Well I am back from the Tassie trip, and what a glorious trip it was. The plan was to head over with a group of four from our club - we often play as a group of a Saturday morning and were just idly chatting one day about how we would love to go and play Barnbougle/Lost Farm one day. We realised there was nothing stopping us and organised a weekend.
Unfortunately one of our group was a scratching due to some health issues, but the three of us had a great time.
Accommodation on the course wasn't available on one of the days we booked, but we snagged a good Airbnb in the middle of the bustling town that is Bridport for significantly cheaper accommodation costs anyway. A slight mishap when I left my cabin baggage at home when I went to work. There wasn't much that I could do without, except it included the trophy for the weekend that I had picked up, and of course the key to the lock on my golf travel bag. So had to break the second one of those locks in less than a month after a similar issue at the Nationals. I have learned my lesson and bought a combination lock for the future.
We were playing for our trophy which we dubbed "The Maureen" after the member of our group who hadn't managed to make it. We decided that the trophy should be perpetual as we plan to have some more similar trips in the future to check out courses we wanted to play - thinking about going up the Murray next year.
Day 1 was playing on the Dunes course. One of the women I played with was concerned about being able to walk the course so had arranged to have a cart. This required a medical certificate, and also to pay for a caddie to drive the cart. The cart fit two bags, so the other of our group planned to put her bag on the cart also with me pulling up the rear in a pull cart. When we got there, the lovely Ross said that if I chucked him a $20 cash in hand, he would put my bag on the cart as well and we would all ride in style. While I wouldn't have paid full whack for the privilege, it did make the logistics and speed of getting around the court much better.
On the first day, they recommended the tees based on the highest handicap in the group, which meant we played off the forward tees, rated at about 116 from memory. We had lovely weather, and we all really enjoyed the Dunes course. Some spectactular views at different times, with a very links style. The course was immaculate, though Ross related that they had to do a lot of work when it was windy to keep the sand in the bunkers.
For me, I played passably well but managed to miss some opportunities to get a decent score. Disappointingly ended the day on 29 points with 4 wipes or something. Played well out of bunkers all day, putted decently but had a couple of holes where I couldn't hit the ball cleanly to save myself. But after the first day I was leading the charge by one point.