THE GOLF AT LOST FARM IS A PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCE, NOT A FIERCE LINKS EXAMINATION.
accommodation, one restaurant, a sports bar, even a spa, and yet it’s a place where your only inclination is to spend every daylight hour enjoying a pair of great courses that are the ultimate in pure, traditional, links golf.
To give you an idea of how my weekend went, we teed up at rst light on a Saturday and Sunday, played until twilight with only the briefest of midday breaks; then following a hot shower ate pizzas and drank draft beer while watching six di erent sporting Being a rare twoball, eager to play 36 holes each day, meant we had to tee o at the front of the eld to achieve our objective. Most of the fourballs were restricting themselves to one daily round.
Barnbougle is a new addition to the gol ng world. The Dunes course, designed by American Tom Doak, was opened in 2004. Lost Farm followed in 2010, again employing US designers, this time Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. Both layouts, thanks to the reputation of their
Bandon Dunes, in a quiet region of Oregon on the west coast of America, was the
rst. Between 1999 and 2010, owner Mike Keiser utilised a rugged and empty expanse of land overlooking the Paci c Ocean to open four 18-hole courses, plus a 13-hole Par 3 layout, to cope with a growing demand for uniquely di erent golf. Keiser also bought into Cabot Links in an equally deserted part of Nova Scotia, where there are now two courses, and he has an interest in Barnbougle Dunes, being