Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Course

When Richard Sattler envisaged the Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Course, he had no idea that he would be creating the best 38-hole golf experience in the world. Lost Farm is the recently opened sister course to the legendary Barnbougle. At 20 holes, this Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw designed links course is unique in the world of golf. Most courses are 18 holes, but due to the extended deliberations between the designers when they were debating which holes to drop from the final layout, Richard intervened and instructed them to build them all.

This quirky element to Lost Farm has piqued the curiosity of golfers the world over, and provided an additional attraction to those wanting to play two courses that were both recently named in the top 100 in the world, by Golf Magazine.

The layout of Lost Farm is somewhat different to Barnbougle Dunes, and there is conjecture as to which course is actually better. Both are links courses, meaning they have been built on the coast, and use the natural topography of the sand dunes to shape the course. Barnbougle conforms to the dunes and hugs the coastline, whereas Lost Farm encroaches inland towards the Tasmanian hinterland, thus allowing for a course that is more spread out and a little flatter. Each course represents its own challenge. It is immediately obvious that the two styles complement each other and represent an amazing challenge for golfers willing to pit themselves against world-class links courses, and Tasmania’s notorious coastal winds.

Despite being renowned as a golfing destination, the Barnbougle Lost Farm experience isn’t all about golf. Visitors are increasingly coming to experience the Lost Farm spa and restaurant. Built upon the giant sand dunes that are the prominent natural feature of this coastal paradise, the spa distinguishes itself with its commitment to traditional treatments and its affiliation with Melle Beauty products. Melle Beauty is a Tasmanian-owned producer, renowned for their use of natural, locally sourced plant and flower ingredients, and their commitment to a harmonious line of products that is a perfect accompaniment to Lost Farm spa’s range of services.

The spa’s vista across Bass Strait is stunning. On a clear day, it extends as far as Flinders Island to the east and the coastal town of Bridport to the west. These wonderful views create a serene backdrop as you begin with a spa, before being indulged with time-honoured methods of health regeneration, including shiatsu treatments, remedial massage, cleansing facials, or, for the more fitness conscious, Pilates on the beach, as you breathe in some of the world’s freshest air.

The accommodation at Lost Farm offers views north across Bass Strait or south to the mountains of the Tasmanian hinterland. The cabin and villa style rooms are designed to conform to the surrounding coastal environment, and their spaciousness is perfectly suited to those wishing to travel with family or friends.

The name Lost Farm is a reference to its agricultural past, and the resort’s restaurant proudly boasts that the incredible Cape Grim steaks may well have been beef from the property, as they are still a major supplier to a company said to produce some of the best beef in the world. All the food is Tasmanian grown and adds to the inherently Tasmanian experience that is Barnbougle Lost Farm. For those wanting a casual drink, the newly appointed sports bar is where you will often find Richard and his friends enjoying a cold beer and a tall story.

It is this multi-dimensional element to Lost Farm that gives Richard and his team reason to want more Tasmanians to come here and experience the place.

“These are two of the best public courses in the country, and we want the locals to come here and experience it as much as we want those from the mainland and overseas,” he says.

“We have the spa and the restaurant and great accommodation, and it’s all pretty affordable, so it would be great to get more Tasmanians here, particularly in the quieter months.”

I, for one, know I will be back, as I want to even the score against a bunker on the eighth hole that is one up on me as we go to print.

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Words & Images: James Emms

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