The Tasmania Golf Club has four outstanding characteristics that make it a great club.
The course design and layout is both challenging and interesting. Each hole is different and requires thoughtful shot selection.
The greens are large, undulating and well protected and the surface is world class all year round.
The panoramic views are captivating, if not breathtaking. Vistas abound of still waters, beaches, valleys and mountains. This is undoubtedly the most picturesque course in Tasmania and rivals almost any course in the world.
Friendly members who are both welcoming and proud of their great Club.
Tasmania is a must-play for all golfers. The course is 6,214 metres in length with a par of 72 (ACR 72.9) for men
and 74 (AWCR 74) for women, but can play longer depending on weather conditions.
The course is set on a spectacular headland with magnificent views of the waters of Pittwater, Five Mile Beach, Barilla Bay, the Coal River Valley and Mt Wellington visible from around the course. It is set in a natural bushland setting with eucalypts, sheoaks and native grasses defining the fairways and hazards. It is exposed to the elements, the result being a challenging, undulating course characterised by well-bunkered, sloping greens that reward well thought-out approach shots.
Tasmania Golf Club is not a course that can be dominated by modern golf equipment. Big hitters will enjoy the course but accuracy off the tee is paramount.
The greens at Tasmania are large, with big slopes and true roll. Depending on the wind and the pin placements there can be a three or four club difference from front to back. There is no room for ego when choosing the right club for your approach shot.
The signature hole is the 3rd; a par 5 that follows the curve of Barilla Bay and has long been regarded as one of Australia’s most spectacular holes. It is regularly nominated in golf magazines as one of the best 18 holes in Australia. It is often compared to the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. However, this is not the only spectacular hole the course has to offer; the 11th, for instance, is a picturesque par 3 from an elevated tee facing up the Coal River Valley which depending on wind conditions can be anything from a sand wedge to a 3 iron.
Perhaps the best indicator of the strength of the course design is that each hole is unique and, as such, highly memorable. No one would ever describe a round of golf at the Tasmania Golf Club as mundane.
M - 287 Metres, Par 4
L - 272 Metres, Par 4
The opening hole is a short par 4 with the green hidden some 30 metres below the tee blocks. While the green is not visible the first of the magnificent views around the course is obvious. The water and white sands of Five Mile Beach are the backdrop to this starting hole. The fairway is lined by native grasses and gum trees. The green is protected by bunkers on both sides. While this is rated the easiest hole on the course and offers an opportunity for an eagle, a stray shot left or right can easily add a few extra shots to the scorecard of long hitters.
M - 312 Metres, Par 4
L - 300 Metres, Par 4
This hole starts with an uphill drive into a strong dogleg to the right. It plays into a sloping green protected by deep bunkers on both sides. The green has a spectacular backdrop of the still waters of Pittwater. The hole rewards a strategic drive followed by a controlled approach shot. There is little advantage in being a big hitter on this hole.
Tasmania Golf Club's Signature Hole
M - 515 Metres, Par 5
L - 486 Metres, Par 5
This par 5 has long been considered the Club’s signature hole. It is often compared to the 18th at Pebble Beach. The green can be seen across Barilla Bay from the elevated tee block perched on the cliff’s edge. The fairway winds its way via a left-hand dogleg along the shores of the bay. This is a risk-reward hole. Pull out the big fella and take on what you dare. A birdie is for the taking. A double is waiting for an error of judgement. Whatever the result this is one of the most spectacular holes you will ever play.
M - 372 Metres, Par 4
L - 352 Metres, Par 4
This is one of the more difficult holes on the course. A slight dogleg to the right, length is a requirement to reach the green in two. The huge rolling green is protected by a bunker at the front left, plus large bunkers on both sides.
M - 188 Metres, Par 3
L - 122 Metres, Par 3
This is a long, challenging uphill par 3, protected by bunkers on the right and some magnificent mature gums creating a tight line to the right of the fairway. The green falls from back to front with a number of undulations which make for tough putting. Not a hole to be above the pin! A par on this hole is truly earned.
M - 335 Metres, Par 4L - 318 Metres, Par 4
This hole has a dogleg to the right. It is a difficult driving hole so the conservative play less than driver into a safe landing area is considered the smart play. The green slopes steeply from back to the front with two defined levels at the top and bottom. There are no bunkers on this hole, but the green is protected on the left-hand side with a steep embankment which falls away sharply from the green into danger; leaving your approach shot above the hole is also fraught with danger.
M - 353 Metres, Par 4
L - 328 Metres, Par 4
The elevated tee gives good vision of a fairway that rolls off to the right into a rough of sandy soils, native grasses and tall gum trees. A precise drive will put you in a good position for a short to mid iron to a relatively flat green with another backdrop of the picturesque Pittwater. A miss to the right will see you in one of the two deep bunkers.
M - 148 Metres, Par 3
L - 111 Metres, Par 3
Looks innocuous, but this hole always plays long and can be unforgiving when the north westerly wind gets up. With the green slightly raised the headwind will push the ball up and left or right depending on its mood. With a hazard to the right and four surrounding bunkers, hitting the green is no easy task. Again there is a steep sloping green from back to front and putts rolling off the front are not uncommon.
M - 419 Metres, Par 4
L - 406 Metres, Par 5
The green is hidden from the tee with a gentle dogleg to the right. The landing area is narrow and it is easy for drives to leak off to the left into the tree-lined rough. There is still plenty of distance to the two-tiered green again with bunkers on each side. This hole is rated the most difficult on the course and for the average golfer plays as a par 5 even on a benign day. Behind the green is the clubhouse and practice green. The clubhouse “Spike Bar” is a popular stopping point here to top up on refreshments and snacks for the next half of your day.
M - 384 Metres, Par 4
L - 350 Metres, Par 4
Adjacent to a small lake, you commence the back nine heading away from the clubhouse. It is a challenging start to the inward half. The danger here for longer drivers is that a valley slopes from the middle of the fairway to the left into the rough.
M - 110 Metres, Par 3
L - 96 Metres, Par 3
This is an easy downhill par 3 on a gentle day. It can become dangerous when the wind gets up. From the elevated tee block a majestic panorama is presented. The waters of Barilla Bay come up to the back of the green while in the distance the waters and mountains of the Coal Valley complete this magnificent picture. This hole exemplifies the beauty of Tasmania.
M - 469 Metres, Par 5
L - 409 Metres, Par 5
After reluctantly leaving the 11th green you take a short walk through native bushland to the 12th tee block. As you approach the tee the vista opens up to a magnificent view of the beach, still waters, oyster beds and the imposing Mt Wellington in the distance. To the right the Coal Valley again stamps its presence. This hole is a relatively easy par 5. The fairway slopes sharply from left to right. This has the potential for the ball to roll into rough areas or to remain on the fairway for you to play a difficult shot with the ball above or below your feet. Long hitters may reach the large undulating green in two.
M - 374 Metres, Par 4
L - 366 Metres, Par 5
This is the second-hardest hole on the course with good reason. From the tee block the dangers are not evident. A strategic drive is required to ensure the ball does not fall away to the left into the rough from the sloping fairway. Trees on both sides of the fairway may restrict the opportunity for a straight shot to the green. The green spells danger wherever the pin placement is. The green falls steeply from back to front with undulations and ridges which, depending on pin placement, dictate where you put your approach shot. Members concur that this is one of the most challenging holes on the course.
M - 450 Metres, Par 5
L - 424 Metres, Par 5
This is a short par 5 playing down hill and reachable in two by the long hitters. The fairway falls to the right, so there is danger that you will create a blind second shot requiring a layup to the green. The large green is set in a thickly vegetated valley. Have a go - this is a risk reward hole.
M - 288 Metres, Par 4
L - 278 Metres, Par 4
The green is unsighted due to thick trees on the left-hand side. Position off the tee is the key. Judging the approach to the green is deceptive due to the uphill grade to the green. Two large bunkers to the right punish wayward shots. The green is deceptively misleading if not putting uphill.
M - 539 Metres, Par 5
L - 450 Metres, Par 5
This is the longest hole on the course. Starting from an elevated tee with out of bounds on both sides and heavily tree lined, both distance and accuracy are required on the first two shots. There is a raised saddle about 100 metres short of the green. The green is 44 metres long, giving the opportunity to vary the distance of the hole by 30 metres. Again bunkers on both sides protect the rolling well-manicured green.
M - 339 Metres, Par 4
L - 310 Metres, Par 4
This hole starts with an uphill drive on to a plateau where a sharp dogleg to the left opens up the green. A good drive is essential as the left side is a hazard into thick native vegetation and to the right is a large storage dam which is out of bounds. The prevailing wind is left to right towards the dam. The green is set on a slight hillside with deep bunkers to the left and right. This is a difficult hole for first timers.
M - 156 Metres, Par 3
L - 142 Metres, Par 3
This challenging hole is a steep uphill with the clubhouse as the backdrop. It is a two-tiered green. A strong shot is required to reach either level. Again there are bunkers on both sides towards the front. The challenge to this hole is ensuring that you put the ball on the right level. It is common for shots from the upper level to a front pin to pick up pace and roll off the green.