The Best Golf Courses on the Coast

Pack your clubs and call a caddie: A golf expert shares his favorite waterfront courses and the exceptional perks that make each one memorable

Barnbougle Dunes
Photo: Courtesy of Barnbougle Dunes

Barnbougle Dunes

Tasmania, Australia

Like much of this largely eco-protected island, the young yet famous golf course laid out here is crisscrossed by heaving land features, their edges softened by a prevailing wind called the "roaring forties." Seaside golf traditionally includes one compact hole that tests nothing but a player's educated hands and refined "touch"—at Barnbougle the diminutive par-3 seventh plays that role. You stand on the tee, having traveled thousands of miles to a remote, magical destination, and now you need to loft your golf ball 100-something paces to relive that pleasure of safe arrival. Rates start at $150, 18 holes of golf for $99; 61/36/356-0094 or barnbougledunes.com.

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