If you’re a golf enthusiast this is as good as it gets. Wake up just a gentle chip shot from the first tee on one of the world’s greatest links courses, plan the day’s play with your morning coffee overlooking Tom Doak–designed fairways and bunkers, or enjoy a drink with your buddies in the clubhouse restaurant after the game to watch the sun set over the course. Barnbougle’s 24 Victorian bathing-box-style weatherboard cottages were designed for golfing foursomes. They offer cosy two-bedroom accommodation with verandahs looking across this hidden golfing paradise. A step up is the dune-top villa, which accommodates four couples in stylish self-contained luxury complete with plasma TV and ocean views.
425 Waterhouse Rd, Barnbougle Dunes; (03) 6356 0094