Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links

Course Overview

Par: 72
ACR: 75
Length (m): 6148
Architect: Tom Doak & Mike Clayton
Design Year: 2004
Top 100: 4
Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is a public golf course offering a wide range of playing times 7 days per week. Contact either Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links or GOLFSelect for more information.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is the creation of a small group of dreaming golfers who saw the potential to build the most amazing golf course on the small island of Tasmania a short jump from the mainland of Australia.

The golf course meanders through towering dunes and along the beach, where the roar of the ocean and a salty breeze embraces golfers, plotting their way around one of the world's most natural golf courses.

It has now rocketed into the World Top 100 rankings with a very impressive debut at number 49. In the recently released Australian ratings the course has amazingly, but not surprisingly, been rated inside the top 10 courses.

Barnbougle Dunes is one of those escape from it all kind of places. The onsite accommodation is comfortable and the restaurant and bar within the clubhouse first class with very reasonable prices to boot. All in all it is a great place to visit and play golf on a course that looks as though it has been there for over 100 years!

The golf course itself combines a series of subtle, short in length par 4 holes with some testing par 3 holes and only 3 par 5's on a course where the wind is an ever present factor. One of the great features of the course in the variability in playing conditions depending on the time of day you are playing the course. The mornings tend to offer windless playing experiences with often crisp cloudless days whereas in the afternoon the wind tends to pick up and provides challenges on many of the closing holes. All in all Barnbougle is a great thinking person's golf course.

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links is just outside the coastal village of Bridport, 1 hour north of Launceston in the island state of Tasmania.

Address and Contact Details

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links
425 Waterhouse Road
Bridport, Tasmania, 7262
Tel: +61-3-6356-0094
Pro: +61-3-6356-0094
Fax: +61-3-6356-0095

Location Map

Course Location Map  Driving Directions

Course Playing Tips

Hole 1, Par 5 (506 m)
A wide landing area for the tee shot is a forgiving introduction to your round. But the immediate risk/reward carry of the bunker on the second shot, and the various slopes feeding the ball away from the front half of the Opening green will alert you to the challenge ahead.

Hole 2, Par 4 (381 m)
An apparently simple and wide open hole comes to life when pondering the shot into a very deep and narrow green, with three layers. There is no forgiveness for a wayward approach into the prevailing wind.

Hole 3, Par 4 (339 m)
Look left to the fairway and you'll see a thin ribbon of green fairway, leading right to the blind green. The tee shot is best aimed at the left edge of the distant bunker, with a driver taking you down to the lower shelf of the fairway (not the best place to attack the common back, left pin). The safe play into the green is to play long and right.

Hole 4, Par 4 (271 m)
The site of Barnbougle farm's first homestead, a rare still day will present a chance to go for the green with your tee shot, and putt for an elusive eagle. However, the sensible play is to either lay up short of the enormous bunker and accept the blind pitch into the green, or drive up the left side and open up your view at the flag.

Hole 5, Par 3 (201 m)
While the coastal scenery & dunescape is distracting, the Turn hole demands a precise shot to the left hand side of the split level green, letting the contours feed the ball around to the pin.

Hole 6, Par 4 (381 m)
With a tail wind big hitters can take on the sand hill, or the safe play is down the left hand side fairway. However short your shot in may be, this subtle green with its awkward depth perception rewards only the most precise approaches.

Hole 7, Par 3 (112 m)
One of Australia's shortest golf holes, is also one of the nation's most challenging. A sweetly driven long iron into the wind, or a softly floating pitch shot when its still, don't miss it long or left, and you'll never be so glad to walk off with a three.

Hole 8, Par 4 (446 m)
You can take the high road or the low road, with more room to the right hand side, but a longer shot into the distant green. A hole where the par is irrelevant, and your own shot shot selection and execution is everything.

Hole 9, Par 4 (400 m)
A tee shot where driver rarely improves your position, a long iron up the left side will open your line into the green, or a 3wood up the right will reward the golfer with one of the best views at Barnbougle, looking beyond the green and up the never ending beach and distant dunes. The inviting clubhouse will recharge your batteries for the back 9.

Hole 10, Par 4 (409 m)
The left side bunkers on this wide open fairway attract the aggressive golfers, while the multi layered green ensures that golfers are happy with a steady par to start the back 9.

Hole 11, Par 5 (475 m)
When the wind is up, an eagle putt is available to those straight enough with their approach into this shorter par 5. However the common lay up to the left side of the green provides one of the most subtle short approach shots to the flag- to pitch, fly, bump'n'run or putt it to the hole.

Hole 12, Par 4 (254 m)
Carrying the gaping bunkers short of the green tempt many on a still day, but into the prevailing wind the safe line is to the wide fairway left of the green. On your approach shot in, don't let the Bass Strait vista distract you from your bump'n'run to tucked away pins.

Hole 13, Par 3 (188 m)
Shots into the right half of this mountainous green will feed balls to the lower left side, the long chip or putt will need to traverse humps and hollows. But don't fret, there is always a way to the hole.

Hole 14, Par 5 (508 m)
The variety of driving lines is determined by the tail wind, as is the ability to reach the green in two. For those laying up, you choose to carry over or lay up short of the neck of fairway between wetlands. Green side craters await the errant approach.

Hole 15, Par 4 (321 m)
The central bunker offers 4 lines off the tee; safely short, the safe left, tight right or beyond. The strategy you choose will be governed by the hole location- but regardless of the pin, don't miss this green left.

Hole 16, Par 3 (153 m)
The green feeds away and right from the tee, so as long as you miss the short left bunker, a two putt par awaits. When the wind is up however, you'll have to hit one out of the screws to get it near.

Hole 17, Par 4 (400 m)
The tranquility of the rivermouth disguises one of the course's most demanding tee shots. Thread the drive between fairway bunkers and run the ball up onto the diagonal green, protruding from the dunes.

Hole 18, Par 4 (403 m)
A tee shot aimed at the left verandah of the clubhouse will leave you with an open shot into the green. With its valley of sin short right, the sand hills back and left, and beach all down the right, you won't find many prettier settings in which to finish your round of golf.

Course Dress Regulations

  • Generally accepted golf clothing on course;
  • Golf attire acceptable in clubhouse;
  • No denim, sneakers, or shirts without collars;
  • Mobile phones in locker room or car park only;
  • Non-metal spikes are mandatory.
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