Tasmania is a golfer’s paradise with Australia’s oldest golf course which is also the oldest golf course outside of Scotland.
Tasmania is an absolute golfer’s paradise and no wonder as it is home to Australia’s oldest golf course which also has the distinction of being the oldest course outside of Scotland. Ratho Farm Golf Links situated at Bothwell, was built on the farm established in 1822. Fittingly, also nearby is the Australasian Golf Museum which documents the history of golf in Australia and houses many of golf’s artefacts. Additionally Tasmania also boasts two of the Top Ten Rated Golf Courses in Australia, Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm.
Tasmanians have embraced golf as a recreational sport and most regional centres provide visitors with the opportunity to experience a wide range of courses across some unique landscapes within close proximity to each other while travelling the touring routes of Tasmania.
Tourist travelling from Hobart to the Port Arthur Historic Site will pass a number of courses including the Tasmania Golf Club, Royal Hobart Golf Club and Dunalley Golf Club before arriving at the stunningly beautiful Tasman Golf Club situated adjacent at Port Arthur.
The Tasman Golf Club was established in 1964 and developed on 34 hectares of Public Recreational Reserve land secured by a 99 year lease on Point Puer. The course was designed by local golfing identity Barry Fry and constructed by local volunteers with the assistance of farmers and their machinery. It is one of the most picturesque golf courses in Tasmania boasting the notorious “8” Hole (driving across a naturally formed ocean chasm to an elevated green). The course is a Par 70 (5310 metres) with well-defined fairways that meld their way through native eucalypt trees and along the rugged cliff face some 50 metres high and has spectacular scenery overlooking Safety Cove and the Tasman Sea with views to Cape Raoul, Port Arthur Historic Site and through the Port Arthur Heads. Additionally visitors will encounter a variety of wild life and occasionally have the opportunity to play alongside one of the numerous friendly echidnas that live in the area. It is currently rated as one of the top 9 hole golf courses in Tasmania and is well recognised interstate.
The course has been designed to challenge players, particularly right-handed golfers, with its dog legs, water obstacles, sloping greens and of course the ocean gorge. A number of the holes convert when playing the second round with different tee placements converting from par from par 4’s to par 3’s, 4’s to 5’s etc., and an additional 17th hole coming into play.
Tasman Golf Club is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation operated and managed by volunteer members and has one full-time employed greenkeeper. It is definitely a must for golfers and not to be missed if travelling down to Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula.