“You do realise you’re lucky to be playing golf at all at the moment, right?”. It’s not the first time this has been suggested to me this week, usually from fathers much more experienced than I in the time pressures of looking after small children. At eight weeks, my son Winston is likely one of the younger travellers to be out on the golf tourism circuit at the moment, but so far he seems to be enjoying it. Thankfully life at Barnbougle, on Tasmania’s Northern coastline, seems to suit him. It helps that his Mum, my wife Rosie, is amazingly relaxed, organised and supportive of a lifestyle that can involve early alarms, remote travel and long periods of Dad disappearing over the dunes in search of golf balls or photographs. Winston too, after an initial six week burst of seemingly insatiable energy and appetite, also seems to be turning into a pretty relaxed character. Our flatmates in the four bedroom villa that overlooks the 1st fairway commented that they’ve barely heard a peep from him, despite our concerns that his late night screaming sessions might disturb their precious pre-golf sleep.
The reason we have taken up the challenge to come here, despite the unknowns and mistakes that are inevitable for first-time parents (always pack a full change of clothes for your baby on a plane flight, no matter how short it is), was really a question of “if not now, when?”. After more than two pandemic affected years of rescheduling, rebooking, rejigging and eventually just cancelling everything, the desire to get back out into the world and explore again overrode any fears we had of struggling to cope. So when Seed Golf, a direct-to-customer golf ball brand based in Ireland, approached us to produce some video and photography of their latest products, we decided to pull together a crew and head straight for the most Irish-looking golf course in Australia: Barnbougle Dunes.