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Lost Farm: An Encore at Barnbougle

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Lost Farm is one of two world-class golf courses at the Barnbougle Links Golf Resort in Bridport, Tasmania. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the course opened in 2010 and quickly earned acclaim as one of the best courses in Australia and the world.

Lost Farm complements the original Tom Doak/Mike Clayton-designed Barnbougle Dunes course, which sits just across the river, providing a world-class 36-hole golf destination at the edge of the Tasmanian wilderness. Though close in proximity to the Dunes course, Lost Farm features steeper and more dramatic sand dunes than its neighbor.

The course is a true seaside links and features dramatic coastal holes winding along the shores of Bass Strait, as well as inland holes routed through towering sand dunes adjacent to the Forester River. With its spectacular setting, minimalist design, and fun risk-reward holes, the course showcases the creativity of Coore and Crenshaw.

In this post, we’ll explore Lost Farm, its origin story, and what makes it unique and memorable. Our further reading suggestions are a great way to learn about Australian golf, links-style courses, and strategic design. We’ll close with some videos that will bring the course to life. The adjacent images are simulated to set the scene and provide context.

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Origins of Lost Farm

Lost Farm was conceived as the second course at Barnbougle Dunes Golf Resort in Tasmania. After the massive success of the original Barnbougle Dunes course designed by Tom Doak and Mike Clayton, owner Richard Sattler decided to build a complementary course on the more dramatic sand dunes across the river, and hired Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw for the design. Their minimalist philosophy of utilizing the natural contours of the land, demonstrated at Sand Hills, was a perfect fit for the steep, windswept dunes site.

As with the original Barnbougle Dunes, Mike Keiser, responsible for creating Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes, Old MacDonald) and Cabot Links, was on board as an advisor and investor, being introduced to the Barnbougle project by Doak. Construction began in late 2009, with Coore and lead shaper Keith Rhebb carefully routing holes along the ocean and the towering dunes. Extra care was taken to preserve the natural beauty and rugged characteristics of the site.

Lost Farm officially opened in December 2010 to rave reviews. Its strategic bunkering, meandering fairways, and diverse greens instantly earned praise. The Barnbougle resort is now home to two of the top-rated courses in Australia, with the Dunes taking number two and Lost Farm at number three. Golf Digest currently ranks the course at #37 in the world.

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Did You Know?

One unique aspect of Lost Farm is that it has 20 holes. The two extras – the short par-3 “13a” set atop sand dunes and the short par-3 “18a” in front of the clubhouse – were initially conceived by Bill Coore as “potential” holes during the design process. However, when owner Richard Sattler played them, he loved the holes so much that he insisted they be included in the full routing.

Having 20 holes allows for additional variety and wagering opportunities during a round. Golfers play the full 20 holes, with the best 18 scores counting towards their total. It also provides insurance and can erase one or two “blowup” holes, allowing you to play more aggressively. The two extra one-shotters have become signature offerings at Lost Farm. Their strategic design and spectacular scenery make them highlights rather than afterthoughts.

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The Course

Lost Farm plays to a par of 72, with the extra two par-3s, making it a 78 for all 20 holes, playing to just over 7,100 yards. The routing winds dramatically along the ocean, beside the Forester River estuary, and through the dunes. Unlike many traditional links layouts, Lost Farm boasts extremely wide fairways but still presents many challenges with its wildly undulating greens, cavernous pot bunkers, and howling coastal winds.

The short par-3 4th plays to a tiny green perched high atop a dune overlooking Bass Strait. Another highlight is the 5th, a beastly par-4 that plays along the Forester River with a fairway pinched between a creek and towering dune, as is the drivable par-4 14th, which hugs the ocean.

The closing stretch climaxes with the downhill par-3 15th, measuring 213 yards into the wind across a deep valley. The home hole is a muscular 437-yard par-4 that plays back toward the clubhouse, with the short one-shot par-3 “18a” serving as an extra shot to end the round.

Visit Lost Farm online at https://barnbougle.com.au/play/lost-farm/.

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Further Reading

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Great Golf Down Under
by Gary Libson

Summary: A photographic journey, covering the best golf courses of Australia and New Zealand.

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Anatomy of a Golf Course
by Tom Doak

Summary: The book explains the thought process and strategies used by golf course architects in designing courses, including factors like hole length, placement of hazards, and routing. It aims to help golfers understand why certain design choices are made so they can better approach playing the course. Written by acclaimed golf architect Tom Doak, it appeals to both knowledgeable golfers and beginners interested in course design and architecture. The book also includes an appendix with examples of noteworthy golf courses that are worth studying.


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Sand and Golf
by George Waters

Summary: “Sand and Golf” explores how sandy terrain uniquely suits golf, studying similarities and differences between courses worldwide with sandy features. It examines all aspects of the relationship between sand and golf, from the sport’s origins in Scottish coastal dunes to its global spread onto sandy sites. Written by golf architect George Waters with a preface by renowned designer Tom Doak, it details through examples and illustrations why firm, rugged, windy sandy terrain makes creative shot-making integral to the game. The book appeals to knowledgeable golfers interested in course design and architecture, analyzing the art and science behind why golf belongs on sand.

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True Links
by  Malcolm Campbell & George Peper

Summary: True Links by Malcolm Campbell and George Peper profiles over 240 of the world’s top links golf courses across the British Isles and beyond, examining their history, design features, and status as an authentic “true links.” Organized geographically, the book offers photos, maps, scorecards and playing tips for renowned seaside tests like Royal County Down, Ballybunion, Cabot Links, Barnbougle Dunes and others that meet the authors’ criteria.  For links golf aficionados, True Links serves as an illustrated guidebook for experiencing the unique joys and challenges of the game’s most revered coastal courses.

Videos

Lost Farm VLOG
Lost Farm – No Laying Up
Lost Farm -Fore Play

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