Courses

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links

425 Waterhouse Road
Bridport, TAS, 7262
Australia

Region: 3. Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, King Island)

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is the creation of a small group of dreaming golfers who saw the potential to build the most amazing golf course on the small island of Tasmania a short jump from the mainland of Australia. The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze will embrace golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is the creation of a small group of dreaming golfers who saw the potential to build the most amazing golf course on the small island of Tasmania a short jump from the mainland of Australia.

The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze embraces golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses.

It has now rocketed into the World Top 100 rankings with a very impressive debut at number 49. In the recently released Australian ratings the course has amazingly, but not surprisingly, been rated inside the top 10 courses.

Barnbougle Dunes is one of those escape from it all kind of places. The onsite accommodation is comfortable and the restaurant and bar within the clubhouse first class with very reasonable prices to boot. All in all it is a great place to visit and play golf on a course that looks as though it has been there for over 100 years!

The golf course itself combines a series of subtle, short in length par 4 holes with some testing par 3 holes and only 3 par 5's on a course where the wind is an ever present factor. One of the great features of the course in the variability in playing conditions depending on the time of day you are playing the course. The mornings tend to offer windless playing experiences with often crisp cloudless days whereas in the afternoon the wind tends to pick up and provides challenges on many of the closing holes. All in all Barnbougle is a great thinking person's golf course.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is just outside the coastal village of Bridport, 1 hour north of Launceston in the island state of Tasmania.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 75
Length (m): 6148
Architect: Tom Doak & Mike Clayton
Design Year: 2004
Top 100: 5

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 506m

A wide landing area for the tee shot is a forgiving introduction to your round. But the immediate risk/reward carry of the bunker on the second shot, and the various slopes feeding the ball away from the front half of the Opening green will alert you to the challenge ahead.

2
Par 4, Length 381m

An apparently simple and wide open hole comes to life when pondering the shot into a very deep and narrow green, with three layers. There is no forgiveness for a wayward approach into the prevailing wind.

3
Par 4, Length 339m

Look left to the fairway and you'll see a thin ribbon of green fairway, leading right to the blind green. The tee shot is best aimed at the left edge of the distant bunker, with a driver taking you down to the lower shelf of the fairway (not the best place to attack the common back, left pin). The safe play into the green is to play long and right.

4
Par 4, Length 271m

The site of Barnbougle farm's first homestead, a rare still day will present a chance to go for the green with your tee shot, and putt for an elusive eagle. However, the sensible play is to either lay up short of the enormous bunker and accept the blind pitch into the green, or drive up the left side and open up your view at the flag.

5
Par 3, Length 201m

While the coastal scenery & dunescape is distracting, the Turn hole demands a precise shot to the left hand side of the split level green, letting the contours feed the ball around to the pin.

6
Par 4, Length 381m

With a tail wind big hitters can take on the sand hill, or the safe play is down the left hand side fairway. However short your shot in may be, this subtle green with its awkward depth perception rewards only the most precise approaches.

7
Par 3, Length 112m

One of Australia's shortest golf holes, is also one of the nation's most challenging. A sweetly driven long iron into the wind, or a softly floating pitch shot when its still, don't miss it long or left, and you'll never be so glad to walk off with a three.

8
Par 4, Length 446m

You can take the high road or the low road, with more room to the right hand side, but a longer shot into the distant green. A hole where the par is irrelevant, and your own shot shot selection and execution is everything.

9
Par 4, Length 400m

A tee shot where driver rarely improves your position, a long iron up the left side will open your line into the green, or a 3wood up the right will reward the golfer with one of the best views at Barnbougle, looking beyond the green and up the never ending beach and distant dunes. The inviting clubhouse will recharge your batteries for the back 9.

10
Par 4, Length 409m

The left side bunkers on this wide open fairway attract the aggressive golfers, while the multi layered green ensures that golfers are happy with a steady par to start the back 9.

11
Par 5, Length 475m

When the wind is up, an eagle putt is available to those straight enough with their approach into this shorter par 5. However the common lay up to the left side of the green provides one of the most subtle short approach shots to the flag- to pitch, fly, bump'n'run or putt it to the hole.

12
Par 4, Length 254m

Carrying the gaping bunkers short of the green tempt many on a still day, but into the prevailing wind the safe line is to the wide fairway left of the green. On your approach shot in, don't let the Bass Strait vista distract you from your bump'n'run to tucked away pins.

13
Par 3, Length 188m

Shots into the right half of this mountainous green will feed balls to the lower left side, the long chip or putt will need to traverse humps and hollows. But don't fret, there is always a way to the hole.

14
Par 5, Length 508m

The variety of driving lines is determined by the tail wind, as is the ability to reach the green in two. For those laying up, you choose to carry over or lay up short of the neck of fairway between wetlands. Green side craters await the errant approach.

15
Par 4, Length 321m

The central bunker offers 4 lines off the tee; safely short, the safe left, tight right or beyond. The strategy you choose will be governed by the hole location- but regardless of the pin, don't miss this green left.

16
Par 3, Length 153m

The green feeds away and right from the tee, so as long as you miss the short left bunker, a two putt par awaits. When the wind is up however, you'll have to hit one out of the screws to get it near.

17
Par 4, Length 400m

The tranquility of the rivermouth disguises one of the course's most demanding tee shots. Thread the drive between fairway bunkers and run the ball up onto the diagonal green, protruding from the dunes.

18
Par 4, Length 403m

A tee shot aimed at the left verandah of the clubhouse will leave you with an open shot into the green. With its valley of sin short right, the sand hills back and left, and beach all down the right, you won't find many prettier settings in which to finish your round of golf.

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Barnbougle Lost Farm

Waterhouse Road
Bridport, TAS, 7262
Australia

Region: 3. Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, King Island)

Barnbougle Lost Farm

Lost Farm complements the natural landscape in which it is located. Featuring 20 holes, all of which are playable in any one round, the course layout tracks along the coast and inland amongst sand dunes. Strategic bunkering and undulating greens, combined with wide fairways make for a course which offers an exciting challenge for all golfers.

Barnbougle Lost Farm is a 20-hole Links Golf course on Tasmania's north east coast. Designed and constructed by world renowned U.S golf course design company Coore & Crenshaw, the Lost Farm is situated on Barnbougle Farm adjacent to the Barnbougle Dunes Course which opened in December 2004.

With a reputation for minimalistic course design and a philosophy that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding, head architect Bill Coore created the Lost Farm with the intention to complement the canvas provided by Mother Nature.

Lost Farm features 20 holes all of which are playable during any given round, whilst the layout of holes at Lost Farm also offer a more diverse routing compared to Barnbougle Dunes, with fairways that roll both along the coast and inland.

Boasting spectacular holes that wind along the coast, adjacent to the Forester River and inland towards the Tasmanian hinterland, Barnbougle Lost Farm is a breathtakingly beautiful golf course that is dramatically different and yet simultaneously complements both the surrounding landscape and Barnbougle Dunes.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect: Coore, Crenshaw
Design Year: 2010
Top 100: 9

Playing Tips

1
Par 5, Length 467m

2
Par 4, Length 309m

3
Par 4, Length 253m

4
Par 3, Length 124m

5
Par 4, Length 443m

6
Par 4, Length 155m

7
Par 4, Length 396m

8
Par 5, Length 554m

9
Par 4, Length 306m

10
Par 5, Length 543m

11
Par 4, Length 405m

12
Par 5, Length 516m

13
Par 4, Length 382m

14
Par 4, Length 263m

15
Par 3, Length 178m

16
Par 4, Length 382m

17
Par 3, Length 167m

18
Par 4, Length 420m

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Cape Wickham Golf Course - King Island

Cape Wickham
King Island, TAS, 7256
Australia

Region: 3. Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, King Island)

Cape Wickham Golf Course - King Island

Designed by renowned US golf architect Mike DeVries, Cape Wickham sits on a magnificent piece of natural coastal land at the far north western tip of King Island, in the windswept waters of Bass Strait. Cape Wickham has already captured the attention of international golf writers and will no doubt enter the Australian golf rankings in an enviable position.

The Course

Cape Wickham Links is being built on 160.6 hectares (393 acres) of coastal land.

The site is unique in Australia and rare in world golf given that;

  • 8 holes are adjacent (parallel) to Bass Strait (ocean)
  • 2 other holes have greens on the coastline
  • 3 other holes have tees beside the ocean
  • All 18 holes enjoy views of Bass Strait
  • The 18th bends around the beach at Victoria Cove, which is in play.

The land is gently undulating and interspersed with giant sand dunes and ridges. The soil is either sandy or sandy loam. Occasional limestone outcrops create further interest.

Water for irrigation is sourced from ground water below the course.

The layout at Cape Wickham is made up of three basic loops;

  • Holes 1 – 5 on the Cape Farewell headland
  • Holes 6 – 13 in dune land to the south of Cape Farewell
  • Holes 14 – 18 in the Lighthouse/Victoria Cove zone

Scheduled to open in late October 2015, Cape Wickham is designed by renowned US golf architect Mike DeVries and sits on a magnificent piece of coastal land at the far north western tip of the Island, 48 kilometres north of Currie. Cape Wickham has already captured the attention of international golf writers and golf raters, and will no doubt enter the Australian golf rankings in an enviable position. The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze embraces golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses. One of the great features of the course is the variability in playing conditions depending on the time of day you are playing the course. The mornings tend to offer windless playing experiences with often crisp cloudless days whereas in the afternoon the wind tends to pick up and provides challenges on many of the closing holes. All in all Cape Wickham is a great thinking person's golf course

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 72
Length (m): 6152
Architect: Mike DeVries/ Darius Oliver
Design Year: 2015
Top 100: 3

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 340m

One of the more exotic opening holes in world golf, the 1st at Cape Wickham is a short par four that appears more difficult than it really is. Provided you don't slice your opening tee shot into Bass Strait a simple par should await.

2
Par 4, Length 330m

Constructed along a lower ledge of the Cape Farewell headland, the 2nd is a mid-length par four with a wide fairway that heads toward the site's western tip. A small central bunker forces golfers to choose their preferred line carefully. One of the first holes built, the 2nd is maturing well and has a healthy cover of fescue.

3
Par 3, Length 170m

The 3rd is a strong par 3 that heads straight toward a pair of distant offshore islands. Plays into the prevailing south-west winds, and longer than its yardage suggests.

4
Par 4, Length 393m

The first hole away from the coastline, the 4th is a long par 4 that turns back inland toward the imposing Cape Wickham lighthouse. Those who aim their drive at the lighthouse are rewarded with a simpler approach into a partly obscured green site (below).

5
Par 4, Length 329m

Drivable with the summer easterlies at your back, the short par four 5th is an unheralded but dangerous hole with a tight fairway and smallish green that leans away toward the rear.

6
Par 5, Length 447m

The short par five 6th plays around a sizeable dune ridge, toward an elevated dell green site. Pin position is crucial here in order to determine your best playing strategy.

7
Par 3, Length 137m

To prove Cape Wickham is not all ocean and crashing waves, the short par three 7th is played across a diagonal valley with the lighthouse looming large in the distance.

8
Par 4, Length 384m

Initially blind across sandy scrub, the 8th is a beautifully natural inland hole set down in a valley.

9
Par 5, Length 488m

A shortish par 5, 460 metres due west into the prevailing wind. The hole is down a valley and dunes, through convoluted land forms.

10
Par 4, Length 327m

A short par 4 of only 310 metres heading straight downhill toward the ocean.

11
Par 3, Length 136m

A genuine talking point, the 11th is a short-iron par 3 set right down onto the rocks.

12
Par 4, Length 295m

There are a number of short par fours at Cape Wickham, but none better than the drivable 12th. The rewards for those who attack the green site are enormous, but so too are the very obvious risks.

13
Par 5, Length 520m

A strong par five heading east through sand dunes and linking the western coastline with the northern (lighthouse) section of the course.

14
Par 4, Length 386m

A charming right-to-left bending par four, the 14th plays from an elevated tee toward a natural punchbowl green site.

15
Par 5, Length 532m

A long, downhill par five, the 15th is the closest hole to the Cape Wickham Lighthouse. The first part of the hole heads semi-blind across a bunkered crest while the final part is played along a broad split level fairway. Those able to hug the more dangerous left side with their second shots are rewarded with a far simpler approach.

16
Par 4, Length 377m

One of the last holes built at Cape Wickham, and perhaps the most dramatic, the 16th is a mid-length par four that runs right along the rocky coastline. The scenery from tee to green here is magnificent.

17
Par 3, Length 164m

A glorious par 3 of 170 metres. The first photo below is taken from behind the green, with the three others taken from the tee, which is elevated several metres above the green.

18
Par 4, Length 395m

Destined to become an icon, for the simple reason that the beach on the right is in play (and in bounds) for both the tee shot and the approach. Those able to hug the beach with their drive are rewarded with a shorter and simpler second shot. The green here is narrow and guarded by one of the world?s largest bunkers.

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Country Club Tasmania

Country Club Avenue
Prospect Vale, TAS, 7250
Australia

Region: 3. Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, King Island)

Country Club Tasmania

Country Club Tasmania's 18-hole championship golf course is set on the edge of Launceston city with rolling fairways, lush greens and challenging design. Created by world famous course architects Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge, the course features numerous lakes and hazards, lush undulating fairways and fast expansive greens. The par for the course is 71 off all tees (men's championship, men's social and ladies), and the course is open to Resort guests and the public on an unrestricted basis.

Country Club Tasmania’s 18-hole championship golf course is set on the edge of Launceston city with rolling fairways, lush greens and challenging design.

Created by world famous course architects Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge, the course features numerous lakes and hazards, lush undulating fairways and fast expansive greens.

The par for the course is 71 off all tees (men’s championship, men’s social and ladies), and the course is open to Resort guests and the public on an unrestricted basis.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect: Thomson and Wolveridge
Design Year:

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King Island Golf Club

King Island, TAS, 7256
Australia

Region: 3. Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, King Island)

King Island Golf Club

This is truly one of the world's greatest 9 hole courses, located on the rugged west coast of King Island, on one of Australia's idyllic golfing landforms. The course hugs a spectacular coastline, the bump'n'run of undulating fairways, endless ocean vistas, a clever routing and greens in great condition, make this one of golf's great venues.

This is truly one of the world’s greatest 9 hole courses, located on the rugged west coast of King Island, on one of Australia’s idyllic golfing landforms. When the wind is blowing, experience one of the most wonderfully challenging courses in the country, demanding creativity and strategy to plot your way to the hole.

Situated in Currie, set amid coastal dunes meeting the Southern Ocean, King Island’s links have been described as resembling St Andrew’s of Scotland, with rolling fairways carved from the natural undulations.

The course is a composite 18 holes, with alternate tees (17) and greens (12) on ten fairways. Comprising of 3 x Par 3, 12 x Par 4 and 3 x Par 5's over a distance of 5476metres. 
The compact course can challenge the best of golfers when the wind decides to blow, which is frequently! View course layout.

The course hugs a spectacular coastline, the bump’n’run of undulating fairways, endless ocean vistas, a clever routing and greens in great condition, make this one of golf’s great venues.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 68
Length (m): 5476
Architect:
Design Year:

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 310m

2
Par 4, Length 323m

3
Par 3, Length 152m

4
Par 5, Length 444m

5
Par 4, Length 264m

6
Par 4, Length 335m

7
Par 4, Length 309m

8
Par 4, Length 331m

9
Par 4, Length 269m

10
Par 4, Length 314m

11
Par 4, Length 314m

12
Par 3, Length 145m

13
Par 5, Length 435m

14
Par 4, Length 291m

15
Par 5, Length 429m

16
Par 4, Length 309m

17
Par 4, Length 350m

18
Par 3, Length 152m

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Launceston Golf Club

Opossum Road
Kings Meadows, TAS, 7249
Australia

Region: 3. Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, King Island)

Launceston Golf Club

The Launceston Golf Club is the oldest 18 hole golf course in Tasmania and has a proud reputation locally and interstate for the presentation of its facilities and as an excellent test of golfing ability. Carved out of natural bushland it provides the golfer with well manicured greens, strategically placed bunkers and eucalyptus tree lined fairways. With stands of black wood and wattle trees throughout the course you are unaware of the close proximity of the surrounding hustle & bustle of the suburbs.


The Launceston Golf Club is the oldest 18 hole golf course in Tasmania and has a proud reputation locally and interstate for the presentation of its facilities and as an excellent test of golfing ability. The 5987 metre par 72 layout provides something for all golfers whether a beginner or seasoned golfer.

Carved out of natural bushland it provides the golfer with well manicured greens, strategically placed bunkers on every hole and eucalyptus tree lined fairways. With stands of black wood and wattle trees throughout the course you are unaware of the close proximity of the surrounding hustle & bustle of the suburbs. The undulating layout makes it very easy to walk throughout your round of golf. 

The signature hole is the 13th hole “Spion Kop”. The 157 metre par 3 has a narrow tree lined fairway, deep gully to transverse and strategically placed bunkers protecting the green, this hole has been the downfall of many golfers over the years.

The Club is situated between the leafy residential suburb of Norwood and bustling shopping centre of Kings Meadows. It is easily accessible only being 5kms south of the of the Launceston City Central Business District and 6kms from the Launceston Airport.

 

Course Information

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Ocean Dunes King Island Golf Club

King Island
, TAS
Australia

Region: 3. Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, King Island)

Ocean Dunes King Island Golf Club

Ocean Dunes incorporates a challenging 18 hole layout amidst rolling dunes and featuring unsurpassed views along two kilometres of majestic coastline, land made for golf and reminiscent of the links of Scotland and Ireland. Two spectacular par 3's cross the surging ocean with 360 degree ocean views on nearly every hole and exciting, risk and reward short par 4's abound with the inland variety of holes afforded by the coastal creek which flows through the course.

Construction is underway at this magnificent King Island location....

The course is a golfer’s dream – whether amateur or professional. The vision is to put Ocean Dunes on the list of ‘must go’ golfing destinations and achieve a top 100 ranking.

  • Covering 285 acres (115.4Ha) and incorporating rolling dunes and unsurpassed views along 2km of majestic coastline - this land is made for golf
  • Fortune favours the brave with heroic tee shots leaving simple approaches to the greens
  • Subtle, rolling greens set in picture-perfect, natural locations
  • Multiple tee blocks for players of all standards
  • Ample landing areas to accommodate even the most challenging of windy conditions
  • Two spectacular, signature par threes that cross the surging ocean
  • Future maintenance to be overseen by Graeme Grant to present the turf in the pristine condition that was his trademark at Kingston Heath.

Course Information

Par:
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect: Graeme Grant
Design Year: 2013

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About the Destination

Tasmania & King Island Location Map

TASMANIA

Tasmania is Australia's only island state. Located on the far South East tip of Australia it is home to a combination of quiet towns, majestic wilderness and vibrant city life.

Known for its 1000 mountain peaks and air which has been scientifically proven to be about the cleanest in the world, Tasmania is a wonderful place to live and visit. The climate is cooler than the Australian mainland with regular rainfall, however the mercury often rises above 35 degrees in the peak of Summer.

There are two major cities in Tasmania, Hobart on the Island’s South East Coast and Launceston located inland approximately towards the North East. Tasmania’s major airports are in Hobart and Launceston, but Tasmania can also be reached by overnight ferry from Melbourne to Hobart on the ‘Spirit of Tasmania’. 

With the meteoric rise in reputation of great new golfing destinations such as Barnbougle Dunes, and more established courses such as Royal Hobart, Tasmania is fast becoming a favourite golf destination for Australian and Overseas visitors.

Barnbougle Dunes, designed by renowned golf architect Tom Doak and Australian PGA golfer turned golf architect Michael Clayton is a unique golf property.

Barnbougle Dunes is located just outside the coastal village of Bridport, 1 hour north of Launceston. This public access golf course opened in 2004, and immediately captured the attention of world-class golf writers and players. Barnbougle Dunes quickly climbed its way into the Top 50 world rankings and was rated 35th in the world by US Golf Magazine (2007); and 5th in the Australian Top 100 (2009).

The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze embraces golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses.

Barnbougle Dunes is one of those escape from it all kind of places. The onsite accommodation is comfortable and the restaurant and bar within the clubhouse first class with very reasonable prices to boot. All in all it is a great place to visit and play golf on a course that looks as though it has been there for over 100 years!

The golf course itself combines a series of subtle, short in length par 4 holes with some testing par 3 holes and only 3 par 5's on a course where the wind is an ever present factor. One of the great features of the course is the variability in playing conditions depending on the time of day you are playing the course. The mornings tend to offer windless playing experiences with often crisp cloudless days whereas in the afternoon the wind tends to pick up and provides challenges on many of the closing holes. All in all Barnbougle is a great thinking person's golf course.

By contrast, Royal Hobart Golf Club is a Private club that opened back in 1956 thereby being one of the more established courses in Tasmania. The course at Seven Mile Beach is constructed on sandy soil, of gentle contour in natural bushland only 20 kilometres from the City, near the Hobart Airport and beside the magnificent Seven Mile Beach. The course as it is today was designed by the acclaimed course architect, Mr Vern Morcom and is considered one of the finest in the Country.

In recent years the Club has been the venue for many major Championship events, including the Tasmanian Open (six times), The Australian Amateur (six times), The Australian Women's Amateur (four times) and The Qantas Australian Open in 1971 won by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.

Tasmania Golf Club is a semi-private golf club located just a one-iron length (i.e 2 minute drive) from Hobart airport. Bounded by water on three sides, the spectacular Tasmania Golf Club course is set on the picturesque Barilla Bluff, where it has been since 1971. Narrow tree-lined fairways are augmented by superb panoramic views with large rolling greens and strategically placed green-side bunkers.

The course was created by curator Ian Grimsey under the guidance of noted course architect, Mr. Al Howard. The course provides 18 challenging holes in a well balanced combination of par 3's, 4's and 5's for golfers of all standards to enjoy. This magnificent course was rated by the Australian Golf Digest Magazine as the best in Tasmania in its survey of 'Australia's Top 100 Courses for 1999.

The clubhouse at Kingston Beach Golf Club dates back to the 1830’s however the club itself was founded in 1922. Nestled beneath Mt Wellington just south of Hobart on the Channel Coast, Kingston Beach Golf Club is a beautifully laid out course that winds alongside coastal and river flats. Lightly bunkered fairways and challenging greens are just part of what makes this course a pleasure to play.

Claremont Golf Club is located in the northern suburbs of Hobart on a piece of land that juts into the Derwent River. The Par 71, 5667 metre course boasts undulating fairways and superb views over the Derwent River, Mt Wellington and surrounding hills.

Whilst Claremont is a private golf club it is also open to green fee players. A relatively short course, players will enjoy a mix of straightforward par 3 holes, a couple of par 4 holes that are over 400 metres in length and four par-fives that can all be reached in two by long hitters.

The Launceston Golf Club is the oldest 18 hole golf course in Tasmania and has a proud reputation locally and interstate for the presentation of its facilities and as an excellent test of golfing ability. The 5987 metre par 72 layout provides something for all golfers whether a beginner or seasoned golfer.

Carved out of natural bushland it provides the golfer with well manicured greens, strategically placed bunkers on every hole and eucalyptus tree lined fairways. With stands of black wood and wattle trees throughout the course you are unaware of the close proximity of the surrounding hustle & bustle of the suburbs. The undulating layout makes it very easy to walk throughout your round of golf.

The Club is easily accessible only being 5kms south of the Launceston City Central Business District and 6kms from the Launceston Airport.

KING ISLAND

King Island is located in the Roaring Forties (the westerly winds that whip across the Southern Ocean and into Bass Strait) in the far South East tip of Australia, midway between Victoria and Tasmania. Wildly rugged and picturesque, it boasts over 145 km of coastline, (64 km long and 26 km wide).

King Island has a population of approximately 1,600 permanent residents, of whom 700 reside in the township of Currie. Two other quaint villages are Naracoopa and Grassy.

The Island enjoys a celebrated reputation for excellence in the production of food/culinary products. High grade beef and dairy farms are abundant, as well as a small fishing industry, mostly for southern rock lobster and abalone.

With the meteoric rise in reputation of great new golfing destinations such as Barnbougle Dunes in northern Tasmania, King Island is certain to become a firm favourite with Australian and Overseas visitors.  

Cape Wickham, opened to rave reviews in November 2015. Designed by renowned US golf architect Mike DeVries and Australian golf course writer Darius Oliver, the course sits on a magnificent piece of coastal land at the far north western tip of the Island, 48 kilometres north of Currie. Cape Wickham has already captured the attention of international golf writers and golf raters, and will no doubt enter the Australian golf rankings in an enviable position. The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze embraces golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses. One of the great features of the course is the variability in playing conditions depending on the time of day you are playing the course. The mornings tend to offer windless playing experiences with often crisp cloudless days whereas in the afternoon the wind tends to pick up and provides challenges on many of the closing holes. All in all Cape Wickham is a great thinking person's golf course.

Ocean Dunes, designed by Graeme Grant, is scheduled to open in 2016. It is located just 5 minutes from King Island Airport.  Ocean Dunes sits on idyllic golfing terrain and features several holes along its 2 kilometre stretch of ocean frontage.  The 1st hole is a stunning 500 metre par 5 that rises over the crest of a hill as it veers right around a massive bunker, between tall dunes and plunges down to a green set on the edge of a rocky shoreline.  Exciting short 4's abound, as well as variety afforded by the coastal creek that flows through the course to the spectacular dunes.

King Island Golf Course is truly one of the world’s great 9 hole courses, located on the rugged west coast of King Island, on one of Australia’s idyllic golfing landforms. When the wind is blowing, experience one of the most wonderfully challenging courses in the country, demanding creativity and strategy to plot your way to the hole. Situated in Currie, set amid coastal dunes meeting the Southern Ocean, King Island’s links have been described as resembling St Andrew’s of Scotland, with rolling fairways carved from the natural undulations. The course is a composite 18 holes, with alternate tees and greens on ten fairways. Comprising 3 x Par 3's, 12 x Par 4's and 3 x Par 5's over a distance of 5476metres the compact course can challenge the best of golfers when the wind decides to blow. The course hugs a spectacular coastline, the bump’n’run of undulating fairways, endless ocean vistas, a clever routing and greens in great condition, make this one of golf’s great venues.

All 3 courses are laid out by the sea however they are very different in many ways, which all adds to the attraction of King Island as an outstanding golfing destination.

Other things to do in Tasmania:

Perhaps the best way to see Tasmania is by foot. Whether it be bush walking through Cradle Mountain and Cataract Gorge, or ambling through the World famous Salamancar Market in Hobart, this small island state is breathtaking.

There are many hidden coves along the coast to explore, and winery regions to taste such as the Tamar Valley north of Launceston.

Tasmania also lives and breathes history – rich in convict stories which can be found most dramatically at the Port Arthur Historical Site, and the many Museums and Art Galleries such as Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Devonport and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.

Other things to do in King Island:

This friendly island of natural landscapes and clean air is renowned for the award-winning creamy cheeses of King Island Dairy, some of the best beef in the world, succulent local seafood, and famous long surfing beaches. Lighthouses, shipwrecks, rocky coastlines and numerous art and craft galleries are just waiting to be explored. The vast and varied landscape is abundant with natural wonders, including an ancient calcified forest at Seal Rocks Reserve; the scenic Lavinia Nature Reserve consisting of beautiful beaches, dunes, wetlands, and lagoons; and abundant wildlife, comprised of many bird species including the many fairy penguins that can be viewed returning to the shores at dusk.

With a variety of dining and cafe experiences on both coasts - in Currie, Naracoopa and Grassy, a range of experiences await including the Currie Lighthouse, trail rides, museums, photography tours, wilderness walks, and discovery tours. Cape Wickham Lighthouse has a wonderful history, including an interesting story of original lens. Built in 1861 the 48m granite tower makes it the tallest in the southern hemisphere and a must see.

Useful Facts and Figures

Below are some useful facts and figures for the are. Use these to work out the best time to visit this region.

Month
Min Temp (C/F)
Max Temp (C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Avg Rainfall (mm)
Jan
14/57
27/80 
5:56am
8.45pm 
44
Feb
15/59 
27/80 
6.35am
8.16pm 
38
Mar
12/54 
25/76 
7.08am
7.32pm 
38
Apr 
9/48 
21/69 
6.42am
5.41pm 
54
May
9/48 
17/62 
7.13am
5.02pm 
60
Jun
5/40 
15/58 
7.36am
4.48pm
61
Jul
5/40 
14/57
7.34am
5.01pm 
76
Aug
5/40 
15/58
7.03am
5.30pm 
78
Sep
7/44 
17/63
6.13am
6.01pm 
64
Oct 
9/48 
19/66 
6.23am 
7.33pm 
60
Nov 
11/52 
23/73 
5.43am
8.10pm 
50
Dec
12/54 
25/76 
5.32am
8.41pm 
50