Tasmania: Golf Activity Holiday
Top Destination for 2009
With more than 80 golf courses, some of which are rated amongst the best in the world, Tasmania can be considered the home of golf in Australia. Tasmania offers you a golfing experience that is crowd free, in a temperate climate, amongst rolling valleys and sweeping empty beaches. You will discover emerald fairways and velvet greens of championship 18-hole courses along with spectacular cliff-top holes with wide ocean views. In fact, Tasmania can be said literally to be the home of golf in Australia, because it is home to the country's oldest course, Ratho, at Bothwell. It was created by homesick Scots in the 1830s and the popularity of the game has kept growing ever since. In Tasmania, you can take your pick of courses, from acclaimed Barnbougle, in the north-east, created in the pure Scottish style, with undulating links overlooking Bass Strait, to those that offer pure spectacle: the amazing par 3 eighth hole at the Tasman Club near Port Arthur. Here, your tee shot has to reach a pocket-handkerchief green on the far side of a deep chasm, where vertical sea cliffs plummet to surging ocean swells and tossing bull kelp, far below. There is no point in looking for lost balls here! Some of the top courses include Royal Hobart, Tasmania Golf Club, Kingston Beach and Claremont in the south, and Launceston Country Club, Devonport and Ulverstone in the north. It’s a good idea to call ahead, book your round and enquire about facilities and services. Tasmania has relatively few public courses and most are run by the clubs. Wherever you play, you’ll find a warm Tasmanian welcome the club courses in cities, towns and country areas. Tasmania is an excellent destination for a golf holiday.