Lost Farm Tasmania January 2011
A little over a 2 weeks ago I had the pleasure of Tas Turf Solutions and 14 Tasmanian supers/curators to play Tasmania’s and Australia’s newest golf course Lost Farm. Opened December last year and set adjacent to the famous Barnbougle Dunes lies Lost Farm (same owner as Barnbougle. Lost Farm is designed by Bill Coore) next to the town of Bridport. This is a 20 hole course. Yes 20 holes which you can play all in one round. I played 19 of them since I am not the best golfer we had to make some time up.
A very picturesque course it is well worth the 6.2km walk (off the terra cotta markers). I think I did about 10km the way I play).
I have not played Barnbougle before and from what I heard the wind at Lost Farm was going to be just as intense. However the course was meant to be slightly easier. Losing at least a ball a hole I’m not sure how true that is. The wind needs to be experience to be believed (especially the 14th- however the best view is from this hole).When you are trying to walk to the tee you physically feel the win pushing you back. I also have a video of my runaway cart below.
Phil Hill and his staff did a great job in preparing the course shape with challenging greens. I was amazed with the amount of rainfall the course received (approx 5 inches) the previous week that Phil mentioned it needed another water on the fairways- just goes to show how wind can dry everything out so quick. Phil mentioned that the wind was above average for the day
At the end of the day we relaxed in the clubhouse with spectacular views looking over the course. We were also lucky enough to be taken on a tour of the spa facilities by Phil, nothing but 5 star treatment with massages spectacular views and ultimate relaxation, something to make sure for next time. Lost Farm also has its own accommodation which can be shared up to 4 people and have views of the course.
So if you are ever in Tasmania I highly reccomend a visit. More details can be found at their website here