The oldest course outside of Scotland

Happy New Year 🎊

This week I want to introduce you to Australia's oldest golf course, Ratho Farm.

Before doing so, here's a quick rundown on what we've been working on at Golf Journeys.

Current Tours

North and Central Vietnam - June 2018

Spend ten days in Vietnam, playing the best courses around Hanoi and the Danang area. Highlights include an overnight stay on-board a luxury Junk boat sailing through the World Heritage listed Halong Bay, playing Vietnam's best course, Danang Golf Club and spending an extended period of time in the quaint fishing village of Hoi An.

Book your spot on this tour now.

New Zealand North Island - November 2018

On this tour, you spend time in Auckland, Taupo, Napier and Wellington. We play some of New Zealand's top courses, including Cape Kidnappers, Kinloch Club and Paraparaumu Beach.

There is also an option to extend your trip and play Tara Iti, Kauri Cliffs and Royal Wellington Golf Club.

Tours in the Works

Mornington Peninsula, Sandbelt and World Cup of Golf - November 2018

This tour will include golf on six top twenty golf courses in Australia. We will be playing Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, The National (Old and Moonah Courses), The Dunes Golf Links and St Andrews Beach. Plus, you'll have the weekend to watch the best golfers in the world compete at The World Cup of Golf, held at Metropolitan Golf Club. Register your interest by clicking the link above.

The Best of Ireland and The Open Championship 2019 (Coming Soon)

The Open Championship will be hosted outside of Scotland and England for only the second time in it's more than 150 year history. Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland is the host venue and this tour will include the weekends action. We will be playing golf at Royal County Down, Portstewart, The K Club, Lahinch plus others. Pre-registrations will be opening soon for this tour, so keep an eye out if this sounds interesting.

The Oldest Course Outside of Scotland

Van Diemen's Land (commonly known as Tasmania 😀) is home to the oldest remaining golf course outside of Scotland. Ratho Farm is located in Bothwell, about 70 kms north of Hobart.

The course was laid out by the Reid family who emigrated from Scotland in 1822. It features fenced off squared greens, to protect the putting surfaces from grazing sheep, whose job it is to keep the fairways conditioned!

Originally, there were twelve holes. Over time, six holes were lost and three new holes were added. Recently, those six lost holes have been restored and three additional holes have been added. Today, it plays as an 18 hole, 5170 metre, par 70 course.

Here is a quick video overview of the course.

Ratho Farm offers accommodation on-site and I recommend spending a night to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

If you're visiting Barnbougle and Lost Farm, Ratho Farm certainly worth adding to your trip. A suggested quick trip may look like this:

Day One: Fly into Launceston, hire car - Drive to Lost Farm - round of golf - stay onsite
Day Two: Round at Barnbougle Dunes
Day Three: Drive to Ratho Farm, Bothwell. Stay onsite
Day Four: Golf at Ratho - drive to Hobart - Fly home (or spend a few days golfing/sightseeing around Hobart and the south of Tasmania)

If you are interested in golfing in Tasmania, contact us for current packages and help with planning your trip.

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