Australasian Golf Museum Nov27

Australasian Golf Museum...

The Australasian Golf Museum, located in Bothwell village, tells the story of how golf evolved from a crude game played by a handful of villages on Scotland’s east coast, to now being a truly international game, and Australia’s most popular participation sport. The museum illustrates why the early settlers in historic Bothwell became Australia’s first golfing community, with the nearby Ratho Golf Links recognised as Australia’s oldest golf course, and the township having as many as 5 different golf courses. The evolution of the game is explained through the different eras, as defined by the changing golf ball; from Feathery (1400s to mid 1800s) to Gutta-percha (1850s to 1900) to Haskell (turn of the century to World War II) and the modern balls. Many of Tasmania’s champion golfers are featured, from Australia’s first born champions, the Pearce Brothers, to Lucy Arthur, Len Nettlefold, Elvie Whitesides, the Toogoods and the Goggins....

Orford project rekindled Nov14

Orford project rekindled...

Source: The Mercury, November 13, 2012 A $130 MILLION East Coast development which has been in limbo for almost a decade is set to be “resuscitated”. Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Bertrand Cadart said proponents were preparing to give the stalled project “mouth to mouth”. The Solis development at Louisville Point near Orford was announced by Victoria’s Bayport Group in 2003. The development site covers 272ha, with approval for 620 residential lots, a golf course, a health spa and visitor cabins. Developer Mario Torossi yesterday would not comment. However, Cr Cadart said he had been working with the State Government and the proponents to push the development ahead. “The project is not quite resuscitated as such, but it is definitely revived,” he said. “I would describe it by saying that we are in the process of doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.” Despite reassurances there would soon be some movement on the project, Cr Cadart said it would be another 10 to 15 years before it was fully developed. He said it was important the project was delivered in stages so work could be carried out by local tradespeople and suppliers. “When it’s finished we should have there almost a township that will be, in [terms of] house numbers, as big as Triabunna,” Cr Cadart said. Despite having approval for the project, he said developers had to overcome a number of issues, including irrigation for the golf course and water supply for the town. Barnbougle golfing mastermind Greg Ramsay has been hired to revise the development, which was originally set to feature a Greg Norman-designed golf course. Despite reports last year that a Tasmanian real estate company had been acting as a consultant for Bayport, no blocks in the development have been sold. source:...

Journeyman Distillery...

Everything about Journeyman Distillery is handcrafted, and we like that our home reflects that attention to detail. experienceConsulting have been engaged since the outset to advise on the business planning, operational design, establishment and marketing of the Journeyman Distillery. It is one of Greater Chicago’s hottest new destinations, and the Journeyman is one of North America’s fastest growing whisky brands. journeymandistillery.com...

Kingsbarns Distillery...

The proposed Kingsbarns Distillery is situated in the Kingdom of Fife (2011 European Golf Destination of the Year) not far from St Andrews, the home of golf, on the beautiful Cambo Estate overlooking Kingsbarns Golf Links,where the distillery’s Founding Directors Doug Clement and Greg Ramsay, used to caddy together. Our historic and charming, East Newhall Farm Steading consists of a doocot, octagonal horse mill, stables, byres and farmhouse. The farm provides us with the ideal venue to take whisky-making back to its artisan “barley to bottle” origins and reconnect it with the land, back to a time (16th to late 18th century) when farmers themselves would save their spare crops that would otherwise spoil and distill them in small batches in their byres. We have recently been awarded a grant from the Scottish Government through their Food Processing, Marketing & Cooperation Scheme of £557,942. This is a capital grant which provides assistance towards the construction of buildings and purchase of plant and equipment. Securing this grant has attracted an offer we couldn’t refuse, to sell the project and deliver a healthy return to our investors. We are beginning building works in 2014 and hopefully distilling later the same year....

Rare Taste of Tassie in a Fine Bottle Sep07

Rare Taste of Tassie in a Fine Bottle...

Source: Tasmanian Country, September 7, 2012.  A celebrated piece of Tasmanian vineyard and colonial history in one of the ‘World’s most exciting new terroirs’ is on the market. East Coast Tasmanian wine-making was born at Cranbrook’s picturesque, sun-soaked Craigie Knowe property, and its sale represents a rare opportunity to acquire some of Tasmania’s most mature and celebrated vines, in an industry that is flourishing. The 13 acre property also includes a circa 1842 sandstone and bluestone homestead that has been fully restored and converted into a luxury boutique lodge. Craigie Knowe was one of several properties farmed by the pioneering Amos family, who accumulated significant holdings in the Cranbrook area. The homestead was built by James Amos (1804-1864), and it sits on the highest point of the Swan valley floor, on a craggy knoll that in Gaelic was termed Craigie Knowe. In 1979, dentist John Austwick chose Craigie Knowe for his first vine plantings because of its rich volcanic soils and the area’s long hot summer days. He wanted to produce his favourite Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignons. Austwick’s sheep-farmer neighbours thought he was mad, but over the last three decades, Craigie Knowe’s wine has become highly acclaimed – recognized as Tasmania’s first great Cabernet Sauvignon but also celebrated for its Pinot Noir and Riesling. Read full...