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Hole 17 Cape Wickham Golf Course, Tasmania's spectacular new Golf Course
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Ocean Dunes Golf Club
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Ratho Farm Golf
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Country Club Tasmania
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Australasian Golf Museum
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Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is on every golfers bucket list.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Barnbougle Lost Farm
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Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links
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Hole 17, Cape Wickham Golf Course, Tasmania, Australia

With 5 courses in the top 100 globally, and home to Australia’s oldest golf course, Tasmania is your ticket to a truly unique golfing experience. Breath in that crisp coastal Tassie air amid rugged cliff tops and verdurous landscape, sample our cool climate wines and taste produce sourced directly from the land and ocean before you as you swing your club in some of the world’s most renowned courses. With 65 golf courses spread across our island state, from traditional links to parkland, we have narrowed the list down to 8 truly unique golfing experiences for the bucket list. Image thanks to Cape Wickham Golf Course.

Pastoral terrain outstretches along Tasmania’s scenic coastline where you can immerse yourself in links-style play. Swing a club at Australia’s oldest golf course, ‘Ratho Farm’ at Bothwell in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, where golfing legends of Scottish immigrants date all the way back to 1822. Image thanks to Adam Gibson.

Venturing further north, and just a hop, skip and a jump from the mainland, the world class golf courses of Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm curve their way through the momentous dunes that spill out and touch the edge of the ocean. An array of holes cater to punters of all abilities, whether you’re a social voyager who welcomes an occasional hit in between cocktails and oysters at the Dune Clubhouse, or a diligent competitor who rallies from dusk until dawn in an isolated setting. Image thanks to Andrew Wilson.

Finally, the windswept greens of King Island have taken the golfing experience to an entirely new level, where the routing of holes champions all elements of the island’s natural wonders. Combining world-class golf with pristine surrounds and premium eats sourced from the islands own backyard, King Island’s Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes should be high on your bucket list. Abundant rainfall, salty air and mineral rich soil makes King Island the perfect environment for dairy production. Rich in history dating back to the 1800’s, where shipwrecks crowded its shores, the green pastures of King Island are now home to herds of grazing dairy cows that produce some of the sweetest milk, cream and cheese in the world. Image thanks to Andrew Wilson.

Ratho Farm, Tasmania, AustraliaOf course, we understand that a keen golfer needs a place to unwind, refuel and watch the sun creep beneath the coastline at day’s end. Lucky for our golfing friends, nobody does hospitality quite like Tasmanians. Picture yourself after a long day of golf, sprawled across a chesterfield lounge in a hinterland suite with uninterrupted panoramic ocean views and rustic coastal surrounds. Perhaps you are sipping a glass of premium Tasmanian pinot gris, whisky or iced cherry cider and sampling the seasonal produce that has been dug and picked straight from the paddock for your plate. Tempting? We think so too. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett.

-Ratho Farm
Australia’s oldest golf course – it’s a no brainer and an essential ingredient to any golfer’s bucket list. On the edge of Bothwell Village in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, Immerse within the origins of your favorite pastime at Australia’s oldest course and Australasian Golf Museum, dating back to the 1800’s. Following in the footsteps of old Scotland, Ratho Farm’s short hole golf course is open to public access and is one of the few select locations in the world where you can hire and play with antique hickory golf sets. Having housed a long history of iconic characters, from bushrangers and exiled Irish nationalists, to golfing royalty and Melbourne Cup victors, the farm is imprinted with each visitor’s unique footprint. Perhaps yours is next.

RATHO FARM
ADDRESS: 2122 Highland Lakes Road, Bothwell 7030 TAS.
CLOSEST CITY: Hobart, 76.9km
FOUNDED: 1822
FACILITIES: Onsite accommodation, cooking facilities.
COURSES: 1
LENGTH: 5,373m
PAR: 70

-Barnbougle Dunes & Lost Farm
Australian golf has forever changed with the unveiling of these two world class courses. Rolling farmlands meet the rugged northeast coastline at iconic Barnbougle; 2 of Australia’s top 10 golf courses. Both courses have also received global acclaim with Barnbougle Dunes ranking #11 in the World by U.S Golf Digest and sister course the Lost Farm ranking #23. Once the humble home of a potato farm, the now 18 hole public access Barnbougle course is touted by golfers as a global favourite, resonating with ancient Scotland and Ireland and offering true golfing treasures whether you are an enthusiast or social golfer. Following the sterling reputation of Barnbougle Dunes, Lost Farm, a 20 hole course stretching inland from the coast, renders a more recent addition to Tassie’s golfing scene, where wide fairways combine with tactical bunkering.

BARNBOUGLE DUNES
DESIGNERS: Tom Doak & Mike Clayton
ADDRESS: 425 Waterhouse Road, Bridport 7262 TAS
CLOSEST CITY: Launceston, 86km
FOUNDED: 2004
FACILITIES: Onsite accommodation, practice driving range, short game practice facilities, restaurant/dining, bar.
HIRE: Clubs, electric cart hire with medical certificate.
COURSES: 1
LENGTH: 6148m
PAR: 71

BARNBOUGLE – LOST FARM
DESIGNERS: Bill Coore of Coore & Crenshaw
ADDRESS: 429 Waterhouse Road, Bridport 7262 TAS
CLOSEST CITY: Launceston, 86km
FOUNDED: 2010
FACILITIES: Onsite accommodation, practice driving range, short game practice facilities, restaurant/dining, bar.
HIRE: Clubs, electric cart hire with medical certificate.
COURSES: 1 (20 holes or 18 holes)
LENGTH: 6503m/ 6263 m
PAR: 78/72

-Cape Wickham
The world’s focus has suddenly shifted to the rocky shores of King Island. Ranked Australia’s number #1 public access course and described by golfing voyagers as a ‘natural masterpiece’ and an icon of Australian golf, Cape Wickham features dramatic views over the Bass Strait from each of its 18 holes and fescue fairways. The initial 5 holes weave around the Cape Farewell headland, where the routing then moves inland with the following 8 holes set within the sandy hills and limestone outcrops of the island. From here, holes 14 to 18 wind round to the iconic Cape Wickham Lighthouse, finishing with the 18th hole, which nestles around the brim of Victoria Cove. The undulating fairways and raw, windswept cliffs of King Island’s most northern tip will test even the most experienced golfers with different conditions for each round. Punters, you will share the remote site with King Island’s long term residents, including wild turkeys, peacocks, pheasants and wallabies. A message for travellers, don’t leave the island without sampling the 2017 award winning Roaring Forties Blue Vein and Double Cream Brie.

CAPE WICKHAM
DESIGNERS: Mike DeVries & Darius Oliver
ADDRESS: Cape Wickham Road, Cape Wickham, 7256 TAS
CLOSEST CITY: Currie, 48km.
FOUNDED: 2015
COURSES: 1
LENGTH: 6150 m
PAR: 72

-Ocean Dunes
Ranked the 4th best course in the country by Golf Australia Magazine in 2017, Ocean Dunes has caught the eye of enthusiasts worldwide who continue their love affair with challenging courses in remote locations. Just North of Currie (King Islands major township) tall dunes plunge down to the green surrounded by the rocky shores of King Island. Ocean Dunes golf course weaves along a 2km stretch of shoreline where several holes sit just above the waves to challenge players of all abilities. Golfers can choose between 4 tee markers according to the changing conditions of the island. Whilst one day will see the island’s calm and serene nature, the next will bring howling winds of the Roaring Forties to test the skills of its keenest players.

OCEAN DUNES
DESIGNER: Graeme Grant
ADDRESS: King Island, Currie TAS 7256
CLOSEST CITY: 5 min from Currie town center
FOUNDED: 2016
FACILITIES: King Island Hotel, Golfers Lounge
HIRE: Cart, Electric Pull Buggies
COURSES: 1
LENGTH: 6320m

-Tasmania Golf Club
15 minutes east of the Hobart CBD and 2 minutes drive from the airport, you will find the Tasmania Golf Club. Situated on the scenic Barilla Bluff, Tasmania Golf Club has been home to the states amateur and professional golfers since its opening in 1971. A combination of quality design and practice facilities with regular competition and access to superior skill development and coaching renders the Tasmanian Golf Club a bucket list essential. Grab your luggage from the carousel and pop down the road to tick this one off.

-Royal Hobart Golf Course
Founded back in 1916, The Royal Hobart Golf Course in Seven Mile Beach is teeming with old-school charm, reminiscent of its original natural sand base design concept by Vern Morcom. Having played host to a history of championship events including the Qantas Australian Open in 1971, The Royal Hobart Golf Course is one for the ages.

ROYAL HOBART
DESIGNERS: Vern Morcom
ADDRESS: Corner of Estate Drive and Seven Mile Beach Road, Hobart TAS 7170
CLOSEST CITY: Hobart
FOUNDED: 1916
HIRE: Clubs, Buggies & Carts
COURSES: 1
LENGTH: 6133m
PAR: 72

-Devonport Golf Club
Situated on the peninsula and overlooking the mouth of the Mersey river, the 18 hole championship Devonport golf club features tree lined greens with gentle rolling fairways. Hire clubs, pull-buggies and golf carts and finish the day off with a cold beer from the clubroom bar.

DEVONPORT GOLF CLUB
DESIGNERS:
ADDRESS: 66 Woodrising Avenue, Spreyton TAS 7310
CLOSEST CITY: Devonport
FOUNDED: 1961
HIRE: Clubs, Pull-Buggies & Carts
COURSES: 1
LENGTH: 5880m
PAR: 70 Images
Cape Wickham Ratho Farm
Barnbougle Lost Farm
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Mapping Codes
-Ratho Farm: -42.377361 x 146.9985243

-Barnbougle Dunes: -41.0053914 x 147.4349763

-Barnbougle Lost Farm: -40.9975137 x 147.4586161

-Tasmania Golf Course: -42.8167722 x 147.5045016

-Royal Hobart Golf Course: -42.8568838 x 147.4950356,

-Cape Wickham: -39.5956617 x 143.9304046,
-Devonport Golf Club: -41.2138212 x 146.3531268

-Ocean Dunes: -39.897963 x 143.8558113

Key Sources/Bloggers & Influencers
Discover Tasmania (Golf) https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/what-to-do/outdoors-and-adventure/golf
Golf Tasmania http://www.golf.org.au/golftasmania
Spirit of Tasmania https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/blog/7-great-tassie-golf-courses-you-have-to-try

Golf Round Australia https://www.golfroundsaustralia.com

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/worlds-100-greatest-golf-courses

https://greatgolfaustralia.com.au/course/barnbougle-lost-farm/

For future booking partnerships
https://www.ausgolf.com.au/tasmania-packages

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Ratho Farm

Bothwell - Central Highlands

Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within 2 km of Ratho Farm Golf and Australasian Golf Museum. Nant Distillery is 4.4 km away.
A golf course, a bar/lounge, and coffee/tea in a common area are available at this bed & breakfast. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include conference space, concierge services, and dry cleaning.
All 12 individually decorated rooms have 2 bedrooms and feature free WiFi and pillowtop beds. Guests can enjoy fireplaces, and other standard amenities include kitchenettes with refrigerators and stovetops.

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Port Arthur - Tasman Peninsula

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 2 km of Shipstern Bluff and Port Arthur Historic Site. Tasman Golf Course and Point Puer are also within 5 km.

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Blue Bell Inn

Sorell - South East

Situated near the airport, in Sorell, this bed & breakfast is close to St George's Anglican Church and Sorell Fruit Farm. Area attractions also include Tasmania Golf Club and Liffey Falls.

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The Grand On Macfie

Devonport - North

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within 2 km of Devonport Regional Gallery and Home Hill. Bass Strait Maritime Centre and Mersey Bluff are also within 3 km.

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Quamby Bluff Conservation Accommodation

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Situated in the mountains, this cabin is in the same area as Liffey Falls. Regional attractions also include St. Marks Church and Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum.

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