Since 2004, Barnbougle in Tasmania has been very popular with golfers with their two 18-hole courses, the Dunes and Lost Farm. But now there is another. The new Bougle Run is 14 holes and runs behind the Lost Farm and the sights it provides are just breathtaking.
The Bougle Run is a shorter course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. These guys are experts at building short golf courses. They gained a lot of attention when they built Bandon Preserve at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon in 2012. This course has been dubbed by Golf Advisor as the 10th best course in Oregon, and the 13th most friendly course in the US.
Traditionally, golf courses are 18-holes that can take up to four hours to complete but these shorter courses could take as little as 90 minutes. And are making waves in the industry as alternative courses become more popular. The Bougle Run is an attempt at this kind of alternative course and is made up of twelve par 3’s and two short par 4’s.
Richard Sattler, Barnbougle owner & founder, stated that the new course had to follow three key requirements, those being: an experience that is a ‘true test of golf’, a visually spectacular landscape, and an assurance that the new course fits within the existing courses in a cohesive manner.
Judging by some of these photos, I’d say that at least the last two requirements have been easily met. The courses are beautiful, and they provide views of Anderson’s Bay and the nearby Lost Farm Course.
While I cannot say for myself whether or not the course is a true test of golf, it is intended to provide enjoyment to golfers of all abilities. From beginner to experienced player.
Bill Coore has said that in order to make sure everyone can enjoy the course, they had to use the land in a creative way. The course is situated in a very elevated spot, so Coore & Crenshaw used the changes in the elevation and undulation to create a section of four holes that beginners could enjoy. For seasoned players, the remaining 10 holes are far more difficult, requiring skills like strategic shot positioning.