Barnbougle Dunes is an ideal modern golf resort. Ground game links golf in a beautiful location, walking only, very friendly team, reasonable green fees and superbly functional onsite accommodation with good value food and drink. And kangaroos.
They've taken the best elements of other modern commercial golf operations and added a Tasmanian twist to produce a brilliant facility.
The turf is excellent, the sweeping bay is beautiful and reminiscent of royal dornoch, and the course itself is challenging in the ever present breeze without being unfair.
Nice mix of long and short par 4’s, fun green sites often with significant run offs but always recoverable, usually puttable.
If you put Castle Stuart in Balmedie it would be a lot like Barnbougle Dunes – natural dunesland with fatal rough, but set a way back and the focus on fun not ego.
A couple of minor points would be that I dislike rough mounds in the middle of the fairway as at 8 – guaranteed to be my only straight drive, and that the hole separation is lost at 12, an elevated short 4 like at Eden Course doubling back to the short 13th.
All in all though, as you finish the excellent 18th you just want to go out again.
As I write this beer in hand watching the shadows lengthening from my terrace, a wombat just walked past before ambling across the practice green, with kangaroos nibbling the ninth fairway. A great links golf experience.
Date: February 05, 2020