Golfing enthusiasts have yet another reason to visit acclaimed golf resort Barnbougle: three brand new luxury villas.
By Andrew Bain
Published: 16 May, 2017
One of the world's greatest golf destinations just got even better. Perched high on the sand dunes above Tasmanian golfing mecca Barnbougle, in the island’s north-east, are the new Ocean Villas, providing a luxurious way to bunker down after a day on the fairways and greens.
With a pair of the world's leading golf courses just beyond their walls, the three villas bring a new level of style and comfort to golf travel in Australia.
With its links-style Dunes and Lost Farm golf courses, Barnbougle provides classic golfing scenes that wouldn't look out of place in the sport's heartland of Scotland. Roaring Forties winds tousle the grasses of the rough, and a narrow line of sand dunes separates the fairways from the waters of Bass Strait that divide Tasmania from mainland Australia.
Atop these dunes, looking over the strait and the long sandy line of Barnbougle Beach, are the three new Ocean Villas. Wall-to-ceiling windows provide uninterrupted beach and sea views, as do the 66-square-metre (710-square-feet) outdoor decks that face out to the strait. Inside, each spacious villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large open-plan living and dining area that feels as wide as the Dunes’ fairways, walk-in robes and a separate laundry.
The stylish villas are the most luxurious accommodation options in an already impressive array at Barnbougle, joining a trio of four-bedroom villas, 22 cottages sprinkled beside the Dunes course, and the 50-room Lost Farm Lodge overlooking its namesake course.
On the green
Since the opening of the Dunes course in 2004, and the addition of the Lost Farm course in 2012, Barnbougle has been a staple on lists of the world’s great golf courses. As recently as this January, US Golf Digest ranked both the Dunes and the Lost Farm among the world’s top 40 golf courses. Barnbougle was the only golf resort in the world to have two courses on the list.
The courses are shaped to the natural contours of the coastal dunes, providing a golf experience that’s as scenic as it is challenging, with perfectly groomed fairways meandering through tall fescue-grass rough and around the largest bunker in the Southern Hemisphere, found on the Dunes course.
Driving from the tee
At the edge of the seaside holiday town of Bridport, Barnbougle is a good base for wider exploration of Tasmania's beautiful north-east coast. Head to Bridport’s Old Pier Beach, where the namesake pier has been reduced to a photogenic line of pylons piercing the sea.
About a 30-minute drive from Barnbougle is Tasmania’s premier wine region, the Tamar Valley, noted particularly for its cool-climate pinot noirs and sparklings. A drive around the Tamar Valley Wine Route will take you past dozens of welcoming cellar doors.
Or you can spend a day around Barnbougle. Walk the beach, which extends for kilometres, dine at the Lost Farm Restaurant, where the course and coastal views are as fresh as the produce, or indulge in a treatment at the Barnbougle day spa.
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