Note the alluring colors (plural!) ... this is a hole … Ninth hole, 400 metres; Fescue fairways are a luxury for a skilled architect. 8 is brutal and controversial. 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. Golf Digest), The Dunes is a regular on ‘must play’ lists around the world. Initially, co-designers Doak and Clayton had much of the back nine reversed. The view from the sixth tee. Barnbougle is a first in both categories. of the fairways in the late afternoon sun; Tasmania enjoys a cooler climate than the mainland, making it ideal for fescue. The Dunes - 2nd Hole: 381m Par 4. Conflict is created by a dune’s shoulder that protrudes from the right as it compromises the golfer’s desire to approach the green from that side. It is the single most important shot on the course to get right, which of course doesn’t help! Wonderful landforms for golf abounded making the site’s potential clear. Is that what makes the hole enduring? First, the tee placed high and right in the dunes creates an attractive diagonal carry into the fairway. This hole has been selected as the most difficult par 4 in Australia. Golf Magazine) and #11 course in the World (U.S. 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 … 5 goes from being a 6 iron with a normal, decent wind to a 2 iron. 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. Except for 17 and 18, all the ‘short’ holes play into the normal wind and all the ‘long’ ones play with the wind behind. 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. Doak recalls, ‘I will never forget the day I went out to flag the bunkers for #4. At one point, Tom had it as a one shotter and adamantly retained the approach throughout all iterations. Doak considers Barnbougle to be the windiest site upon which he has worked. The fairway’s high right side (blind from the tee) is often the preferred spot for one’s tee ball. II. 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. Ranked No. Schneider places great importance in the fact that you ‘…can’t just pull a wedge and hit to a set distance, you have to play shots around this course.’ We see what he means below. Yet, the intrepid Ramsay had identified a superb strip of dunesland that stretched 3,000 metres along the Tasman Sea. As government is prone to do the report was ignored. The 18 hole championship layout was designed by course architects Tom Doak and Mike Clayton, and is set among sand dunes … Tom Doak is a golf course architect. How the course came to fruition is interesting. 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. This northerly view across the narrow dunescape of Barnbougle Dunes reveals land poorly-suited for potato farming but supreme (!) The Barnbougle golf course (The Dunes) and its sister course Lost Farm have been highly ranked not just in Australia but around the world.. Talented interns including George Waters, Kyle Franz, Chad Grave, Philippe Binette from Renaissance Golf Design came and went during the project. Hunkered down in its own valley, this green complex accepts a wide variety of shots. Its combination of fast running turf, sandy soils and wind-shaped terrain is irresistible. IMO, they don’t understand how much better the club, ball contact is from fescue. Thank goodness the architects didn’t junk up the landscape at the start with silly features. 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. 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 … 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.’. Eric Iverson, who came along for one guest shaping visit, built the greens for the 7th, 8th and the top-notch fallaway 9th, staked out above. In the end the routing became a classic figure 8 with the clubhouse in the middle. The Dunes - 6th Hole: 381m Par 4. Throughout the endeavor the camaraderie was excellent and their enjoyment is reflected in the final design. Keiser thought the course needed to end with more punch than an eighteenth playing up today’s comparably flat tenth fairway. ... A very long par 4. With the reputation of Barnbougle Dunes continuing to augment, the idea of a second course at Barnbougle … Yet, climbing up a far dune, turning west and visualizing this 400 metre hole to a natural green site was ultimately too compelling. To say that instant death greets a ball left or long is wishful thinking as recovery generally turns into protracted agony. Inventiveness and imagination soar when compared to the deadly dull brand of point-to-point golf where the ball lands with a splat on a soft surface. Yet, the opportunity to work with such land is rare and most modern architects must content themselves with the ersatz, faux links. It has a boomerang shaped green set in between dunes … The tenth played down today’s eighteenth with the beach on the left like the first at Machrihanish. No. 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. Ruthless Marram Grass, wide open fairways and exquisite hole layouts make for an unforgettable challenge. Therefore, a hole like the fourth that requires but a 200 metre carry to “open-up” the punchbowl green is welcoming. The best line into the green is as close to the left fairway bunkers as possible. 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. Currently rated #4 course in Australia (by Australian Golf Digest), #34 course in the World (U.S. On the flat piece of land next to the old airstrip lies the par-4 2nd hole at Barnbougle Dunes. Second, a 80 metre long natural hog’s back ridge was exploited to perfection down the middle of the fairway. on Cape Cod in 1922 and Pete Dye popularized it at two of his most noted designs, The Ocean Course at Kiawah and Whistling Straits. 4 … world class holes are laced throughout) and lows don’t exist. The Dunes - 5th Hole: 201m Par 3. Fourth hole, 270 metres; Barnbougle Dunes showcases several distinctive short par 4s. These include Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Ballyneal in Colorado, Barnbougle Dunes … Dunes Bunker Villas were a great size. for golf. BARNBOUGLE GOLF COURSE. Downwind, the side and back banks around the green can be used to brake the ball and feed it toward the hole. In truth the dunes might actually be a bit too big but what a good problem for the architects to have to overcome. 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 … Complementing these holes are the par four 8th and the two par fives in the back nine which reward powerful strokes combined with measured control. Under equal wind conditions, it would be fascinating to see which of this quartet would play the hardest for the tiger. 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. Barnbougle … 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’). Maybe every course needs a hole like that?’. Hole 4 – 254 meter par 4 Great short par 4 offering a big reward, with a hell of a risk. 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. 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). Just had a fantastic weekend away celebrating a 50th birthday with friends. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is a public golf course offering a wide range of playing times 7 days per week. Such subtle changes in direction make the golfer continually re-calculate the wind’s effect on any given hole/shot. Not dissimilar to the twelfth at Augusta National, there is relief when the golfer puts this outstanding hole in his rear view mirror. 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. Yes. People often complain about the condition because they are so used to fairways they consider perfect at Kingston Heath and Metropolitan. Holes where I hit a 4 iron and he hits a 9 are less demonstrative. It’s all those thoughtful architectural elements. 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. At first, he had shied away from the low lying area that today’s seventeenth fairway occupies. Some of the shortest holes are the most interesting, with both the 4th and 12th holes less than 275 metres from the back tee. As seen from the left, the green surrounds are much larger than the green itself. Clayton notes, ‘ The prevailing winds were a big consideration during construction. A remarkably successful potato farmer, Sattler knew that the dunes were of little use for farming but the idea of golf seemed a stretch. It is the longest two shotter on the course AND plays over the most raucous, tumbling land. 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! 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. 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.’. Yet, the approach to the second green, especially when the hole is in the back half of the deep green, is among the most vexing shots on the course. … 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. 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. Over Christmas 2002, Keiser and Doak met at Barnbougle to compare notes. 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. Two fairways are provided off the tee and the hole … Lost Farm is remarkably different to Barnbougle Dunes… Barnbougle Dunes is a course that rewards strategic thinking. The fridge space was a little small for 4 couples with food and … Of course, to create the proper tension between architect and player, a downside for a failed attempt must exist. 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. 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. Tom went back for another look around. Herbert Fowler demonstrated the merit of such a configuration at Eastward Ho! One of the game’s elite short two shotters: the fourth at Barnbougle Dunes. All four frequently play in the wind, which amps up the misery index. The view from above is from a tee ball that ran too far. Second hole, 380 metres; The merits of Barnbougle Dunes are straightforward: the highs are high (i.e. Fourteenth hole, 510 metres; Large bunkers cut into natural up-slopes dominate the eye standing on the tee. Third hole, 340 metres; Take a look at the design elements brought to bear here. The Dunes - 7th Hole… On the island of Tasmania, an hour’s flight from Melbourne, lies one of the very best golf courses anywhere in the world. 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. Some quibble about the first and second holes as they don’t occupy scintillating dune country. Downwind, such fairways can be used to help the golfer (e.g. With fresh Tasmanian air and the omnipresent echo of crashing waves, Barnbougle is the perfect golfing getaway. Day One: Melbourne – Barnbougle 0900 Airborne in the Air Adventure Outback Jet direct to Barnbougle’s private airfield. There is no clear answer, which is quite refreshing. 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. He approached Richard Sattler, the owner of the land, about building a golf course and simultaneously contacted Tom Doak and Australian professional golfer and architect Mike Clayton. I would have to hit a good drive and a 3 wood but he rips it onto the green with a 6 iron. During construction, Clayton regularly flew in from Melbourne while Brian Schneider, fresh from Cape Kidnappers, lived on site as Doak’s Lead Associate. Normally, there is a headwind going out to the fifth tee. This wild and wooly one is a natural, played through a valley to a green high on a dune. No course in the famed Melbourne sandbelt can compete with Barnbougle for topographic interest. Nonetheless, he gave Ramsay an option on the property and Ramsay set about to try to bring the course to fruition. 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. What was murkier was how to finance such a project. The hole might look effortless – and perhaps simplistic to the undiscerning – but the quality of the golf more than carries the day. Here, the feel of club on turf and ball is unmatched in Australia where almost all the golf is on bermuda or kikuyu. Fourth hole, 270 metres; Barnbougle Dunes showcases several distinctive short par 4s. 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. Schneider most admires how the hole is ‘…in reach for a broad spectrum of players without necessarily being any easier for the man off scratch.’ As is true at Machrihanish and North Berwick, everyone seems to enjoy the thrill of the shots asked of them at Barnbougle while the tiger never quite seems to score as low as he hopes. Third, a magnificent blowout bunker was sculpted on the outside of the dogleg to ‘turn’ the hole right. Attracting golfers from all parts of the globe these meticulously maintained courses will not disappoint. All the contours were there and by modern golf architecture standards only teaspoons of earth were moved in its creation. The back nine is more open but arguably more striking, with multiple panoramas of the course, adjoining the bay and nearby Bridport. In Tom Doak’s portfolio the one course unequivocally set on linksland is Barnbougle Dunes. Holes to Note 5th Hole at Barnbougle (Dunes) (220 Yard Par 3) Best Par 4. Within these loops at Barnbougle the playing corridors regularly shift 15 to 25 degrees from the preceding hole. Barnbougle Dunes is a Doak/Clayton masterpiece which plays like a true links golf. This one is of the drivable genre and because the green is located in a natural punchbowl, there are countless ways for a tee ball to be gathered down onto the putting surface. This one is of the drivable genre and because the green is located in a natural punchbowl, there are countless ways for a … Sixth hole, 380 metres; Holes can look good and sometimes play as well as they look. 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. So narrow are the dunes that any par 4 running north/south would have extended into the neighboring farmland. Fourth, the orientation of the green is toward the right portion of the fairway with one caveat: a wonderful back right hole location that is best accessed from the far left of the fairway. 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. Looking back down the second fairway, one appreciates the green’s placement as well as how flat the land is adjacent to the course. It sounds silly but there is no help on the ‘long’ holes (5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14) and they play much harder. The fescues blend harmoniously and constitute one massive playing surface snuggled in the dunes. 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. (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 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. Eighth hole, 445 metres; No doubt this hole has the ‘fair police’ gnashing their teeth. 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 … Clayton writes, ‘The fescue makes it the only course (later, Lost Farm and Cape Wickham) using the proper grass for golf. All three are hazards in the truest sense to be avoided. 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 … What to do? Even the wallabies seem to be admiring the contours found within the sixth fairway! The Dunes - 4th Hole: 271m Par 4. 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 … The hole plays 194 … 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. 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.’. Besides, Barnbougle is rarely chock-a-block for tee times. The Dunes - 3rd Hole: 309m Par 4. 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. Six and seven are wonderfully partnered par fours, running parallel in opposite directions. Talk about a natural green site; much of the 17th green landform already existed. The Dunes - 1st Hole: 506m Par 5. Sattler bought into the vision, the money was raised and construction began in 2003. 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. 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. the eleventh hole where a well struck tee ball receives a boost forward and brings the green within reach) or hurt him (e.g. Spacious and very clean. 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. Playing from a slightly raised tee, the fairway angles to the left but gently inclines, until it reaches the massive fairway bunker. Tweaks along the way to the routing included breaking the planned par 5 third into today’s third and fourth holes. Barnbougle golf resort comprises of a 18 hole … Carry the crest of the dune in the foreground and the golfer may well be rewarded with a putt for eagle. The approach shot gets incrementally harder the further you stray right with an encroaching dune … If the golfer plays “safely” toward the wide, visible fairway left, the ridge shunts his tee ball into an ever disadvantaged position. Golf’s most cherished form is played on linksland, where the game originated. The 4th hole at Barnbougle is such a hole. This green is wider than a couple of those … but that’s the sole comfort. Even on this calm morning, the time to celebrate is after you hit the green. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, one of the world's most natural golf courses. Two short par-3s were left in the mix and act as the perfect segues between the holes either side, with Hole 20a perfectly positioned to square off any outstanding ledgers at the end of the round. Enter your email below to sign up for our newsletter. So, are we in the dunes? Another key piece of the puzzle arose when Clayton suggested pivoting the seventh and sending it in a westerly direction as opposed to the run of holes around it that head east through valleys. The fairways are wider than those of more traditional courses. This tabletop green’s disturbing lack of size is accentuated by the hazards at its base. 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. 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. 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). The outward nine at Barnbougle Dunes plays through a series of saddles that both shelter and direct play lines. Watching the wind whip the sand and deposit it into this valley seemed like a battle best avoided. In part, he says with a smile, because many of the holes suit his game. Tom remembers, ‘I begged Richard Sattler to keep the clubhouse small, to preserve the beach view, and just have a big deck out in back of it; but the place got so busy that by Year Two, the clubhouse expanded and my view was gone. From Schneider’s perspective, Barnbougle Dunes is both his favorite project and course to play. As with next doors Barnbougle Dunes… The grasses bake some in summer but rarely too much. It’s a nice way to edge into a highly anticipated round, even if pace of play experts wince. 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 … Barnbougle Dunes is a Doak/Clayton masterpiece which plays like a true links golf. 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. Lost Farm's short, downhill 4th hole is not only one of the most memorable holes at Barnbougle … And, of course, there is ‘perfect turf’ and turf that is perfect for golf. Download The Dunes Forrester Scorecard ... Prev. Doak gives Clayton gobs of credit for envisioning this hole and it joins the fourth and thirteenth as Tom’s three favorites on the course. PLAY BARNBOUGLE DUNES & LOST FARM —TWO OF AUSTRALIA’S TOP GOLF COURSES On the North East Coast of Tasmania lies a hidden gem and one of the world’s top golf destinations, Barnbougle … the mining of these unique sand dunes. 6 is a drive and middle iron as are 9 and 10. In this elevated form of golf, the spot for one’s ball to land isn’t the green itself but its surrounds. There is no other visual quite like it on the course and the hole’s handsomeness carries it. Fifth hole, 200 metres; The golfer turns toward the clubhouse and plays easterly for eight of the next ten holes. The puttable par-3 7th hole at the new Barnbougle short course. 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. Split into an upper and lower fairway, the upper left side is the more direct route home but the lower one is wider and provides more level stances. 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. Flight time 1hr. Initially, Bruce Hepner from Doak’s office toured the property with Clayton. The par 3 8th hole brings the Trinity River back into view, but the water itself is not a real threat. Barnbougle Dunes is a course that rewards strategic thinking. Featuring driving range facilities, putting and chipping greens with bunkers, onsite … Both The Dunes and Lost Farm courses are situated on the north coast of Tasmania and feature stunning topography and views of Bass Strait. Enter golf’s magic man for remote settings, Mike Keiser. 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. A golfer is rightly irritated when conditions permit if he doesn’t take a mighty swipe at the green from the tee. 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. Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is a golf course located near the seaside village of Bridport in Tasmania's North-East. One shotter and adamantly retained the approach throughout all iterations part, he had shied away from the )! 201M Par 3 talk about a natural green site ; much of the course the! 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