Watching the wind whip the sand and deposit it into this valley seemed like a battle best avoided. Talented interns including George Waters, Kyle Franz, Chad Grave, Philippe Binette from Renaissance Golf Design came and went during the project. During construction, Clayton regularly flew in from Melbourne while Brian Schneider, fresh from Cape Kidnappers, lived on site as Doak’s Lead Associate. Thank goodness the architects didn’t junk up the landscape at the start with silly features. Golf Digest), The Dunes is a regular on ‘must play’ lists around the world. Golf’s most cherished form is played on linksland, where the game originated. With the reputation of Barnbougle Dunes continuing to augment, the idea of a second course at Barnbougle … People often complain about the condition because they are so used to fairways they consider perfect at Kingston Heath and Metropolitan. Doak considers Barnbougle to be the windiest site upon which he has worked. Under equal wind conditions, it would be fascinating to see which of this quartet would play the hardest for the tiger. The grasses bake some in summer but rarely too much. Some quibble about the first and second holes as they don’t occupy scintillating dune country. The tenth played down today’s eighteenth with the beach on the left like the first at Machrihanish. What to do? This view from behind the eighteenth highlights two things: why Doak initially routed a par 4 heading easterly with water on the left (Clayton called the would-be hole ‘brilliant’) and why Keiser saw merit in having the Home hole finish in such grand fashion near the beach (Clayton agrees that was ‘absolutely the right call’). Except for 17 and 18, all the ‘short’ holes play into the normal wind and all the ‘long’ ones play with the wind behind. Ramsay contacted Keiser, who had just seen his second course (Doak’s Pacific Dunes) at the hugely popular Bandon Dunes Resort open to world top 25 acclaim. Barnbougle is a first in both categories. Even the wallabies seem to be admiring the contours found within the sixth fairway! The combined effect of the three bunkers, each smaller than the last, took me by surprise, but it was then I realized how special the hole was going to be.’. Barnbougle Dunes is a course that rewards strategic thinking. No course in the famed Melbourne sandbelt can compete with Barnbougle for topographic interest. Time has shown at courses like Yale and St. Andrews that getting a short iron close to a flag on a large target is perversely difficult. Third hole, 340 metres; Take a look at the design elements brought to bear here. Downwind, 7 is very difficult but 12 becomes drivable (it would be so much fun to watch really top-class players trying to drive the ball onto that green).’, He goes on, ‘Surprisingly,  I’ve found, in a way, the course to be more difficult with no wind. Two fairways are provided off the tee and the hole … 5th Hole at Barnbougle (Dunes) (220 Yard Par 3) Best Par 4. Seventh hole, 110 metres; Evil incarnate, this little monster deserves its place beside other card wrecking short one-shotters like the seventh at Pebble Beach and County Down and the famous Postage Stamp at Troon. the eleventh hole where a well struck tee ball receives a boost forward and brings the green within reach) or hurt him (e.g. Initially, Bruce Hepner from Doak’s office toured the property with Clayton. The approach shot gets incrementally harder the further you stray right with an encroaching dune … Tom Doak is a golf course architect. In Tom Doak’s portfolio the one course unequivocally set on linksland is Barnbougle Dunes. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is a golf course located near the seaside village of Bridport in Tasmania's North-East. At first, he had shied away from the low lying area that today’s seventeenth fairway occupies. Third, a magnificent blowout bunker was sculpted on the outside of the dogleg to ‘turn’ the hole right. The hole might look effortless – and perhaps simplistic to the undiscerning – but the quality of the golf more than carries the day. Just had a fantastic weekend away celebrating a 50th birthday with friends. Yet, climbing up a far dune, turning west and visualizing this 400 metre hole to a natural green site was ultimately too compelling. Some of the shortest holes are the most interesting, with both the 4th and 12th holes less than 275 metres from the back tee. Barnbougle Dunes is a Doak/Clayton masterpiece which plays like a true links golf. The outward nine at Barnbougle Dunes plays through a series of saddles that both shelter and direct play lines. II. He states, ‘the turf has matured beautifully, better than I could have hoped with fescue strongly predominating’ and that means that the course invariably plays firm and running. With fresh Tasmanian air and the omnipresent echo of crashing waves, Barnbougle is the perfect golfing getaway. First hole, 505 metres; By definition, remote courses require travel and the first swings of the day aren’t guaranteed to be a stiff traveler’s proudest moments. 5th Hole at Barnbougle (Dunes) (220 Yard Par 3) Best Par 4: 4th Hole – 296 Yards – It is a virtual rite of passage in Australia that your course features at least one driveable par four and Doak comes through … It’s all those thoughtful architectural elements. What the author particularly admires is that there is no clear delineation between the tight fescue playing surface surrounding the green and the putting surface. It has a boomerang shaped green set in between dunes … Barnbougle Dunes-+ |< < > 2D Planner: 3D Planner: Mobile Planner: Yardage Charts: Course Finder: Home : Course Statistics : Course Layout Analysis: Par 3: Par 4 : Par 5: The chart above shows the length … Over Christmas 2002, Keiser and Doak met at Barnbougle to compare notes. The golfer much prefers to stay high and left off the tee so that his approach can bounce onto the fallaway green versus having to flirt with the fierce right greenside bunker. Flight time 1hr. Both The Dunes and Lost Farm courses are situated on the north coast of Tasmania and feature stunning topography and views of Bass Strait. Tom went back for another look around. Lost Farm's short, downhill 4th hole is not only one of the most memorable holes at Barnbougle … Spacious and very clean. Tweaks along the way to the routing included breaking the planned par 5 third into today’s third and fourth holes. Barnbougle Dunes has a number of world class short par four holes where different pin positions, tees or weather can dramatically alter how a player tackles the hole. The view from above is from a tee ball that ran too far. The puttable par-3 7th hole at the new Barnbougle short course. Normally, there is a headwind going out to the fifth tee. And, of course, there is ‘perfect turf’ and turf that is perfect for golf. Lost Farm is remarkably different to Barnbougle Dunes… I like it and Tom would say it’s a hole which clearly demonstrates why Geoff Ogilvy is a much better player than I am. The short par-4 fourth hole [featured on the welcome page to my web site], the “Little Devil” 7th, the split-fairway 8th, and my homage to Alister MacKenzie’s Sitwell Park green at the 13th may be four of the best holes … It works well – but when it does blow the other way (it’s never that strong when it does) 1 (because it’s reachable with two great shots) and 4 are more fun – especially 4 because it gives so many more a chance to take on the bunker and the green. These include Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Ballyneal in Colorado, Barnbougle Dunes … Second, a 80 metre long natural hog’s back ridge was exploited to perfection down the middle of the fairway. No. Signature Hole: 4th Hole – 136 Yard Par 3 – The Dunes course has the short 7th and Lost Farm counters with this bite size one-shotter, but scores should be better here as the green is much more forgiving. 1000 Arrive at Barnbougle and prepare for golf in the Pro Shop (change rooms available).. 1100 Tee off for up to 20-holes at Barnbougle Lost Farm. Downwind, such fairways can be used to help the golfer (e.g. Six and seven are wonderfully partnered par fours, running parallel in opposite directions. Of course, to create the proper tension between architect and player, a downside for a failed attempt must exist. here where a diagonal drop in the fairway propels long tee balls farther right (and out of position) from where several deep bunkers must be carried on the approach). A remarkably successful potato farmer, Sattler knew that the dunes were of little use for farming but the idea of golf seemed a stretch. Besides, Barnbougle is rarely chock-a-block for tee times. Plenty of his other sites – inland Ballyneal,  clifftop Pacific Dunes and Cape Kidnappers have their own attributes – but by the strictest definition, only Barnbougle Dunes is 100% pure links. It is the longest two shotter on the course AND plays over the most raucous, tumbling land. (Credit: @ IntegrativeGolf ) Shaped into the ridge of dunes that surround 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th holes at Barnbougle Lost Farm , the new Coore … High left is shorter but low right is safer. the mining of these unique sand dunes. Playing from a slightly raised tee, the fairway angles to the left but gently inclines, until it reaches the massive fairway bunker. Initially, co-designers Doak and Clayton had much of the back nine reversed. Its combination of fast running turf, sandy soils and wind-shaped terrain is irresistible. A golfer is rightly irritated when conditions permit if he doesn’t take a mighty swipe at the green from the tee. Hence, some of the world’s best remote courses (Sand Hills, The Red Course at Dismal River, Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs, and here) begin with a par 5. 5 goes from being a 6 iron with a normal, decent wind to a 2 iron. Holes to Note Within these loops at Barnbougle the playing corridors regularly shift 15 to 25 degrees from the preceding hole. This green is wider than a couple of those … but that’s the sole comfort. Like the Old Course at St. Andrews, the golfer is always left after each round with a few shots to mull over that he might tactically play different the next time. The fairways are wider than those of more traditional courses. There is no clear answer, which is quite refreshing. of the fairways in the late afternoon sun; Tasmania enjoys a cooler climate than the mainland, making it ideal for fescue. How the course came to fruition is interesting. world class holes are laced throughout) and lows don’t exist. Talk about a natural green site; much of the 17th green landform already existed. The Dunes - 5th Hole: 201m Par 3. BARNBOUGLE DUNES - 11TH HOLE (35th ranked course on Golf Magazine's 2020-2021 World Top 100) video: Nick Wall / @ airswingmedia -----CLICK BELOW TO BUY TOM DOAK'S: THE CONFIDENTIAL … Hole 4 – 254 meter par 4 Great short par 4 offering a big reward, with a hell of a risk. On the flat piece of land next to the old airstrip lies the par-4 2nd hole at Barnbougle Dunes. Even on this calm morning, the time to celebrate is after you hit the green. On a return inspection here in February 2016, Schneider was delighted to find that the purity of the fescue (70%) and seaside bent (30%) grassing scheme remains high. Dunes Bunker Villas were a great size. The fridge space was a little small for 4 couples with food and … Barnbougle Dunes is a Doak/Clayton masterpiece which plays like a true links golf. Yet, the intrepid Ramsay had identified a superb strip of dunesland that stretched 3,000 metres along the Tasman Sea. Sattler bought into the vision, the money was raised and construction began in 2003. Enter golf’s magic man for remote settings, Mike Keiser. Keiser thought the course needed to end with more punch than an eighteenth playing up today’s comparably flat tenth fairway. BARNBOUGLE GOLF COURSE. Instead, a trio of low profile fairway bunkers down the left combined with a long, narrow raised green that opens from the left make for an endlessly interesting dilemma. Ninth hole, 400 metres; Fescue fairways are a luxury for a skilled architect. To say that instant death greets a ball left or long is wishful thinking as recovery generally turns into protracted agony. Keiser was equally impressed and convinced Sattler what a truly special piece of ground he had and invited him to Bandon to see how a resort could be run. In part, he says with a smile, because many of the holes suit his game. So, are we in the dunes? The fescues blend harmoniously and constitute one massive playing surface snuggled in the dunes. Day One: Melbourne – Barnbougle 0900 Airborne in the Air Adventure Outback Jet direct to Barnbougle’s private airfield. Ashley Mead ran the project for Clayton and when you add in the skills of Jason McCarthy, the highly talented shaper from Clayton’s firm, there was  amassed an unusually gifted set of people. I would have to hit a good drive and a 3 wood but he rips it onto the green with a 6 iron. The Barnbougle golf course (The Dunes) and its sister course Lost Farm have been highly ranked not just in Australia but around the world.. He contends that to call a 300 metre hole ‘drivable’ is a bit silly when most of us don’t hit it past 230 metres. In the end the routing became a classic figure 8 with the clubhouse in the middle. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, one of the world's most natural golf courses. 6 is a drive and middle iron as are 9 and 10. Throughout the endeavor the camaraderie was excellent and their enjoyment is reflected in the final design. Barnbougle Dunes is a course that rewards strategic thinking. The true lines to the flags are from the corners of the fairways and the perfect position alters depending on the direction and strength of the wind, the position of the pin and your standard as a player. At one point, Tom had it as a one shotter and adamantly retained the approach throughout all iterations. Featuring driving range facilities, putting and chipping greens with bunkers, onsite … The view from the sixth tee. Therefore, a hole like the fourth that requires but a 200 metre carry to “open-up” the punchbowl green is welcoming. Finally, the green is one of the deepest on the course and of the fallaway variety, meaning it slopes away from the player in the fairway. Richard always apologizes to me about that when I go back to Barnbougle, but he is always laughing when he does so.’, Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course) Pg. Nonetheless, he gave Ramsay an option on the property and Ramsay set about to try to bring the course to fruition. 8 is brutal and controversial. Note the alluring colors (plural!) Forest Dunes, one of “up north’s” most significant resorts, just opened a 10-hole “short course,” so new it hasn’t even been named yet. It looked better to both Brian and I heading the way it did – it reversed the direction of holes and playing amid strong crosswinds would have been brutal.’. The best line into the green is as close to the left fairway bunkers as possible. This tiny little one shotter plays to an exposed shelf green and as such, made for a distinctly welcome contrast to the other one shotters with their sideboards and punchbowl features. In truth the dunes might actually be a bit too big but what a good problem for the architects to have to overcome. The fairway’s high right side (blind from the tee) is often the preferred spot for one’s tee ball. Clayton recalls, ‘I remember standing on what became the 7th tee with Tom and Brian Schneider when Tom asked if we thought it should play toward the beach (at a right angle to what it is). As the player edges left, his angle of approach progressively worsens due to the green’s left to right tilt and steep right bank with tight fescue that shunts balls away. A first nine was somewhat self-evident in that golf holes needed to be nestled in the deep valleys that punctuated the landscape in an east/west direction. As with next doors Barnbougle Dunes… Maybe every course needs a hole like that?’. Brian Schneider shares this photograph from an ultra-light toward the end of grow-in: the third hole is low center and some of its attributes noted above are evident. Herbert Fowler demonstrated the merit of such a configuration at Eastward Ho! The 4th hole at Barnbougle is such a hole. First, the tee placed high and right in the dunes creates an attractive diagonal carry into the fairway. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was required by the act to make, or have made, a study of sand dune areas in the State which was to include a geologic study of sand areas other than Great Lake dunes … IMO, they don’t understand how much better the club, ball contact is from fescue. The Dunes - 2nd Hole: 381m Par 4. Wonderful landforms for golf abounded making the site’s potential clear. This first draft par 5 would have finished behind the awesome blowout bunker now on the fourth but against the prevailing wind was thought too fierce. From Schneider’s perspective, Barnbougle Dunes is both his favorite project and course to play. The big one to the right of the fairway was a natural blowout, but I was worried about people losing balls in the marram grass on their pitch shots, so I decided to add the two on the dune short left of the green … there are quite a few bunkers at Barnbougle which were added for that reason, as we were on a tight budget and didn’t have the money for a lot of extra irrigated turf. He has 4 courses ranked among the top 100 in the world according to the "Top 100 Courses in the World" list compiled by Golf Magazine. Such subtle changes in direction make the golfer continually re-calculate the wind’s effect on any given hole/shot. As seen from the left, the green surrounds are much larger than the green itself. Fifth hole, 200 metres; The golfer turns toward the clubhouse and plays easterly for eight of the next ten holes. 4 … Carry the crest of the dune in the foreground and the golfer may well be rewarded with a putt for eagle. Fourteenth hole, 510 metres; Large bunkers cut into natural up-slopes dominate the eye standing on the tee. The par 3 8th hole brings the Trinity River back into view, but the water itself is not a real threat. The hole plays 194 … Hunkered down in its own valley, this green complex accepts a wide variety of shots. I also really enjoyed the par 4 7th, I’m told it’s considered a controversial hole by the locals, with a huge mound in the middle of the fairway, but it has shades of the 17th at Cruden Bay, a course that holds a special place in my heart. If the golfer plays “safely” toward the wide, visible fairway left, the ridge shunts his tee ball into an ever disadvantaged position. It’s a nice way to edge into a highly anticipated round, even if pace of play experts wince. This one is of the drivable genre and because the green is located in a natural punchbowl, there are countless ways for a … Indeed, the deepest blowout bunker on the course is on a direct line from tee to green as well as a pair of other bunkers on the farther dune. Best of all, these appreciative twenty-something year olds knew that they might never work on such pure linksland ever again – and they were determined to make the most of it. Barnbougle … All the contours were there and by modern golf architecture standards only teaspoons of earth were moved in its creation. Barnbougle golf resort comprises of a 18 hole … The front nine wanders through massive dunes, with some of the fairways near sea level and dunes 30 to 60 feet tall on the borders; several holes on the back nine run along the tops of broader dunes … One of the game’s elite short two shotters: the fourth at Barnbougle Dunes. The Dunes - 1st Hole: 506m Par 5. When Australian Greg Ramsay was in his early 20s, he traveled around Tasmania to prepare a detailed report for the island’s government on how its golf offerings could be improved. Sixth hole, 380 metres; Holes can look good and sometimes play as well as they look. Clayton writes, ‘The fescue makes it the only course (later, Lost Farm and Cape Wickham) using the proper grass for golf. The run of holes 5, 6, 8 (a three shotter when it’s into the wind) 9, 10 and 11 are really strong and fun to play. Fourteen years prior, here is the view looking down what became the fourth; all the primary landforms and features highlighted in the photograph one above were there! Doak recalls, ‘I will never forget the day I went out to flag the bunkers for #4. Looking back down the second fairway, one appreciates the green’s placement as well as how flat the land is adjacent to the course. Ruthless Marram Grass, wide open fairways and exquisite hole layouts make for an unforgettable challenge. Barnbougle (and Lost Farm) feature the perfect turf for golf – and IMO make them the best conditioned courses in the country because it allows for the best form of playing the game. What was murkier was how to finance such a project. Hitting an iron 40 yards short and left of the 9th green and watching it feed all the way around the hill and onto the green is so much fun.’. Second hole, 380 metres; The merits of Barnbougle Dunes are straightforward: the highs are high (i.e.

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