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Royal Hobart is known for its lethal bunkers which draw parallels to the Sandbelt region of Melbourne such as Kingston Heath, Victoria Golf Club and Royal Melbourne. The parkland layout is situated on a sand-base and features 80 greenside and fairway bunkers. The biggest challenge at Royal Hobart is strategy. Fairways are generally narrow and tree-lined, while large greenside bunkers protect firm greens. Accuracy from the tee is demanded with every shot, and is even more important when navigating the myriad bunkers throughout Royal Hobart’s eighteen holes. Pay attention at on holes that dogleg as it pays to place your golf ball in the right spot from the tees.
For a golf course in the Southern extremity of Australia and the world to have hosted internationally-acclaimed championships, it needs to retain championship quality. Though its subtleties challenge pro golfers, Royal Hobart is a very accessible golf course for amateurs and social golfers. There are various tee-boxes and walking the golf course is very easy to do. Over the years, subtle improvements have enhanced the golf course yet it has always retained its original design concept, which is a testament to architect Vern Morcom’s design capabilities.
Royal Hobart Golf Club is a championship venue and a very old golf club by Australian standards. Visiting golfers will find a driving range, putting green and short-game warm-up area. Additionally, there are lessons available for couples, groups, clinics, corporate groups and individuals by resident certified PGA professionals as well as an ALPG professional.
Inside the clubhouse at Royal Hobart, there is a pro shop staffed by experts who also provide some handy tips for what to see around town. They offer great advice for the golf course, golf equipment, dress regulations and general day-to-day operations at the club. Additionally, you can hire clubs, motorised carts and pull buggies to add to your experience. The restaurant at Royal Hobart Golf Club occupies the top level of the clubhouse and overlooks the golf course’s ninth and eighteenth greens. The bar & restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch, Friday evenings for dinner, and they offer High Tea on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Sunday of each month, which is an excellent addition to any visit.