The world should be forever grateful to Greg Ramsey, Richard Sattler, Bruce Hepner, Mike Clayton, Tom Doak et al. for finding, funding, building and operating this substantial golfing oasis on the somewhat remote coast of North East Tasmania. There is surely a spiritual link between Sand Valley, Nebraska, Bandon Dunes, Oregon through to Barnbougle and beyond to Cabot in Nova Scotia. The golf world will be forever in debt to names such as Youngscap, Keiser and Sattler who have driven destination golf towards spectacular remote locations with a ‘build it and they will come’ mantra.
The fescue turf at Barnbougle is perfect for golf and counterpoints the Bermuda/Santa Anna Couch and creeping bents that generally predominate on the mainland. The cooler climate grasses like the additional Southern Ocean influences that are brought to bear both here in Tasmania and on King Island.
The course starts with a couple of gentle openers along the river, before rising into the dunes on the delightfully short and strategic par 4 4th. The stretch of holes from 4 through 8 and 13 through 17 just blew my mind. Once again the par 3’s are the stars of the show with the treacherous short 7, the uphill recreation of a long lost and forgotten green on 13 and the rollicking 16th as stand out memories.
Anyone who considers themselves a links devotee simply must visit this little corner of public access golfing heaven in ‘the back of beyond’.
For more information on my Australian golfing adventure, please click the following link: The Long Road to Van Diemen's Land
Date: September 22, 2020