Barnbougle Dunes is a course that requires strategy and plotting a suitable path according to your ability. It does not require brute strength, yet there are places to exert power to an advantage.
Steve Keipert, Australian Golf Digest in Jan 2005 said “it is difficult to imagine a player of any handicap not enjoying the Barnbougle Dunes experience”.
The outward nine at Barnbougle plays through a series of saddles that both shelter and direct play lines. The back nine is more open but arguably more striking with multiple panoramas of the course, adjoining bay and the town of Bridport.
The fairways are wider than those of more traditional courses. 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.
Some of the shortest holes are the most interesting with both the 4th and 12th holes being less than 275 metres from the back tee. 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.
The greens at Barnbougle run at speeds closely resembling the original greens of the great British links. The greens have been contoured in tune with the tumbling land around them. In places they tumble, there are broad slopes on others, ridges through the playing lines of a few.
Nigel Wall, Golf Australia Magazine has said “Barnbougle Dunes represents a breakthrough in this country”.
Barnbougle puts Tasmania on the map of world golfing destinations.