Apr
10
2012

Experience Tasmania’s rich golfing heritage in Bothwell

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Tasmania is a golfers' paradise – and if you love to take to the links, you won't want to miss a trip to Bothwell.

While there are more than 80 golf courses dotted across the island state, Bothwell stands apart due to its rich golfing heritage that spans nearly two centuries.

This historic destination is home to Ratho, the oldest golf club in the southern hemisphere, and whether you're new to golf or have plenty of experience under your belt, you'll find it's among the best places to play in the world.

First established in 1822 by the Scottish-born Reid family, the Ratho Golf Links at Bothwell claims to be the oldest remaining golf course in the world outside of Scotland and is a well-preserved example of one of the earliest courses.

You'll feel as though you are stepping back in time when you take to the links here – history buffs will appreciate the experience of playing in "early golf" style before the advent of year-round watering and the mechanisation of course maintenance.

Ratho is open year-round and course conditions can vary with the seasons, making this a unique golf experience for players of all abilities – you can even visit at different times of year for a completely different golfing experience.

Elsewhere in Bothwell, you can learn more about the area's rich golfing history at the Australasian Golf Museum.

Exhibitions highlight Bothwell's important role in popularising the game of golf in the southern hemisphere – right up to being one of Australia's most popular participation sports today.

You'll also be able to learn more about some of the world-class champion golfers that have hailed from Tasmania over the years, including the Pearce Brothers, Elvie Whitesides, Len Nettleford and Lucy Arthur.

Bothwell Links sign Image Credit  : Gary Moore

bothwell - 1st hole ratho australia's oldest golf course / image credit ausgolf

Bothwell Golf Museum

Exhibit in the Golf Museum - tees and more

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