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.
Date: June 13, 2019