Playing the Tasmanian Greens

Tasmania is fortunate to have plenty of good golf courses scattered around the state, but we are very lucky to also have some great courses that not everyone knows about.

For example, did you know that Tasmania has one of Australia’s oldest courses still in use located at Bothwell and is considered to be the oldest course still in use outside Scotland? The course was founded in 1822 by pioneering Scottish immigrants to Tasmania’s highlands on a property called ‘Ratho’.

There are a few big eye-openers on the course including the grazing sheep which keep the fairways clipped short and the wire fencing around the square greens (fencing to stop the sheep!). The course is still in use today and is located approximately an hour’s drive from Hobart and around an hour and a half from Launceston.

Another of Tasmania’s more interesting courses is Tarraleah. This course was originally set up for the local Hydro-Electric workers to play on in the 1950s and is pleasantly lined with beautiful mature European and native trees. At 630 metres above sea level, this course is the highest in Tasmania and considered to be the highest course in Australia. The 9 hole course is stunningly green, and the fairways are kept short by local grazing wallabies keen for a feed. Located around 2 hours north-west of Hobart, enroute to Strahan, this course is a must play.

Take your time and stay at Cottages at Tarraleah.

Tasmania has its share of Championship 18 hole golf courses too. In the south of the state there is Royal Hobart (7 Mile Beach), Tasmania Golf Club, Kingston Beach and Claremont.  In the north there is Launceston Country Club, Devonport and Ulverstone. These courses are run by clubs and most extend a warm welcome to members of interstate golf clubs.

In fact, Tasmania boasts over 80 golf courses scattered around the state!

There are plenty of smaller 9 hole courses too, brimming with character and at all far reaches of the state.

Tasmania’s most southern golf course is located at Dover, around 80 minutes drive from Hobart. This course is set on the edge of Esperence Bay and provides some challenging drives depending on wind direction. Visitors to the course are very welcome.

To the far west and Strahan Golf Club which offers a fairly flat course but with 6 of the 9 holes having rather deep hazards, you better watch your shot. Strahan is located around 4 hours drive from Hobart.

On the east coast, St Helens Golf Club is situated a very short distance outside the town centre. The course is richly green, with mature trees lining the fairway in quite picturesque bushland. The course is 9 holes and welcomes travellers from interstate clubs.

One hour south of St Helens is the coastal township of Bicheno boasting another 9 hole course. Situated on the coast it offers visitors a gentle stroll along tree lined fairways, a few bunkers and lots of native wildlife!

Additional east coast 9 hole courses can be found at Freycinet Peninsula, Swansea and Orford – so take your time and play them all if time permits

In the north east, the course most talked about in golfing circles is Barnbougle Dunes, considered to be one of the finest courses in all of Australia. This course is situated on stunning Tasmanian coastline throwing everything mother nature has to offer at the players tackling the course.

The dunes of the coastline provide for stunning vistas and challenging holes with the layout rivalling many of the great courses of Britain and Ireland. With undulating fairways, grassy saddles and strong unpredictable winds you’ll have a tough assignment on your hands with this course.

Adjacent to this course is Barnbougle Lost Farm, the second major golf development in the Bridport area. This 20 hole (yes 20!) course is both coastal and inland, providing its own set of challenges on the sweeping and breathtaking layout. This course perfectly reflects the canvas mother nature presented the designers. A number of signature holes will leave you breathless with tee boxes overlooking Bass Strait and in some cases hitting off into the coastal breezes – keep your drives low!!

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