PLAY BARNBOUGLE, STAY BRIDPORT
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Journey: Scottsdale to Bridport 20kms
Bridport CP $25pn
Weather cool sunny.
After a speedy walk of 7kms before breakfast, we packed up and called into the Forest Eco Centre, run by forestry Tasmania. Kath tackled the reception staff with questions about the toxicity of St Helens' water but they claimed ignorance.
We were in Bridport by 11am and got ourselves a lovely grassy site right above a swimming beach- don't we always?!
We have 3 nights here and it is great; sunny, warm days and cool clear seas. We really appreciated the coastal walk "Bridport Wildflower Reserve" which is 6+ kms from our site so makes a perfect morning walking track. The town has a good vibe and you can understand why it is such a popular local holiday destination. Kath did not have to travel further than the van for sunrise/sunset photos. Just love Bridport!!
BARNBOUGLE DUNES LINKS GOLF COURSE, just 4 kms west of Bridport.Opened in 2004, it is a par-71 links course, set on rolling sand dunes beside the seas of the Bass Strait. Last November, Barnbougle was voted the 5th best golf course in the world. It is surrounded by Barnbougle Farm- producing Angus Beef, meat & wool sheep and acres of potatoes; in fact Richard Slater owner of these enterprises did not even play golf when he set up the course.
So off we went on a sunny Thursday to tee off at 8.40am; when Sheila wanted to practise before her game but time was running short the pro. said: "No worries, we run on Barnbougle time here, go practise and tee off when you are ready." So with Kath as caddy & photographer we excitedly got started. The fairways were like carpet and the greens were very fast and extremely challenging. Motorised buggies are not permitted, so its walk the 7 km hilly course.
Sheila scored a respectable 98 which for her was a happy result. Even as a non golfer you could really enthuse about the beauty of the place and we had a perfect Tassie day for it.
The pictures tell the story of our special experience. Yes it did cost $98 but we, and everyone we spoke to agreed it was good value! And of course we had a freezing cold Cascade at the 19th and had fun comparing notes with other golfers.