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.
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.
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.
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?