After hearing about both the Dunes and Lost Farm courses we had been looking forward to playing them for a long time. The wait was worth it. Starting off at the dunes, where we also stayed, the staff were immensely helpful and the impact of the environment immediate.
With great anticipation we started our game and were immediately gob smacked by the course condition, beauty, interesting layout and challenge of the greens. Men up to playing off the back tees, partic if good weather - do it. A caution for women. Red tees are not just the normal women's tees.
We had heard you can lose lots of balls and sure that is possible - but it is fair. If you look at the contours carefully and play to sensible spots, you will make it a lot easier on yourself. Important to do the same with approaches to the greens as leave it in the wrong spot and doing well to 2 putt. Enjoy the walk from the 4tg to 5th.
My wife and I thought this was up there with any other golfing experience we have ever had - and had 2 more games to look forward to.
The second game at the Dunes was a little windier and weather quickly changed on a number of occasions but the love affair continued. We had friends join us and it was great to see their wonderment and joy in being on course.
The next day played at Lost Farm and while similar is different. If you think the greens on the Dunes are big, check these suckers out. The biggest greens I have seen anywhere. Fairways generally a little wider. Some consider a bit easier but a great challenge and still have to look at each shot carefully.
Accommodation at dunes was okay but no self catering facilities so you need to be prepared if doing own breakfast etc. one bedroom is open and basically doubles as lounge area.
Food at restaurant good generally and service excellent. Duck was disappointing.
Staff in both pro shops excellent - thank you Eric, Leah and Dale. Most people are there for a special experience and to the prat who played behind us at barnbougle - everyone who was aware of your whinging suggests you go get a life. If not prepared to wait a bit as everyone had to, in that wonderful environment, take up a solo activity as you don't deserve to be in such a special place.
Make sure you check out the view from lost farm restaurant.
Richard Sattler should be made a living treasure in enabling so many people, particularly golfers, to enjoy a world class facility. Thanks to him and other investors and developers. Well done to Doak, Clayton and any involved in course design. You should be very proud.
If you love golf and special places - you have to do this. A truly wonderful experience.