Barnbougle Lost Farm - Tasmania - Australia

Barnbougle Lost Farm,
Waterhouse Road,
Bridport,
Tasmania 7262,
Australia


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Alan nominated Barnbougle Lost Farm as a Gem on February 2nd 2011. The course has rocketed into the world rankings since then, however, we liked Alan's comments so much we've left his story intact:

The Lost Farm has only been open for a month or so I think, and the clubhouse is still months from completion, but you can already see that this is a fine course and a great complement to Barnbougle Dunes. I Played the course the day after the Dunes which is a shame because it had the almost impossible task of living up to its neighbour. It did however put up a strong fight!

There is a fair mix of links and parkland holes here as it is set a bit further back from the dunes and it actually comprises 20 holes, with additional par threes on the back nine which makes things interesting. The bunkering is again attractive with huge waste areas and fairways similarly generous.

The first two holes are in my opinion better openers than at Barnbougle Dunes and got the heart going in anticipation of what was to come, which was an excellent run of links holes with the short par three 4th the highlight looking out onto the beach from the headland. This is followed by an almost crazy dogleg where you can see the green from the 450 or so yard hole but all the fairway is obscured by a simply huge dune system.

The majority of the holes are then played a little inland with more lush grass and a less links-like feel. They are all good holes but it was in this midsection that the Lost Farm lost a little ground to its older brother that is littered with exceptional holes. The Lost farm does however finish very strongly as it gets closer to the sea again. 14 if I remember is a beautiful short downhill par four followed by a great downhill through the dunes par 3 directly below the new spa complex, which I’m sure has one of the greatest views in world golf of almost the entire course, as it sits proudly on the huge dunes. The par four 18th is a fitting end to the round and a truly great two-shot hole.

All in all this may be my second favourite course in Australia but as it is so new the greens are not quite at the same level and it is just occasionally rough round the edges. Still a 5-ball course however, and my advice is to play Lost Farm before Barnbougle Dunes and see what you think.

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Description: The 20-hole Barnbougle Lost Farm links opened for play in December 2010 and commentators already think this new golf course is equal to its world-beating neighbour. Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Reviews: 11
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Mark White

Without the wind Barnbougle Lost Farm is not a difficult course. It has a decent routing and the bonus two extra par 3's are fun. The fairways are overly generous in spots and four of the greens are silly with too much contrived ridge lines. Best holes are 4, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 17. What people will love about Lost Farm is that it is very playable, has some great views of the coastline and clubhouse, is very natural incorporating the terrain and vegetation of the land, and the bunkers are well placed, vary in size, and are rugged. This course is fun to play.

During the first round around at this Coore/Crenshaw course I very much liked it. I still do. But during the second round I thought a bit less of it. The first round we played we started on ten and ended in the rain. For the second round the same day we started on one, put on our rain gear three separate times with some wind as well, but ended in warm sunshine with no breeze.

There are two bonus par 3’s on the back nine so it is easy and expected to play 20 holes. I did not find it difficult to play 40 holes due to the mostly level terrain and could have played another 18. We walked and took trolleys.

The fairways are typically wide here, perhaps too wide in many cases resulting in the definition of a few holes being lost. There are also a few very flaky and contrived greens due to overly done shaping on several holes. The severe shaping of elevation into those greens is completely unnecessary as the hole and green had adequate challenges without the absurdity.

I don't think 80 yard wide fairways are very interesting, no matter the wind conditions, and Lost Farm has several fairways that wide beginning with the first hole, a long par five. The second hole is even wider. I hit a shot to the right on the second hole that was so far offline I was embarrassed. Yet when I walked beyond the curvature of the taller fescue I saw my ball still on the edge of the fairway. I had even a decent shot to the green and saved par even on this undulating green. Golf holes should not be like this.

People will disagree with me but I did think there are only three great holes on the front nine which are 5, 7 and 8. Some may say the third is a great hole as a short, driveable par 4 but for a person of my length there is no decision to make and one is left with a short shot into a well protected green placed in a corner but it is not a difficult shot. The short par 3 fourth hole along the coast is beautiful but again is not a demanding shot despite all of the eye candy near it with some beautiful bunkers The fifth is a longer par 4 dogleg right that requires a blind shot over the edge of a large hill with a green set back between two mounds. The seventh is a mid-length par 4 that requires a well-placed approach shot to a green well defended in its front with large bunkers either side. The eighth is one of the three best holes on the golf course as a marvelous long par five to a very good green, the best green perhaps on the golf course. One has to navigate a huge fairway bunker and stay away from the trees all down the right side until you arrive at this elevated green with lots of run offs and a deep bunker strategically placed front middle. The ninth, while pretty, is too short and too easy despite the bunkers surrounding the green.

On the back nine there are a lot of good holes with 10, 11, 13 -15, and 17 as the highlights. Ten is a gem from an elevated tee threading one’s tee shot through the dune canyon that continue on either side nearly all the way to the green which has a cleverly single tree by the green to confuse you.

The eleventh requires a blind tee shot over the large fairway bunker threading the dune on the left and the trees on the right. Bunkers continue the way in but there is a large area surrounding the green providing a chance to chip and recover par if the long second shot does not find this large green. I did not care for the twelfth as I felt the fairway was too wide. The thirteenth is a very fine par 4 playing back into the canyon to a narrow green while the fourteenth offers a splendid view and canyon effect from its elevated tee. The fifteenth is a gorgeous downhill longer par 3 playing along the coastline to the bottom of the clubhouse. It is terrific. The seventeenth is a gem as a 175 yard uphill par 3 that is well defended by bunkers and a false front. I thought this to be the best par 3 on the golf course. The eighteenth hole has length and some nice dunes on the left for the tee shot but I thought this green was too large for the hole. However, I want to emphasize it is a fun hole to finish on.

Coore built four greens that are too contrived and actually not fun to putt on. There is a point where an unnatural four feet ridge line is silly. Two feet would have been adequate enough to make a challenge as opposed to absurdity. The downhill par 3 sixth hole is a prime example of a green that is overdone with its mounding and undulations. For me, the green made me dislike a hole that I should have liked. The other greens overly done I thought were 10, 14 and 16.

I think this course is not quite as good as Streamsong Red or Bandon Trails and not even close to as good as Sand Hills, Friar’s Head or Cabot Cliffs. It is not as strong as Barnbougle Links. However, it is very much worth playing because it is beautiful, it is fun, there are some real challenges, and it is so natural. The routing, given the land available, is splendid. Barnougle’s second course is a winner.

October 17, 2019
8 / 10
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Maarten

It took me a while to write this review. Of course my Tassie pilgrimage wouldn't have been complete without having played the Lost Farm as well as its bigger sister next door. Thanks BB for making me realize this just in time. Playing all 38 holes in one day gave me a lot to process. It helped that I was out alone, which facilitated in absorbing the greatness of the venue.

I had never played a Coore and Crenshaw course before. One thing I learned is that they have great respect for the natural contours of the amazing piece of land they were given. I loved the rugged bunkers and the fairways that transition seemingly effortless into the greens. It's a scenic rollercoaster ride that starts on flatter land, then takes you to the fantastic stretch 3-6 in the corner of the estate. The ninth hole is probably the least spectacular hole on the course. It brings you back to the clubhouse just fine though. Also, the elevated tee shot on the par 5 10th also justifies this. I find the back nine tot be particularly strong, as it is a little more protected from the wind and presents one world class hole after another. It also felt unique in a way that you can sense very well that you are playing a links course at the end of the world rather than in Scotland or Ireland. The 11th is a world class long par 4. The drive is blind, played over a massive central bunker to a fairway on a plateau guarded by another bunker and more bush trouble lurking. It's a long carry and visually very narrow. Good drives are rewarded with a long approach still, but to a green that is hidden behind a hill on the right depending on where you ended up. The good news is that it is not guarded by bunkers. The 14th and 15th are outright gems. Bloody amazing golf holes right next to the roaring ocean. The 14th reminded me of the 10th at Ballybunion playing straight into the prevailing wind heading for the ocean and a tiny green. This one is a just better and harder though. It's reachable in terms of distance on a calm day but you'll probably be lucky to just find the fairway and have a nice angle to the highly raised narrow green that is put in the far right corner of the little valley that the hole lies in. The ball wants to roll down to the left valley of sin very badly.

The finish to the course is fitting. Quality golf holes, beautiful views and the fun little tiebreaker hole that is nothing more than a little wedge. Mixed feelings will be experienced. It sucks this day ever ended but it was so satisfying and memorable. Just go, you won't regret it.

June 13, 2019
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Tyson Flynn

Both these two world class courses remain favourites of ours, and with the new King Island courses open for business- Tasmania is now truly a top destination for golf.

April 30, 2019
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David Davis

The second course at Barnbougle Dunes is the Coore & Crenshaw gem Lost Farm. While I personally didn’t like this course nearly as much as Barnbougle it’s wonderful in its own right and a fantastic 2nd course for the resort. The main difference in the author’s opinion is that it lacks the spectacular holes due to a slightly more gentle landscape in comparison to Doak’s Barnbougle routing.

As good as this course and routing are there is something about it hat had me struggling to remember holes. It starts with a gentle par 5 and follows it up with two solid par 4’s the second of which is a short, even drivable par 4 with the right wind conditions. The fairways have tons of width and the greens are large and allow pin positions to dictate the best angle of approach and which side of the fairway to shoot for.

Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

At 124 meters the short par 3 4th hole is a visual standout and sits at the corner of the property separated only by a small inlet from Barnbougle Dunes. The greensite looks as though they just walked up and put a flag there leaving it in the exact natural shape it had always been. It’s protected by a huge blowout bunker in front and a smaller deep bunker on the left.

The par 3 6th is a 155m one shotter with a crazy green that I can best describe being in the shape of a pistol laid out with the butt of the grip on the left side. I huge bunker protects the barrel portion of this pistol and with a large back board allows a daring shot to this portion of the green taking on the bunker. This is one of the stronger par 3’s on the course and gets some extra credit for originality.

The 306m par 4 9th makes you choose the high road or low road off the tee with its double fairway. The high road allows a slightly better angle to most pin positions and a far better view of the approach.

Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The 543m Par 5 10th may well have the toughest drive on the course. While straight is always good, with the wind gusting and waste high, snake filled, native grasses and high dunes on either side. This tee shot will make the best of you think twice.

The back 9 really does offer up one solid hole after the next however, I think the main difference for me is that the ground they had to work with here was just always on the flatter side. It seems that you are always playing to wide fairways in between dunes. Not that there is anything wrong with this it’s just for me not quite a memorable.

The 18th hole plays from an elevated tee down to a fairway running between the dunes back to the clubhouse. Having recently just visited Trump International in Aberdeen, this hole would of fit right in on that course and couldn’t almost have been interchangeable with the waste high native grasses on both sides.

Lost Farm actually has an 18a hole which you play to get back to the clubhouse. It’s another fun short little par 3 allowing you to break the tie.

All in all as I have said, it’s another great course though slightly nondescript. I wouldn’t rate it among my favorites from Coore & Crenshaw but I would absolutely play it again. What did you think?

July 06, 2017
8 / 10
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Thomas
Despite how the rankings have them, I would prefer Lost Farm to Dunes. Lost Farm plays considerably easier on many of the holes and was seemingly a much more open course. The course has in my view the perfect combination of open and tight holes and plays through both flat and undulating landscapes.
February 17, 2016
10 / 10
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Steve MacQuarrie
The last two decades have seen an explosion of fine modern links courses (at Bandon, Streamsong, Kingsbarns, Castle Stuart to name my favorites), and Lost Farm takes a back seat to none of them. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were given a lovely piece of property to work with here and the result is a splendid course that does more than justice to the opportunity. Two high parallel dunes meant plenty of chances to build holes with high tees or greens or both. Between the dunes is 3-400 yards of humpy linksland. This allowed Coore to create a routing where the player experiences the wind in all directions. Doglegs run left and right, fairways have bunkers in strategic places (some in the middle of the fairway), every green can be approached on the ground and contours abound on them. If he found a good green site, Coore used all of it: Five greens are over 50 yards deep and two more are over 50 yards wide. In March 2015, conditioning was excellent. The course gets the player thinking from the get-go. The first hole is double dogleg par 5 with a green reminiscent of Dornoch’s Foxy. Number two features a pair of offset fairway bunkers and the third a split fairway. After a dunetop par 3, at the fifth, the golfer is confronted with a blind drive over a huge dune and a decision as to how much of the dogleg to cut off. I could go on, but rest assured that the rest of the course is equally delightful. While Royal Melbourne and New South Wales are higher in my Oz golf course pantheon, Lost Farm is very close behind.
July 14, 2015
10 / 10
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Fergal O'Leary
If you’re interested in golfing at the end of the earth and spending a weekend with kangaroos, then book a flight to Launceston and make your way up to Bridport, Tasmania. Upon reaching the resort, you follow a 4km dirt road to the clubhouse at Lost Farm. It’s a surreal feeling when you make it there due to the staggering distance and effort it takes to travel. As expected, it’s a pretty quiet place with 20 links holes (yes, 20, they took a leaf out of Pat Ruddy’s book and made two additional short par threes) on a tract of land between the Tasman sea and useful arable farming ground. The spa and restaurant are on the highest piece of land on a perch which offers spectacular views of the course and surrounding ocean. When Bill Coore set out to make the second course at Barnbougle, one of his guiding principles was to Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Course - Photo by reviewermake it more playable than the Dunes course, which is definitely the tougher challenge. Lost Farm is a big golf course with big fairways and big greens. Even the kangaroos have a hard time finding a place to hide. The open stretch is a birdie fest with a reachable par five opener, followed by 330 and 280 par fours respectively. Coore does design spectacular par threes, and keeping with the spirit of keeping the course playable and fun, most of the six par threes are wedge/9 iron yardage for a scratch golfer playing from the tips. The 15th is a longer par three (on paper), but it plays downhill into a punchbowl green, which again helps the player knock it close. On the front side, the standout hole is the 490-yard par four 5th hole (index 1) with a semi-blind tee shot and an enormous spine working diagonally across the fairway with a dogleg from left to right rising gently up to the deep green. It’s a rude awakening compared to the opening four holes, which are pretty much a doddle. Coore keeps the golfers on their toes with the 440-yard par four 7th, which almost presents a split fairway due to a huge mound feature in the middle of the landing zone. Make sure you take a look at it from a few angles and consider if it reminds you of the 17th hole at Cruden Bay. The 600 yards par five 8th hole continues the theme of blind approach shots and rolling terrain. Despite the distances, the golf course is huge and does everything it can to keep your ball in play and move things along. Click the link to read Fergal’s full report on Barnbougle Lost Farm
April 28, 2014
8 / 10
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Iain Ritchie
Lost Farm has been created in a similar mould to its neighbour, Barnbougle Dunes. Generous fairways and vast waste bunkers are the order of the day as the 20(!) hole layout navigates the vast dunes, offering occasional views of the spectacular coastline. The clubhouse, perched on top of a massive dune, has brilliant views over the course and beyond which serves to raise expectations of what lies ahead. Starting on an elevated tee, you're eased in with a par 5 that should yield to a couple of solid blows, but the subtle contouring around the green can quickly turn a seemingly easy par into bogey or worse. 3 to 5 is probably my favourite stretch at Lost Farm, with the third a tantalising risk reward 280 yard par 4 which tempts you to place a drive down a narrow stretch of fairway which separates a huge waste bunker from thick rough. The fourth is a simply stunning short hole, with the ocean providing the backdrop to the well protected green. Teeing up at the long par 4 fifth is a great experience, with the brave line being down the right, over an enormous dune and flirting with a river. It's one of these special tee shots that reminded me of standing on the 4th at Royal St George's or The Old Course's Road Hole, but in even more spectacular surroundings. Of course, you can always play it safe to the wide fairway out to the left, but where's the fun in that? There's not a bad hole on the course, but after being blown away by some of the early holes, I felt a comparative lull as we entered the back nine where you briefly move away from the dunes, into some flatter terrain. However, it picks up again, with the 14th a superb 290 yard par four where the ocean one again provides a stunning backdrop. 18 is a fine par 4 to finish with, too (if you discount the par 3 hole 18a, which is where your round actually ends). If you're playing here, then the chances are that you'll also be playing the Dunes course and it's impossible not to be drawn into comparisons between the two. They're both world class layouts and after playing Lost Farm first, I wondered how it could possibly be bettered by its neighbour. There's not much in it, but I think the Dunes just nicks it. If you were to pick a composite course from these two, there would be very few better in world golf. Finally, don't miss the restaurants on site at Barnbougle. The quality of food and wine lives up to the golf. And that's saying something!
April 24, 2014
8 / 10
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grantphelps
Well this might just be the best course in the country. Others will disagree ( it's clearly top 5 - this comes down to personal preference....) but I think Lost Farm now lays claim to being the best of the Barnbougle pair. Since opening 2 years ago, the course has firmed up and is now running fast and firm - fabulous links conditions, and interestingly, subtly different to its neighbour which is a little softer and without as much run. The stretch from 3-7 might just be the best 4 hole stretch in Australia, and 4,5 and 6 are simply world class - they'd be at home on a 'best of' anywhere.. The only limitation is a lack of longish par 4's, but who cares - the sum of the parts is still fantastic, and a great test of your mental resolve when the wind gets up. I dont really think it matters where we rate LF and BBD, they're both fantastic and we're very lucky to have them. For the quality of the golf courses, $130 for a day must be the best value for money golf in the world.
April 10, 2013
10 / 10
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Stephen Glen
Together, the two courses developed by Richard Sattler on his property of sprawling dunes east of the small town or Bridport on Tasmania’s north coast are unsurpassed as Australia’s premier golfing destination. I have frequented both courses numerous times and I must say I personally prefer the Lost Farm layout. I have an appreciation for classic and natural golf course architecture allowing for strategy and shot making and this course has it in spades. Lost Farm is more subtle than its neighbour Barnbougle Dunes and many first time visitors may not appreciate these subtleties straight away. Firstly, the course has loads of width and a lot of golfers wrongly believe this makes the course easier or not as taxing off the tee. At Lost Farm, not only does width add to the playability of the course in strong winds, but it makes the course more strategic and ultimately more interesting. Most holes give the golfer choice off the tee regarding which line to take. There is generally a tiger line which exposes the aggressive golfer to the most risk but if successful will reward the player with a shorter shot and a better angle into a green. The tiger line always leaves very little margin for error, in fact a player opting for the tiger line off the par 4’s and par 5’s will soon realise these driving lines and extremely tight. These holes also provide more conservative options for players who don’t have the length or accuracy to take a tiger line. The conservative play invariably leaves a longer and more difficult shot into the green. It is for this reason that I love playing this golf course – the options are endless.The course sprawls over a wide canvas with holes running in many directions. Because the holes constantly change direction the wind has more influence on your shots here than at Barnbougle Dunes where the holes generally run through valleys parallel to the beach. Bill Coore did a fantastic job in utilising a variety of landforms throughout the design with holes moving seamlessly through these different landscapes. I actually found some of the holes in the flatter areas of the course to be the equal of many of the holes in the larger dunes. These flatter holes are generally more heavily bunkered and more demanding in what they ask of the player. Depth perception is often a problem on these holes and it can be hard to gauge the depth of the greens and how far a bunker is from the front of a green. In my humble opinion, this course is in the top 50 in world golf. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
July 26, 2012
10 / 10
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