Tasmania has long been a getaway for keen golfers, with the island providing a number of stunning scenic courses suitable for both first-timers and seasoned players.
Golf in Tasmania holds particular significance in the state, because it's home to Australia's oldest golf course – the Scottish inspired Ratho Links – at Bothwell. This golf course was founded in 1822, and is incredibly well-preserved.
Sheep graze and keep the playing area short, fenced out from the square greens. Those who play on these grounds today will note that it is a pretty authentic 1800’s experience, before course maintenance was mechanised, year-round watering began, and before 250-metre drives.
If you're interested in finding out more about golf history in Tasmania, then you can head to the Australasian Golf Museum. With its detail into Australia's golfing history, extensive collection of clubs, photos, paintings and documents, if you're a true lover of golf this museum is not to be missed.
Ratho isn't the only course likely to tickle your fancy in Tasmania – there are over 80 to choose from, many open to the public.
One of the advantages of the game in this state is that the views are simply spectacular. You're treated to river and ocean views, vast beaches, deep valleys and cliff tops – there is always something to catch your eye.
Barnbougle Dunes is Australia's best public course, created in the Scottish style and overlooking Bass Strait – a wild and rugged coastline serving as a beautiful backdrop to your game.
Once you're finished with a day's worth of banging the clubs, head into your nearest township to choose from a selection of fine restaurants, cafes and pubs. Tasmania is also known for its gourmet dining – but that's another article.