Barnbougle helps drive Tasmanian golf tourism

Barnbougle Dunes started it all…Lost Farm cemented it and now golfing nuts all around the world are hoping an island in the middle of Bass Strait can complete it.

I’m talking about the turning of Tasmania into the ultimate golfing destination.

Barnbougle Dunes Barnbougle Dunes (Credit: www.golfphotos.com.au)

And while golfers the world over discuss previous – or proposed – trips to this golfing Heaven, two more courses due to open on nearby King Island in the near future, will definitely make it hard to resist a golfing holiday in Tasmania.

Barnbougle, the Daddy of them all is already rated the 11th best course in the world – that’s right – in the world.

And this marvellous layout just outside the tiny Tassie town of Bridport, is a mere four months away from its 10th birthday.

Lost Farm came along several years later and added to the mystique – and indeed is already ranked the 23rd best course in the world.

Millionaire developer Richard Sattler is responsible for both layouts which attract something like 80,000 visitors a year.

“We needed two [courses] to make it a destination and now it is a destination.

“There is plenty of scope, plenty of good sites but you have just got to make sure that what you build is what the customers want.”

Well, golfers always want more and two links courses, Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes, scheduled to open in 2015 on King Island also have the potential to be world class.

Cape Wickham, a $20m layout on King Island’s northern tip and has reached the “grow-in” stage in the shadows of Australia’s tallest lighthouse.

Ocean Dunes architect Graeme Grant suggests his $7m course outside of Currie, together with Cape Wickham and Barnbougle, would kick start golf tourism in the state.

No doubt golfers will be the best judges of that. And they’ll be queuing up to find out.