Grandeur? The oldest Golf Course in the Southern Hemisphere

Grandeur? The oldest Golf Course in the Southern Hemisphere

Golf can be dated to 1839 at Bothwell.

Should this not be a grand manicured course with substantial buildings to rival the Royal Calcutta Golf Course the oldest outside the UK? No!

A course where sheep do the mowing. Where if you hit one of the controlling wire fences another shot is allowed. Not much has changed since the early Scottish settlers brought golf to Tasmania. Except the removal of a few sheep pens and trees notorious for being hit and the ball bouncing back to knock out players.

In the early days golf was not played in the summer as the sheep could not keep the greens short enough.

The quaint golf museum housed in an old stone building has a good collection of ancient clubs and feather filled golf balls.

bothwell golf museum

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