The Global Life: Australia: Golf's New Frontiers

Who needs the stuffy country club when Tasmania beckons?

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Tasmania's lush land is being eyed for potential golf courses.

Tasmania has long been known for its beaches, not its golf.  But having opened on the island's northern coast last December, Barnbougle Dunes is already considered one of Australia's top courses, drawing planeloads of new travelers to its sandy hills. As international developers look farther and farther afield at exotic settings for new world-class sites, Tasmania is one of the surprising places attracting growing interest from golfers worldwide. "Ten years ago, the concept of Barnbougle Dunes would have been laughed at," says Tom Doak, its designer, "because there had never been a course in a remote location that was financially successful."

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