The weather in Tasmania, or “Tassie,” as the locals refer to her, is wild, windy, and cold in the winter. The summers, however, are another story. Summers in Tassie are simply beautiful, with average temperatures hovering between 20c and 25c.
Seeing that you’ve planned your golf trip for the summer, thankfully, you’ll miss the freezing cold temps and the turbulent winds blowing in from the Southern Ocean. But that raises the question, what do you need to bring to your summer golf trip to Tassie?
First, though, let’s look at the typical weather conditions you’ll be greeted with this summer for your epic luxury golf and wine tour.
Summers in Tassie; What To Expect
Regardless of the season, Tasmania is a stunning destination all year round; that being said, there’s no denying the summer months are the most pleasant and enjoyable for tourists.
Those tourists coming in from the mainland might find the summer temps relatively mild, especially those golfers from Adelaide and Perth. The mild temps are absolutely perfect for playing golf and enjoying a red at the many world-class wineries located in Tassie.
One of the best aspects of Tassie summers is the long daylight hours, meaning instead of playing 18 holes, you can play 36 before sitting down to a glass of local wine in front of the fireplace.
Typical 5-Day Tasmania Summer Forecast
Monday: Skies will be partly cloudy, with average temperatures expected to be between 19c and 24c.
Tuesday: Blue skies, with a Northerly breeze and a maximum temperature of 25c.
Wednesday: Skies are partly cloudy with a maximum temperature of 28c.
Thursday: Clear skies and strong northerly winds are expected to bring temperatures approaching 30c. Early evening temperatures are expected to drop as low as 12c as the southerly winds blow in.
Friday: Partly cloudy skies in the morning, with clouds expected to clear in the afternoon. A gentle breeze will make the day pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20c to 25c. The night time will see cooler conditions, with temperatures dropping to 12c.
Summers in Tassie are much cooler than what you’ll find on the mainland, and this catches many tourists out. For tourists, particularly golfers, we recommend bringing several different types of clothing, including a good wind jacket and even some gloves to keep your hands warm at night.
Remember, while the locals might find the Tassie summers hot, mainlanders will likely find it relatively mild, with nights bordering on chilly. Let’s look at the top ten essential items you should bring when playing the Tassie links.
10 Must-Pack Items For Your Summer Golf Trip
Ask any golfer, and they’ll tell you that one of the most enjoyable and inspiring parts of the game is being outside in the great outdoors. The sun, the fresh air, and the breathtaking views make the game of golf popular with millions of golfers around the globe.
But with the good weather can come the bad, and when playing golf, you must be prepared for both. Tassie weather, especially in the summer, can fluctuate quite drastically, particularly in terms of daytime and nighttime temperatures.
So without further adieu, here are the top ten items to pack for your Tasmanian summer golfing trip.
1. Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen
Many tourists and golfers flying in from the mainland consider Tassie to be a cold and windy destination, and while that’s true in the winter months, nothing could be further from the truth during summer.
Because of this misconception, the vast majority of golfers forget to bring some sunscreen. Temps in Tasmania during the summer can reach into the 30s, and golfers can get sun and wind burnt pretty quickly with the wind whipping around.
Remember, even on cloudy days, UV levels can be extremely high, and sunscreen doesn’t just protect you from the sun but also the wind. One good idea is to keep a bottle of sunscreen in your golf bag; this way, if you do forget it, you always have a backup.
2. A Good Pair Of Golf Shorts
There’s nothing worse than standing on the first tee in a pair of long golf pants and sweating profusely; especially when you’ve still got 18 holes to play. It’s challenging dressing for golf in the summer because temperatures that seem hot for one golfer might be mild to another.
Personally, during the summer golfing months, I don a pair of golf shorts, but I always make sure to pack a windbreaker just in case the wind gets up.
Dress codes and regulations also make it tough for golfers when it comes to pants or shorts, but most clubs these days have relaxed their rules and allow a nice pair of golf shorts. To be sure, though, check ahead with the club regarding the dress code.
Another item that golfers should never go without is the humble golf umbrella. Just like sunscreen, you should never tee off without having your umbrella with you.
Most golf bags these days have little loops or velcro straps on the side of the bag that allow you to carry your umbrella with you. Regardless of whether you’re playing golf in Tasmania, Adelaide, or Timbuktu, your umbrella should be by your side.
4. Hats and Visors
As Aussies, we’re all aware of just how harsh the Australian sun is. However, for tourists coming from overseas, especially Europeans, the harshness of the Aussie sun can have dangerous effects like sunburn and even heatstroke.
That’s why it’s imperative you wear either a hat or visor when playing golf in Tassie. The best hats for golf are wide-brimmed because they do an excellent job of keeping the sun from hitting your face and the back of your neck.
5. Waterproof Golf Shoes
Waterproof golf shoes are a must for any golfer, and although the name suggests they’re only for the rain, waterproof shoes do much more than keep your feet dry.
Waterproof golf shoes do an excellent job of keeping your feet protected from the elements and are durable and usually pretty comfortable too. Tassie weather can fluctuate and change quickly, especially later in the day, so wearing a good pair of waterproof golf shoes is highly recommended.
6. Food and Hydration
A typical round of golf can take anywhere between 3 to 5 hours, and when you’re out in the intense summer sun, that can seem like an eternity. That’s why it’s imperative you take plenty of food and drink to keep your energy levels up out on the course.
Making sure you stay hydrated is probably the most crucial piece of the golf nutrition puzzle. Sports drinks make excellent choices because they replace a lot of the electrolytes lost through sweating.
Water is just as important, and most golf courses have water fountains on every tee box. Nutritious snacks to take on the course are sandwiches, dry nuts, and fruits.
Sunglasses are another must-bring item when playing golf under the Tasmanian sun. Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes, but because they cut the glare, they make it much easier for golfers to read the lines of putts and gauge the distance to the pins.
Some of the best brands, like Oakley, now manufacture golf-specific glasses which cut the sun’s glare helping to ease the stress on your eyes. Avid golfers will know what I’m talking about because standard sunglasses can make it difficult to read the greens and can leave you with a headache after the round.
8. Golf Bag Cover
Undoubtedly a golfers golf bag is the most crucial piece of equipment we golfers have but choosing the correct golf bag to bring on your luxury Tassie golf tour is not that easy.
If you’ve been to any golf shop of late, you’ll notice how many different golf bags there are. Tour bags, Stand bags, and Cart bags are three, just to name a few. When deciding which golf bag to bring on your luxury golf tour, consider factors such as how many times you’ll be playing and how long you’ll be staying.
If you’re staying for an extended tour, a larger Tour bag is probably your best bet; this way, you can store items like shoes and windbreakers, which might come in handy if the weather changes.
9. Thermal Gear
Ok, so this one is a bit of a stretch, but you never know when you might need some top-quality thermal gear. I live by Murphy’s Law which is basically a set of guidelines that state that “if something can go wrong, it will.”
So what might start out as a fine sunny day can quickly turn into a cold, wet, and windy one. Keeping a good set of thermals in your golf bag is the answer to Murphy’s Law.
In my opinion, the modest windbreaker is the most versatile piece of clothing that every golfer should have in their bag. Not too heavy and not too light, they do a great job of keeping the wind out and keeping you warm in the summer evenings.
The Tassie summer days tend to get a bit cooler than the mainland, so golfers are advised to pack a good windbreaker. Made from high-quality materials, windbreakers or “outerwear” can be expensive. Top Tip: Many golf shops have winter sales during the summer, making it the ideal time to pick up a good windbreaker at a reasonable price.
That’s A Wrap
So there you have it, the top ten must-pack items to make your Tassie summer golf tour relaxed and memorable.
We look forward to seeing you soon!