This year marks 50 years since Royal Hobart hosted the only Australian Open ever held in Tasmania, and recent years have seen slow but steady improvements to the venerable club.
The club tasked course architect Richard Chamberlain with redesigning its seventh hole, partly to alleviate safety issues with balls straying onto the wrong hole while playing the sixth and seventh but also as a straight-out redesign. The short, often driveable par 4 opened for play last October and adds a new element to a golf course that remains highly interesting for one so flat.
The activity didn’t stop there, however, as a new driving range and practice facilities recently greeted members. Royal Hobart also removed a stack of trees of various species to open up the playing corridors and improve the health of the turf. Next up? Overseeding the fairways with fescue.
Royal Hobart Golf Club
Where: Regal Court, Seven Mile Beach TAS 7170
Phone: (03) 6248 6161
Photography by Gary Lisbon