That’s right; Barnbougle’s world-famous course, The Dunes, is the brainchild of a north-eastern Tasmanian farming family with a hospitality background who figured they had a pretty decent spot for a golf course on their potato and cattle farm.
The Dunes at Barnbougle is now considered one of the world’s premier links-style golf courses – and four years ago the Sattler family opened another golf course right next door, Lost Farm, which is also considered amongst the world’s top 100 golf courses.
The Sattler family wanted to build a golf course with none of the old-world pretense and stuffy customs normally associated with world’s best golf courses.
There’s no members at Barnbougle to scowl at visiting players and the atmosphere is always very relaxed. And you also won’t have to negotiate a tee-off time between thrice-weekly competitions as you will at most courses – because there aren’t any.
The Sattlers still operate their family farm beside the golf course, so the drive in takes you on a gravel road past grazing cattle. It’s as pretty a pastural picture as the golf world offers, till a stiff northerly blows its way straight off Bass Strait and you’re begging for mercy.
As well as having one of the country’s best golf courses, there’s also its most scenic day spa.
The Magnesium Pool at Lost Farm Day Spa is a good place to soak away your strains.
The tee-offs at Barnbougle are not for the faint hearted. This is the Links course at its best.
Barnbougle Tasmania, 425 Waterhouse Rd, Bridport, 03 6356 0094 is a drawcard for golfers but there are plenty of other exciting things to see in Tasmania.