As Barnbougle continues to write its own incredible history and put itself on the world stage it is interesting to consider our first visit to Richard Sattler’s farm and the seemingly useless dunes bordering his land – a farm utterly unsuited to anything but grazing cows and growing potatoes.
The dunes however were perfect for golf and Sattler, with advice from Mike Keiser, took his chances on making profitable, public golf far from anywhere. Most thought him mad but they thought the same of Keiser when he started building in Bandon.
What both men proved was people will travel to the ends of the earth if the golf promises thrills and the experience of the great British and Irish links.
Barnbougle was co-designed with Tom Doak and is currently rated #35 in the world and #2 in Australia.