WHERE TO STAY
Barnbougle Dunes This wonderfully remote resort houses golfers in twenty-two cottages nestled side by side among the dunes. Modeled after the changing stations on Melbourne’s Brighton Beach, they’re designed for foursomes, with two cheerful bedrooms separated by a large central bath. There’s also a four-bedroom villa, complete with kitchen and outdoor grill, that can house groups of eight. While you’re here, rent a fishing rod and cast into the mouth of the Great Forester River, where ocean trout and salmon are itching to jump on a line. The clubhouse chef will be happy to cook up what you catch. The restaurant serves excellent food at fair prices and stays open late— a good thing, because it’s the only place of note to eat for eighty miles.
425 Waterhouse Road, Bridport, Tasmania. Rooms: $115–$160. Contact: 011-61/363-560-094, barnbougledunes.com.au.
Lindenderry The finest accommodations in the wine-producing town of Red Hill, midway between the northern and southern coasts and half an hour from the area’s top courses, this forty-room lodge sits amid grapevines, manicured lawns and rose gardens. The furnishings are a blend of antiques and newer pieces complemented by works of Australian art. Complimentary afternoon teas add a pleasing touch, and the restaurant draws not only overnight guests but also patrons from afar. Dipping into a spa bath here is a great way to relax after a round.
142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill. Rooms: $225–$540. Contact: 011-61/359-892-933, lindenderry.com.au.
Peninsula Golf & Country Club For the modest cost of an overnight stay, guests receive a 50 percent discount on the greens fees to play the club’s two highly regarded courses. The rooms are a bit institutional—they have the feel of a wood-paneled cocktail lounge—but who can argue with the pleasure of having an early evening drink and then slipping outside to practice your stroke on the club’s enormous putting green before getting dressed for dinner?
Skye Road, Frankston. Rooms: $115–$150. Contact: 011-61/397-892-222, peninsulagolf.com.au.
Peppers Moonah Links Resort Perfectly situated for golfers seeking to play some of the peninsula’s finest courses, this luxury resort in the heart of the Cups borders the two eighteens at Moonah Links and lies within five minutes of St. Andrews Beach, the National and the Dunes. The ninety-six rooms are laid out in rectangular blocks that have a practice green and a pool between them. Many of the rooms have balconies that offer views of the course. Guests can also make use of the day spa, the gym and tennis courts during their stay.
Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal. Rooms: $215–$315. Contact: 011-61/359-882-000, peppers.com.au.