GOLF… I don’t know the first thing about it! I hear your words… well, rest assured one does NOT have to be a golfer to enjoy the beauty Barnbougle Lost Farm has to offer.
Barnbougle Lost Farm: Golf Links
Those very words have often been my own, but having spent a day here, I swallow those words… I now even have a desire to play a round of golf out of sheer curiosity. Located on the North East Coast region of Tasmania, just 10 minutes from Bridport, Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Links is a breathtaking sight… the sheer raw beauty of a wild stretch of uniquely Tasmanian coastline between both the ocean and fertile farmland. Though not always wild in nature, many are the days nature smiles down and the glorious views are open for inspection.
Golf Links: Coastline to the Hinterland
Opening in December 2010, the Links was both designed and constructed by the world renowned US golf course design company Coore & Crenshaw. A golf course designed to complement the nature that so beautifully surrounds it, a true challenge to a golfers skill and so named for the agricultural heritage of the land. Barnbougle Lost Farm is a 20 hole Links Golf Course, the difference between a Golf Links and a Golf Course being in the fact that a Links lies on that stretch of land between the ocean and fertile land, usually an infertile stretch with many sand dunes. The holes at Lost Farm wind along the sweeping coastline and inland toward the Tasmanian hinterland, beautiful green fairways surrounded by areas of windswept marram grass, native flora and sparse craggy trees.
Marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) is a perennial grass, introduced into Tasmania from Europe to help stabilise coastal dunes. It’s effectiveness is in the fact that it traps sand and grows quickly, thereby reducing the natural changes that can be associated with our coastal sand dunes. Though sparse, the beautiful craggy windswept trees throughout the course give thought to the challenges nature would throw at the Golfer while playing this Links. No matter where one is on the course, the views are magical, from the Forester River, to the seas of the Bass Strait and inland to the hinterland and mountains, the pleasures to the senses are immense.
Pro Golf Shop, Bar and Club Maker
The Club House offers a Pro Golf Shop, a bar and is also home to a traditional golf club maker. Friendly staff are only too happy to help, the pro golf shop provides a complete array of every golfing need to hire or buy, a visit to Ross Baker – Traditional Golf Club Maker will have you going back in time to visualise exactly how the history of golf clubs has evolved and a stop off at the bar will have you watching the living landscape of part of the golf links fairways, whilst having a drink and a bite to eat. Whilst wandering this building a must is to have a look at the glass display cases lining the walls, showcasing golfing memorabilia dating back many years, and also the achievements of many who have frequented the club.
So Much More to this Experience
Included in the experience at Lost Farm is also a restaurant, a day spa and accommodation. The restaurant, majestically built upon the sand dunes with stunning views down over the fairways and out across Bass Strait, Anderson Bay and to Bridport, boasts a delicious variety on the menu, and the food served is all deliciously Tasmanian grown produce, complete with great selection of wine, beer and refreshments.
The spa is a sensual experience alone, with magical views across Bass Strait as a backdrop, one can indulge themselves with spa, health regeneration, including shiatsu treatments, remedial massage, cleansing facials, or, if you are fitness conscious, pilates on the beach, take in the magical scenery as you breathe in some of the world’s freshest air. The Lodge, accommodation at Lost Farm has views over the course, to the hinterland and along the coastline. Designed to blend with the local coastal environment, The Lodge is perfectly suited to either a couple as a romantic getaway, or a family enjoying your Tassie trip.
Holiday Destination for EVERYONE
Don’t think for one moment Barnbougle Lost Farm Golf Links is solely for a golf experience. EVERYONE is welcome to The Lost Farm, with regular visitors going for the restaurant and spa experience alone. A beautiful holiday stop over, one can find so much beauty in nature, a walk along the beach or the sand dunes, absorb the ever changing living landscapes of what The Lost Farm so proudly displays. For the golfer, 20 holes across the rugged exposed terrain, designed to enhance natures conditions, all ever-changing, adds up to a magical golf links that will give an amazing challenge to even the most professional of golfers.
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