Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Creighton Farms, Aldie (private).
This land has been used by northern Virginia squires for farming and horse breeding since at least 1727, when it was owned by Thomas, sixth lord of Fairfax. Rounds of golf now replace fox hunts on the gently sloped nine-hundred-acre private estate community operated by the Ritz-Carlton. A meandering creek and sprawling bunker complexes dictate the primary playing strategies.
The Golf Club at the Rise, Vernon, British Columbia (semiprivate).
A gorgeous layout greets golfers at this new resort in south-central British Columbia with twelve holes overlooking Okanagan Lake. The routing sweeps up and down through meadows of pine and sage, skirting large free-form bunkers and rock-walled ponds. The course borders a vineyard that is planted primarily with gewürtztraminer and that will harvest its first vintage this fall.
Fred Couples and Gene Bates.