Wicked Pony at Remington Ranch, Powell Butte (private).
Opening: July (nine holes; second nine to open in spring 2009)
Wicked Pony, the first of three projected courses to open at this 2,100-acre development northeast of Bend, may turn out to be one of Tom Doak’s most challenging designs to date. In fact, the transitions between the property’s native elements—large juniper trees, sandy soil and sagebrush cover—and the ragged bunkers and planted fescue recall Pine Valley. No cart paths have been built: Wicked Pony will be walking only.
The Bridges at Preston Crossings, Gunter (semiprivate).
Opening: July 4
This course sits on the former MM Ranch north of Dallas, sixteen hundred acres of rolling horse country where the Martin family used to host galas attended by such luminaries as LBJ, Prince Charles and members of the Bush clan. Creeks and lakes cut across the holes (three times on the par-five eighteenth alone), and the bunkers look like they were hollowed out by rough Texas winds.
Fred Couples and Jeff Brauer.