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Can you name Australia's oldest golf course?


Do you know where to find Australia’s oldest golf course?

Coastal WA? The Melbourne Sandbelt? Maybe North Queensland?

Australia has a proud history of golf – and hopefully an even brighter future – and the game in our country stems from the heart of Tasmania and Ratho Farm Golf Course.

Founded by the Reid family in 1822, historians have discovered records of locals playing golf in the area not long after.

Greg Ramsay grew up at Ratho Farm with his grandmother, parents and four brothers and sisters and has taken it upon himself to renovate the homestead and restore Australia’s oldest golf course.

The nearby town of Bothwell is also home to the Australasian Golf Museum, which provides a fascinating look at the history of the game in Australia and Tasmania.

Ratho Farm proudly wears the moniker of Australia’s oldest golf course and has become a must-see destination for any golf trip around Tasmania.


In honour of #ThankASuperWeek, we caught up with Ratho Farm's Glenn Richards – the lone man in charge of keeping Ratho Farm playable all year round!



Posted by Roslyn Zuideveld at
06/07/2019 12:45 PM
My husband & I visited Both well & played Rath Farm golf course December 2018. So worth a visit to this this area of Tasmania especially the museum.
Posted by Lisa Blackwood at
05/07/2019 09:16 PM
An unbelievable experience from paddock wide fairways to modern hazzard lined holes it is a course in three sections. First 6 modern 2nd six the original six and the final six a mix of the first two. You can feel the history and absolute must play course.
Posted by Craig at
05/07/2019 04:56 PM
I Play it once a year as I travel through to Hobart...always a pleasure
Posted by Graham Everett at
05/07/2019 02:35 PM
I believe it is Ratho Farm, reportedly the first golf course established outside of Scotland. My wife and I stayed and played there a couple of years ago. This place is steeped in history and is a truly fabulous experience, both on and off the course (we played in period clothes and with hickory clubs).. The converted farm buildings around the homestead provide modern touches without losing the overall historic ambience.Dinner and breakfast are served in the homestead where we were pampered with a private candle-lit dining experience beside an open fire...beautiful! The course is unique and needs to be experienced to fully understand it's place in Australian history. A thoroughly enjoyable, and enlightening visit and would recommend it to anyone.
Posted by Graeme Willoughby at
04/07/2019 05:28 PM
Played and stater there early This year and UG you enjoy history og golf its a must
Posted by Kirk Drayton at
04/07/2019 08:54 AM
Well I now in nsw its Richmond golf course on its original site

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