Top 10 Golf Courses and Golf Links in Tasmania
From the oldest Gold Club in Australia (at Bothwell) to the most southern in the country (Dover) and the best public links in Australia (Barnbougle Dunes).
The 81 courses in Tasmania provide a range of facilities which is a similar area is unrivalled in the country.
Barnbougle Dunes Links Golf Course 425 Waterhouse Road, Bridport TAS 7262 (03)6356 0094
They say "Barnbougle Dunes is a Links Golf Course unlike anything ever seen in Australia. Meandering over, across and between towering coastal dunes; breathtaking views and thrilling golf come together in a dramatic setting on Tasmania's North East coast." On balance the commentators seem to agree: "Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is the creation of a small group of dreaming golfers who saw the potential to build the most amazing golf course on the small island of Tasmania a short jump from the mainland of Australia." (GolfSelect.com.au) Ranked 4 in Australia
Lost Farm Links Golf
They say "Boasting spectacular holes that wind along the coast, adjacent to the Forester River and inland towards the Tasmanian hinterland, Barnbougle Lost Farm is a breathtakingly beautiful golf course that is dramatically different and yet simultaneously complements both the surrounding landscape and Barnbougle Dunes." and the commentators say "Lost Farm offers an array of very different holes. You may take the opportunity to hit a tee shot down the river and hook it back into the fairway, or hit blindly over a large domed hillock to find the fairway on the other side. For the not so brave, all the holes offer a different and less intimidating approach, and many have sublime views over the beach and ocean." (www.dennishutton.com)
Royal Hobart Golf Club
Minutes from Hobart CBD and Airport. They say "Tasmania's premier championship golf course" the commentaors recall that the club hosted the Australian Open in 1971. commentators say "The Royal Hobart Golf Course features broad sweeping fairways, large and exceedingly fast greens and 80 strategically placed bunkers. Requiring thought and concentration, the picturesque surroundings of the bushland land to a tranquill, relaxing atmosphere that enables the golfer to focus on the game. Designed by H.V.Morcom the 6,115-metre par-72 championship course is often referred to as one of the finest in the country." (www.iseekgolf.com)
Tasmania Golf Club 1420 Tasman Highway, Barilla Bay Cambridge TAS 7000 (03) 6248 5138
They say "Bounded by water on three sides, the spectacular Tasmania Golf Club is set on the picturesque Barilla Bluff, just 15 minutes east of the Hobart CBD and only 2 minutes from the Hobart Airport. The par 72, ACR 72.9, 6,214 metre course was designed by Al Howard and opened for play in 1971. The result is a challenging, undulating course characterised by well bunkered, breaking greens that reward well thought out approach shots." Certainly as far as competition goes, Tasmania is foremost having hosted the 2000 Amateur Championship and the Tasmania Open.
Ulverstone Golf Club Lobster Creek Road Ulverstone TAS 7315 (03)6425 2322
They say ""Allison", home of the Ulverstone Golf Club Inc., is an 18-hole 6104 metre long Par 72 Championship Golf Course. The Club has hosted both state and national events" including the Tasmanian Open in 2000 and 2002.
Ratho Farm Golf Links
They say "The Ratho Golf Links were first laid out and enjoyed by the pioneering Reid family, who emigrated from Scotland and settled Ratho in 1822. It is Australia's oldest golf course, and the oldest remaining outside of Scotland." It has been observed that "In all likelihood, a player starting a round at Ratho Farm Golf Links first notices the sheep roaming the fairways. Next to draw one's attention, probably, are the wire fences around the square putting greens, the lowest strand of wire far enough above the ground to allow small critters such as rabbits to enter and nibble on the grass, other strands high enough to keep the larger sheep off the putting surfaces." (www.pitchcare.com.au)
Claremont Golf Club ('Cadburys') Bournville Crescent Claremont TAS 7011 (03) 6249 1000
The Claremont Golf Club is an 18-hole par-71 members’ course that is just 5,667 metres long. Claremont Golf Club is also open to the public. Situated on a point that juts into the Derwent River in the Municipality of Glenorchy, close to Hobart, the Claremont Golf Club, known locally as "Cadburys" on account that the course was formed in the grounds of the Cadbury chocolate factory, has magnificent views of the water and of Mt Wellington and surrounding hills. Although it is not a level walk and is somewhat exposed to the wind the average club member will enjoy their sport here. The layout at Claremont Golf Club includes a mix of three rather easy short par-threes, a couple of par-fours that are more than 400 metres and four par-fives that can all be reached in two by long hitters. They are interesting holes and there is plenty of room. (www.tchange.com.au)
Launceston Golf Club Opossum Rd, Kings Meadows, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 7249 (03)6344 1154
"The Launceston Golf Club, Tasmania’s oldest 18 Hole Golf Course established in 1899, is situated between the leafy residential suburb of Norwood and bustling shopping centre of Kings Meadows. It is easily accessible 5km south of Launceston and just 6km from Launceston airport." (www.iseekgolf.com)
Port Sorell Golf Club Shearwater Resort, Port Sorell, TAS, Australia, 7307
"9 hole course built around the Shearwater Resort. Situated in an idyllic location on Tasmania’s mid-north coast, Shearwater Country Club Resort in Port Sorell is central to some of the State’s most spectacular wilderness attractions and tourist destinations, whilst also offering the perfect place to relax and unwind. The Country Club is located within easy reach of the TT Line ferry terminal and the airport in Devonport." (www.publicaccessgolf.com.au)
Devonport Golf Club ("Woodrising") 66 Woodrising Avenue Spreyton TAS 7310 (03)6427 2381
They say "Woodrising is home to The Devonport Golf Club, an outstanding, professionally manicured 18 hole Championship Golf Course located on a beautiful peninsula at the end of Woodrising Avenue in Spreyton. Overlooking the Mersey River, the course is only 5 minutes from the Spirit of Tasmania Terminal, and ideally located for starting or ending your golfing holiday in Tasmania." commentators say "Woodrising is a highly regarded championship course situated on a peninsula of land leading into the Mersey River and has a fairly flat appearance with gently rolling fairways. The course offers the golfer a challenging, tree-lined, well-bunkered course with excellent greens. Enjoy superb river views while truly testing your golfing skills. Eighteen holes, green fees $30, buggies, clubs and electronic carts available for hire." (www.tasmaniasnorthwest.com.au)
Country Club Tasmania (Launceston)
They say "Country Club Tasmania boasts an international standard 18-hole golf course, originally designed and built as part of the property in 1982 by Mike Wolveridge and British Open champion Peter Thomson. Since then, the course has grown to be one of the best courses in Tasmania, with challenging fairways, water hazards and fast greens that are truly of championship standard."