In an interview for the Genesis Golf Link Cup, the owner of Barnbougle, Richard Sattler, said land immediately east of Barnbougle’s Lost Farm course has already attracted interest from golf course architects.
“There could be more golf courses, we’re just sitting at present, watching what the market does,” said Sattler, who has owned the 15,000-acre property at Barnbougle for close to 27 years.
“We’ve all got to be conscious that membership golf in Australia has been declining for a few years so we don’t want to sort of overload the market so we’re really watching to see what happens, whether that trend’s changing, which it appears it may be slightly but not enough conclusive proof yet.”
“It’s very much a commercial decision, it’s a business before it’s a golf course.”
Sattler said a decision most likely won’t be made for at least two years.
“I’d say probably two years, maybe three, but two years’ time we’ll be pretty confident we can make the right call.”
“We’ve had just so many architects have a look at it and want to pitch for the job now.”
“Everyone sort of wants the chance to try and top the first two [courses] with something special and we’ve got a site along the coast of Lost Farm site. It’s all sitting there, it’s just whether we do it as a commercial decision.
The Dunes and Lost Farm courses have been ranked as high as the respective 11th and 23rd best courses in the world by Golf Digest.
Both courses were named inside GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World for 2017, which was released in August.
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