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Barndougle Lost Farms was developed as a 20-hole course by Richard Sattler for $9.1 million. It is the sister course of Barndougle Dunes.
Tasmania’s coming of age
By RoBeRT J. Vasilak People sometimes say passionate golfers would cheerfully travel to the ends of the earth to play an impeccable links course. I don’t exactly know where the ends of the earth are, but lately I’ve been thinking they must be in Tasmania. For as much as our planet has shrunk since the advent of air travel, Tasmania remains a world apart, at least for North Americans. In an absolute best-case scenario, getting there via commercial flight from my home in suburban Washington, D.C., takes more than 32 hours. By comparison, many seemingly remote destinations for links golf — Bandon Dunes, the Sand Hills courses in Nebraska, and the famed Scottish and Irish venues — are practically just around the corner. Even people who live in Tasmania know the pain involved in getting there. Just
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The island may seem like a hidden, out-of-the-way place. But golf is growing fast here, mainly because the terrain is made for the sport.
months ago, the head of the state’s golf council admitted that his most famous golf courses, at Barnbougle Dunes, are “an awfully long way from anything.” Nonetheless, another Tasmaniac is born every day. Barnbougle Dunes is the reason why. Tasmania has long fancied itself as a worthy home for golf. It has more than 80 courses, including the oldest one in Australia, but Barnbougle Dunes is unique among them. It was built to exacting standards to provide uncompromising golf travelers with an exquisite, one-ofa-kind experience that sears land and a game indelibly into one. The people who gave new life to rugged, ancient terrain in far-away Bridport understood the essential truth about destination golf: If a place is going to justify a 32-hour trip, it must aspire to perfection. Barnbougle Dunes’ first 18, a seaside track that opened just seven years ago, was ranked as Australia’s top public course practically overnight. And today it’s generally acknowledged to be among the world’s elite. While it may sound like heresy to say this, the resort’s second 18, the Lost Farm layout, may someday rank higher. Michael Keiser, the developer of Bandon Dunes and an investor in Barnbougle Dunes, once said Lost Farm “could well be the best course since Augusta National.” Greg Ramsay, who at the time was just a 23-year-old kid, and who almost certainly couldn’t fully comprehend the grandeur of his ambitions and the risks he was asking potential investors to take, envisioned Barnbougle Dunes. His idea of a bankroll was a $5,000 loan his
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Golf Inc - Summer 2012
Golf Inc - Summer 2012
Table of Contents
Hiring Right: The First Step Toward Great Customer Service
New EPA Regulations Will Increase Turf Equipment Costs
Britain’s Greenkeepers Association Makes Operational Improvements, CEO Says
What the Future of Golf Could Look Like
Textron Financial, Capmark Put Golf Portfolios Up for Sale
With Commercial Real Estate Confidences Up, Is Golf Close Behind?
The Evolution of Donald Trump
Tasmania’s Coming of Age
Largest Management Companies
Renovation of the Year
Bald Head’s Logistical Challenge
The State of Technology in the Golf Industry
Britney Spears as Golf Spokesperson?
Golf Inc - Summer 2012