropical 72
Olde Scarpacci Highlands 71
Scarpacci Strand Delta 72
Scarpacci Acres Harvest 72
Thompson Island Golf Club Highlands 72
Scarpacci Bluff (Tour) Highlands 71
Scarpacci Hollow (Tour) Rustic 72
Scarpacci Hills Restoration Boreal 72
Scarpacci Vineyard Restoration Countryside 72
New Monte Cervino Swiss 72
Bicho de Sete Cabeças Delta 71
Paragon Park Golf Club Rustic 72
Monte Cervino Alpine 72
Scarpacci Wowie Delta 71
The Berkshires Harvest 72
MacDougall Links Highlands 72
Weymouth Landing Countryside 73
Valle de los Reyes (Garcia) TST Delta 72
Faxon Park Countryside 72
Castlebay Links on Barra (TE) Highlands 71
The Club at Greenleaf Rustic 71
Smugglers Notch Golf Club Harvest 72
Hellenic Republic Golf Links Delta 71

Member Reviews:

With the stark contrast of lush green fairways and brown rough Spectacle Islands certainly has a unique look to it, a look that certainly grew on me as I neared the end of my round even if the course does look a bit bare on occasions. (The clubhouse behind the 18th green looks great though).

In terms of hole design there are no major flaws, and the undulating fairways and firm settings do work well to create a links like feel, but there isn't quite the variety or chance to play any real risk/reward shots that might have elevated this course to a level where I'd class it as one of my favourites.

Reviewed by: Dean Lowdon on 2/1/2016
I love the idea of this course, with the wide fairways, large greens, and well-placed hazards and mounds to present a variety of results and ways to play each hole. I played the (THU) Tour version of the course, so I assume the regular version plays a little slower and softer. If that is the case, I anticipate that it will be a truly enjoyable round for a lot of players.

When analyzing the Tour version, though, this one just becomes a bit too unwieldy in high wind conditions, and much too predictable. A tailwind is death here, because the front of most greens, including the fairway leading into the green, is sloped from front to back. It's impossible to land the ball short enough to keep a ball on the green, and the front to back slope kicks every ball so hard to the back of the green. With my foursome of ghost balls, there were at least a dozen holes where all 4 approach shots found the rough behind the green.

Most pins were modestly placed at the back of the green, but that was not enough to help. What resulted were short and makeable chips or flops on almost every hole, completely sucking the variety out of the course.

Again, all of the conditions are here to make this one of the very best courses in the game, and perhaps with some practice I could master the approach shots here (or at last get more favorable winds), but the automatic kick to the back of the green is currently holding the Tour version back. The regular version, though, should be on everyone's to-play list, no question.
Reviewed by: Craig LeVasseur on 3/14/2016