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ac­com­mo­da­tion, one restau­rant, a sports bar, even a spa, and yet it’s a place where your only inclination is to spend ev­ery day­light hour en­joy­ing a pair of great courses that are the ul­ti­mate in pure, tra­di­tional, links golf.

To give you an idea of how my week­end went, we teed up at rst light on a Satur­day and Sun­day, played un­til twi­light with only the briefest of mid­day breaks; then fol­low­ing a hot shower ate piz­zas and drank draft beer while watch­ing six di er­ent sport­ing Be­ing a rare twoball, ea­ger to play 36 holes each day, meant we had to tee o at the front of the eld to achieve our ob­jec­tive. Most of the four­balls were re­strict­ing them­selves to one daily round.

Barn­bougle is a new ad­di­tion to the gol ng world. The Dunes course, de­signed by Amer­i­can Tom Doak, was opened in 2004. Lost Farm fol­lowed in 2010, again em­ploy­ing US de­sign­ers, this time Ben Cren­shaw and Bill Coore. Both lay­outs, thanks to the rep­u­ta­tion of their

Ban­don Dunes, in a quiet re­gion of Ore­gon on the west coast of Amer­ica, was the

rst. Be­tween 1999 and 2010, owner Mike Keiser utilised a rugged and empty ex­panse of land over­look­ing the Paci c Ocean to open four 18-hole courses, plus a 13-hole Par 3 lay­out, to cope with a grow­ing de­mand for uniquely di er­ent golf. Keiser also bought into Cabot Links in an equally de­serted part of Nova Sco­tia, where there are now two courses, and he has an in­ter­est in Barn­bougle Dunes, be­ing

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