Members of Lindisfarne Golf Club (formed in 1925) played on a course situated on the east side of Hobart until the late 1960s when the property was consumed by the outward spread of the state capital. An alternative site was soon obtained though and in 1971, State Governor Sir Edric Bastyan officially opened the new course on behalf of the newly established golf club, Tasmania.
The course at Tasmania Golf Club is set out on headland overlooking Barilla Bay with breathtaking views across the water and fairways are mostly tree-lined with strategic bunkers characterizing many of them. The club has hosted numerous significant tournaments, including the Australian Amateur Championship and the Tasmanian Open.The signature hole at Tasmania is the monster 580-yard, par five, 3rd where the fairway follows the natural curve of Barilla Bay. Many consider it to be one of the country’s most scenic holes – not unlike the 18th at Pebble Beach – requiring a stout drive, strong second and accurate approach to a well protected putting surface.
To declare my intentions early: I love this golf course. I love the smell of the mature eucalypts lining many of the holes; I love the unpretentiousness of the club; I love the long, curving, signature 3rd, the wee tap at the short, downhill par 3 11th and the short par 4 15th; I love the water views from many parts of the course; but most of all I love the variety of holes on offer at this course. Because it is set on and around a promontory there are many different lies on the sloping fairways. Sometimes the ball is above your feet, sometimes below; uphill lies, downhill lies; and with the large mature trees you also have to consider hazards to the ballflight in the air if out of position.
Mostly the conditioning is excellent, but during periods of dry or hot weather the fairways and surrounds sometimes brown off, which affects the look, but doesn't affect the actual layout or playing experience.
Many years ago, Tasmania GC and Royal Hobart GC located near the state capital city were the best courses in the state, but with the two courses at Barnbougle and the two on King Island, it's the north of Tasmania that is the boss now. Especially if you include games at the lovely bush setting course in Ulverstone, the classic Devonport and nicely conditioned Launceston golf clubs.