Architect Bill Coore isn't one for hyperbole or self-promotion. So when he gushes about his and Ben Crenshaw's new Lost Farm course at Barnbougle Dunes "I don't know that I've ever seen a property quite like this," he says it's worth taking note. Like its six-year-old sibling track, Barnbougle Dunes (a highly-rated Tom Doak and Mike Clayton design), Lost Farm is a seaside routing set among heaving dunes. But that's where the similarities end.
"I've never seen two landforms so completely different on contiguous courses," Coore says. "The existing course plays like a classic seaside links, with holes nestled down in the dunes, on a small property. Our site is shaped like a square doughnut and has huge perimeter dunes. Inside the doughnut hole is rumpled terrain, like at St. Andrews."
The showstopper is the 480-yard, par-4 5th, which features a duneside green overlooking a river that separates Lost Farm from Barnbougle Dunes and a fairway that twists around the dune and behind it. "It's one of several holes at Lost Farm where people might say, 'I'm not sure I've ever seen a hole like this before,'" Coore says.
Getting to northeast Tasmania isn't easy, but you can take solace in developer Richard Sattler's collaborator on this project: Mike Keiser of Bandon Dunes fame. If we've learned one thing from that secluded Oregon site, it's that if you build the best, golfers will come. With Lost Farm slated for a December opening, look for Barnbougle Dunes to emerge as the Bandon Dunes of Australia.