The beauty of Barnbougle courses and the seaside land on which they sit is absolutely stunning.
Defined by the philosophy that the best architected golf courses are shaped by nature, and it's best to leave well enough alone, wind and sand provide undulations and character that highlight the result of when seas meet land.
However, with this amazing location also brings the chance that the area is subject to the elements and wind. However, this rarely stops players from taking their shot to navigate the course... and they can't be blamed given the ocean backdrop and gorgeous layouts.
Each course features a mix of fescue that allows a consistent blend of grass from tee to green. There is little transition in the fairway so this helps support a natural look to the entire layout. Thanks to the the nearby river which separates the two courses, there is always a consistent fresh supply of water which effectively makes the entire complex immune to drought.
The Dunes was the first course to open - in 2004. Designed by Tom Doak and Mike Clayton on a piece of land that was one a potato farm, the architects were provided carte blanche freedom to be as creative as possible. The result was met by immediate recognition throughout the golfing world as a world-class course.
- 2018: #33 in the World (Golf Digest)
- 2018: #5 in Australia (Golf Digest)
- 2014: #11 in the World (Golf Digest)
This success, and the availability of additional land, led to the second course on the property: Lost Farm. Designed by Ben Crenshaw's firm in 2010(actually Crenshaw was not involved but Bill Coore used the team) this course plays a bit differently from The Dunes in that its elevation changes are more severe and its larger greens.
Barnbougle Lost Farm
- 2018: #40 in the World (Golf Digest)
- 2018: #9 in Australia (Golf Digest)
- 2014: #23 in the World (Golf Digest)
A fun aspect to the Lost Farm is that it has two additional holes- bringing the total for the round to 20:
- “13A” is not quite the 14th and is reminiscent of "secret" betting holes found at places like Los Angeles Country Club. It's great for a wager between players mid-round
- "18a" is a final par-3 and acts as a final wagering hole for drinks, or perhaps a tie breaker at the end of the round