Drive Into Jaw-Dropping Tasmanian Golf Courses

Take “driver” and pitch your skills against Tasmania’s top golf courses!

Tasmania is renowned for its unspoiled wilderness, spectacular scenery and fresh produce. Now its best-kept secret has been revealed. More than two hundred respected golf journalists have declared it to be the “Global Undiscovered Golf Destination 2016” at the prestigious International Association of Golf Tour Operators awards. With more than eighty courses that offer a combination of history, stunning vistas and serious challenges, there is no better place to enjoy a golfing holiday.

A Slice of History

Share a moment with the Scottish forefathers of this great game on the Ratho Golf Links at Bothwell which is the oldest golf club in the southern hemisphere. Watch out for unusual hazards such as vegetables gardens and sheep grazing along the fairways. Make sure to visit the nearby Australasian Golf Museum for an insight into the making of early golf balls and the evolution of golf clubs.

Ratho Golf Course

Ratho Golf Links
Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Greg Willson

Built in the 1820sQuamby Estate near Launceston is the former ancestral home of Tasmania’s first premier. Quamby Estate Golf Course boasts the longest par five in Tasmania along with spectacular mountain views, pretty water features and fairways lined with magnificent old English trees and garden beds. Finish your nine holes at the lovely Georgian clubhouse which was the original estate manager’s office.

 

Pitch for the Best

The north-east coast of Tasmania boasts a duo of golf courses which are listed in the world’s top fifty. Barbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm at Bridport pay homage to the great links courses found in Ireland and Scotland. Literally carved into the marram grass dunes with some breathtaking holes that run along Bass Strait, these courses offer interesting challenges in windy weather. Both amateurs and pros will be suitably awed.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Course Tasmania

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Course

Lost Farm

Lost Farm Golf Course, Bridport

A new duo is touted to give the links at Barbougle a run for their money. Set on spectacular King Island, Cape Wickham Golf Course and Ocean Dunes King Island are set to be destination golf courses. Built around striking dunes and rocky coastline in the north, Cape Wickham provides breathtaking views of Australia’s tallest lighthouse. The range of options available to get your ball to each hole demands some careful decision-making. Ocean Dunes is nothing short of thrilling with holes winding their way around massive dunes with incredible ocean views as an added distraction. Visit now and be one of the first to boast about these brilliant finds.

Cape Wickham Golf Course

Cape Wickham Golf course
Image Credit: Andrew Wilson

Ocean Dunes Golf course

Ocean Dunes Golf Course
Image Credit: Graeme Grant & Craig Grant

In the Rough

If you are looking for a serious challenge, Tasmania serves up some truly infamous holes. The par-5 3rd at the Tasmania Golf Club in Cambridge near Hobart Airport is arguably the most feared. Set high on a cliff overlooking the Barilla Bluff, it offers great water views and even greater challenges for players.

The Royal Hobart Golf Club at Seven Mile Beach is regularly touted as one of Australia’s toughest courses. Precision and control are needed to avoid the meticulously placed bunkers and trees throughout, but the par-4 1st is particularly hazardous. Prevailing winds add an extra thrill to this impressive course.

The Great Southern Ocean provides the awe-inspiring backdrop for the Tasman Golf Club in Port Arthur. Beware the par-3 8th which requires you to successfully drive your ball over a two hundred metre ocean drop from a cliff top.

Friendly Driving

Wherever you go in Tasmania, there will be a golf club that welcomes visitors with open arms. Ask the friendly staff at your accommodation for recommendations and hit the fairways with a vengeance. The combination of fresh air, brilliant scenery and exercise will make this a holiday to remember.

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