Reserve Club at St. James Plantation, Southport (semiprivate). Opening: July 1
This club will be the centerpiece of an eighty-one-hole development in the coastal Low Country forty minutes from Wilmington. Architect Michael Nicklaus, Jack's youngest son, used a combination of flash-faced bunkers, sand washes and wetland areas to create holes with multiple routes of play. Then he punctuated them with handcrafted greens that slide off into tightly mown chipping areas.
Architect: Nicklaus Design. Yardage: 7,100. Par: 72. Greens Fees: $130$140. Tee Times: 800-474-9277, stjamesplantation.com.
Jay Peak Resort, Jay (resort) Opened: June (nine holes; second nine to open by next spring)
Knowing that golf holes should never feel like ski slopes, Graham Cooke made the most out of the tamer portions of this alpine resort's expansive property. The Canadian architect designed wide holes that leap lazily over Jay Branch Brook and turn through stands of maple, pine and birch.
Architect: Graham Cooke. Yardage: 6,850. Par: 72. Greens Fee: $48 (nine holes). Tee Times: 802-988-2611, jaypeakresort.com.
Poplar Hill Golf Club, Farmville (semiprivate). Opened: June
Long, open views distinguish this from the typical Virginia course. The surprising thirty- and forty-foot elevation changes are rare for this central part of the state as well, and they're made the most of by a subtle design that gracefully crosses the streams and gulches of this former dairy farm an hour and a quarter southwest of Richmond.
Architect: Rick Robbins. Yardage: 7,091. Par: 72. Greens Fees: $39$45 (introductory rates). Tee Times: 434-392-2244, poplarhillfarmville.com.
Golf Club at Devil's Tower, Hulett (semiprivate). Opening: July 15
With due respect to Devil's Tower National Monument looming in the background, the most striking sights here are found on a new nine-hole addition to the course, draped across a western landscape of ponderosa pine, ravines and rimrock. The designer placed an exclamation point next to the par-three twelfth: a two-hundred-foot plunge off to the right into a river canyon.
Architect: Kevin Atkinson, Phelps Golf Design. Yardage: 7,111. Par: 72. Greens Fees: $35$60. Tee Times: 307-467-5773, devilstowergolf.com.
Muskoka Bay Golf Club, Gravenhurst, Ontario (semiprivate). Opening: July
This northern Ontario region is known not only for forests of dense white pine and sugar maple but also for abrupt fields of bulging granite. Doug Carrick's routing flows between, around, over and off the massive rock outcroppings and hundred-foot elevation changes. It also skirts wetlands and dammed beaver ponds that serve as strategic cross-hazards.
Architect: Carrick Design. Yardage: 7,322. Par: 72. Greens Fee: $150. Tee Times: 866-321-2004, muskokabay.com.