Why you’ll love it
Mark Twain may have (allegedly) said that golf was ‘a good walk spoiled’, but what did he know? The love of golf is something all devotees of the sport understand—which is why they also love coming to Tasmania to tee off.
Stop off along the Great Eastern Drive to visit golf courses at St Helens, Scamander, St Marys, Fingal, Bicheno, Coles Bay, Swansea and Orford. Drive scenic and challenging fairways, chip your way onto some amazing greens, putt a few winners and then continue to explore the east coast on one of Australia’s greatest road trips.
Where you’ll find it
St Helens Golf Club
The St Helens Golf Club is an 18-tee course (par 71), with a clubhouse and fully stocked bar, set in picturesque bushland on the boundary of the town.
Cerise Brook Orchard
The Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course at St Helens is par three chip ‘n’ putt course set among Cerise Brook’s stone fruit orchards.
Malahide Golf Club
One of the best 9 hole courses in Australia. Picturesque and beautifully maintained.
Scamander River Golf Club
The Scamander River Golf Club, at the Scamander Sports Complex, has a well-maintained par 72, nine-hole course. Course length is 5778 metres with a feature par five of 569 metres. The clubrooms offer bar service and meals each Friday evening.
St Marys Golf Club
The unique St Marys Golf Club is a flat, easy to walk, nine-hole, 18-tee course. The club also includes a horse track, football and cricket oval and a lawn bowls green.
Bicheno Golf Club
The Bicheno Golf Club, located five kilometres north of Bicheno, is a fully irrigated nine-hole course, open seven days a week (clubhouse open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday).
Freycinet Golf Club
The Freycinet Golf Club, near Coles Bay, features tight driving holes, man-made lakes and river and coastal views. Competition days are Wednesday and Saturday.
Swansea Golf Club
The waterfront Swansea Golf Club has gorgeous views across Great Oyster Bay and offers refreshments in the clubhouse on Saturday and Wednesday afternoons.
Orford Golf Club
The picturesque Orford Golf Club has gently undulating fairways, well-groomed greens, and views of Maria Island from many fairways. Competitions are on Saturdays for men and Thursdays for ladies. A nine-hole Chicken Run competition is held every Friday.
How long will you need?
Depending on your skill and available time, you can take a couple of hours or a whole morning or afternoon to play nine holes of golf at an east coast course.
To help plan your trip, check our travel times and driving distances and visit one, two or all of region’s scenic courses as you journey along the Great Eastern Drive.